Where did you find your hero?

Throw a rock at the fantasy aisle of a bookstore, who’s on the cover?

When I was teenager, I found no shortage of heroes in fiction. I found Taran the Wanderer, Tanis Half-Elven, and even King Arthur. Their portrayals on the cover of books and movies all looked like the man I wanted to be when I grew up.

They were dashing, handsome, and adventurous. If you squinted just right, you could see how my features might grow to match theirs. It was a good time to be a kid. Well, it was for me.

As a white male, it’s easy to find fantasy heroes who put the world to rights with blade, spell, or quill.

For my wife, she looked to Talia from Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar series. She might have looked to Cimorene from Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles, but Cimorene didn’t do quite enough sword-swinging and defeating bad guys.

It was hard to find warrior women. Maybe it still is.

For the women of color that I know, the number of fantasy heroes to imagine being was even smaller.

That’s part of why I created Senka.

Seven Days a Servant is available on Inkshares

In the city of Brilliance — the beating heart of The Enlightened nation — Senka Kasun violates her people’s most important principle. She wields a blade to take the life of another.

Death is forbidden in Brilliance. Enlightened do not fear death as long as they take their Nectar and keep death at bay. Youth, beauty, and good health are all guaranteed by the House of Assurance.

Brilliance is paradise. Or so it would seem from within the palace walls. Once sentenced to seven days of servitude, Senka discovers something rotten beneath the canopy of everlasting life. The roots are rotten.

When your eyes are opened to injustice, do you turn away?

Senka needs your help

Seven Days a Servant is available for pre-order on Inkshares right now. You can order it right here:

Time is of the essence. Seven Days a Servant is in the running for the Geek & Sundry Fantasy Contest, and these first few days are crucial. Most entries do not have many readers, and only the top ten are featured on the front page. Right now, that number ten position has just twelve pre-orders. With a little help, we can get Senka and her adventures onto the front page.

The only way to do this is to go now, pre-order, and then tell your friends. Self-promotion will only take Senka’s story so far. She needs your help — she needs fans — to make her story known.

Please. Spread the word.

After you do that, there is something I would like to know. Tell me who inspired you in fantasy stories. When you were young, was there someone in a novel, show, or movie who made you say: “Them. I want to be them when I grow up!”

Tell me a story of the hero who inspired you to be better.


Trick Dempsey is the author of Nobody’s Business, a social-media noir set in a world obsessed with celebrity. It may be purchased on Amazon.

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