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Rod Van Blake

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Former Marine who loves science fiction and fantasy novels, published his debut novel Ancient Illumination in 2016. Followed that up with Ancient Illumination II :Kuongoza Mwanga; the leading light in 2018, and most recently released Ancient Illumination III: Godhood in February of 2020. Now working on his fantasy debut to be published later this year. There is also an illustrated Ancient Illumination volume 1 Remembrance and Revolt the Graphic novel available on Kindle and soon Comixology which features the beginning of the first novel, art by Jordan P. Jackson. The physical version of the graphic novel can only be purchased at conventions or by contact through the author web site.

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Formatting and the heroes journey

I guess this has more to with with style and a writers familiarity with what works best for them. Without meaning to when I wrote Ancient Illumination I did so not having one main character to focus on but rather different groups of people. The scenarios then go from one group to the others and follows them through events that will at some point connect them all.
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