So I’ve been in the blogging game for about two years, mind you, it wasn’t until April of 2012 that I started rolling out the stories. I could hardly believe it when WordPress gave me the little nod saying I’ve been around for so long.
Back when TWO DESTROYERS didn’t even have a title, I wasn’t sure what direction the novel would go. It was effectively a project I hadn’t put much weight into. Now it’s a complete 120,000 word novel I can be proud of.
Something else came to my attention, while drumming up query letters. There are alarmingly few African American fantasy authors out there. There are stark recent exceptions of course, including N.K. Jemisin with THE KILLING MOON.
Mind you, TWO DESTROYERS features a black protagonist as one of the four POV characters. It isn’t a black-centric story. There’s a reason for that. Humanity has come a long way from our habits of categorizing each other. Today more than ever, people can achieve their dreams regardless of their color.
I’d rather not open the can of worms of existing discrimination, but we have come a long way. Some of the themes in my novel approach this. Racism is a dated concept. It will fade away eventually. It might take a thousand years, but Sci-Fi has it right. When you introduce aliens into the mix, Human becomes the important race card.
Even if aliens do not show up, or even exist. This concept is happening. Fifty years ago, things were so much worse. And fifty years is a drop in the bucket.
So in that light, I write about people. Anyone that has read by About the Author Page knows I’m a big ass black dude. But it is my words that people look at on a daily basis, not my face. I will say with pride though, I am proud to be a young-ish black guy writing fantasy. I’m in a pretty exclusive club.
To those that have following my updates regarding TWO DESTROYERS, Dendarg is a facsimile of an African nation. There aren’t that many colored people in fantasy. It’s annoying. I grew up playing a lot of console games, many of them come from Japan.
And well. They don’t exactly have a good track record regarding the representation of Blacks. In fact most of the time, they simply don’t exist.
Dendarg is a key part of the conflict in the novel, but it isn’t the focus. Simply because storytelling comes first, then pride in my color. That’s not to say future exploits won’t focus on the Desert Scorpion and his home nation. I think the best representation I can offer of my pride comes in playing a part in making a story awesome.
That’s something I learned in the past two years. The past two years have been two of the hardest in my life, but it only motivated me to create more.
Thanks for two years everyone. Here’s to another and many more.