I apologize if the title of this blog appears pretentious or alludes that it will delve into some sort of deep existential thinking. I am hopefully offering none of that. I am simply answering the question about what I want readers to glean from the Dark Lands series.
I am not under the delusion that my series will create a reading revolution or garner so many readers that my ascension to the Presidency is imminent. I will leave that to the more haughty writers. My desires are more straight forward and simplistic.
I want my readers to enjoy this series and have it whisk them away from this world and its problems to a world they have never experienced. I want them to care about the story and rage over the characters, both good and bad; and when they have finished the story I want them to feel that it has been worth their investment. That is my first and foremost goal and I believe it to be the first and foremost goal of all writers excepting the more self-absorbed ones I alluded to earlier.
Something else that I hope readers find, and appreciate, in my series is a strong sense of right and wrong. Sadly, our world has seemingly turned upside down, where people who would have been imprisoned decades ago are now considered pop culture heroes and those who actually take a moral stand these days are now mocked and shunned. That is why I am thrilled that series such as Harry Potter actually have a defined right and wrong, good and bad. It makes me feel like these attributes are still important. I am hoping that those who read the Dark Lands series find the same resolute values within it. God Bless.
Inspiration can be very fickle. It is much like a painting: one person may find in it a grandiose story while another sees only a monkey staring at a banana. Neither are wrong in their interpretation. It is just a matter of perspective.
I am often asked what my inspiration was for the Dark Lands series and whether it had anything to with Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Though I wish I could ascribe it to my detailed reading of Dante I have to admit that my knowledge of his work is based mostly on an X-Men story written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Romita, Jr.
Dark Lands came from my overactive imagination, commonly known as A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) in politically correct circles. I was in the middle of a Bible Study and one of the participants began discussing the concept of Purgatory. I suddenly began to imagine a world that not only existed between life and death, but time as well. Quickly I turned over a handout I had and wrote on it the basic foundation for the Dark Lands, its relationship to our world, who dwells there, how someone gets there, and what powers they would need to survive living there.
I then imagined what it would be like if someone from our world suddenly and abruptly awoke in the Dark Lands and how they would adapt. From there I created my two protagonists, Webb and Sundown, who would basically serve as the proverbial tour guides for the series, and subsequently created the characters, good and bad, with whom they would interact. Within an hour I literally had the entire series planned, scribbled on the back of a handout. I reviewed these notes several times, fleshing out some details, leaving others to develop as I wrote. I think that is one of the key points that all writers must understand: you will not write the great American novel in one sitting. You will write, rewrite, rewrite again and again. You will do this so often that you may actually begin to loathe your book before it ever gets published. A musician was once asked what it was like to have a number one song. Their reply was that “you had better be prepared to sing that song every day for the rest of your life.” Writing is the same way excepting it is on the front end. You need to be prepared to cultivate your story until it is as perfect as possible. Then, you hand it over to an editor who will tell you how fantastic your story is before completely dismantling it. That, however, is another story for another time. God Bless.
Hello and welcome to my blog.
My name is Lyn I. Kelly, author of the Dark Lands series. I am new to the literary world, my previous works being published in comic books and periodicals. That is why a huge “question mark” probably developed when you read my name. I am hoping this blog will remove that question mark and entice you to read my series or at least the first book in the series, Dark Lands: Requiem.
I also plan on using this blog to discuss all things “writing”. Unlike other professions, the best and brightest do not always find themselves with a nice book deal and appearances around the world. It is often quite the opposite with “who you know” trumping “what you know”. I have long said that there are writers “out there” better than anyone in the history of literature, but because they do not have famous parents or they are not running for President they will not be given the chance to show their work. It is a sad reality, but not unconquerable. Yes, I will discuss my series and topics germane to it frequently, but I will also open it up to you all and try to address your questions and concerns about writing and how to best approach this (occasionally) ridiculous profession. I cannot promise I will answer every question, but I will make a concerted effort.
Ask me about my book, my past writing experiences, my passions, my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Well, do not ask me the latter. I have a really good one, but I do not want to use my blog to discuss it. I am new at social media (if you cannot already tell) so please forgive my mistakes and non sequiturs.
I look forward to hearing from you all.