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Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.Purchase:
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"We hear that your Prince," said Lady Jokaste, "keeps his own harem. These slaves will please any traditionalist, but I have asked Adrastus to prepare something special in addition, a personal gift for your Prince from the King. A gem in the rough, as it were."Well, this is where everything started! 23rd May 2008 I posted the very first chapter of Captive Prince! I was a student studying science (geology) and arts (psychology) at the University of Melbourne in Australia. I wanted to be a writer, but I hadn't given myself permission to - I'm not sure how to put this - to take myself seriously as a writer yet. I would never tell anyone "I'm a writer", although I was always writing.
I thought of Captive Prince as something that I would write for fun, as practice, as a way of learning. I never dreamed that it could be commercially published. Luckily, because I wasn't thinking about commercial publication, I was incredibly free to write - whatever I wanted.
A few things were different in the original version. “Vere” was originally called “Rabat”, and “Jokaste” was called “Margaret”. Guion had no name at all. He was just “the Ambassador”.
I remember when I first posted this – I didn’t tell anyone that I knew online or in person about it. I had never written original fiction before and there was something that felt so exposing about offering up my words for people to read. It exposed my writing in a way it had never been exposed: there was no reason for anyone to read Captive Prince – to generously spend their time reading it - other than that they liked it. It was something about that fact that I felt exposed what I was writing, in the sense of stripping it naked, letting it be seen for what it truly was, and that was terrifying.
I remember that I posted a link to this prologue to an online community that was specifically for free online fiction about slaves. I thought, oh god no one will read it. Then I thought there’s a whole community for the thing I am writing, surely at least one person will read it?!
In fact, people on that community were incredibly generous and encouraging. As you can see, that night I got four comments! I read them over and over (and over and over). It was more than I had ever dreamed possible.
(It's so sad to me that the first ever person to comment on Captive Prince has since deleted their journal and comment!)continue the virtual tour to chapter one