The Empress’ Gambit

The Empress’ Gambit

Sequel to the Wattpad FEATURED story Philomena.

For four years, Philomena has been separated from the man she loves. Now, to save his life, she must return to the imperial court of the Jovani Empire, and outwit one of the most dangerous men in the world: a man who also happens to be her foster-father.

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Succession and Inheritance in Deusetats

So, in my Primer on Politics for Writers, I said:

If you make the [inheritance] systems any more complex than that, you risk (a) spending all your time explaining it, or (b) confusing readers over something that doesn’t drive the plot anyway. Trust me, I know this from personal experience. :)

In some ways, when I said “from personal experience” here, I was thinking of the succession rules in Deusetats, which are based on real-world cultures, but not the ones that are called easily to mind. Although for me as writer it’s a fun challenge to think about how this pivots the political landscape, I’m aware that for readers it is sometimes a little difficult to track. I think/hope the story reads fine even if you’re not 100% across the details, and think/hope also that watching the characters navigate the twisted roads to power might inspire readers to get more interested in politics generally, but I am also aware that it might be a bit hard to track. So, I have written this post to provide more info to those that want it, in the hope that it is not necessary to enjoying the story. 🙂

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Just started posting The Glittering Court (sequel to featured fantasy Philomena) on Wattpad. #excite!

Redid the covers of my Wattpad stories so they’re all matchy-matchy. Like?

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