Author: siennatristen

Healing Through Storytelling: or, Why I Write

An Explanation in Three Tales One: By the time I entered high school, the grayness and drudgery of society had got its claws in my sense of whimsy. I had a hard cage of cynicism and sarcasm around my tender heart. I enjoyed nothing fully, too worried about being labelled as ‘too much’ for my Read More

Behind The Scenes: Q&A with Sienna Tristen, Author of The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming

Cross-posted from the Welcome to Shale blog. In the course of publishing Heretic’s Guide, we’ve fielded all sorts of thoughtful questions regarding the book and the writing process. Below you can find Sienna’s answers to the most popular questions we receive. Whether you’re curious about the many fantasy languages present in the novel, or about Read More

Musical Musings: Insights From The Minds Behind ‘Firewalker: Ronoah’s Theme’

Cross-posted from the Welcome to Shale blog.   This is the first hint that I care for music as much as I care for writing. I have an odd relationship with music: I’m blessed with sharp ears and cursed with unskilled hands. I inherited my father’s perfect pitch and spent most of my childhood receiving Read More

Heretic’s Guide: character art roundup

Hello/bonjour/aniin, April FLEW by. What with all the final preparation for the release of Heretic’s Guide, I barely noticed it was there. My own birthday passed me in the blink of an eye! (PS: I’m twenty-four now, apparently.) I was too busy printing business cards and finalizing event logistics and–my favourite part–working on the character Read More

Heretic’s Guide: sneak peek at some book promo

Hello/bonjour/aniin, My partner and I are hard at work creating promotional goodies for The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming. We’ve got all sorts of multimedia treasure planned, from fourth-wall-smashing comics to a theme song for the protagonist, but for now we’re starting small: quote boards! They give just a tiny taste of what’s to come, and Read More