Why did I write Two Queens? The answer is complex. Here I focus on the why of purpose. Why should this have been written? And why is it worth reading?
I love my book, Two Queens, perhaps most for the people that are in it. But also the places they inhabit.
Take Avallonë, the City of Queens. I want to visit this City, live in it. Not as it is but as it could be. You see glimpses of its former beauty and grandeur and get to meet some of the people, Queens and Princesses and Lords, powerful in spirit and wisdom.
As I wrote this book, the pragmatist inside me chafed. The last thing I want to do is write something that doesn’t serve a purpose, and publish a book in the over-crowded fantasy market, no less. I couldn’t see the purpose clearly so writing this was, for me, an act of faith. I felt I should, I just didn’t know why.
Two Queens is all about two special women who strongly influence the hero, and his quest to understand what their influence means for him. But these are not just characters pulled out of a hat.
I have met women of queenly caliber. One of them I first saw, in the light of day, when I was rather young in a hospital on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. I have met many others since, as I’m sure you have, as well.
Two is not enough, in their world or ours, so I put a whole family of them there, known as the Avgerini. I would like to build a family of them, here. I am not the only one that wants this. The world wants it.
Take the feminist movement. It is dead, not because chauvinists have run out of sins and men have become angels, but it is dead because it lacks vision. The feminist movement doesn’t know what it wants a woman to be. It is destroying woman in the image of man, marring womanhood more than many of the long-abolished transgressions ever did.
Perhaps my perceptions of this tough, complex issue are my own fault. I am no expert. But any movement, no matter how principled in the beginning, must be cast off if it no longer serves its purpose.
I think it’s time for a new vision, and new vision often needs new vocabulary. I offer you queenship.
Merriam-Webster defines this as the rank, dignity, or state of being a queen, or an equivalent regal quality. For the Christian like me, the idea of royalty connects us back to the King of kings, where we get our identity. But if this is not your belief, this likely is still deeply felt. Remember William and Kate’s wedding? I don’t care how democratic we get as Americans or enlightened as modern global citizens. Something inside us yearns for royalty.
Take Disney Princesses. They are cute and fun and even (in some ways) beneficial for girls to look up to. And Disney has tried to grow them up, with the catchphrase line “be brave and be good” from the recent Cinderella movie. But our post-modern world has given up on it—true love at first sight, happily ever after. And well they should give up on the Disney version of this fantasy, for it was never strong enough to lean on.
The princesses need to grow up. In Two Queens, you will meet Sophia, Ruling Queen of Avallonë, and her daughter Alexis, the Crown Princess. “Sophia” means wisdom, or wise, and “Alexis” means defender. From these emerge two pillars of queenship—wisdom and loyalty—things I see in the women around me, in a way uniquely different than I see in men. Things I would see more of.
Royalty is not mistreated. Royalty is sacred. And Royalty holds a sacred trust.
My hope is that we move past painful histories of power abuse and come to mutually-affirming relationships. For me that ends in the ultimate royal expression of this relationship: where the church of Christ becomes the Bride of Christ. Forever united to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
Maybe you want that, too. Maybe not. But I hope we can walk part of the path together.
This is serious stuff, telling someone who they are. Almost impossible to change a deeply held perception. Possibly not my job. Maybe it’s your job.
How does this begin? The book tells of two queens, two different reflections of queenship. Here on Avgerini.com we’ll hear real-life queens tell their story. What’s your story? Will you share it with me?
I want your wisdom, I want your stories, I want you.
Avgerini is the plural-form, family name of the Queens, going back several generations to the first Queen, Artemis. Avgerini.com‘s tag line is born a Princess, becoming a Queen. And that’s what it’s all about. You were born royal. Nothing you do can erase that. But there is growth that’s needed to become all you were meant to be.
That’s what I’m here for, that’s what the book is for, that’s what the team I’m assembling is for: to encourage you in that path.
If you are happy where you are in life, I don’t want to interrupt.
But if you want some encouragement, some support, or new passion; if you want to celebrate a new book and imagine what celebration will follow the story of your life; or if you want to be a part of the team that upholds your royal worth, this is for you.
Open your eyes to the vision: a world of crowned womanhood. Join the mission to encourage those on their path to sacred royalty.
[Adapted from the Two Queens launch party address. See here for the expanded edition.]