The Legend of Queen Agatha
by Sam Cunningham
GENRE: erotic fantasy/political allegory
In the mythical, medieval land of Xana, Queen Julia ruled as a typical aristocratic monarch in a country whose great wealth was concentrated among the privileged few. Her daughter, Princess Agatha, was the champion of the commoners. The evil sorcerer Magi comes to Xana to kill Queen Julia and ravage aristocrats and commoners alike. Princess Agatha alone is spared, for she is protected by her fairy godmother. Now the beautiful heiress has two challenges, first to rid Xana of Magi and then to lift all the commoners from poverty into prosperity. To achieve her first goal she must identify her handsome prince incognito in the crowd on her first try. She won't have a second chance. To achieve her second she must invent and use radical political schemes even if not all her people approve.
With Magi at last gone, a small group of Queen Julia's inner circle, haggard, emaciated, and the only ones still alive, found the heiress. Hoping still to stave off her radical ideals, the eldest pleaded, "You know the story of Cinderella. Now your prince has found you. Let him be king and rule with moderation, for he will treat you with all the kindness that befits his queen. We can advise him in the ways of Xana."
Agatha palpitated. So immense was her rage that it is to her credit she did not explode. She took twenty slow, deep breaths and then replied with resolve, "Cinderella and Snow White became pampered palace ornaments in lands already prosperous and wisely governed. They also had wonderfully happy marriages and beautiful children." With a dignified air of absolute authority, and with all hesitation gone, Queen Agatha declared, "I have a destiny to fulfill. I must inspire my people to rebuild our ruined land into a prosperity such as the world has never seen. I must make sure that prosperity is shared with all my people. Not one shall be left out. Be off with you, naysayers, and never return to my palace. Among the humble and honest people I will find women and men with great talent to lead in this noble endeavor, people who never say, 'It can't be done,' but who will do it."
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sam Cunningham is a small college physics teacher. He knows from personal experience with his pupils that through nurturing nearly all young people can become productive citizens. It is an overwhelming tragedy that so many poor children are not given this nurturing. Their personal loss, and the loss to their country of their productive ability, is a catastrophe. As a scientist he understands that critical thinking and the ability to follow where the evidence leads are the only reliable ways to understand the real world. Away from work he leaves the real world of hard evidence to read science fiction and fantasy. His favorite childhood movie was the Walt Disney 1950 cartoon of Cinderella, and he greatly admires strong women. Sam brings together all of these ingredients in this story of a princess who becomes a wise and inspired queen with a personal mission to achieve productivity, prosperity, and happiness for all of her people.
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Interview with Sam Cunningham
1. What is your favorite part of “The Legend of Queen Agatha” and why?
My favorite part is the passage in which Queen Agatha asserts to the old guard aristocrats her right to rule instead of disappearing into pampered obscurity like other fairytale princesses. “I have a destiny to fulfill. I must inspire my people to rebuild our ruined land into the greatest prosperity the world has ever seen. I must make sure that prosperity is shared with all my people. Not one shall be left out. Be off with you, naysayers, and never return to my palace.” This passage dramatizes Queen Agatha’s great strength of character and her commitment to the prosperity of the many commoners above the few fabulously wealthy aristocrats.
2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would like to spend one day with Queen Agatha just to watch and learn what she is doing. In the morning she meets with her council of advisers and listens carefully to their advice but makes all the final decisions as together they run the country. Then she goes to schools and talks with the pupils to learn how well her program of quality education for all people is working. After school she visits the homes of the commoners. She listens sympathetically to their problems and plays with their children – and she is very wonderful with children. But I’ll respect their privacy and end my visit in the evening before she retires to the royal bedroom to make love to her Prince Consort Olaf.
3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
I’d choose my own book, “The Legend of Queen Agatha.” It’s uniquely my creation with a story line very different from any other book I’ve ever read.
4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
The Fairy Godmother looks and acts like the Cinderella’s fairy godmother in the 1950 Walt Disney cartoon movie. Cinderella from that movie may to some small extent have inspired the Queen Agatha character, but all the other characters come entirely from my imagination.
5. What made you want to become a writer?
I have a rich imagination and am continually imagining my own unique scenes and actions. I can clearly distinguish fantasy from reality (Trump cannot) and deal with the real world, not some fantasy world. But by writing down my fantasies and publishing as fiction stories, they acquire a reality of a sort – they become part of the literary heritage of the world.
Sam Cunningham will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.