Su J. Sokol


Su J. Sokol is a Montreal activist, a cyclist, and a writer of speculative and interstitial fiction. Originally from Brooklyn, Sokol studied law and philosophy before becoming a community lawyer specializing in housing. She immigrated to Canada in 2004 and now lives in Montréal with her family. Sokol works for a community organization as a social rights advocate. Su’s short stories have appeared in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology, the TFF 10th Anniversary Anthology, Tabulit, and Glittership: An LGBT Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast. Her debut novel, Cycling to Asylum, was long-listed for the 2015 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the summer of 2011, after completing three years of working at my job full-time and having 25% of my pay set aside for a pre-paid sabbatical. During this sabbatical, I completed my first draft of Cycling to Asylum and I also had my first short story, "Je me souviens", published.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is the story of a family in the near future who are forced to flee a dystopic New York City. They cross into Québec from the United States by bicycle and ask for refugee status. The story is written from the present tense, first person perspective of the four main characters, including two children, but this is an adult novel. Cycling to Asylum is a tale of activism, a cycling adventure, a family drama and an outside-of-the-box love story. There are parts that are dark but the book also has humour, and ultimately, it is full of hope. I came up with the story one day while biking home from my job at a community organization that works with immigrants and refugees, among others.
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Cycling to Asylum
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,720. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Alternative history
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In a near-future, dystopian New York City, a family is forced to flee. They cross the border by bicycle into Quebec and apply for refugee status.

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