Also, another big thanks to those bloggers that shared my cover reveal the last several days. I look forward to seeing more posts throughout this week. I will draw the winner for the cool bookmark out of my steampunk hat next week. I decided to go old school with the drawing instead of using Rafflecopter.
The responses to my cover reveal have far exceeded my expectations, and I've gotten a bunch of emails asking for more information on Dragonfly Warrior, so I decided to share a little more today.
Below are two central characters that accompany Zen on his quest in the New World:
|"How about a little wager?"|
Enapay is a member of the Nabeho Tribe in Southwestern Agrios. He's an inventor and engineer who built his own airship. Enapay has a problem with stealing and gambling, but deep down, he's a good guy who just needs a little direction in his life. He is a direct foil for the idealistic Zen. The two stand on opposite sides on many things, but that's a major reason why they become good friends.
Neva (Geneva Bouvier)
|Never get between a pissed off mother and her child!|
Neva is an ex-pistoleer in the Francian Army. She led a small battalion during the Rebellion against the Iberian Empire. After the death of her husband, she married a wealthy criminal to support her nine year old son. When her child is kidnapped, Neva goes across the Atlantica Ocean to Agrios to get her boy back. Neva is a strong mother figure, but she's one not to mess with. She is the fastest gunslinger in all of Europa. And she's angry.
The world I created in Dragonfly Warrior is an alternate universe, but it's definitely late 1800s with a very different take on the Industrial Revolution. Everything is powered by steam, and whatever nation possesses the biggest and baddest machines rule.
I drew from all different mythology in this series too. Lots of Greek, Japanese, Chinese, and even Norse myths are intertwined. The Odyssey and King Arthur are two of my favorites. But I also grew up with Westerns and martial arts movies, so you can be there's lots of that in there too. And what's a steampunk book without pirates? I know, it all sounds like such a weird mishmash, but it works (without being cheesy).
I wanted a cover that screamed ACTION and FUN, and I love how it reminds me of old comic books and pulp fiction. However, beneath that cover, I've created a rich world with many literary themes and elements that weave a tale of adventure, betrayal, and old fashioned good vs evil.