A big welcome to Andrew Q. Gordon as part of the re-release of Purpose.
Realism – How Real is Real?
People often say world building is hard. That creating a ‘new world’ from the ground up is a daunting task. And I think, after doing that for the Champion of the Gods series, I agree – to a point.
Certainly the need to keep things consistent or for the world to ‘make sense’ [the logic of that concept can cause brain pain] is important. But on the other hand it’s a clean slate. If only the blue skinned trolls can fly, that’s the rule. It might be silly, but we’re talking about trolls, or wizards or vampires – they don’t exist, so why can’t it be my way? In fact it should be my way, since it’s my world, right?
Writing contemporary stories has pitfalls as well. If you’re going to write about New York City, you need to do more than just read about it or visit once. There is a reason top selling authors go and do research on location. For me, it’s a big turn off if I’m reading something I know isn’t accurate.
For example, I’ve never played cricket. I can watch matches, read books on the rules and how it’s played etc, but I doubt I could write an authentic book that includes significant portions devoted to the MCs playing cricket. That’s not to say only people who’ve played cricket can write about it, but if you’re going to write a match into your story, you’d need to know the game. What makes a story ‘real’ is the subtle nuances that only come from playing or watching. If you’re lacking those, it won’t be as appealing to those do know the game.
When I started to write Purpose I deliberately set it in D.C. for several reasons. The first is I know the town. I’ve lived and worked her for more than twenty years. Neighborhoods and geography play a role. Another key element of the book is the relationship Will, the main character, has with the police. Police procedure is important. Having worked with the local police department for more than twenty years, I have a fair understanding of how things work. The events in Purpose never happened, but if it had, they would have gone pretty much as written.
Keeping things on point won’t save a bad story, but it can ruin a good one. Whether Purpose is a good story is for you the readers, but at least they won’t be pulled from the story because I wrote about the non-existent Washington D.C. Police Department instead of the real Metropolitan Police Department.
Enjoy the Journey!
Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.
Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.
Author Note: This is a re-release of the original book. Nothing has changed, not even the cover. For now, it is only available from Amazon. I hope to re-release it in the future.
Bio and Books:
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
Since devouring The Lord of the Rings as a preteen, he has been a fan of all things fantastical. His imagination has helped him create works of high fantasy, paranormal thrills and touch of the futuristic. He also writes the occasional contemporary story.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband of twenty-four years. Together they are raising their daughter and three dogs. Andrew tries to squeeze writing time in around his most important jobs, being husband and ‘Papa.’ Along with teaching how to kick a soccer ball or ride a scooter, he has become fluent in cartoon characters and children’s books. To find out more about Andrew, his writing and his family, follow him on his website or on Facebook.
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February 15, 2020: The Eye and the Arm: (Champion of the Gods–Book 2)
March 15, 2020: Kings of Lore and Legend: (Champion of the Gods–Book 3)
April 15, 2020: Child of Night and Day (Champion of the Gods—Book: 4)
May 15, 2020: When Heroes Fall (Champion of the Gods—Book 5)