Gaius in (and out of) a nut shell

Gaius (they/them) is a lifelong storyteller of speculative fiction stories that blur the lines between science and magic, sanity and insanity, and humor and drama. Many of their works are cross-genre, most often scifi and fantasy but also romance and adventure.

A queer, trans*, non-binary, pagan, and disabled person living in the desert southwest of the US, Gaius has a diverse background, starting with 10 years of training in fine arts and film and television production followed by 10 years of training in chemistry and biology. After all that, they naturally decided to work in none of those fields, instead writing the stories they always wanted to read.


Gaius’s first stories were told to family. They were on the lies side of stories, but they were arguably entertaining.

As a little girl, Gaius started writing a detective series in order to deal with the boredom of writing sentences with spelling words. None of these detective stories have survived the years, which is probably for the best.

Gaius started their first novel at 10 years old, completing it at 13. It was a story about an alien trapped on Earth who slowly goes crazy because she’s allergic to a substance in the air. This is one that they would like to rewrite someday because while it had a lot of potential, their craft has improved a bit since.

By high school, they were throwing themselves into novels and short stories. At the time they graduated high school, they had written 4 novels and dozens of short stories in notebooks sitting on a shelf. Most of those stories are still on physical or digital shelves, though some of them would be incredibly exciting to work on again.

Since then, Gaius has written a half dozen more novels, none of which have been released, and several short stories and novellas. They’ve only recently gotten the confidence to begin rewriting, editing, and releasing their work. If you’ve started reading ToVY recently, you’ve gotten a glimpse into their soul as a lifelong storyteller.

Outside of writing, here are some interesting facts about Gaius:

  • Their favorite color is somewhere on the blue-green spectrum (teal, turquoise, aquamarine, etc).
  • Being a picky eater is a lifestyle for them, though not a choice. They really wish they found more foods delicious.
  • They have one cat and one cat ghost.
  • After attending a fine arts high school, they continued on to an art & design university.
  • Their specialty was film & television, though they took classes in sound design and animation as well.
  • Several years later, they returned to school for another 10 years to get a bachelors in Chemistry and Biology and a PhD in Cancer Biology.

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