The first is my pandemic novel, RWBY: Roman Holiday, which has nothing to do with the classic 1953 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck other than the punny title—although there are some loose parallels if you squint enough. It’s my third RWBY young adult novel tie-in to the RWBY animated series from Rooster Teeth, a collaboration between them and Scholastic. And considering the atypical, nonideal conditions of writing during lockdown, in the midst of a presidential election and transfer of power (and all that that implies), I think it turned out pretty well. It’s a prequel to the first season of the series, detailing some of the backstory of two fan-favorite characters: the roguish Roman Torchwick and his stylish and imaginitive partner in crime, Neopolitan. RWBY: Roman Holiday is available now wherever books are sold.
Also really exciting: RWBY Fairy Tales, an animated miniseries based on my stories from RWBY: Fairy Tales of Remnant, debuted at Halloween with one of my personal favorite tales, the spoopy “The Grimm Child.” Rooster Teeth has adapted six of the stories into ~5-minute cartoons, and is making them available for free to everyone one day after they premiere on their own subscription service, Rooster Teeth FIRST. So you can watch them there, on YouTube, on instagram, Twitter, Facebook — wherever!
It’s amazing to see my words adapted to the screen by such a talented creative team, but it’s even more amazing that I had the opportunity to adapt two of my stories myself. I wrote the screenplay for “The Shallow Sea,” a combination of that story and “The Judgment of Faunus” from the book — fulfilling my longstanding dream of writing for television. I love it, and you can watch it below. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the series!