Folks are aware that I’ve recently run a contest. The challenge was for you to tell me what my books are about, and the prize was a signed copy of JAVELIN RAIN. Normally, I let these things run long, and take my time in picking winners, but I wanted to do it quickly here, as it’s just (gasp) TWO DAYS until the book releases. Seriously, folks. The clock just struck midnight as I was writing this.
I was SO gratified by the huge number of responses I got. A lot of you took a lot of time to think deeply about what my books meant, and that kind of feedback is the most affirming thing any artist can experience. This is my favorite contest so far, by far.
It was nigh impossible to pick winners, but I don’t have unlimited copies to give away, so here they are (in no particular order).
– Cheryl, who says:
“Well, despite the fantasy garb, I’d say Gemini Cell (and no doubt Javelin Rain) is about a man’s deep abiding love for his wife and son. Despite death and all manner of absurdity afterward, all he really wants is to go home.”
– Blake, who chimes in with:
“To me, your first trilogy is about doing the right thing, and what it looks like when the “right thing” isn’t always clear.
With Oscar Britton we see a man whose career is altered by something he can control and he’s pressed into service in the magic wielding covens.
Bookbinder goes through a similar transfer of service, and he isn’t even allowed to communicate with his family.
But from the other side, we have Jan “Harlequin” Thorsson who believes doing the right thing is about using his powers to serve and protect, and acts as the agent of pressing Britton into his new service.
Britton of course pushes back, rebels, and Bookbinder tries to change the system within. Meanwhile Thorsson is trying to hold the countries magical community together by working with the system.
Everyone thinks they are in the right. And to some degree, each of them are. But life is like that. There isn’t always a clear “right” and “wrong”; there isn’t always a binary “good” and “bad” especially when confronted with something so unprecedented as to demand rapid response.
And, your books are about ultimately deciding what is right as evidenced by Britton and Thorsson coming together for a better future.
As for “Gemini Cell” well to me that’s about a man torn from his family and he’s trying to protect them despite what he has become.
To me both stories at their core invoke a deep seeded desire for equality in the face of the law and the acceptance within ones family.”
– And last, but certainly not least, Xanthe, who keeps it light:
“One of your books, Gemini Cell, is about
A) A family struggling with change
B) Zombies with shotguns.”
Nice! Cheryl, Blake and Xanthe, congratulations! Please email me at myke (at) mykecole (dot) com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the signed copies.
Everyone else, thanks for taking the time to enter and to let me know how my books resonated with you.
Two days! I hope you’re as excited as I am.