In mid 2020, I was approached by Ebony McKenna, another writer, to join in her bookset. Needless to say, I was extremely excited. I had never been in a bookset before.
Only problem - Ebony wanted me to write a Regency. And not just any Regency, but a multicultural Regency.
I had never written a Regency before, much less a multicultural Regency. How difficult could it be?
Of course, I had to say YES! I had never been asked to be part of a bookset before.
I started researching multicultural Regencies. To my surprise, there were very few. And I could not find any (not saying that there aren't any, just that I couldn't find any) with characters from Southeast Asia.
That startled me. And saddened me a lot. Why wasn't anyone writing about my part of the world?
Of course now I had to do it.
I started researching. Not having written a Regency before, I made began reading as much as I could. I knew what I wanted to write, or roughly, sorta knew.
I wanted to focus attention on my part of the world. So I wanted to write about Singapore - the founding of Singapore.
Six months and lots of tears later, I was done. There were so many times when I thought I could not do it. There was so much research involved. In the end, I was very pleased with the result.
And I learnt so much more about the history of colonialism in the process.
I am so glad that the world we live in has changed.
The result is A HEADHUNTER IN LONDON.
I hope you enjoy it.
For a limited time only, my new multicultural Regency novella - A Headhunter in London - is available through The Soho Club Anthology.
All Ruth Hardy has ever wanted is The Truth — her family’s newspaper— to thrive. When she discovers an actual head-hunter has landed in London, gaining an interview with him could be the article that achieves just that. Assuming, that is, that her brother doesn’t gamble the paper away, first. And also assuming she can ignore the allure of the head-hunter’s traveling companion, a man she’s certain has as many secrets as the head-hunter himself.
Genre: Multicultural Regency YA
Heat level: Sweet
Bare Bear Media is proud to announce the launch of THE GIRL SUDAN PAINTED LIKE A GOLD RING, a YA collection of folktales, by Theresa Fuller coming in November 2021.
If you like your fables with a dash of bloodshed, then The Girl Sudan Painted Like a Gold Ring is the anthology you have been waiting for. Author Theresa Fuller has collected a fascinating group of tales based on the oral storytelling history of the Sea Dyaks of Borneo.
The twist? The Dyaks were headhunters!
A TINY MOUSEDEER BATTLES A SPIRIT GIANT
A GIRL MUST SAVE HER VILLAGE FROM AN ARMY OF HEAD-HUNTERS
HOW A HEDGEHOG HELPS A BULLIED BOY BECOME A GOD
In this book you will find stories designed to entertain and teach, all from the point of view of a culture based in honor, courtesy, and war.
Sketch taken from the story 'The Akal Pelandok and the Kikura seeking for bamboo shoots'
Illustrator: Amalina Abu Baker