Tris Lawrence is the author of the Welcome to PHU serial, available on both Tumblr and Pillowfort since 2016. The ebooks of Welcome to PHU are published by Duck Prints Press, and paperback editions are crowd funded. She is also the author of the Seven Lakes series, independently published under the imprint of Patent Pendragon Press. She has had short stories published with Duck Prints Press, Zombies Need Brains, and QueerScifi.

Welcome to PHU – Serial

Welcome to PHU is a web serial about the students who attend Pine Hills University, a fictional liberal arts school, and the folks around them. It’s about magic, love, football, music, taekwondo, and just about anything else that college students might get involved in. And magic. Did we mention the magic? Because in this world, ten years ago, the public found out that magic is real, and ever since then, more and more Talents have become public in the world, and Pine Hills University happens to be one of the schools that welcomes these magical students with open arms.

All books, short stories, and extras are available to read freely in serial form on Tumblr and Pillowfort.

Tumblr: Main Page | Bibliography

Pillowfort: Main Page | Bibliography

Welcome to PHU – Published Editions

Twinned Book 1: Commit to the Kick

For eighteen years, Alaric has lived under the cloying politics of family and his Clan community. His freshman year is supposed to be a chance to explore a world where Clan and his shapeshifting Talent isn’t central to his life. But when his inner bear bursts forth during his first football game, endangering those around him, Alaric realizes that it’s not so easy to ignore his past, or his own internalized anger.

In his quest for anger management, Alaric begins to train in taekwondo, and makes new friends in both sports. He finds that he is creating his own small community, where Clan, Mages, other Talents, and even humans come together and build their own found family.

When Alaric receives news that something has happened to his brother Orson, he must return and deal with his Clan and his place in their world. He discovers that old prejudices are still strong between Clan and Mage communities, but that both may be in danger from a creature long thought to be only a legend. Alaric must figure out how to move forward and prevent a war and protect both his home and newly built communities, his found family with him every step of the way.

Purchase the eBook at Duck Prints Press.
Find it on Goodreads and StoryGraph.

Twinned Book 2: Missed Fortunes

Coming late 2024 from Duck Prints Press.

Twinned Book 3: Into the Split

Coming late 2024 from Duck Prints Press.

Seven Lakes

There’s nothing quite like home…

More than a decade ago, Colin left the small community of Seven Lakes. College turned into grad school, which transformed into unexpected co-parenting with his ex-girlfriend. Now that his ex has moved on, Colin returns to Seven Lakes with his young daughter, hoping this might become their new home.

But Seven Lakes isn’t just a small community within the Adirondacks. Colin quickly realizes that there are things that he has forgotten, that seem to be just out of reach within his mind. His fanciful daughter, who has always believed in magic, is determined that this is the place where she will finally learn to fly, and that the dog on the beach is actually a girl who will become a new best friend. As Colin reconnects with his old friends, their behavior is both familiar and odd, both welcoming and yet angry that he abandoned their pack.

Then there’s Ash—the cute guy Colin rescued on his way into town. Ash, who just happens to be staying with his brother and sister in the trailer next door, and who is incredibly attractive, and keeps talking about putting down roots like he’s looking for a forest more than a house.

If Colin wants to make a place for himself in Seven Lakes and explore a relationship with Ash, he will need to push past the barriers in his mind and come to terms with the reality of the magical world he can’t remember.

For the sake of his family and his future, he can’t forget again.

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Short Stories

“Soul Afire”
Published August 10, 2021 in Ink: Queer Sci Fi’s Eighth Annual Flash Fiction Contest, available on Amazon. Find the anthology on Goodreads.

“Dreaming of Pines”
Published 2021 in Add Magic to Taste, available from Duck Prints Press. Find the anthology on Goodreads or StoryGraph.

“so he won’t fly away”
a Welcome to PHU timestamp
**erotica title** Published December 2022 by Duck Prints Press. Find it on Goodreads.

“Best Friends AND…”
a Welcome to PHU timestamp
Published January 2023 by Duck Prints Press. Find it on Goodreads.

Published March 2023 in He Bears the Cape of Stars from Duck Prints Press. Find the anthology on Goodreads or StoryGraph.

“Live Like There’s No Tomorrow”
a Welcome to PHU timestamp
Published June 2023 by Duck Prints Press. Find it on Goodreads.

“Warm Anything You Want”
in the world of Seven Lakes
**erotica title** Published July 2023 by Duck Prints Press. Find it on Goodreads.

Published July 2023 in the anthology Game On! by Zombies Need Brains. Find it on Goodreads.

Published October 25, 2023 in Rise: Queer Sci Fi’s Tenth Annual Flash Fiction Contest. Find it on Goodreads.