What’s up, Freedom Flames, this is Todd Matthews, author of the Lord of Columbia Series, Libertarian and alternative media enthusiast, and sports fanatic. Welcome to my little rundown for the Lord of Columbia Series. Since I believe all writers have inspiration, and perhaps numerous inspiration, behind writing their books or book series, I thought it’d be fun to answer a few frequently asked questions regarding Northern Knights and the Lord of Columbia as a whole.
This interview will give you a firm background on Lord of Columbia’s themes, political messages, and of course, the future of the Series. It’s a rather short interview that I’m looking to place into my Northern Knights book description so space is limited, but it will give prospective readers everywhere a nice, little look-in to see if the work is for them.
Q: What inspired you to write Northern Knights and the Lord of Columbia Series?
A: You know, I like to call Lord of Columbia an allegory of real-life events, if anything. It’s a compelling new adult urban fantasy, but at the same time, it really introduces the reader to the idea of Libertarianism, something I feel we see too little of today in America’s political landscape that’s dominated by both Conservative and Liberal politics. While I can’t speak for my international crowd, much of the political inspiration comes from divisiveness here in the States.
Q: So, you’re saying the Series has political themes?
A: The reader will find this right off the bat when they step into the Inlands of South Columbia with Cain, where armed soldiers and police stand on street corners, harassing unarmed working class and poor citizens whose tax dollars are repeatedly stolen to fund a government to buy weapons from multinational corporations so they can fuel a never-ending military-industrial complex known as the Southpoint Empire, which has been spread far and wide.
Q: Interesting take. So what else does the Series have to offer?
A revolution of ideas, as Ron Paul would put it. The reader will witness what life is like in South Columbia, but will also be exposed to the free, anarchocapitalist society of North Columbia, whose land embraces free markets and individual liberties without the curtailing of civil liberties that we constantly see in America today as the military-industrial complex thrives much like they’ll see with Southpoint in the work.
Q: What sets Cain Riscattare apart from other protagonists?
Well, Cain isn’t the most likable guy, despite a rather dark and traumatic past. He’s like a Dom Toretto mixed with Bo Duke with a little bit of Clyde Shelton. He’s someone who will fiercely defend friends and family, but he’ll shoot first and ask questions later. He’s often needing restraint due to his aggressive persona. I’ve always thought of Cain as a heroic outlaw, and even in some cases as an anti-hero, due to this setting the story in motion from self-centeredness than anything else.
Q: What sets Southpoint apart from other antagonists?
A: Southpoint and its people think they’re doing the World of Gaia a favor by colonizing and therefore, civilizing the way they define it. However, it’s anything but. While Southpoint propagandizes and justifies its endless foreign intervention around Gaia, the people in its mother country of Southland believe and support their Empire’s supposed role of defending it via invasion and oppression of others.
However, Southpoint is doing just the opposite: exploiting natural resources from other lands, nationalizing such resources for themselves, instilling and upholding brutal puppet dictatorships (as seen with Syndari’s role in South Columbia) that only serve and protect the Empire’s national interests. Southpoint’s propaganda leads its people to think they must utilize exceptionalism to protect its people and colonists from the “bad guys,” but they always end up killing civilians worldwide and upholding terrorist regimes that they can use to protect such interests abroad.
If the above sounds familiar to you, you know exactly where I’m headed.
Q: Are there subplots?
A: Oh my goodness, yes. The sport of shotball, whose rules I wrote down before I even thought of the Series, is in play here and it goes into great detail. For those who enjoy breaks from the tension, they might like the games which have gotten more attention than I anticipated. In fact, it inspired me to actually create an entire section on this site dedicated to the game.
Q: Do you believe readers will pick up and be swayed by the political themes?
A: It doesn’t matter. While the Series targets those in the Libertarian mold I think both Conservative and Liberal-minded individuals can pick something up from the Series. There’s definitely going to be viewpoints that reflect theirs, as well as views that challenge their own as well. For those aren’t afraid of themes that challenge their way of thinking, Lord of Columbia is for them. I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind or thought pattern; I’m simply looking to introduce others to Libertarian concepts as seen in Northern Knights. It’s all about planting the idea and nothing more.
Q: What can we expect from future works in Lord of Columbia and how many do you plan on writing?
A: Well, Lord of Columbia has a sister series, called Neo Skyehawk, which ties into Lord of Columbia’s history hundreds of years before the events take place. As for Lord of Columbia itself, I’m hoping to write at least thirteen novels with the potential for more. Who knows? I’m not about to put limits on the Series, I can reveal that!
There’s definitely so much more I can talk about here, but again, I’m looking to actually put this into my book description, so I only have a limited amount of words to work with. If you want a greater background on my political themes, simply click the Libertarian Influences tab, or if you want a stronger background on the Series itself, feel free to click the Categories tab, where you can find everything you need to know about Lord of Columbia or Neo Skyehawk.
Finally, if you want to learn more about the awesome sport of shotball, as mentioned I have a section for it as well, since a lot of people have been asking me to draft more content there, so definitely have a look at it.