Middle Child Press: April 2011


Checking in with...Lady Aislynn Sanchar

Today, I’d like to welcome Lady Aislynn Sanchar, author of “Lovesick,” “Banquet,” and “Sacrament.”  The Baroness is a nocturnal femme fatale and a prolific author.  She writes poetry, short stories, novels, and all styles in between.  I am fortunate that the Baroness (as she prefers to be called) was passing through my part of the world and took some time to meet with me.  

AR:  Hello, Baroness.  I must say, I admire your style of dress.  You have a very distinctive look; both alluring and dangerous.  Are you dangerous?

The Baroness:  Yes.

       AR: I normally ask for three personal descriptors for your fans; you’ve already given me one.  Can you tell me two more things about yourself?

The Baroness:  I’d rather not.


Checking in with...Lady Chantilly Lace

I’d like to welcome Lady Chantilly Lace, affectionately called Lady Lace, and author of “Underworld Assassin.”   The Viscountess is a practitioner of the black arts, an expert swordswoman, and an all-around badass.

AR:  Hi, Lace.  Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me, so to speak.  It’s been a while since we’ve spoken, and I’d like for your fans to know how you’ve been doing since the book was released.  First off, I always ask for the Ladies to tell us three things.  What would you like for your fans to know?

CL:  When I’m not writing, studying the dark arts, or learning complex knifework, I’m a 39-year old mother of four.  I’ve been married for 18 years.  I go back and forth between my alter-egos, and there are days when they can mesh.  Kids, you know.


Checking in with...Lady Vasi Davin-Thorne

Last summer, I had the grand fortune to work with some phenomenal women who contributed to MCP’s debut anthology, The Sultry Court.  As part of MCP's marketing push for The Sultry Court, I thought I’d check in with the Ladies.  It’s been almost a year since the conception of the book, and I thought it would be good for the fans to see how their favorite Ladies are doing.  It’s not an easy task, as we have to meet at places where time converges, but I’m up to it.

Today, I'll be speaking with Countess Vasi Davin-Thorne, author of "Siege."  "Siege" is the story of an Ethiopian queen's battle of wits and wills with a Greek prince determined to make the warrior woman his bride.  “Siege” is Lady Davin-Thorne’s first foray into erotica.  The Countess is currently abroad, but was kind enough to offer me a few minutes of her time to answer a few questions.

     AR:   Tell us three things about yourself.
    VDT:  I’m a passionate provocateur, a risk taker, and I’m not afraid to be deviant.

      AR:  What motivated you to become an author?
     VDT:  I’m obsessed with stories and I love telling stories; I’m a fanatic.  The next obvious step was to write them down.

       AR:  What inspired you to write “Siege?”
     VDT:  As a woman of color, I know for a fact that our history is rich and detailed and untold, and I wanted to tap into that. 

Interview with Joey Pinkney

Recently, Amaya Radjani, MCP's Creative Director, was interviewed by Joey Pinkney, a popular book reviewer.  Some of what they discussed is the genesis of Middle Child Press and The Sultry Court.  Here is a portion of the interview:

JP: What sets The Sultry Court apart from other books in the same genre?

AR: The Sultry Court was envisioned as a mystical girls night in, where the Ladies of the Court come together in a supernatural realm to swap stories. Since each Lady is from a different era and/or plane of existence, these times must converge in one unique transcendent hub in order for them to get together and share their stories and poems.

Each Lady has an innovative, hand-drawn avatar included in the book, and the cover is also an original piece of art. I think the imaginative artwork adds an exceptional touch.

You can read the full interview here...


Ankh Speaks: Debunking the Universal Narrative

In her recent interview with popular book reviewer Joey Pinkney, Amaya Radjani was asked: "As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to The Sultry Court getting out to the public?" To which she replied: "Listening to the market is very important to us here at MCP; our target audience comprises women of color, and that’s a group which doesn’t get listened to very often here in the West.

"We roamed through online communities, started blogs, read blogs and initiated discussions all because we wanted to hear what women of color want and don’t want. Even now, we encourage readers to come to our blog and talk to us about The Sultry Court so that we’ll know what direction to go in for future volumes."

This reminds of me when I was a senior at Marshall University, studying World Literature under the very strict, very blunt Irish professor Dr. Lachlan Whalen.  While we read postcolonial literature from Africa, he pointed out that Western scholars were always lining up to praise African writers for sharing their "universal narratives."  Needless to say, Dr. Whalen called bullshit, flat-out stating these narratives were not universal.  Not everyone could understand where the writers were coming from, much less who they were and what they'd been through.  In short, their stories were not for everyone, and not everyone could understand them.