Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dominic Hodgson ~2nd guest post and his novel the Archk of Angels

TITLE: Archk of the Angels: The Ragnarök Chronicles 2
AUTHOR: Dominic Hodgson
CATEGORIES: Science Fiction/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1974034307
IMPRINT: Devil’s Tower

KEYWORDS: young adult; sci-fi; fantasy; horsemen of the apocalypse; supernatural; time travel; space ships

Before there was time, there was the hunt.

Few who live in the Alpha Realm truly appreciate the nature of time. Few realise that it’s a current of energy flowing through the multiverse, originating from an ancient artefact: the Archk of Angels. Those that do know may now be threatening it all.

Philip Quint’s life was turned upside down when he learned the truth of what he was. As a Mancynn, a person who can manipulate reality thanks to artificially-enhanced genetics, his supposed destiny was to work as emissary for the Brethren Lords as they used the Earth in their plot against the godly Entities. However, after fellow Mancynn Noah Mason freed him from their influences, Philip and his companions took to uncovering Lord Gryal Repa’s insidious operations.

With events having gone downhill in Egypt, Philip must now find his mysteriously-disappeared friends, avoid the authorities across America and take part in an Entity mission traversing time to find the coveted Archk before the now rivalling Brethren Lords do. But other threats lurk in the shadows, and throughout their journey one detail remains uncertain: into whose hands should the Archk really be allowed to fall?

Whenever I try to explain my books to somebody, I will always start with the grand overview. I’m talking about the fact that these stories are taking place in a much larger multiverse, the culmination of my best imaginings. Now I’m not saying that you need to understand this multiverse to get my books, that would be a terrible thing for audiences, but I like to think that giving that brief introduction to the world these stories are set in allows the person I’m speaking to a better understanding of the contextual factors. Yet while it’s all well and good for me to point this out in person, doesn’t there have to be indicators of this wider world in the books themselves for it to be a recognisable element? It only makes sense that if I’m to claim that there’s all these things going on around Earth alone, there would be hints of it just as the characters go around their daily lives. In ‘The Archk Of Angels’, I start to slip in more references to external events coexisting with the main narrative. I believe in the first book there was only one such hat tip that didn’t end up coming back to aid in the plot in some capacity. In book two, we get more of an insight into Noah’s tragic past, for instance. He was always meant to be a man of a vague background (well, it will be delved into eventually), yet in this instalment a little more information is provided, not that it has to do with this story in particular, through the medium of flashbacks. Towards the end, I…introduced a character who belongs to a future planned story, due to the fact that by his personal timeline he would be at that place at the same time as our current characters, thus I rather had to write him into it at least in part for continuity down the line. But the most important example, even if it doesn’t automatically read that way, is the brief inclusion of an unnamed organisation stumbled across by Noah while the group are trying to find their way back to civilisation after being temporarily adrift at sea. Again, this organisation doesn’t play any big role in the book, but it does play a big role in the world the story is set in, or at least this is sowing the seeds for it to do so. I can only say that I’m so glad I listened to the advice I was given at around age ten (I don’t remember exactly) which prompted me to start writing the details for my stories down in note form instead of being cocky enough to think I could retain it all in my head. With all this lore for the extended multiverse I have to be aware of when ensuring my worlds conform to it as they should, I have to cross reference tens of pages of context over multiple devices. It’s fortunate that I do this, as on more than one occasion I would have screwed myself over by writing one thing when I had planned a contradictory thing for later. Even then, you also have to be aware of the logical ramifications of these events in the proposed worlds’ histories. When writing one thing, I suddenly think ‘wait, surely *this* would happen because of *this*, meaning that I now have to deal with *this* otherwise there’ll be a lack of cause and effect between events’, thus prompting me to spend hours pacing around my house while I come up with a solution that makes everything work. Fortunately, I often find that the consequence of one thing inherently presents me with a solution to a problem caused by another, thus I turn out to have been fine all along. Other times you have to invent a whole new alien race with its own history and culture just to solve four separate issues that are isolated enough to be arguably linked by this race, making everything happy again, just leaving you with the job of later killing off that race because they are too powerful to not come up in future stories and I need to minimise their unforeseen impact on the multiverse as that is far easier than reworking everything to give them their logical importance were they to be around for future sequences. Sometimes I think I’ve dedicated too much brainpower to this multiverse. But then I remind myself that this is all for the better, because it’s these details that bring these worlds to life. Yes, this might mean that there ends up being short bits in the stories that don’t appear to directly add anything to the plot, but that’s not their purposes. They’re there to make the world.

As a student of English with Creative Writing and as a self-proclaimed geek, it has long been my ambition to write novels, especially in the science-fiction genre. A lot of my time is spent, whether I want it to be or not, impulsively devising stories of various kinds, some of which invariably pique my interest. Over time these tales seemed to begin to fall into place with one another, forming an interlinking multiverse of adventures. Thus The Ragnarök Chronicles was born. A collection of short series building up to the eponymous Ragnarök, these are the stories that I attribute most of my spare time to realising. Moving into the future, whatever life has in store for me, I aim to continue writing as much as I can, be it as part of this series or something original, be in on the page or maybe even someday on the screen. I only wish to give others the chance to share in my imaginings if they so wish. After all, what’s life without its stories?



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