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 a cover artist, it’s near completion.

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?

Nothing like this book exists yet.

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.

Please join my launch team…

Launch team members help to promote the book. They will receive a free copy of the eBook before it’s released for sale in October. The paperback will go on sale in November. My hope is that, in exchange for the eBook, everyone on the launch team will post a brief, supportive review on Amazon on the day the eBook becomes available for sale. This will increase the book’s “Amazon rank” and thus help others to find the book. Fill out this survey if you’re interested in joining the launch team.

…or spread the word and invite someone else to join.

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?
Please send them a link to this page! I’d love to give them a free, advance copy of the eBook when it’s ready in September 2018.