Hello, Bonjour, Jambo, Ni Hao and any other ways to greet. My name is Phil Waisome. Here's a little info about me: Age: 28 years old Ethnicity: Jamaican but born and raised in England Hobbies/Interests: Martial arts, Football, Hip Hop culture, Video Games, Comic books, Manga, Cartoons/Anime and Animation Favourite Music Genres: Golden Age Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Metal. Why am I here? A little back story. I love fantasy novels (I'm into other types of novels as well) and I've started to get back into reading novels again. One thing that really bothered me was the lack of fantasy (and other speculative fiction) based and centered on an African perspective (this also includes other geeky stuff like manga, cartoons etc). I decided to look for some African inspired fantasy novels. I did manage to find some and while there aren't a lot of authors, they do seem to have a loyal and growing following. I was ecstatic to read about the stories and characters that come or are based on different African polities and civilizations other than ancient Egypt like the Swahili city states, Axum, The West African Sudano-Sahelian empires like Ghana, Mali and Songhai, Kanem-Bornu, The Zimbabwean kingdoms and more. It got me wondering, why aren't there more fantasy novels, comic books or entertainment media in general based around Africa? Then I read small passage in a book, I cant remember the whole of it but I do remember one part of it and it said, "Rather than complain or bitch about the lack of African inspired speculative fiction, we should make our own" (or something to that effect). So that's what I'm going to do. I've already got some plans to make African based fantasy novels and I've started writing a short story. I'm here so I can get some advice about writing novels, short stories, publishing and the whole shebang really. Also hopefully make some friends too.