Does inclusiveness add anything to the story? I for one was dead set on having the main romantic relationship being a slow developing lesbian relationship,
Naomi Novik's Tremeraire series. Start with His Majestys Dragon. Alternate history with dragons.
You answer the questions and then I and others help you write the 250 words. There's only so much I can help if I don't know what's going on in your
Yes, it will confuse some readers, because nearly anything confuses some readers. Some readers will not like it. But that's sort of the point, really.
Shadows in Eden edited by Stephen Jones is a terrific overview of Barker and his work, though it's probably somewhat out of date.