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John G. Stevens

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John is a hardworking Husband and Father of three boys. He has spent most of his life on the East Coast of the US and currently resides in Southern Maine. They lived in Japan for a few years, love to travel and try to focus on what connects us all rather than what separates us. He considers the apex of all delicacies to be anything with buffalo chicken in it. Being a musician, avid reader and dabbler in Parkour gives him many avenues to pull from in his writing. A lifelong storyteller, John has always imagined worlds where there are no limits.

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Wow. Where to begin...

The world of Echowake has a lot of influences. I didn't really plan it that way but it evolved over time.

The setting started out as "a barren wasteland with air whales flying overhead." I've always liked post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction so that idea excited me. The air whales overhead gave it a nice fantasy element too.

I also knew I wanted to have magic. I borrowed a page from things like Dragon Ball and Naruto and decided to make the magic chi-based. Something based on the life-force of a person, but it wasn't something everyone could do.

One of the characters early on belonged to a guild of inventors, so I wanted to have some technology, but not too futuristic. I settled with a gear + steam engine level of technology. It fit well with this recovering dystopian (or even post-dystopian) world as they entered a second industrial revolution. The character, incidentally, was definitely influenced by Lucca (from Chrono Trigger) and Bulma (again, from Dragon Ball.) I never really setout to do "Steampunk", and as such it's not the typical Victorian and parasol style of Steampunk. It's a bit dirtier than all that.

Speaking of dirty. Being a dystopian world, there wasn't much in the way of government and certainly no militaries or police force. So how do people go about protecting their towns and cities? Probably by forming some kind of militia. Let's call them Marshals. And they should be armed... We have plenty of metal craft in this world (thanks to the steampunk inventors) so guns seem plausible. Hmm. A group of do-gooders running around in the Scorch (a desert-like environment) with guns fighting wild raiders... is this a Western? Just a little bit! ;) But let's mix it up. One of the characters has a large 6-chamber revolving rifle. Now that's dystopia!

Because this dystopian world was created by some great cataclysm hundreds of years prior, that meant the world as it was before was gone. But what was it like? What vestiages might be left from those old civilizations? There might be ancient technologies left behind that are more advanced than anything steam power could offer. Enter: Science Fiction. This is a popular trope in many stories and it fits just perfectly in my world.

Maybe it's true what they say, there are no more original ideas, only original combinations of ideas. If that's true, then I'm in a good place!(less)
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I think it's vital to be writing (especially at the beginning) because you love it. If nothing ever comes of your current writing project and you still want to do it: you've found something special. You've found the art that you want create in this world because no one else has. No one else can. No one else can take your unique thoughts and build a tangible experience out of it. I forget who said it first (Neil Gaiman?), but there's a phrase, "Write the story you want to exist but doesn't yet." For me, this is the key. I write because I love the thing I'm creating and no one else will do it.
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TEMPEST BORN (ECHOWAKE #2) is published!

It’s here! Tempest Born (The Echowake Saga #2) is officially live on Amazon.com. This time, E-book and Paperback are available at launch! So grab your e-reader or favorite bookmark and settle in.





It’s been a long road to this day. Longer than I intended, but I think the book is better for it. Please enjoy my latest (and best!) work.

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