Good morning everyone! I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Eric Swett, and his newest book, Apocalypse In The Balance. Without any further ado, take it away, Eric.
Finding the Fantastic in Fallen Places
If you turn on a television and watch an American made program you will see beautiful suburban landscapes, gritty cities so large that they boggle the senses, or pastoral countrysides filled with farms or forests. Each of these scenes appeal to us on some level and for different reasons, but they lack originality. Even Batman’s Gotham fills our consciousness as a darker New York, with its shadows so much deeper and they architecture just slightly more menacing. It is easy to write about these places and to stay in these archetypes because they are easy to understand and comprehend. They take little description because the mere mention of skyscrapers or farms or little ranch style homes surrounded by white picket fences all conjure images that have been blasted into our subconscious.
In my latest book, Apocalypse in the Balance, I use just such archetypes to describe the city where all of the action takes place. Soaring skyscrapers filled with the titans of industry, the poor part of town with its dark allies and violence, and the suburbs with their banality. Conjuring up a setting from my mind is personal and watching it take shape on the paper can be immensely satisfying, but this template leaves a little something to be desired.
One thing I like to do to break up the every day is to use special locations to make a scene more memorable. For inspiration I look toward places that have been abandoned in the real world. You would be surprised to know how many locations right outside the polished parts of any town and city are left to rot with disuse. Infusing these abandoned locales with a unique ambiance will make them stand out in the reader’s mind and memory.
How hauntingly beautiful is this abandoned outpost in Cambodia? Could you reimagine it as whole again? What about relocating it from the top of a hill to the center of a city? Who lives there? Rebels hiding from a vicious dictator? A clan of vampires feeding on the poor abandoned individuals of a city drowning in crime? Perhaps it is the secret temple of a cult bent on bringing about the end of the world.
Broken down locations are great for building back up and they can make a great addition that will stand out in your collection of locals.
About Apocalypse in the Balance:
Five years have passed since the Angel of Death made a very public appearance in the middle of New Arcadia. Since then the city has become a hub of activity for the supernatural. Most people are blissfully unaware of the powerful forces at work in their city, and the darkness bubbling under the surface could not be happier.
Businessman and criminal kingpin Kohaku Hitaratsu finds his world turned upside down, and he is forced to seek refuge in the slums he left behind. He no longer rules the neighborhood that was the foundation of his empire and he must find a way to survive on the streets with little more than a pickup truck to his name.
When Kohaku finds his neighborhood and his new found home under siege by monsters better found in nightmares, he chooses to stand and fight rather than simply survive.
Standing up to the darkness draws the attention of forces better left alone, and Kohaku is caught in a tug of war between the all too familiar evils of his life and the light within that is struggling to get out.
Friends and relatives choose sides in his struggle, but ultimately it is the love of a woman that will determine his course and could decide the fate of the world.
10% of all royalties will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
About the Author: Eric Swett is an author and IT professional living in Mooresville, NC. He is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary, Connor, and Kaitlyn. Eric is a rabid Arizona Cardinals fan and a lover of most things geek, and hes been before either of them were cool. When he is not writing or spending time with his family, he is reading and playing the occasional video game. His favorite authors include Ben Bova, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Jordan, J. R. R. Tolkien, and L. Ron Hubbard. His favorite Bands/Musicians include The Beatles, KISS, AC/DC, Yoko Kanno, John Williams, and Imagine Dragons.