I uploaded it last night and it went live overnight, it’s available here!
This was an interesting one for me. I’ve mentioned it here and there before, but I originally started KG before The Security Guy and had to abandon it. That was back when I was still working, and I just couldn’t make it work. Now I have more energy for writing, I was able to get it together. For reference, I stopped while Krol and Naomi were still in the cave, about a third of the way in.
I expected it to be maybe 60k words? It ended up being 92.5, which might be the longest Gandry novel (if it’s not UnBonded). In my mind, I can see a lot of things wrong with it, but I won’t point them out, since early responses have been very positive. I can’t believe people have already finished it! It’s only just been 12 hours since I uploaded it!
My reasoning behind Krol was, I love big beastly heroes! Scarred up and gruff and loud. But also, I wanted to expand the Gandry society and dig into what happens when a Queen goes bad. They have complete control of the people in their territory and nobody polices them, there’s nothing to make sure they toe the line. Mirr is probably the worst Queen possible. and by extension, she has created a male who is the opposite of the males we have seen in the past. In the beginning of the book, Krol would rather die than be Bonded. He hates Queens. He needs to live by himself, and it’s driving him crazy. At the same time, he has a child. Beastly heores need their fluffy foil to show their soft side, but Ryll keeps Krol sane enough to function, and breaks down the obvious family structure of a tribe even further. Krol does not need a female to have children. It’s turning Gandry society on its head.
With Naomi, I wanted a heroine who didn’t need to rely on the Gandry to survive. There is a lot of that in this series, so I wanted a heroine who wasn’t afraid, who knew she could get by on her own. She is optimistic and light-hearted, or I tried to make her that way. She’s more inventive than the others. But she and Krol have something in common in that while they can survive on their own, the loneliness is crushing. They need connection and the comfort of just having someone else there.
There has been a lot of discussion of diversity and own-voice stories in romance lately. I did wonder if it I, a white woman, should write a black heroine. In the end, I did, because on the Gandry planet, those three women are the only humans and therefore become representative of the entire human race, and I didn’t want that sample of humanity to be all white. That made me too uncomfortable to ignore.
I hope I did an okay job with Ryll. I have no experience with children. And I hope everyone enjoyed the glimpses of the rest of the tribe. There are 13-14 of them now! I didn’t realise how many of them there are, and it was hard to fit everyone in.
What’s next? Well, first of all, I’ve got all my covers back from the designer for Office Aliens, so that series will be getting a revamp, and the next book I write will be Office Aliens 4, The Guy Next Door, about Kez, and his Balor neighbour Bia. I’m really excited for this one, there’s going to be a lot of complicated stuff to do with race and culture, what you inherit, what you are taught, and what you choose for yourself.
I hope you all enjoy Krol’s Goddess! Let me know what you think!