Chatting About Under the Skin

Under the Skin, which is coming out next week from Torquere Press, is a story that has been around for at least three years. The first mention of it I can find by pawing through Gmail’s copious archives* is me mentioning Padraic, the main character, to Miss Rat back in 2008.

Over the past three years, the story has undergone some fairly impressive changes. It used to have a significantly more fantasy feel, given the fact that there used to be a sword spirit in it, and it used to be a lot more straightforward in terms of who was a good person and who was a bad one.

These days, Under the Skin is about a very shy engineer figuring out that he’s worth a lot more than just the tech implanted in his body while also learning his way around both industrial espionage and his own sexuality. Padraic’s definitely one of my characters who’s been knocked around, and instead of getting through it by turning mean, he ended up surprisingly sweet instead.

Minoru, who brings Padraic to Japan, has plenty of ideas regarding what Padraic is good for, and some of them are even good for Padraic. Minoru is intent, driven, and sharp, and when push comes to shove, he’s willing to go above and beyond for someone in trouble. Of course, he’s the one who put Padraic in that trouble in the first place, and they’re going to have Words about that too.**

Under the Skin in some ways the test run for my short story Virgin, which appears in Queerpunk, so if you liked that one, you’ll probably like this one, too.
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Coming Soon:
Five Facts About Padraic Dahl and Inoue Minoru
Novella Day Extras
How to Edit a Manuscript Without Driving Your Loved Ones Crazy
Buy My Novella, Oh God, Buy My Novella
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*Seriously. It is my supplemental brain.
**By which I mean pointy four-letter words.

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