Selo & Inya
Some of you may or may not have noticed a new link to the right for Selo & Inya. Selo & Inya is an intended series of novelettes written by yours truly. The artwork is designed by Julie Nguyễn and the series is published by Middle Child Press. The series's title comes from its two female protagonists "Selo" and "Inya".
Selo ("see-low") is a young warrior woman from the Queendom of Tiy ("teey"). An orphan who's spent her whole life in an all-female society, her story begins with her foray into the Kingdom of Oon Sati ("oon-sah-tee"), a society of both men and women.
Inya ("in-yah") is Selo's traveling companion. Inya is a nomad and herbalist who was born and raised in Oon Sati. She is Selo's guide through mixed society, as well as her personal physician.
Selo and Inya reside in a fictional world during ancient times. I've spent several years drafting different continents and cultures in this world, and has finally decided to combine them into one planet.
Lady of the Court (now available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble) is the first book in the series. It introduces us to Selo, who is assigned to escort her Princess Abeti to a neighboring kingdom where she's to be given in a "blood marriage" after her mother wins a weary battle.
Upon arrival in at the princess’s new palace, Selo is sent to train as the princess’s Chief Attendant under the tutelage of Inya, who's acting as the court herbalist. Thus begins a friendship borne of unlikely circumstances, as Selo learns not only the troubling truth about mixed societies, but their royal houses as well.
Growing up as a teenager in the 1990s, I watched many shows with influential female leads (The X-Files, Xena: Warrior Princess, Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.), but not many of these television shows focused on women of color. Since I cannot provide a television show, I've begun a series meant to focus on the Brown girls, i.e. women of African, South Asiatic, and Indigenous descent (think Gaya's Astronomy).
The novelettes will focus on the strength, beauty, and character diversity of such women; readers can expect to meet queens, princesses, warriors, assassins, bounty hunters, tribal chiefs, oracles, priestesses, and more.
The novelettes are designed to be a short read, akin to watching a TV episode, and will be inexpensively priced, starting at $4.99 (USD).