Changing Worlds: New Beginnings with Cari Z.

October 28, 2016

New Beginnings with Cari Z.

I’m not one of those authors who calls her books her babies. Babies are something you nurture and tend to as they grow and, in many ways, never let go of. I don’t think a book should be like that. Books are works of art, and the fastest way to stifle art is by holding onto it forever. A book will rise or fall or coast on its own merits, and usually when I’m done with one, it’s a relief. I let it go, I promote it and treasure it and feel proud, but I never try to reel it back in. Reviews, opinions, everything that could negatively or positively affect it—I might like some of them, or learn from them, or hate them, but I can’t let myself get upset over them. For me, my mantra has been: once your book is out in the world, let it be out there, and move on to the next project.

That doesn’t mean that, given the chance, there haven’t been a few stories I’ve wanted to revisit over the years. For the most part, I don’t look back at what I’ve done before because I tend to focus on what could have been better. I’m still learning as a writer, and I certainly don’t pretend to be perfect. When some of my books go out of print, they’re gone. Just gone. It’s better for everyone that way. Not with Changing Worlds, though.

Changing Worlds wasn’t the first novel I ever wrote, but it was the first one I ever published. That alone should make me want to shrink from it, because in many ways I wasn’t as deft a writer in 2012 as I am now. But this story, more than anything else I’ve ever written, has stood the test of time. It goes down a path I hadn’t tackled before writing it and haven’t really gotten back to since: deep immersion in a completely different world, and all the baggage and excitement that comes along with that.

When I wrote Changing Worlds, I was living in Africa working as a Peace Corps volunteer. I eventually felt like I was doing decent work in my community, but only after a full year of getting a handle on the language, learning not to freak out in the heat, becoming conversant in the social norms of my new home, and generally feeling way the hell out of my depth. And I was lucky, luckier than most volunteers, because I was stationed with my husband. I was never completely alone, and I got to share the good times and the hard times with him.

A lot of Jason Kim’s experiences on his husband Ferran’s homeworld of Perelan stem from my own learning process, my discomfort and my mistakes and my ability to calm down, back up, and try again. I think part of the reason Changing Worlds is still relevant in my eyes is because, even though it’s science fiction, a lot of it comes from my real life, and it has that ring of authenticity to it. It’s why I was so incredibly pleased that Dreamspinner Press decided to take it on and give it a second life. I let Changing Worlds go when it was first published, but I never quite got over my love for it. I hope, this time around, you get a chance to love it as well.

Check out Changing Worlds today!

Changing Worlds by Cari Z.

All Romance eBooks
Dreamspinner Press


Their love will either inspire change in the world or tear it apart.

Former starship captain Jason Kim and his lover, Ferran, are starting a life together on Ferran’s native planet. The Perel matriarchs reluctantly allowed their marriage in the hopes of securing better diplomatic relations with humanity, even though the decision ignites anger from traditionalists. Ferran’s family accepts Jason and the love the two men have found, but other influential families are less accommodating and much less willing to welcome an outsider to their isolated, subterranean world. Some of their enemies are willing to go as far as eliminating Jason permanently. Tensions are quickly building toward a breaking point that might push Perelan into a bloody civil war.

If Jason and Ferran have any hope of surviving the coming conflict, they’ll have to rely on their devotion to each other more than ever before. But that won’t be easy when a figure from Jason’s past reappears to make them question everything.

Author Bio:

Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She writes award-winning LGBTQ fiction featuring aliens, supervillains, soothsayers and even normal people sometimes.

Twitter: @author_cariz

Leave a Reply