Adding to my authors list

Via Twitter I have a new author to try out. Any author who writes this to someone whining about his characters deserves more readers.

Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell. I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top; I hope she amuses and delights. In my fictional world, opportunities for butt-kicking do not cease merely because one isn’t a beautiful teenager or a muscle-wrapped font of testosterone. In my fictional universe, the main characters are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes “SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder.”

You don’t like it? Don’t buy my books. Get your own fictional universe. Your cabbage-water vision of worldbuilding bores me to tears.

The book in question is Red Seas under Red Skies.

I am also going buy the book on pirates featured in the Boing Boing article. “Bold in her breeches: Women Pirates across the Ages” edited by Jo Stanley. Bold in her breeches sounds like an excellent blog title.

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5 replies

  1. Just went and put his pirate books on my wishlist!

  2. My library has them so I’m hoping to be reading them soon.

  3. “Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does.”
    That is truly priceless.
    But seriously, these people who read no history and then make pronouncements about what a woman couldn’t do – how do they get so confident about something they know nothing about? I never feel that way about a topic that isn’t my area.

  4. We’re men. EVERYTHING is our area, otherwise it would be marked “Women’s area”. It’s stupid, but stupid’s our area too.

  5. Jo Stanley, who I know in RL and is lovely!! and a very active feminist, has a blog: She only posts intermittantly, but it’s all women and the sea!

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