Literature: Under My Skin

Under My Skin is the debut novel of prolific fanfiction writer A. E. "Asynca" Dooland, which started out as a spin-off Prequel of the Tomb Raider fanfic The Dreaming, featuring original characters Min and Bree. Originally published in serial form online, it is now available as e-book and can be ordered in paperback. The sequel, Flesh And Blood, is currently being published on the author's website.

Min Lee is a workaholic who can’t say no. She substitutes sleep with Red Bull and, through a combination of repression and bad habits, has managed to score herself a luxury apartment, a fabulous boyfriend and the approval of her billionaire CEO. Things are looking pretty awesome… well, apart from those body image issues that constantly plague her.But Min thinks she’s got everything worked out. She’s arranged her comfort zone and has zero desire to look outside of it… or, so she tells herself.It’s not until a troubled schoolgirl tracks her down from the Internet, stalks her to her home and noses her way into life that Min begins to admit that something is wrong in her perfect world. Something that she’s never thought about before, and doesn’t even want to think about. Something that has the power to ruin all her relationships and dismantle everything in her life she’s worked so very hard for.What if ‘she’ isn’t the right word for Min at all?

Under My Skin is a story exploring one person’s struggle with their gender, their sexuality and their battle to break from from expectation and live authentically.


Under My Skin contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Foregone Conclusion: Anybody who has read The Dreaming knows that Min and Bree will end up as a couple, and that Min will quit her job at Frost.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Min absolutely towers over just about everybody.
  • Land Down Under: Min lives and works in Sydney.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Min repeatedly tells Sarah that no, she is not in a relationship with Bree. Sarah's not buying it.