Middle Child Press: 2010


Floor's Open: The Sultry Court Anthology, Vol. 1

You've purchased your copy (hopefully), you've taken a trip through the Court, and now all our writers are waiting and listening.

So let's have it.

What did you like the most?  What did you dislike the most?  What would like you more of?  What would you like less of?  Any sequel requests?  Anything story'd like expanded into its own book?

There are no right or wrong answers; we just need to know.  Our authors will not be responding to you directly; we will instead discuss your reviews amongst ourselves.


Amaya Speaks: Crossing the Pacific

I’ve been writing for 32 years.  I’ve published a book, a poem and a short story.  When I was old enough to understand the difference between the television, the books I read, and my reality, I shifted my writing perspective to account for that epiphany.  Thankfully, that shift happened around13 years old.  I just recently experienced another shift, coincidentally not too long after my recent birthday, and this one I did not expect.

I’ve been writing about black people for years because I’m black.  Black women have been my protagonists because I’m a black woman.  Black men have also been protagonists, antagonists and all areas in between.  It’s said that you write what you know, and in my case that’s true.  The only variables in my storytelling are the concept and the plot.  Problem is that it does get boring always writing about what you know.  But that was my world, and it still is.


Taste the Sultry

Genres and Categories at Middle Child Press



Literary genre pertaining to an exciting or very unusual experience, participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises, a bold, usually risky undertaking, or hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

Creative Nonfiction

a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives (doesn't include technical writing or journalism).


Fiction that deals with sex or sexual themes, generally in a more serious way than pornography; sometimes includes elements of social criticism.  Sex scenes are explicitly described, and in rather ribald language.  A complex plot is not required in erotica.


Literary genre that is an imaginative or fanciful work, especially one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters.


Literary genre that is a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially forming part of the oral tradition of the common people. Any belief or story passed on traditionally, especially one considered to be false or based on superstition.


A genre of literature, which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten its readers, inducing feelings of horror and terror


Literary genre whose plot involves a crime or other event that remains puzzlingly
unsettled until the very end.


Form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning.


Literary genre with in which a sophisticated, in-depth love story is the central focus; tends to be an umbrella genre.  The keywords here are "sophisticated" and "in-depth"; at Middle Child Press, writers creating romantic works are expect to prove innovative, powerful plotlines and use less controversial terminology when describing intimate scenes.

Science Fiction

Literary genre in which a background of science is an integral part of the story (robots, space travel, interplanetary war, or invasions from outer space).


A genre of literature that uses suspense, tension, and excitement as the main elements.


Sometimes labels like "mature" and "horror" and "erotica" are still too broad, even when they're listed together.  These help to let readers know a little more about what they're in for, thus preventing any surprises.


*a specialized category we've adopted due to steadily growing demand; also includes Native Americans and Polynesians.
**involves an atypical subject, format, or storytelling methodology.
***in cases where the story isn't entirely a fantasy, but has some supernatural elements, or hints at supernatural elements.


MCP Presents: The Sultry Court Anthology, Vol. 1

For immediate release

Independent Publisher Releases Debut Anthology

November 23, 2010

U.S.A - After many long weeks of writing, promoting, editing, spending, and painting, Middle Child Press is proud to present its very first eBook, The Sultry Court Anthology, Vol. 1, available from the Middle Child Press eBookstore.

Penned by the ladies of MCP's Sultry Court, the book is filled with sensuous, pretty, dirty things to tempt and lure readers away from everday life...if only for a moment.

Enter the forbidden halls of the Court, where abstinence is strictly verboten.


Sultry Court Author Profile: Aislynn Sanchar

The seductive Baroness Sanchar resides in an opulent villa at the edge of a Black Forest, where she scribbles carnal prose via moonlight. Lady Aislynn has a penchant for hard men, expensive sunglasses and very sharp knives.

Sultry Court Author Profile: Vasi Davin-Thorne

Lady Vasi Davin-Thorne is a voluptuous adventurer who plays by her own rules. The Contessa is quick-witted and highly intelligent. She exudes mystery, sensuality, and just a subtle hint of danger.

Sultry Court Author Profile: Chantilly Lace

Lady Chantilly Lace is a High Priestess trained in the arts of sexual pleasures. She is highly skilled in killing, disguise, manipulation and when necessary, the black arts.

Sultry Court Author Profile: Allatu Trevigne

All the sleepless men cry out for Allatu, a Duchess who has been lover to emperors, poets, philosophers, and men who would make themselves kings. Indeed...many men have left this earth whispering her name.


Our Comments Policy

At Middle Child Press, we are interested in knowing what readers think about our work so far and what they would like to read about in the future.  But before you start telling us, there are some things you'll have to keep in mind:

1) This is a safe space for women of color, and we don't just mean black women.  The comfort and needs of women of color are our top priority.

2) When discussing what you'd like to read in the future, understand that all our lead ladies will be women of color.  Just go on ahead and make peace with that now.

3) The romances of the Sultry Court will be predominantly interracial.  The love interest is often at the discretion of the writer, and there's a very good chance the love interest might not even human...or living.  You really may want to remember that because at MCP...we wear our weird on the outside.

4) BEHAVE.  You're not here to debate.  Just talk about what you like and what you want to read more of.

And now everyone,let us get to know you!


Our Sultry Court

The Sultry Court will become home to MCP's erotica collection.  Inspired by the peerage system, four of our authors have donned a noble title, a naughty alter-ego, and have been penning poems and tales of dark passion.  MCP's Creative Director Amaya Radjani recently announced our literary debut, The Sultry Court Anthology: Volume I.

As of now, four authors work tirelessly to meet this deadline.  The Court abides by a single rule: there are no rules. Each Lady is encouraged to let her mind roam its deepest recesses, and unveil her most wicked desires.  Human, demon, shapeshifter, warrior prince, walking dead...when it comes to choosing lovers, the Ladies do not discriminate.

"The Court also nods to those with slightly more 'mainstream' tastes," Radjani reports, "but we can't make any promises."

Look for the Anthology this winter. It'll definitely keep readers warm.  In the meantime, enjoy a quick taste at the Writer's Café.



Middle Child Press is a tree-friendly, private publishing company founded by authors Amaya Radjani and Ankhesen Mié in April of 2010. Our goal is to meet the entertainment needs of women of color who are marginalized by mainstream media.

Indie writer, actor, and director Issa Rae once said she created The Misdaventures of an Awkward Black Girl because while she did occasionally see a Black girl on TV, she didn't see Black girls like her. The same could be said for women of color in general here in the West; when we do see women who look like us, they don't always relate to us. And for those of us who like demon hunters or jaw-droppingly unapologetic erotica, or who practice polytheism or atheism, or who enjoy lesbian sheroes even when we're not lesbians ourselves...we're basically the middle children of mainstream media.

...Hence the Press.

Now, in its commitment to being tree-friendly (and a devout member of the 21st Century), MCP publishes eBooks only. This also reduces cost for customers as it cuts out shipping.
As a small-budget, independent press our authors are handpicked, so we do not accept submissions.