I’ve recently become reacquainted with this author. A few weeks ago, I asked on Facebook if anyone had a friend who had self-published exclusively in E-book format, who would be willing to share his/her journey with me. My older sister linked me to Daniel Swensen, who then become a full mentor for my own journey. This man is amazing, so unselfish with his knowledge. I then realized that I had been acquainted with him ten years previously, as he regularly commented on my older sister’s blog. Even better.
Daniel has a work already e-published, a short story called Burn. You can find it on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble (through Smashwords.) Hint… it’s free on Smashwords and $1 on Amazon. Amazing read. Absolutely amazing. If you want a taste of Daniel’s writing talent, search for Burn and read it.
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/259466 – <<<<<< Smashwords link for Burn (hint, hint).
Though he has written several full-length novels, Orison is his first for publication. I’m only briefly familiar with Orison. However, when I read today’s blog post on Surly Muse, I decided I WILL BE READING THIS BOOK! His blog post explains why he gender-flipped his protagonist, from a competent white man into a competent brown-skinned woman. Not a sexualized woman who needs rescue… one who can survive on her own merits without sexualization or a need for a hero.
http://surlymuse.com/why-i-gender-flipped-my-protagonist/ – <<<<<< Surly Muse, Daniel Swenson’s writing blog!
This sums up how he feels about women as protagonists…
“I didn’t like that my only female characters were basically love interests. That’s precisely the kind of thing I don’t like in the fiction I consume, so why was I writing it? I realized my fiction was pulling stunts I occasionally tended to razz other authors for: lingering on the female’s clothes, putting them in situations the male character’s wouldn’t be in, adding sexualized nuances that the male characters didn’t have.
“I’d see stuff like this in other people’s fiction and think, why don’t writers just treat the female characters with the same set of dramatic standards? Why can’t we have a female character who doesn’t have to be captured or rescued by a man, whose life doesn’t center on her romantic interest in a male? How about some damn variety?
“And then it hit me. I could stop griping and just put my money where my mouth was. If I wanted to make a female character who didn’t get marginalized for being female, why not just make my protagonist female?”
“I don’t for one instant consider Orison to be some sort of Important Feminist Work; it most emphatically is not. It’s just a good fantasy yarn, which happens to have a female protagonist who doesn’t get by on her bare midriff and her sexuality. And if that makes my novel out of the ordinary somehow, well, all I can say is, it shouldn’t. I think it should be both common and unremarkable.”
Here I’m speaking to anyone who likes to see women as more than a set of boobs, who enjoys watching a woman actually take care of business, or is a woman who actually takes care of business! Check out Daniel’s blog! If you like what he has to say about why women should be protagonists… because they just should… add the blog to your favorites. Read Burn. Then keep an eye out, so you know when Orison is available. I know I will.