Who’s Oliver Conway?
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When I started to write Sābanto, it was clear to me at the time that the main character, the creator of Sābanto, would be a man. One of the major aspects of the world of The Crimson River is gender inequality. The female characters are deliberately portrayed as inferior, unimportant; as property, prizes or people who can and should be exploited. That is the reason the book touches on prostitution, human trafficking and the idea that a woman needs to be supported by a husband or a male family member.
In the world of Sābanto, having a woman rise from nothing to become successful both financially and politically would be extremely difficult. Steven White would not speak with a female at the same level. Leo would not be in any way concerned. She would not be seen as a worthy opponent to anyone.
When I started to write, I only had a skeleton of the story. I needed the character to a) Have money, and b) use that money to create Sābanto. What happened in between was a little bit hazy at the time. In order to develop my character I watched shows, read books and took inspiration from different sources. Below I will shed some light on my research and choices.
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