The Legend of Queen Agatha
by Sam Cunningham
GENRE: erotic fantasy/political allegory
In the mythical, medieval land of Xana, Queen Julia ruled as a typical aristocratic monarch in a country whose great wealth was concentrated among the privileged few. Her daughter, Princess Agatha, was the champion of the commoners. The evil sorcerer Magi comes to Xana to kill Queen Julia and ravage aristocrats and commoners alike. Princess Agatha alone is spared, for she is protected by her fairy godmother. Now the beautiful heiress has two challenges, first to rid Xana of Magi and then to lift all the commoners from poverty into prosperity. To achieve her first goal she must identify her handsome prince incognito in the crowd on her first try. She won’t have a second chance. To achieve her second she must invent and use radical political schemes even if not all her people approve.
Agatha alone Magi left untouched, for she was protected by her fairy godmother. She came to Agatha, saying, “I cannot alone undo what Magi has done, but I can protect you. Magi can do you no harm. To you alone I can give the power to overcome Magi.
“Magi has also destroyed the kingdom of Wan. The crown prince of Wan, Olaf, survives. He will come to you. When you make love to him, Magi will be destroyed, but he cannot identify himself to you. If he does, all is lost for both Xana and Wan. You must identify him from among all the many young men who aspire to become your prince. If you make love to anyone else before Olaf, Magi’s evil spell will last forever.”
Interview with the Author:
- How long have you been writing?
I have been writing ever since I was a high school teenager, but never tried to publish until recently. I have a good career as a science teacher, and writing except for my science classes was only a hobby.
2. How long have you been a published author?
I have been a published author for only one year since I self-published the novel I am promoting: “The Legend of Queen Agatha.”
3. What titles do you have available?
“The Legend of Queen Agatha” is my title available on Amazon in both printed and kindle format.
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
The Cinderella story with her fairy godmother may have been my first inspiration My imaginative talent revamped the Cinderella story to one about a princess who must find her handsome prince by her own intuition and then insists upon her right to become an enlightened queen instead of disappearing intod pampered obscurity like most other fairy story princesses
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
None in the near future. If reader response to “The Legend of Queen Agatha” is good, I might write a second novel about Queen Agatha and tell more of the immense challenges and frustrations she must overcome, the compassion for her people that guides her, and her achievements.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
I like to imagine beyond the existing knowledge base of real science that is my profession, and find science fiction and fantasy appealing. I am also a historical fiction buff.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
The most exciting part is when I think up improvements and additions to the story. This excitement occurs hundreds of times over many months as I am creating my story one sentence or paragraph at a time.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
The science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Even when his stories go beyond established science, they have a background in the real world as discovered by science research, and I have liked all his story lines. I have often thought that I could write a story similar to his stories. But I never did, and when I got the inspiration for “Queen Agatha,” I wrote a complete different story.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sam Cunningham is a small college physics teacher. He knows from personal experience with his pupils that through nurturing nearly all young people can become productive citizens. It is an overwhelming tragedy that so many poor children are not given this nurturing. Their personal loss, and the loss to their country of their productive ability, is a catastrophe. As a scientist he understands that critical thinking and the ability to follow where the evidence leads are the only reliable ways to understand the real world. Away from work he leaves the real world of hard evidence to read science fiction and fantasy. His favorite childhood movie was the Walt Disney 1950 cartoon of Cinderella, and he greatly admires strong women. Sam brings together all of these ingredients in this story of a princess who becomes a wise and inspired queen with a personal mission to achieve productivity, prosperity, and happiness for all of her people.
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