AJ Fitzwater's journey, a new extra

There's a new addition to Cinrak's crew. Author AJ Fitzwater has penned a new extra, a very personal essay, describing her journey.

How To Find Yourself When You’re Not There is a very open and insightful essay by the author of The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, AJ Fitzwater.

Included as a brand new exclusive extra with every copy of the special edition ebook, they discuss growing up with science-fiction and fantasy, finding solace perhaps, but seeking representation.

"For almost two decades I moved from one SFF book to another. In retrospect, I didn’t realize I was searching, I thought I just wanted a good story."

And discovering what they had to do to write themselves into being:

"Words are what I’ve got. Words are what I have to give. Words are what I am."

And how that eventually, sometimes painfully, led to writing Cinrak:

"What did I like to read? SFF. So why not try writing that whispered the little voice from deep inside my chaos."

A moving piece that shines a light on AJ's experiences, their inspirations, their journey. And how they began:

"retelling our pasts with joy"

Read the full essay today with your own copy of AJ Fitzwater's beautiful, hopeful and affirming collection of tales in The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper.

Existing customers will receive new download links to grab their additional Extra.

A.J. Fitzwater

AJ Fitzwater lives between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their work focuses on feminist and queer themes, and has appeared in venues of repute such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Giganotosaurus, GlitterShip, and in various anthologies. They are the author of rodent pirate escapades in The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, and the WW2 land girls shape-shifter novella No Man’s Land. With a background in radio, AJ lends their voice to podcast narrations, including for the Escape Artists universe. They enjoy maintaining a collection of bow ties.

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The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper


£2.99 Dapper. Lesbian. Capybara. Pirate. Cinrak the Dapper is a keeper of secrets, a righter of wrongs, the saltiest capybara on the sea and a rider of both falling stars and a great glass whale.

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