I’ve written a new book.

For years and years, I’ve worked on this. Finally, with the help of a fabulous publishing coach, four editors, and cover artist Andi Santagata, it’s ready. You can get an eBook copy today!

Great reviews on BookViral, Amazon, and Goodreads!

Painting Dragons: What Storytellers Need to Know About Writing Eunuch Villains

In the early 1800s, a British novelist said of a real-life Persian political tyrant who was a eunuch: “I have placed him in my narrative, as a painter sometimes inserts a dragon or some such monster in the foreground of his landscape.”

I’m asking: Why do writers paint these dragons? There are several literary tropes about eunuchs; why does the “evil eunuch” stereotype exist? How does it play out in novels? If you’re a writer, how might you change the game in your novel?

The first book of its kind

This has been a mission-driven project of mine for nearly as long as I can remember. I had to write the book I wanted to see in the world. I’ve painstakingly gathered and analyzed information that I think will interest and help others. It’s my great pleasure to create something unique.

Spread the word

Eunuch villains in fiction are a niche topic. They may not be your cup of tea, but chances are you know someone who will be intrigued.

Do you know someone who…

  • reads or writes historical fiction?
  • studies or teaches social attitudes toward gender, sexuality, disability, or cultural representation?
  • wants to be able to say at their Halloween party that they just read a book on villains?