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The Villains in Northern Knights

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.

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A Q&A With Todd Matthews on Northern Knights

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.

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Bringing the Characters to Life: Ten Plot-Altering Characters in Northern Knights

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.

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Where the Upper Ohio Valley Met Fantasy

The Ohio River inspired the Hocking River in Lord of Columbia.

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.

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Excerpt from Northern Knights

Hello, Freedom Flames,

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.

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Spoiler Alert! Pop Culture, Locations, and Other References in Northern Knights

Northern Knights' References
Clockwise, Sunset in Weirton, WV (photo by: Todd Matthews), Cleveland Browns 2015 uniform unveil (photo by Eric Drost), Crossing the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge from Steubenville into Weirton, WV (photo by Eric Wagg), Riding along Main Street, Wintersville, Ohio.

Northern Knights might be an urban fantasy that takes place in a fictionalized version of our world, but don’t think for a single second I haven’t made some pop culture and mainstream references in Northern Knights, the Lord of Columbia Series’ first episode.

From Chapter One, the reader will find entertainment and comic relief from the darker overtones of the plot when they stumble across such references.

 

 

 

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Northern Knights: Behind the Scenes

Okay, we’re going behind the scenes in the creation of Northern Knights, Book I in the Lord of Columbia Series. Today, I’m taking you through the journey of my three years of struggles while writing this book, which is unlike Swords of Destiny, Missing in Columbia (not released yet), Book IV, or the beginnings of Book V.

From July 2015 when I really buckled down and got serious with the plot until August 2018, when I launched the book on Amazon, Northern Knights went through more changes than the techno world did between the years 1990 and 2018.

All within three years, how about that?

This is an article less about myself and the Lord of Columbia Series and geared more toward budding writers who are working on their first novel in hopes that they avoid some mistakes I made that continually delayed the release of Northern Knights.

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Wintersville, Ohio: The Village that Inspired Northern Knights’ Setting

Main Street, Wintersville, facing west.

My hometown of Wintersville, Ohio inspired Northern Knights’ setting. The village sits just west of neighboring Steubenville, Ohio, about forty miles west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It’s the village I often refer to as the Lost Horizons due to its breathtaking scenery where views of the sunset are so epic they’ll give you goosebumps.

The village is also a gateway to the vast countryside, leading to tiny towns like Richmond, Ohio (population 471) just off State Route 152, close to my old high school of Edison, home of the Wildcats.

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Summit University Hotspots: The Six South Columbian Complexes

The main setting in Northern Knights is Summit University, so I’m going to spend a few articles talking about this awesome university which was inspired by two main places, Hogwarts from the Harry Potter Series and Kent State University, where I spent a year studying.

The area the university is set in was inspired by my hometown of Wintersville, Ohio, which I’ll discuss in another article and many of the locations spoken of in Northern Knights are from Wintersville, itself.

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