- Title: Sol’s Solstice
- Print Length: 111 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Action, Contemporary
- Publisher: Rune Tree Press; 1st edition (December 17, 2014)
- Author: Leona Windwalker
- Posting Date: January 12, 2015
The Author Guest Post:
Darkness before the Dawn
A lot has been said about the darkness found within Sol’s Solstice. It is a dark story in many places, but throughout it there is also a beacon of hope. Sol reaches like a flower to the light shone into his previously bleak existence. When his past comes calling once more, neither Sol nor Seth allow prejudice to stand in their way. And boy howdy, there is prejudice.
Set in the American South, Sol’s story takes us across several Southern states, from parts of Georgia to North Carolina and Maryland. The locales themselves are quite real, though the settings are fictional. I’ve lived or stayed in the towns mentioned and I’ve sadly seen or experienced some of the prejudices mentioned. Southerners are a unique people. Southern hospitality is famous, and rightly so. It is the Bible Belt however, and right wing conservatism runs deep. Prejudicial attitudes towards minorities is also not all too uncommon, whether it’s due to your skin color or orientation, or even your religion. It often spills over into official capacities too, which often seems to shock non Southerners if it makes the news.
This is not to say that the South is not evolving, or that it is a bad place to live. Like the rest of the world, change is coming to the South. You can see that within the pages of the tale as well. Ordinary people and professionals alike step up, helping to effect change by merely refusing to hide, to speak up, to offer their help in obtaining respect for rights. No gesture is too small, as it adds another drop of water to the building wave of global acceptance of rights. The South often gets portrayed the worst, yet stories like Sol’s can be heard in places considered liberal, from Los Angeles, to New York, to London. It’s a sign that our work is not done. Whether it’s in the South or in the rural Australian outback, or anywhere else humans live, it’s time to remember that we too can provide light to pierce this darkness. All it takes is speaking up. One small light, shining warmth and acceptance out into cold, cold dark.
These voices, these people, are why the map of America is changing. With it, those who hate and fear react ever more virulently. There will be more Sols who fall, collateral damage in the advancement of tolerance and legal acceptance of basic human rights. Here’s to all the Marthas, the Lisas, and especially the Seths out there, who refuse to give up, who love unconditionally. And here’s even to those like Ben, who act out of ignorance and not ill will. They need to hear our voices. Shine a light, so that they all may see, that they may not stumble about in darkness.
Peace be with you all.