Recently I held a poll on Twitter to determine the title for my fantasy novel. The Emerald Sword never really grabbed me, but I didn’t have any great ideas.
Then I wrote some words down from my main character’s perspective and I realized I had my title: The Tang of Fate
First I went to Twitter for confirmation. About ten people voted and as I figured, Tang of Fate won over Emerald Sword, Zamurrad, and Something Else.
It’s catchy, not quite as cliched, and it definitely helps that no one else appears to have used the title yet.
What’s it about? Glad you asked! Saucy female protagonist sees her family slain by evil sorcerer. On her way to stop badguy from turning everybody into skeletons, she makes friends with a wizard, a changeling, and a princess. And achieving her goal may doom the world with fire and ice.
I’ve always loved fantasy fiction, especially more grounded works like Dragonlance and David Gemmell’s Drenai Saga. I love Star Wars and comics of all types, as well as classics of genre and literary fiction.
After an adolescence spent following white dudes with swords around, I strive for greater diversity in my works, with POC and women as major characters I have relatively few LGBTQ characters, but the ones I have are written as people, not props. That goes for all my characters. (It’s not that hard. Bar is ridiculously low.)
Ten more things Tang of Fate will have:
- A fairy queen
- Detailed setting
- People being terrible to each other
- People being excellent to each other
- Characters who want things
- Characters who do things
- Imperfect heroes who are still heroes
- Fightin’, feastin’, runnin’ away, and makin’ sweet, sweet love
Four things Tang of Fate will definitely not have:
- Any mention of a balance between good and evil. The concept is atrocious.
- Dull, over-troped writing
- Songs about dish-washing