You’re very welcome 🙂
And I think we’re on the same page, so to speak. Particularly when it comes to the feminist idea of destroying gender stereotypes. In
writing Throne of Shame, I wanted to challenge the reader’s
preconceptions, that’s why I started with the familiar archetypes of the fairytale,
and then set about subverting them.
You may have noticed that the Princess has her freedom limited by several circumstances. But the Prince never ravishes her, in fact, he never comes at all.
All the characters in the story are deliberately
ambiguous. Hence the Princess isn’t a delicate flower, she’s a
fighter, who rejects the role she’s born into. Yet she finds the power
of authority seductive, she is not completely virtuous, she was shamefully aroused by watching her friend being punished in her
Is the Prince a rescuer or an abductor? Does the
Princess want try to preserve her mask of royal authority on the throne,
or does her body long for the disgraceful ecstasy of the horse? And is
the mysterious ‘servant girl’ a Princess or a consort?
So Throne of Shame asks: do we choose our own roles or would we prefer someone else to decide them for us, based on their expectations?
After all, like you say, good fiction should leave the reader questioning…