Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
In my Leland Dragon series, from Book One, “Redheart”, through Book Two, “Sela”, and
Book Three, “Reclamation”, the story takes place over two generations. A multitude of
recurring characters. New and adapted characters.
But there is a single thread that weaves itself in and around and through each book; not the theme (although our English teachers would be proud we each thought of it), not the pacing, not the voice.
It is the world of Leland, herself.
In shaping my characters of my novels, in the early stages, especially,
I like to consider what makes them who they are and why they think the way they do, and
often it comes by way of the world they grew up in. Culture dictates so many things; it takes a brave soul to face down “the way it’s always been”. We see a character’s mettle by the
way they take on this very thing.
But what about the effects of a character (person, or otherwise, as in the case of the
dragons in Leland) on culture? How does a world survive an onslaught of unprecedented
change? Can it?
Is the destruction of “the way it’s always been” the very forest fire that makes way for new
Depends on the story. Depends on the world.
But, as a writer, it’s something that should be addressed, especially in a series.
No man, or character, is an island. The choices we make affect those around us, and vice
versa. Death, and life, rattle the chains that bind us together. In a series of short stories, or
novels, or storytelling of any kind, we become as acquainted to the world it takes place in
as we do any character.
The world becomes a character, with her own story.
Before I begin writing, I think to myself, “Whose story is this?” In Book One of the Leland
Dragon series, it is Kallon Redheart (hence the title). Book Two becomes the story of the
next generation. By the time I reached Book Three, I really struggled to choose which
character was about to undergo the most change – then it hit me. Book Three is the story
of Leland Province, and a culture coming full circle.
When it comes to world building it’s important to remember the impact your characters are
going to have upon her. Even your created world isn’t an island.
Well. Unless, of course…it literally is.
You know what I mean.
Jackie Gamber’s Redheart Book Synopsis: Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land. As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in. A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.
About H. David Blalock: Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician. Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. A few years later, he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement. David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing houses.
H, David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that. Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience. Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm