One of the great things about the writing community is that no matter what you write, there’s probably a group of like-minded people out there.
For decades, fantasy stories have been filled with willowy warrior babes in chainmail bikinis and dragon-hide loincloths…the kind of armor that might stop traffic, but wouldn’t stop arrows. Some of us have wished for the opportunity to read about the sort of warrior women who’d wear practical armor. The sort of characters who are less concerned with what they look like and more concerned with getting a bloody job done.
Wishing is one thing, but now the writing community has stepped forward to make this happen.
The name of the anthology is “Women in Practical Armor.” The contributors are people (both women and men) who wanted to write about the kind of warrior women who don’t grace pinup posters.
If you’re one of the people who’ve wished that you could read a fantasy story about women like that, then you can get in on the ground floor. Evil Girlfriend Media is running a Kickstarter with all kinds of great rewards for Women in Practical Armor.
My contribution to this anthology is called “The Blood Axe” and it stars two women who aren’t the typical female leads. One is an elder; the other was designated a boy when she was born. After a lifetime of war, career warrior Agrona wants a legacy beyond just enemy corpses in her wake. Young Niall just wants to be accepted as the woman she knows she is. Together, they will challenge both the traditions inside their village and the enemies at their gates.
If you’re tight on money now, the anticipated launch date of the book is April 2016. But if you’re one of the people in the speculative fiction community who’ve been wishing for fewer cover girls and more badass ladies with real grit, then this anthology is for you! You can show your support at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1054836899/women-in-practical-armor and reserve your copy as well as some awesome perks.
Let the battle be joined!
I have a place in my heart for the skimpy armor aesthetic, but as I learned more about real armor… I came to see how it could be JUST as sexy (sometimes moreso) than a chainmail bikini. This project sounds pretty excellent (and “The Blood Axe” is definitely a story I look forward to reading from this description). So glad you posted about it!
Thank you, Jenna! I think the “skimpy armor” aesthetic has a place too, but it shouldn’t be the only option, and for the longest time it feels as though it has been…when women got to be warriors at all. I hope you enjoy the anthology!