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! It was also featured Nov. 15 as a deal on eBooksHabit.

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?