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Mauricio is a slave. Like any man born on Ginecea, he is but a number to the pure breed women who rule over him with cruel hands. Imprisoned inside the Temple since birth, Mauricio has never been outside, never felt the warmth of the sun on his skin. He lives a life devoid of hopes and desires. Then one day, he hears Rosie sing. He risks everything for one look at her and his life is changed forever. An impossible friendship blossoms into affection deemed sinful and perverted in a society where the only rightful union is between women. Love is born where only hate has roots and leads Mauricio to uncover a truth that could destroy Ginecea.
What inspired you to write this book?
Behind the pages of The Priest there is a desire to tell the same old story of oppression and prejudice, but from the other side of the mirror. Ironically, the seed for the idea of a dark, dystopian saga was planted in my mind by the words of a stand-up comedian joking about cloning and how men’s usefulness has reached its limits.
How long did it take to write it?
I wrote The Priest in a month as a Nanowrimo project, but it took more than a year to publish it.
Describe your favorite character or place in the book.
My favorite character in The Priest is Mauricio. He isn’t the typical dashing hero, but rather a man who reveals his strength in accepting his fate with dignity.
Name a funny and/or dramatic moment during the writing of this book. Any hilarious goof-ups or suddenly missing chapters from your files?
When I hired a proofreader for the final pass on The Priest, she told me it needed some editing. By that time, two different editors had supposedly already worked on it. I wasn’t happy about it, but hired a third editor to polish it. Fifteen months after writing it, and one more pass by a proofreader, I finally pushed the publishing button. It was a glorious day.
What real life factors are incorporated into this story? Is one of the forest scenes an exact replication of a nearby park, etc.?
None in particular. The locations depicted in the story are both the fruit of my imagination and a recollection of places I visited around the world.
Any plans for a sequel or other stories in this world?
The Priest is the first in The Ginecean Chronicles. The second book in the series, Pax in the Land of Women, is already out. I’m working with my editor on the third, Prince of War, and it should be published soon. Finally, I’ve finished writing the fourth, Journey to the City of Men.
Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She is the author of The Ginecean Chronicles, a dystopian/science fiction series set on the planet Ginecea where women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is considered a sin. She has published The Priest and Pax in the Land of Women, respectively book one and two in the Ginecean series and is currently editing the third, Prince of War. Stop by her blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle, Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.