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… as I created more and more matriarchal societies, I had to create a dialect that fit the world.
I was told on more than one occasion that an all-female cast with a POC protagonist who was also LGBT was simply not marketable, and The Last Faoii was rejected nearly 200 times. I’ve since proven those agents wrong, but at the time I was devastated.
So keep going. At whatever pace you want and into whatever universe you want to see.
My initial vision was to write a novel based upon my experiences over my thirty-year medical career. I started with a prose novel, which took place during my years as a medical resident. After writing a chapter, I decided to change my novel from fiction to science fiction/fantasy. I changed to a graphic novel format to fully utilize my creative storytelling skills and my drawing skills which I developed in childhood.
To further promote my books, I created six animated videos which I uploaded to my website, as well as Pinterest and LinkedIn.
My goal with my animated videos is to make readers more familiar with my characters and worlds in my stories.
I was hell-bent on securing a traditional publisher for my book. Again, I am not sure why now. I knew before I ever finished writing it that I did not want to go the self-publishing route.
Last month, my novel, After the Dash, was released for publication. That’s right – April of 2020. In the middle of a global pandemic and nationwide lockdown.
The book challenges readers and makes them think about some deep ideologies. I wouldn’t have it any other way.