And the blog is up...
Hello, everyone. Welcome! I’m so excited to launch this blog at last.
I want to thank you so much for supporting The Descent of the Drowned (TDotD). I see the shares and comments, and I'm incredibly grateful, especially as a marginalised author. Some of you asked if TDotD is a series. Yes, it is! I'm going to post sequel-related updates on social media soon (and here), so follow me on Instagram and Twitter.
I thought a lot about how I should introduce TDotD. Should I talk about the essential themes or #ownvoices elements? Should I dive right into the characters? Since this is an introductory post, I want to share a little bit about what to expect from the novel.
The Descent of the Drowned is a YA Indo-Persian Fantasy with crossover appeal. It's inspired by pre-Islamic Arabian mythology, Islam, and social, cultural, and political issues from places such as Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Kashmir, ancient Arabia, and the Middle East. The story world is a depiction of what happens when a country is colonised, people are divided, and humanity is replaced by depravity. It's an exploration of what it means to be human. To show compassion, mercy, forgiveness. To take accountability for your actions and choose the path of redemption, even if you don’t believe you deserve it, and to break out of the mental and physical confines of your social and cultural heritage.
That was quite a mouthful for a general overview, hah.
I have always been an avid reader of YA Fantasy, but what I personally seek from the genre is character-driven stories with psychological and emotional complexity. I want the characters to drive me through the pages as they’re battling internal and external demons, as they’re grappling with their identity and self-image. I think that those are struggles we can all relate to in our own individual ways.
My purpose with TDotD is to tell a story about us. Humans. I have written protagonists who are trapped within the toxic systems that cultivated them. They might frustrate or devastate you. They might make choices that are empowering or disappointing. They live in a society where issues such as sacred prostitution, caste system, oppression, and ethnic persecution are a predominant reality. That's the kind of world we also live in.
I hope I have built characters that resonate with you and whose journeys you want to be a part of. I hope I have penned a story that matters beyond just the entertainment value. That would be the ultimate reward for me as an author.
Thank you so much for sticking with me so far ♡ See you next time!