In the age-old battle between good and evil, who ya gonna call?
Imagine a bold world in which descendants of an ancient mystical order secretly struggle to keep the forces of darkness at bay, utilizing every means and device at their disposal. Magic, mystery and strange technology beckon from beyond the limits of history and belief.
Three short stories of power, love, and pivotal decision from the world of The GrailChase! Chronicles. *Before the Chase* introduces Alessandro, Jordan and Sophia, as they make the choices that will forever change the future.
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The GrailChase Chronicles encompasses my many interests in history, conspiracy theory, metaphysics and the evolution of consciousness… and of course, Steampunk.
A lot of the theory behind this series is conjecture and highly controversial, but makes for some interesting situations, as beautifully explored by Dan Brown in his wildly popular *The DaVinci Code* (which is based on these same theories). A wide knowledge of history, history of religion, sociology, culture and philosophy is required to fully grasp the historical and social implications of my story. In my pursuit of research, I ended up with a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and now teach ethics and humanities at the college level.
The Victorian era, in which the GrailChase Chronicles are set, was a time when the Industrial Revolution was just beginning to pick up steam (pardon the pun!). It was a time that still treasured craftsmanship and beauty in technology, as well as functionality. It was also a time of great social upheaval brought about by the increasing spread of industrialization, in which the old agricultural society was giving way to a modern, urban consumer culture. Old ways of life were dying out, and new ones were being born – much like our own era.
Steampunk is an exploration of the road not taken. What if we had stuck to steam and other technologies, instead of moving into electronics and the internal combustion engine? In the GrailChase Chronicles, I not only explore the massive cultural changes, I also create a whole new technology, based on Phlogiston, a combustible substance posited during the Victorian era, but later disproven. In my stories, the power of Phlogiston not only exists, but is harnessed and applied to the eternal battle between good and evil.
You have to know history in order to effectively re-write it.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
My advice to aspiring writers is to follow your heart and never give up. It doesn’t matter if anyone else understands or believes in your dreams at first. Just keep on. Don’t end up on your deathbed, regretting that you never really tried.
Dara Fogel is an educator, philosopher and author in the southwest USA, where she lives with her husband, mother, son and two cats.