Why did I write “Daughter of the Goddess Lands”?

3 Dec

I have adored prehistoric fiction since I was thirteen years old and discovered the tv series “Korg 70,000 B.C.”  I watched and read what was available, which wasn’t much—until 1980, when “The Clan of the Cave Bear” came out.

After that, there was plenty to read, much of it enjoyable, some of it truly outstanding.  The problem was, no one would write the book I wanted to read.

After reading dozens of books by great authors such as Judith Tarr, Joan Wolf, Mary Mackey, Mike Moscoe and Brenda Gates Smith, I realized that my favorite period was the late Neolithic, and my favorite stories were those that involved the culture clash between goddess-worshipping egalitarians, and violent male-dominated horsemen.  I enjoyed them all—but something was missing.

I wanted to read a novel filled with moments when two people (or groups) really “got” that they were dealing with completely foreign worldviews.  I wanted to see confrontations  between the women of these two different cultures.  I wanted to be inside the head of an arrogant, swaggering bully the moment he realized he’d been defeated by a woman.  I wanted the satisfaction of seeing the heroes win—without so much brutality and sexual violence that it killed my enjoyment of it.

So, to answer the question of why I wrote “Daughter of the Goddess Lands”…?  It was the book I wanted to read, that no one else would write.

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2 Responses to “Why did I write “Daughter of the Goddess Lands”?”

  1. George MacDonald December 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    "…no one would write the book I wanted to read" is a very strong motivation to start a story. But you have to fall in love with a story to see it through to publication. I’m glad that you fell in love with "Daughter of the Goddess Lands".

  2. Clarimonde December 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Sandy – here I am from the EC boards!I’ve read Judith Tarr, Joan Wolf, Mary Mackey and Brenda Gates Smith and of them all I liked Judith Tarr by far the best. Joan Wolf didn’t bring characters or eras to life enough and Mackey was too preachy. But I really liked Tarr’s and found them gr!
    ipping and well-written.I think that falling in love with a story is very important. I also like your idea that there were/are angles that you would like to see covered that maybe other writers telling the same story didn’t.

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