A little bit of character background today on one of my favorites in the entire Lord of Columbia Series: Savannah Rivers. If there’s one character that I consider a journeyman, or in this case, a journeywoman, it’s Savannah.
And no, I don’t mean journeywoman as in Savannah bouncing around from place to place in the Lord of Columbia Series.
Also, when I’m talking about character background, I don’t mean background in the same way as I would, say, giving information on the character’s life before the events of the story.
Because Savannah literally came from a different story.
So, I wanted to go ahead and give some clarification information on a few symbols and logos spoken of in the Lord of Columbia Series which are also seen on this blog. I’ve written a couple posts in the past describing a few of the symbols but this particular article encompasses every single symbol, from sports logos to the flags, one will come across when reading the Original Trilogy, or Books I through III.
During a late-night convo at a gas station (it’s actually the place to be in my hometown) friend of mine once pointed out that there’s always a reason behind me placing elements within my works. He couldn’t have been more right, and the same goes for the hundreds who have taken the time to comment on my blog.
Several weeks ago, I released an article discussing all the protagonist characters in Northern Knights and one antagonist. Today, I want to expand on those characters who play more of an antagonistic role, which will also unveil some themes in the entire Lord of Columbia Series, which will be discussed under such character headings as I fill in a few backstories.
Most of the characters I’m outlining play a major or supporting role in Northern Knights, while other characters aren’t seen, but are most definitely discussed; one character was supposed to make an appearance in earlier drafts yet didn’t make the final cut. However, the tiny handful of unseen characters do play a major role later on in the Series, as well as potentially a major role in the Skyehawk Chronicles, formerly known as the Neo Skyehawk Series before the rebrand.
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.
While I’m straight up honest in the fact Harry Potter did a lot of influence Northern Knights, Book I in the Lord of Columbia Series, it’s also clear that the Harry Potter Series instilled Libertarian values in me from a young age.
While I’m one-hundred-percent sure Rowling’s intention was not to instill such values in anyone, with her being a member of England’s Labour Party, identical to the Center-Left ideology here in America, or the American Moderate to Leftist individual, the Harry Potter Series is wrought with Libertarianism, so let’s dig in.
Young Adult Rebellion, Sports, and Romance (With Some Urban Fantasy)
There really isn’t much to scream ‘spoiler’ here other than the fact the prequel I have planned for Lord of Columbia that will be available on all free platforms culminating with the release of Raven’s Flock in 2020 will reveal a little background on how things came about at the beginning of Northern Knights.
While we know Cain and his crew have been friends before Northern Knights, this prequel tells of how Cain and all his friends met, and what made them the Santos Knights shotball team as seen in Northern Knights’s subplot, where a few reviews have actually mentioned this as being a larger part of the books than I anticipated!
The book’s name?
Taking Back Saturday. It’s a nod to the day of the week most major sporting events at Summit University up in Richfield, North Columbia take place. The prototype cover features the familiar orange, brown, and white look, with four friends standing in the bleachers of a shotball (football stadium in the picture) stadium and gazing into the distance, one I’ve named Kettlewell Stadium in honor of the stadium of the same name whose track I use for workouts back home.
From initial drafts and the cover, I like to compare the sporty urban fantasy to a 1980s Coming of Age flick, except of course this one here is a read, namely because you’re going to see, if I can give away one spoiler, a university edition of the many great 1980s movies in one, single book.
Today I’m bringing my characters to life in Northern Knights, giving the reader an idea on what each character might look like if they existed in real-life with some book character pictures that serve as rough concepts (thank you, Unsplash). I’ll give each character a brief description of who they are and their role in the book. Not all of these characters are on the main cast, but each brought at least a little significance to the work in some way.
There are no spoilers here; simply descriptions of who the character is, a little bit of background, their supernatural ability if they have any, and what they bring to the table.
Inspired by the Upper Ohio Valley, the following descriptive article depicts a detailed setting seen in Northern Knights. Enjoy the read!
An unoccupied demilitarized zone lays within a two-mile strip between Libertarian North Columbia and Occupied South Columbia. In the center of the zone flows the Hocking River, a winding arrow of water which begins in a remote wooded area far off in the Native Columbian-laden Western Wild, lows across the bounding landscape, and into the Atlantean Sea.
Just north of the river, sit twin villages of Muralville and Richfield, North Columbia. A fork in the scenic highway leads the navigator to their destination point. If one makes a hard left, they’re on to Muralville, yet if one decides to take a right, their destination is Richfield.
Freedom Flames, I hope you all read and enjoyed my articles regarding American foreign policy over the last 100 years with one more article to go in the series before I branch off to other influences behind Lord of Columbia. However, since it is early July, we in the states are celebrating the courage of 13 American Colonies and their allies for breaking away from the world’s most dangerous empire of the age, the former British Empire.
Today is a special one indeed, as I’m providing a small excerpt from my debut book, Northern Knights, giving you a little bit of a taste in the book’s actual context.
Lately, I’ve described themes, messages, a few plot elements, and the book’s (along with the rest of the Lord of Columbia Series) main genre.
So, I hope you all enjoy this tiny excerpt from Chapter Two and definitely give me some feedback in the comments section as to what you thought while reading this rather action-packed scene.
Now, one thing to keep in mind is the language that I use. It is more adult-oriented, however this story is told only from Cain’s point of view, and a deeper point of view at that. Much of what you’re seeing are Cain’s thoughts as to how he’s using his own words to convey the story to the reader.
For the full excerpt including Chapter One, click here to claim the full preview.