On September 8, the Asian-inspired epic fantasy The Bone Shard Daughter was released into the world. I sat down with the author, Andrea Stewart, to discuss her debut, diversity in the fantasy genre, and writing established queer relationships.
Beyond Queer Tropes
The Bone Shard Daughter follows a cast of characters in an empire on the edge of revolution, where an emperor drains the life force of his citizens to power monstrous, magical constructs made of bone.
Two of these characters include an established sapphic couple. These two women have class differences between them, which they now have to deal with for the first time as the coming changes in society affect their relationship.
“There’s still a lot of story within the framework of an established relationship,” Andrea shared.
She wanted to write a story with LGBTQ characters that wasn’t a tragedy, and that wasn’t focused on coming out. “Everybody has more to their life,” she said with a laugh.
Diversity Enriches the Genre
Andrea is excited about the increase of diversity in the fantasy genre, and wants to see even more of it.
“I know when I was a kid,” she said, “it was always the straight, white male protagonist. And that was the first stuff that I started to write, because I thought that’s all there was. I didn’t really see a lot that was reflective of who I was, but I thought that there wasn’t necessarily a place for that.”
Fantasy, in particular, is a genre that has so much room for imagination and creativity; there’s no reason to use the same narrow patterns over and over again.
“I think bringing in more diversity just enriches the genre,” she said.
The Goals of the Book
Andrea’s ultimate goals with The Bone Shard Daughter included that it be reflective of her background, and that it include a biracial main character. Beyond that, she wanted to create an immersive fantasy world that people could escape into. She wanted it to be a fun and engaging story that also made people think.
I don’t know about you, but all of that sounds right up my alley. I can’t wait to get my hands on this latest epic debut.
Watch the entire interview:
The Bone Shard Daughter is available wherever you get your books.
As a devout reader of fantasy novels, Brianna has always felt the call to put pen to paper and will be embarking on her greatest adventure yet — releasing her debut novel, City of Reckoning in 2021. When she’s not writing, she can be found behind the camera directing films or behind the computer screen working on multimedia design projects. Brianna’s path has led her to contribute digital illustrations to SBA.gov and motion graphics for a multitude of nonprofits, and freelancing while traveling the world.
Follow along to see what’s next on her journey at briannadasilva.blog.