Ok, I’m going to be honest with you. I never intended to write such a strongly feminist and generally controversial novel. It was just meant to be a tad dark, with a few social comments. But the more I explored the world I had created, the more sinister the story became!
I always wanted Horned Winged Blessed to be a pro-female, pro-LGBTQ+ novel. That much was unapologetically clear from the start. I just never expected that to be achieved in such an atmospheric way. By flipping the current gender roles that we see in today’s society on their heads, I unearthed an ugly array of bugs and vermin.
The book tackles issues like abortion, oppression and even rape. It’s all brought to light by having an all-female government at the core of the story. This allows me to portray society in an ironic way: where women are in charge, and it’s men that are oppressed. For me, this does two things. It shows just how much women are oppressed in society currently. It also reveals how gender equality isn’t simply a movement towards putting women in power. That wouldn’t achieve anything. True equality means peace and freedom for men, women and all other genders on the non-binary scale.
The war for equality is far from over…
Horned Winged Blesssed is in editing, and will be ready by the winter of 2019. If you fancy a dark, dystopian delve into what life would be like with gender roles swapped and WOMEN in the same position as men currently are, keep an eye out for the previews to come!
I’m E L Croucher, writer of The Butterfly on Fire and the upcoming Horned Winged Blessed.
After experiencing a childhood in London as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have always felt that what I went through was pretty average. I was a lucky child, surrounded by love and support from my family and friends. It wasn’t until I grew up and stretched my wings out into the adult world that I realised that I had a drastic decision to make, and my story was therein worthy of telling.
My friends and peers would listen to me talk about my past, and I could tell from their reactions that it was not your average dinner-party anecdote! Before long, I had friends constantly asking me how to deal with certain issues they were going through – as they felt I could always sympathise and draw from my own experiences to help them.
It didn’t stop there. After going through what I did, I then began to want to “save” anyone else who may be hurting in the same way. Feeling that something is constantly wrong with you isn’t a pleasant experience, and I don’t wish it on anyone.
Unfortunately, we do not yet live in a society that understands and loves each and every person within it – and that can be tough for the minorities. For me, The Butterfly on Fire is a way of reaching out to anyone going through that – and telling them that “if I can do it, so can you!”.
It’s an honour to be able to tell my story. I hope, as a reader, you not only enjoy it, but also take something from it on a personal level. Whether you’re from an LGBT background yourself, or want to know more about the variety of colours that make up the rainbow; grab a copy today and feel empowered.