In Monas world, an extinction event, the devastating plague killed off the bulk of humanity and destroyed all animal and vegetable sources of protein. Today, humans are severely lacking in critical proteins necessary to maintain not only life but the species.
Find out about the world Mona shares with her family and friends. Discover the ins and outs of her culture and how it came to pass.
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Why Club Lothario?
The club is the primary gathering place in my Mona Bendarova stories. Introduced in ‘The Taste of Honey’ and known as only as “The Club”, ‘Broken Steele,’ revealed its name. It serves as a place to relax, do business, and host the monthly community parties. The Club Director owns the estate it lives on, and serves as the political center of the community.
People from all over the community come here to socialize, to get away from day-to-day politics and obligations. It’s a place to unwind, have fun, and enjoy each other’s company in the arms of the opposite sex. I hope that you too will come to Club Lothario.
Contained with the reading lounge of the Club is Richard’s library of works, just waiting for you to pull a copy off the shelves and read. Many include a free sample first chapter or two to tease your senses and perhaps shock your wits. One thing he strives to produce are works that will cause you to wonder if what happens in his stories could happen to you.
Mona & Honey comes to life
In 2012, I began working on an idea for a full-fledged book. I never thought of publishing it. They say, ‘write what you know.’ That was the biggest challenge. I asked myself. What to write? I knew I wanted to write something I could turn into a novel, with an interesting topic which no one had yet done. For years, I thrashed, developing concepts and tossing them all.
Then I stumbled upon an idea and wrote notes and concept drafts. As I thought about the storyline, I wrote an encyclopedia of the world I was creating so that when the time came; I had reference to keep the story real.
That story-line turned into ‘The Taste of Honey.’
Within two years, with only a title of the novel, I began writing what turned out to be a dozen different drafts. With each draft, the story became more and more refined. At the beginning of 2015, I wrote the final version. As the book progressed, I would awaken in the middle of the night, dialogue running rampant in my semi-conscious mind. I had a choice. I could either roll over, go back to sleep and lose the perfect dialogue, or get up and write until I got it all down. What was I to do? I got up and wrote it all down. This happened repeatedly for months. To this day, I still wake up in the middle of the night, full of ideas and dialogue running inside my head.
By early 2015, determined to finish the book, I wrote and edited. By June, I finally published the novel. While being edited, I learned how to format the manuscript suitable for eBooks and paperbacks. I also learned how and created the book cover and did all the other things necessary for publication.
My editors and other friends who read preview copies insisted I publish the book and then write a sequel. Which became ‘Broken Steele.’ ‘Lucky Bitch’ takes Mona off in a new direction. She’s ripped from the only family she has ever known, her life filled with uncertainty. ‘Angry Bitch’ finds Mona at odds with her community as attack after attack on her house forces her to close ranks and elicit help from the few that support her. Book 5 in the series is planned.
In a nutshell
Mona lives in a feudal world set a thousand of years in our future. She lives in a culture without a central power or government. Instead, her community comprises loosely linked estates, commonly called houses, each named after the owner of their estate. Residents who live on the estate refer to the owner as ‘Master’.
Loosely tying the estates together is Club Lothario. The club acts as a central meeting-house, civic center, and relaxed governing body. The club acts to ensure that each house meets their quota to the community.
Their culture developed to deal with a near extinction event more than a millennium in the past. Cultural roots go back to a time when gene manipulation of the food-producing animals and plants was common place. Pursuing larger profits, mistakes allowed aggressive genome manipulation to run out of control.
Unsurprisingly, the plague nearly wiped out all life on Earth.
The Purge Plague
The ‘Purge Plague,’ as it became known, caused the extinction of nearly every insect, animal, and edible plant life. It left the planet devoid of all sources of consumable protein. As the plague ran on over the century, the world started dying.
Humans were about to follow suit.
Through extraordinary and expensive measures, scientists at the time halted the extinction of the human species. In one massive, last-ditch effort of gene manipulation, humanity survived by accepting a repulsive alternative.
Despite halting the extinction, the stigma of genetic manipulation survived. Over time, gene splicing was abhorrent to the population. It didn’t take long before they banned all gene manipulation all around the world.
As with all actions, there are consequences. The most significant outcome was, for humans to survive, they learned to consume the only source of protein available … themselves.
Following the ‘Purge Plague’ and over hundreds of years, societal rules have changed to accommodate the new reality. War, religion, and social injustices fell by the wayside. Gone also was the concept of money, love, marriage, and monogamy. In Mona’s contemporary time, they have no comprehension of these concepts. Survival of the species became paramount.
The last-ditch effort to save humanity caused other consequences and society cotinued o adapt. People perished by the billions. Genetic changes within females caused them to become acutely submissive to males, while males suffered extraordinarily high mortality rates.
Within two generations, population disparities between men and women became utterly unbalanced. Within a century, only one male in 10,000 survived to adulthood, leaving about 66 men for every million women.
A system arose to regulate and deal with progeny and food supply to compensate for the disparity. Live births surviving to maturity The community categorized live births surviving to maturity and graded them for the quality of their meat. Meat that one day will feed their community. An elaborate system developed to secure equitable conversion processing among everyone. Out of necessity, progeny remained unnamed until maturity and bound to a house.
With the imbalance between men to women, the society accommodated the shift by distributing a single male and master per estate.