A compelling fantasy with themes of identity, self-worth, and forgiveness, and a progressive example of same sex romance; this is the meat and bones of Light Scatters. My hope is to appeal to a broad audience of fantasy lovers, as well as fans of LGBTQI+ lit with the portrayal of organic lesbian romance regarding protagonists Lilica and Sybelle, not as the focal point, but not without adequate acknowledgement and exploration.
As a pansexual woman, I find myself dissatisfied with and sated on the overarching trend of heteronormativity, particularly in the genre of fantasy, and I know I’m not alone. And for that, I hope that others will find empowerment and fair representation in Lilica and Sybelle.
This began as a personal project, but I’d like it to extend its reach beyond my eyes. As a result, I welcome all thoughts and suggestions!
So, without further ado...
Light Scatters is a fantasy saturated with magic and intrigue, through which themes of self-acceptance and forgiveness, self-discovery, identity, and finding true potential through partnership and camaraderie, however uncomfortable. Lilica, who embodies darkness, is at odds with her magic and would rather hide, alone, from the world than pave the way for more regret; Sybelle struggles with an overarching sense of failure, stemming from not living up to familial expectations, and thereby overcompensating with an unyielding attitude and an exaggerated façade of confident authority. The two have no reason to get along, let alone work together, but when the threat facing Sybelle’s kingdom proves greater and more ominous than they thought, Lilica finds herself inevitably entangled in a battle that concerned her all along. Sybelle cannot fight it alone, and Lilica fears the repercussions of turning away.
The question is, will they choose to fight for one another, or as an opportunity to fulfill their own, desperate needs for self-actualization?
If you enjoy magic, conflict, and characters for whom you can’t help but simultaneously love and hate, then this is a story for you!