Everyone meet new Novelist …R.L. Akers
Before we jump into a new series, I have an info dump for you. I am going to take a break from weekly blogging for the rest of the year. All is well in my world, but life is intruding on what has become something I love. I am going to training again, FedEx has decided to retire my current airplane (727) and I start training on the (757) in early November. The past week I started the online training. With all training, it takes work and focus. Until writing pays enough to keep the lights on, these breaks in writing will always occur. I look forward to being back with y’all after the first of the year. Until then, I am launching a new series. This is a complete 360 degree turn from what I have been writing about. I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I will.
Last year my family and I started looking for a local Church that better fit the changing needs of our family. We tried about twelve different Churches close to our home. We finally decided on a growing congregation called River Ridge. After the second visit, my kids noticed one of the teachers had the same name as my father. He and I laughed at the connection. On a personal level, I call him by his less formal name. For this series I will refer to him by his writing name, R.L. Akers.
R.L. and I started talking and immediately I felt a connection beyond our shared family name. R.L. called me one afternoon and after a short five minute conversation, I discovered that we were actually “Brothers From Another Mother.” R.L. told me that he was in the final stages of his first novel and the connection was cemented. As we spoke, I discovered that we shared many of the same interests in both our writing and in our lives. Over the past six months or so, we have become fast friends. He is a man that I admire, envy, and am proud to call a Brother.
For the next several weeks, I am going to help celebrate the launch of his novel Prometheus Rebound. Recently. R.L. and I met at a local eatery for breakfast. To illustrate the depth of my admiration for R.L., I met him at 07:00 AM. All of you, who know me, know the only time I want to see 07:00 AM is never. But this is so important to me, that I pulled myself out of bed and drove away from the house at that awful hour. R.L. and I spent the next three and a half hours talking about his novel and writing. I have never had the opportunity to have a conversation like this. We spoke only about the craft of writing and I am so indebted to his for teaching me all of his secrets.
Everyone meet R.L. Akers. He is a software developer who came to Charleston, WV ten years ago to work for a non-profit organization. Since then, he has taken on new projects, duties and goals. His blog is http://rlakers.com, and the official website for his first book is http://gryphens.com.
This is a loosely translated transcript of our conversation on the morning of 11 October 2013.
“Why are you writing a novel?”
RLA: “To be honest, writing a novel has always been one of those things I’ve wanted to accomplish in life, if for no other reason than to say I’ve done it. But now, five years into this project, bringing it finally to publication, I find that I love the writing life. Whether it’s this particular novel or one of the other stories I’m working on, my goal is to write something fun and enjoyable. I’m not out to win a Pulitzer, but I hope readers will find my fiction to be compelling, with a positive world view.”
“What is the Book called?”
RLA: “Prometheus Rebound. It will be available for purchase in November.”
“How did you come up with that?”
RLA: “For most of its existence, this story had a very different working title that I absolutely loved—unfortunately, that title was hard to pronounce and would have been difficult to market, so I ultimately switched to something more recognizable. The title Prometheus Rebound is something of a play on words, on multiple levels. For one thing, it’s an obvious reference to Prometheus Bound, the Greek tragedy written by Aeschylus 2,500 years ago. My story actually contains numerous allusions to the Prometheus myth, which is why working “Prometheus” into the final title made such obvious sense.
“Dude, I am totally lost. What is a Prometheus?”
RLA: “(Laughing) There are lots of elements to the Prometheus myth, but Prometheus is probably best known for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humankind. Within Greek mythology, he was an ally of fledgling humanity, protecting it from Zeus’s caprice, and even aiding in its development of civilization and technology. For all of these reasons, he was punished by the gods, “bound” to a rock for all eternity. There’s a great deal of rich imagery there. And no, my narrative is not directly tied to Greek mythology, but there are some very important plot point parallels.”
“What can you tell us about your book?”
RLA: “Despite its science fiction and technological trappings, Prometheus Rebound is a very human story. It simply asks “What if?” What if we faced an actual threat of alien invasion, here in the real world, today—how would society react? And if we had just a little bit of time to prepare a response, what would that response be—realistically? If the folks who follow your blog are interested in more details, they can check out my book’s description at http://gryphens.com.”
There you have it friends. Next week, R.L. and I will discuss character development and the challenges he faced when writing his main character, Kara Dunn.
Until then keep on rockin.
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