Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?

In fantasy, protagonists tend to be 10-25 years old, untested and learning a life lesson. Those stories teach us that adults know it all and the young are the only ones who need to keep learning. That’s bull crap.

You must keep learning and unlearning in life. Human minds continue to grow and develop, even with accumulated knowledge, or they grow stagnate in their ways, their beliefs, and life. A mid-life crisis is what happens to people who don’t.

I looked around my friend group and saw smart, capable middle-aged women: scientists, therapists, teachers, engineers, SAHMs, and creatives-real contributors to our society. I thought, what if they were witches, sirens, or powerful supernaturals? They’d save the day and provide snacks afterward.

©TJ Deschamps

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Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

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