When I write, my goal is to tell an enjoyable story. I don’t try to make a philosophical point. Even so, themes happen, and I discover them when reflecting on the finished book. In Shadowglade, The Gem Powers Series Book 2, which I plan to publish in April, Lana champions the cause of Sheamathan’s former servant race, the goblin-like breghlin. They’re savage, crude, and disgusting, and everyone sees them as monsters. Lana sees that side of them too, but she also sees their potential. Their ruler, Sheamathan, belittled and mistreated them their entire lives and encouraged their savagery, so it’s little wonder they’re monsters. Lana realizes many breghlin will never change, but she believes some will if they’re treated with kindness and respect.