More Than Just A Book

So what does “more than just a book” mean? Hopefully in the future it will mean audio book, feature film, television series – hey, the sky’s the limits, but the real reason behind the meaning is the depth in which one can explore the world of Telamier and the characters that live there. For the past twenty years I have “lived” on Telamier, and I really have no intention of leaving. Naturally there are the actual stories to write and the characters to develop, but my mind began going far deeper than that. How many Humans actually live on the planet? What businesses are there? What do the Humans of David’s time know about Earth? The questions continue to come fast and furious, and I’m not about to leave them unanswered. The biggest issue – everything has to make sense. For example, to answer the question of how many Humans are on the planet, I’m not going to throw some random number out there that sounds good. No, I (perhaps slightly insanely) embarked on a ten-year mission to map out the entire Human genealogy dating back to the original colony of 141 individuals. That meant playing matchmaker for literally thousands of people, figuring out the number of children each couple had, the names of those children, and whom those children ended up having children with. The results are still coming, but if you think there are hundreds of thousands, or even tens of thousands of people on Telamier, think again. We’re looking at just around ten thousand at best. Each of these individuals has a name (and a last name not pulled out of the air, but based upon realistic evolutions from the original colony). When you read the book, any Human mentioned can be traced both with lineage and residency. And what do all these people do? I’m not about to pick jobs that have no purpose or logic. Businesses, complete with names, employment lists and locations within the cities are continuing to grow. Other parts of the world grow on a daily basis. Trivia, fun facts and cultural traditions of the entire planet are forming. Animals are developing to be fully functional within realistic environments, given a place within ever-expanding ecosystems. Many even have scientific names based on true Latin origins. Plant life is growing. Technologies are taking shape. Foods with real recipes are developing. In short, the world in which the Night Hawk series takes place is a highly developed, rich and growing one. In fact, a good 75% or more of the details wrapped around Telamier never made it into the first book. As the series continues, more and more will be revealed. But even now the exploration can go far beyond what you read within the novel’s pages. So enjoy, explore and see how Night Hawk is truly “more than just a book.”

– Jolene Loraine


Intendend Audience

It may surprise you that this is a very difficult thing for me to pin down. Most stories, be they books or film, are broken into age groups that span a ten to twenty year gap. The best I can say is Night Hawk’s intended audience is the twenty-to-forty-year-olds. The characters themselves are for the most part in their mid-thirties. (However, age on Telamier is a bit different than on Earth due to the different lengths of days and years.) Despite this designation of intended age, I have discovered a lot of teenagers who enjoy the story. Night Hawk is an action-filled epic that moves much like a film, making it a fast and easy read. There is no heavy swearing, blatant sexuality or overly graphic violence, making the book easily appropriate for a high school reader of sixteen or older. And with characters and action in line with many of today’s popular flicks, it’s impossible to ignore the young adult audience. However, do not confuse this with a young reader book. Ultimately Night Hawk is for adults. The series has a deep, emotional side I have come to realize is greatly appreciated by a wide range of ages. The characters, David especially, face very poignant moments in their lives that give them opportunities to develop and mature. I know readers into their sixties who enjoy the stories for such. So whether you’re sixteen or sixty+, my hope is that you find Night Hawk entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.

– Jolene Loraine