“Bad things come in threes,” the saying goes, and they also come on August 2. Don’t believe me? Consider this, from my upcoming young adult dark fantasy novel, This Wasted Land:
Ghastly, eh? But there’s worse. Here’s a snippet from my young adult fantasy novel, Dragontamer’s Daughters (like Little House on the Prairie, with dragons) where the old native woman To-Ho-Ne tells the young heroines, Isabella and Alijandra, of the Conflagration of Cuidad de Agustin, capital of the Ysparrian Empire:
And if that weren’t enough, the world–one world very much like our own, anyway–comes to an end on August 2, as witnessed by a German Shepherd named Buddy in my novel Lost Dogs:
Coincidence? Of course not. Rather, it’s an example of how all three of my novels–DTD, Lost Dogs, and This Wasted Land (coming October 15)–intersect, even though the stories are vastly different from each other, and are set in different universes. As you’ll see in TWL, characters and references from other novels–even some I have yet to publish–cross over, though not always in expected ways.
It ties in to what Ōth (pronounced like the word for a vow or promise), a major villain in TWL, calls, “the nine realities.” I hope you’ll come along and explore them with me when TWL arrives this fall.
Kenton Kilgore writes YA SF/F that will make you think and feel. He is the author of Lost Dogs, the story of a German Shepherd and a Beagle-mix who survive the end of the human world, only to find that their struggles have just begun. He also wrote Dragontamer’s Daughters, based on Navajo culture and belief. With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Place, a children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.
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