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

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