I grew up on Fantasy books. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember. But I never really felt represented in classic fantasy. It always seemed that women fell into one of three categories: 1) They were damsels in distress. 2) They were a love interest. 3) Sometimes they WOULD be the amazing heroine I hoped for–but then about halfway through the book they’d meet a guy and decide to make out with him on some bloodsoaked battlefield, forgetting whatever grand wars or internal conflicts they’d faced up until that point.
It was boring. And sometimes nauseating.
So what do you do when you can’t find the book you’re looking for? You write it yourself.
The Faoii Chronicles were built from that idea: I wanted to write the heroines that younger me wanted to read. I wanted to finally have the representation in military fantasy that I craved so desperately in my youth. I wanted to feel empowered and heard by the women in my books, and I wanted them to have grander goals than simply marriage.
I also wanted them to wear armor that actually covers their vital organs.
Is that really so much to ask?
Now I dress up in armor and sign books in all sorts of different places for all sorts of different people. We’re all capable of making a difference in our own lives– I just think it’s easier to do with a sword than a glass slipper.