Thursday, 30 September 2010

How the idea developed.

Although mention has already been made concerning the central Heroine, who has always been Blonde, Blue-eyed, and Beautiful, and is based upon just one Blonde, Blue-eyed, and Beautiful Lady of my acquaintance who I shall only refer to as "Shining Girl;" mention must be made of one more special Lady friend... Beshley.

She was the inspiration for Beshlie of Calverstock ... the co-heroine in "The Hand of Baelar"...the third volume of "The Eternal Watchtower" Trilogy. With her agreement, her name was amended to fit the character; and without her, the Trilogy might well have ended in a totally different way.

As it was; one specific action by Beshlie of Calverstock towards the conclusion of the third volume laid the foundation of a common thread that weaves through the fourth novel... "The Vanavara Protocol,"and is central to the plot of The fifth novel "The Abaddon Stone." It is also a basis for the heroine's ongoing quest in a proposed future series of novels.

Thank You, Ladies, for the inspiration.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The re-written first section of "The Abaddon Stone."

Considering that the Heroine of "The Abaddon Stone" acquires a new identity in the novel; I thought that perhaps, an initial introduction at the beginning of the story might avert any confusion for the reader. Here is the re-written first section for your delectation...

The rumble of the big V8 engine of the Olive-drab painted Cadillac staff car echoed back from the buildings on Karwendelstrasse as it cruised across the junction at Drakestrasse, and turned right into Finkensteinallee. The road was still cobbled, although many of the stones were chipped and scarred. It was still lined with the old lilac trees; bearing the scars of bullets and shell fragments in their thick trunks and lower branches. Many of the old buildings had survived the Russian onslaught as they blasted their way into Berlin; but many new structures had appeared on the sites of their ruined predecessors. The pretty blonde wearing a Claire McCardell moss green wool, fitted two-piece, long-skirted suit, and a jaunty little matching fedora, sat in the rear seat of the staff car, glancing out of the window.

          Finckensteinallee was much the same as she remembered from when she had been driven down to the SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Lichterfelde Kaserne in 1937, in the company of SS-Gruppenführer Wolff; the Head of Reichsführer-SS Himmler's personal staff and his Personal Adjutant and Liaison officer. Eight years had passed since she was last here; about to embark on Himmler's ill-fated "Vanavara Protocol" expedition to Siberia. It was two years since she had been in Berlin. Back then; she had a different identity. Her name had been Fraülein Doktor Karyn Helle von Seringen; Deputy researcher for the Deutsches Ahnenerbe Institute for Linguistic study, at Berlin-Dahlem.

 Lichterfelde Kaserne. 1937.

          The Cadillac turned into the main entrance of the old Lichterfelde Kaserne and was waved down by an American Military Policeman. Nothing much appeared to have changed at the Kaserne. The long guardhouses on either side of the gate were still there; but the pair of four-metre high, Stone sentinel statues of "Der Ewigen Reichsrottenführer"… "The Imperishable Corporals," that had flanked the gate were missing. In their place were two towering blocks of concrete. The old Headquarters building across the checkerboard parade ground still stood; but was minus the massive Reichsadler Eagle perched above the false portico, which no longer bore the legend: "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler" emblazoned boldly across its cornice.
          The staff car driver handed his orders to the MP, who scanned them and glanced at the blonde in the rear seat.

          'Captain Charlotte Mckenna? Welcome to Andrews Barracks, Ma'am.'

 Andrews Barracks, Lichterfelde. 1947.

(Just a comparison to illustrate the section.)

Thursday, 23 September 2010

A Progress Report.

The replacement files for "The Vanavara Protocol" have been duly forwarded and received. Just a question of waiting now!

The rear cover blurb and design for the subsequent novel: "The Abaddon Stone" has also been re-jigged:

This version now contains the tag-line, and seems better-balanced than the original attempt. The novel now stands at 46,500 words, and the Heroine is now almost at the point where her adventures really begin.

The common thread of the series is to introduce our heroine (who has been recruited by the fledgeling U.S. Security Services) with a new identity and develop a series of novels revolving around her quest to locate the malignant Garnet.
So; the Heroine in "The Vanavara Protocol"... Karyn von Seringen... ex-Wartime German Ahnenerbe Doctor of Archaeology, becomes Charlotte Louise Mckenna... O.S.S./C.I.A. Officer; and may even be a re-incarnation of the Heroine of the "Eternal Watchtower" Trilogy... "The Golden Child"... Kathalyn Seregon. (The names are eerily similar!) 

It may have been noticed that, through the entire series of novels, the central Heroine has always been Blonde, Blue-eyed, and Beautiful.
This is no coincidence, as she has always been based on just one Blonde, Blue-eyed, and Beautiful Lady of my acquaintance who has encouraged me in my writing virtually from Day One.
Thank You, "Shining Girl."