many years I have been saying I would like to write a fantasy or sci-fi
novel. I grew up loving to read but fantasy was never my interest. My
preference was for first-hand accounts of aliens, crypto-zoological
creatures, ghosts, hauntings, curses and UFO’s. I wanted to know
everything I could about scientific discoveries and was fascinated with
fables, fairytales and mythology.
The draw here was the correlation between things that were written and
spoken of in fables and religion and the fine line between what was
true. These things never seemed to be able to be proved or disproved
and that was where my imagination took flight. I didn’t care what
other people or writers thought of these topics since I had my own ideas.
This was further compounded by life’s inability to give definitive
answers to my questions.
For almost 15 years the ideas and characters traveled around in my head.
They commingled with current events and the storylines continued to
grow. My love of photography and cinema also contributed greatly to
these thoughts as I began to visualize how I wanted to tell stories.
In the summer of 2005 I began writing Queen of the World. This would
be the first of a four-book story arc called, Royal Seasons, that encompassed
each branch of royalty as well as my love of the seasons. My fondness
of characters, threads and interconnectedness shaped this new world.
I envisioned a series of novels that would be made up of multi-book
storylines as well as stand-alone tales. Each story would be tied together
by lines that would only be visible to readers of the entire series.
All the books would have threads and characters that would keep the
novels continuing even if certain figures didn’t survive or if
a reader had only picked up one book.
The movement of time also contributes to the stories. Books one through
three can be read in practically any order and each lead up to the conclusion
of the arc in book four. Keeping with this thought I decided on one
main title for the complete succession of books… Meridian Wanderings.
Fantasy and Sci-fi have had some tribulations over the years. Sometimes
the genre seems stagnate and at times only the fans of the style will
pick up new books. I feel I have taken steps to move into a new area.
By bringing in more realistic elements, deeper characters and by combining
the elements of fantasy, sci-fi, drama, comedy, and action into every
book, I believe that more readers will enjoy the genre. In my mind,
life is never one thing, it changes from one moment to the next and
flows seamlessly through everyone’s world. I’m interested
in how family, life and individuals interact with each other. I love
surprises and I hate the predictable. This is something that life never
is and books shouldn’t be either.
One of the big selling points of my stories is how I try not to force
a single opinion. I loved classic literature, symbolism and having to
mask your own ideas enough to gently lead the reader to your way of
thinking without cramming it down their throat. This isn’t to
say that I’m not harsh when the situation calls for it. My books
are violent, sexual and adult fairytales that mirror reality while still
remaining escapist. I have made a point of adding in a variety of different
character types while not isolating anyone in particular. Gay and lesbian
characters mingle with heterosexuals and fantasy races such as elves,
fairies, mythological gods, and historical and religious figures. There
is a huge untapped market for these kinds of books in the gay community.
I have many homosexual friends who love fantasy movies but there doesn’t
seem to be many books aimed at that demographic. This worked well for
me and allowed the opportunity to bring a positive spin on this culture
and show everyone that there need not be segregation in these genres.
Everyone can get along. Not one single reader of the series, so far,
has felt any of these elements was offensive to their particular views.
The idea here is to open minds while entertaining.
I make a point of getting into each character and never have these creations
do anything that would seem unrealistic just to further a storyline
or plot. I have been complimented on my realistic dialogue and striking,
moody visuals. It has been noted that the novels can be enjoyed on many
different levels, from those into deep metaphysics to those seeking
entertaining action-fantasy. All levels of reader can truly appreciate
these stories. Those who are not necessarily into fantasy or sci-fi
can even enjoy the books and most readers have mentioned how well the
tales would translate into movies or a TV show.
With numerous stories filling my head and looking for an escape, the
ideas flowed easily. My first book took about four months to write and
was 228 full-sized pages. Books two and three each took two months and
were 166 and 156 pages respectively. I have done my own covers and art
for the books and was thrilled to use my artistic skills and design
abilities to bring my visions to life. This also helped me map out how
a scene would look and play out. You can visit www.cultofkira.com or
www.meridianwanderings.com to read the first three chapters of book
1, Queen of the World. You can also check out my book art and covers,
as well as sketches of creatures, buildings, and scene layouts. I even
have a Myspace page: myspace.com/meridianwanderings
I am excited about the response to the series so far and have enjoyed
the feedback from the questionnaires I handed out with each copy. At
this point I have plotted out book five (Time’s Fable) and six
(Soul Wars), each a stand-alone story, and the next multi-book storyline
(Earth Mages), which will probably be two or three novels. I have so
many ideas and life continues to bring more with each discovery of new
dimensions, weapons, planets and animals…
Thanks for reading…