Late Friday evening, 9/29/16, I logged into CreateSpace and finalized Dar Tania. From there, I next went to Amazon Kindle Publishing and spent 45 minutes finalizing everything and hitting the various approvals to activate it. It's a bit surreal when something you've worked on this long is suddenly subject to public scrutiny. Lacking a publisher, I had little thought that this would immediately become a runaway success. Still, within 5 days, 17 people - of which only 9 were friends and family - had picked Dar Tania up. Surreal does not adequately describe that experience.
One of my goals with all my writing is to have strong female leads that are real. Dar Tania, I hope comes across as a strong female lead and I sought to have her reactions be in line with her character. Going from someone known within a tribe to comrades with what you had always believed was your god, to having a direct responsibility with an actual goddess... I wanted her to be real. Behind all of this, you have a millennial eugenics program to create a culture that accepts certain things not just as faith, but as "this is how it is and always has been". It's a powerful culture, but one that does not bend easily.
I got an email from one of the readers about "strong female leads". I can't promise that all my writing with have strong female leads, but they will be there. With Malcor's Story almost done, I can tell you that there are strong females, but they are not the lead characters. The 3rd book - Bomoki's Gate - will more directly feature characters like Seline - a female paladin of the Order of Fire, Ayden - a myrmidon officer, and Dar Ana - high priestess of the Temple At Bloodstone.