I was asked for more info about Marcus and Dark Night. Marcus’ condition is not supernatural. Everything he faces has a precedent in nature. Of courses as a work of fiction, the attributes forced on him are somewhat enhanced. Even so, if a man existed living the life Gregor lives, the life he forces Marcus to live, in a time when science was not advanced enough to have the answers, Gregor would have been one of the main reasons for the vampire legend. Marcus is trying to understand himself, to understand what he’s been made to be. In a way, a more natural, human condition is far more frightening then a supernatural one, where your choices and behavior can be blamed on powers you have no control over. It is Marcus’ strength, given to him by his family, that gives him the ability to fight Gregor, to feel compassion and love. Marcus, not believing he is human, is more human than most.
The Calyptra is a moth that drinks blood from both animals and humans. This moth is found in many places including Europe. It is believed they descended from fruit eating moths and over time their DNA changed to make it the animal it is today. Their bites are rather ugly puncture marks reminiscent of the movie Vampire’s bites. Moths are attracted to light but often perish when they get too close to it. It is not a far stretch to say a human, with multiple bites could possibly get infected. Could this cause him to drink blood, stay away from daylight and perhaps even cause a long term DNA change. Who knows?
Add to that the uncommon allergy to sunlight that plagues a few people. In past times, again when medical science was young, these people were ostracized and forced to live away from many communities.
There are many animals that can regenerate damaged, even lost body parts. As Marcus says; “It is not so much that we cannot be killed as it is that we so quickly heal.” Hence what happens to Gregor. I won’t explain, you must read the book for that.
As far as strength and speed. There are many examples of extremely fast and strong animals. Forgive my slight exaggerations.
Then there is how Marcus lives and that is purely human, the best of human nature.
I’ve been told that my description of the book had a grammatical error. I’ll try again.
The first of the Sister World Trilogy, Sister World I, The Arrival, tells the tale of the dangers faced by the people of Terah. Existing in an alternate universe, Terah, a mirror image of Earth, has had a very different existence.
Since the terrible conclusion of their third world war, the free people of Terah have been forced to remain in hiding while all others are subject to the brutal control of Frauliege, their despotic ruler. Discovering the existence of Earth and the way to send her people here, Frauliege prepares to conquer a second world; ours. In resistance headquarters two teens learn that the fates of both worlds will be decided by the people of Earth. With no one else able to make the journey, they brave the wormhole and begin searching for their mirrors, hoping not only to save this strangely similar world, but also the family that would be theirs.
As soon as I get my author copy of my latest book, “Where There Was Darkness” I will be bringing a collection of all my novels to the Cumberland High School Library. I so wish I could see my sophomore year English teacher. She signed the book of poems I wrote saying: “Debbie,I wish you every happiness always. I hope you keep your love books and poetry. They’re good friends for anyone to have.” She also supported me, encouraging my writing. That is what being a teacher is all about.
On a previous post I put a picture of the book cover for Where There Was Darkness, the third book in my Darkness and Light series. The cover has been redesigned. I like the new cover much better. Hope you do too. The book is available for purchase in paperback or Kindle format on Amazon, or come and visit me at the East Greenwich Library and purchase a signed copy. I’ll be doing a meet the author this coming Spring, date to be determined. I’ll keep you posted.
I belong to a local community chorus. We had our after Christmas Concert cast party last night. I was asked to read the poem I’d written for our director. Of course I was happy to do so but I was even happier with it’s reception. If you want to learn more about my poetry, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d like to add a couple of photos. I’m not good at this but I am a good writer. The laughing me is unusual so it shows you just what a good time I had.
Heres the group, a great group of people, great authors. The kind of people it’s worth spending time with. Pull up a stool, have a cocoa and read our books. They’ll take you places you can’t go any other way.
I am happy to say that Where There Was Darkness is now under review and I will be doing final proof as soon as I can. The Kindle version is already available for purchase. I will be announcing the release date of the paper back as soon as I know it.