Since my book has been released a few people, (or to be correct, one person has made ) it known that the word ‘cripple’ is offensive. I am sorry this is the case. I must state that the word was never used to cause offence. The word is part of the title because the character it concerns was given that name by others. In addition, I deliberately chose the main character to have a physical challenge to show that not only the able-bodied can be the hero and achieve feats as is often seen in most tales.
The word was also chosen to remain contextually relevant to the time period in which the story was set. In older times folk were less politically correct and would tend to use a word like ‘cripple’ to describe a person whom unfortunatley, did not have full use of their legs.
Besides, I believe that any word I may choose would not be good enough for some. And so I repeat : The word has to be taken within the context of the time period and the storyline and was in now way intended to degrade or insult.