A flintlock fantasy with kick!
Swept up in the rebellion against a grasping empire, Alex and Lucette must escape the ruthless pursuit of the dark commander who wields power both mysterious and deadly. The commander’s wrath destroys Alex’s plans and all he holds dear. Aided by a powerful mentor, dragon hunters, smugglers, and a strange pair, Alex and Lucette must thread the rude eye of rebellion and brave the fire of battle to win the race to the cache of magical power.
Targeted Age Group:: 12-100
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Much of the inspiration for the Tomahawks and Dragon Fire series, of which Threading the Rude Eye is the first book, arises from wondering how the world would be different if dragons, magic, and other mythical or mysterious creatures had been discovered in the New World. I originally began the story in pre-columbian times, but cast that aside when I decided that I wanted to tell a story connected with the American Revolutionary War in order to emphasize the principles of liberty and law. I wanted to tell an exciting story intertwined with the ideas that changed the world.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The heroic journey with the need to transform and to rise beyond the small and mundane to something greater began the Alex character in this series. Lucette, a young woman from a wore-torn nation, came about as a character with her own agenda and vision, who not only has her own heroic journey, but who also has an innate sweetness and persuasive ability that may be more important than the magic in the story.
The dragon hunters arose from the idea of dragons. If there are going to be dragons, there have to be dragon hunters.
The smugglers, Captain Rip and Antonio, are characters who have cinematic appeal in my mind. The story required smugglers, so I imagined a captain played by a Clint Eastwood type, and a larger-than-life first mate with the strut and touch of braggadocio of a young John Rhys-Davies sort.
The short answer is that I let the story I have to tell guide me in what characters I'm going to need. Of course, the characters develop in the telling and the story changes in texture and flavor as each character brings his or her own ingredients to the stew.
Excerpt from Threading the Rude Eye – pp.58-59
“You are correct, my friend. I did not get your name. You are…”
“Jonathan. My young friend here is Alex. The large man is Atu. This is Iago.”
“I’m very pleased to meet you. I am Antonio Rodriguez Javier Juan Carlos de Castile y Leon. You may call me Antonio.”
“Your new friends say that we’re under a death sentence,” Charles said flatly.
“Again? So it goes. It is true, there is no rest for the wicked. To what do we owe the honor of this most recent sentence of death?”
“The long and the short of it are right there,” Charles pointed to Atu and Iago. “The gentleman says that the supreme commander intends to kill everyone who has contact with them.”
“They are some bad medicine, it appears. So they will pay double?”
“They will not,” Alex said. “The price was agreed.”
Charles looked at Alex, saying, “That price was based on incomplete information. I didn’t know about the death sentence that came with your friends. I don’t think I would be bruising my honor to insist on a larger price to keep from having you thrown overboard.”
“So you’re a thief and a smuggler. I shouldn’t be surprised,” Alex said bitterly.
“I’m kidding,” Antonio laughed. “Captain is teasing you. Aren’t you, Captain?”
“Of course you are. Of course he is. However, you must tell me why the supreme commander now desires my head?”
“After,” Charles said.
“After?” Antonio asked. “After what?”
Charles pointed to the ship approaching from the port side. “After she fires her broadside.”
“Oh, yes. I am being rude to ignore her; she deserves my attention. After we escape from that ship, I will hear why my head should be freed from my shoulders.”
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