I’m Christopher Hoare, and I write to participate in the world.
The role of story in history has been to spread the beliefs and values of society to all the members of that society. That’s why people sat around Homer as he told the stories of Troy and of Odysseus, that’s why they listened to the tale of Beowulf, to the epic of Gilgamesh, and to the Mahabharata. Today we tell stories in print, in film, on the stage, in e-books and even in song. They all tell us about our world and the society we live in – even when the subject might be science fiction or erotic romance. It’s about us, and where we fit, or should fit, in the world.
I write to be a part of that ... a small part, but as sure about the place of my writing as Homer was about his spoken stories.
I will be announcing a free story on my website very soon. (It’s actually at www.christopherhoare.ca now, but I’ve asked for a few changes to the website and have sent my webmaster new versions of the story, just slightly tweaked. It’s there, free to all visitors, just for leaving an e-mail address so I can tell you when more of my writing is released.)
“Gisel Matah and the Slave Ship” takes its background from a paper sent to me by a historian friend. She put together the story of the founding of Sierra Leone as a colony in which to settle released slaves. Over a hundred years or so, the project ran into problems, opposition, and the need for compromises. Gisel, my young officer, protagonist of my Iskander series novels, runs into most of those problems during the few days she’s in charge of the captured ship, and trying to find a safe place to release the slaves aboard. I tell the story as entertainment, but Gisel in her conflicts with her impatient commanders, tells the true story of the African colony in miniature.
Remember my website; go to it when you can, it will be in better order and contain much more in a week or so, but it has pages about “Rast” my fantasy to be released by MuseItUp in March, as well as the rest of the Iskander series novels. And you can download the free novella, “Gisel Matah and the Slave Ship” right now. (The pdf version is the cleanest read.)