Congratulations to Laksa Media! Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy won Alberta Book Publishing’s Speculative Fiction Book of the Year! I’m proud to be involved in this project with my short story, Vanilla Rice.
Vanilla Rice is the birth story for the Bitter Suites universe. The rundown apartments where Yoshiko and Killian live for a year happens to be around the corner from the suicide hotel. You’ll note some similarities between the stories—mention of certain residents and painted over windows, among other things.
In Suite & Sour, the follow up to Bitter Suites, our ‘popped guy’ winds up at the apartments and Yoshiko (from Bitter Suites) and Katsue (from Vanilla Rice) not only meet, but have a pivotal friendship.