Ok, I’m going to be honest with you. I never intended to write such a strongly feminist and generally controversial novel. It was just meant to be a tad dark, with a few social comments. But the more I explored the world I had created, the more sinister the story became!
I always wanted Horned Winged Blessed to be a pro-female, pro-LGBTQ+ novel. That much was unapologetically clear from the start. I just never expected that to be achieved in such an atmospheric way. By flipping the current gender roles that we see in today’s society on their heads, I unearthed an ugly array of bugs and vermin.
The book tackles issues like abortion, oppression and even rape. It’s all brought to light by having an all-female government at the core of the story. This allows me to portray society in an ironic way: where women are in charge, and it’s men that are oppressed. For me, this does two things. It shows just how much women are oppressed in society currently. It also reveals how gender equality isn’t simply a movement towards putting women in power. That wouldn’t achieve anything. True equality means peace and freedom for men, women and all other genders on the non-binary scale.
The war for equality is far from over…
Horned Winged Blesssed is in editing, and will be ready by the winter of 2019. If you fancy a dark, dystopian delve into what life would be like with gender roles swapped and WOMEN in the same position as men currently are, keep an eye out for the previews to come!
E L Croucher