J.M. Frey (pronounced Fry) is a bisexual Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. While she is best known for her debut novel Triptych, Frey’s work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, and short stories. Frey calls herself a “professional geek.”
She is an author, fanthropologist and professional smartypants on AMI Radio’s “Live From Studio 5”. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related. Her life’s ambitions are to have stepped foot on every continent (only 3 left!)
Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.
Latest Publication – The Skylark’s Song
A Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen-year-old Robin Arianhod grew up in the shadow of a decade-long war. But the skies are stalked by the Coyote—a ruthless Klonn pilot who picks off crippled airships and retreating soldiers. And as the only person to have survived an aerial dance with Saskwya’s greatest scourge, Robin has earned his attention.
As a pilot, Robin is good. But the Coyote is better. When he shoots her down and takes her prisoner, Robin finds herself locked into a new kind of dance. The possibility of genuine affection from a man who should be her enemy has left her with a choice: accept the Coyote’s offer of freedom and romance in exchange for repairing a strange rocket pack that could spell Saskwya’s defeat, but become a traitor to her country. Or betray her own heart and escape. If she takes the rocket pack and flees, she could end the war from the inside … All she has to do is fly.
The Skylark’s Song
“This book soars with action, adventure and clever world building. The details are perfect, the characters are snappy, clever and real. Strap on your seatbelts, it’s quite the ride!”
—Arthur Slade, bestselling author of the Mission Clockwork series
Other Books by J.M. Frey
TRIPTYCH is a poignant, character-driven science-fiction story about tolerance, love, loss, and a desperate attempt to find connection in a world that no longer makes sense.
***** Review: A truly well-crafted novel
J. M. Frey masterfully handles time, both in terms of plot development and time travel in this well crafted story. The book tackles the theme of intolerance with well developed, compelling characters. The subplots are also well thought out and fully engage the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed Triptych and look forward to Frey’s next offering.
J.M. Frey never expected her meta-fantasy novel about the relationship between author and fan, creator and creation, to become the sweeping, multi-book adventure that Readers have to come to enjoy; but just like her characters, this path has taken her to wondrous places she never could have anticipated.
The Untold Tale – Book 1 of The Accidental Collection.
Fell in head first from the first pages
Utterly, completely, fantastical read. I fell head first into this story and was so sorry to reach the end of it. Pip and Forsyth have officially become my favorite characters for oh so many reasons.
The entire premise of the story is completely fabulous. Equal parts creator mythology and trope-challenging fantasy, The Untold Tale is gripping and inspiring and incredibly fun. I found myself cheering Pip on almost every single page. I absolutely adore her. She is smart, capable, and driven. When she is pulled from today’s modern world into the medieval age land of Hain, she is not cowed. She survives, and she revolutionizes. She uplifts those around her, showing them – in particular Forsyth – just how much more they can be.
I feel truly humbled by the writers I’m meeting through these blogs. J.M. is so talented and has so many skills it would be hard compete with her in any field. I don’t know where she finds the time and energy to do all the things she does. She is obviously on the right track for a successful future and I wish her the all the best.
I was interested to discover that she is addicted to scarfs. So am I. Mine hang on the walls in my hallway so that I can enjoy the colors.
Work in Progress
I am still revising the book—Names of the World— that was originally published in 2006. It’s mostly formatting now, which is like trying to walk across a tightrope in the dark, the slightest wrong step and I have to do everything over again. I have to place thousands of names into accessible, uniform lists, making sure everything is in the right place and order.
One index section containing over 30,000 names and countries, was corrupted so I had to go right back to the original list and redo the whole thing. The list is alphabetical and it’s taken me two days’ work to reach letter F.
I have been writing, designing, and publishing books for many years and this is by far the most challenging work I’ve ever done. A magnum opus if ever there was one, but it’s a labor of love to me.
What else is there to do?
If I didn’t have my work, I don’t know what I’d do with my time. Most of my joy in life revolves around books, writing and reading them. I used to spend hours at role-playing games or watching videos, but I’ve lost interest in them now, and I discarded TV years ago. Needless to say, I don’t get much exercise siting at a computer all day, but I’m quite content the way things are, and sometimes I even have the satisfaction of selling a book!