Today I'd like to welcome author Karyn Pearson to Pure Jonel.
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A Glimpse into the World of Spark
One thing I really love about Spark is the way the world looks in my mind. A post-apocalyptic world, destroyed by war; the cities are in ruins, survivors of the war have built new townships and outposts on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas. Landmarks that contemporary readers would easily recognize lie in shambles, mere echoes of the majestic structures that they once were. This war-torn landscape was inspired by the scenery in the 2011 film adaptation of the graphic novel Priest. Once I saw the way the world was designed in Priest, I knew that I wanted my novel’s universe to look something like that.
So where and when do the events of Spark take place? Throughout the novel, from the not-so-subtle clues, we know we’re following Ardentia on her journey around the ruins of the United States. But aside from cities we’d recognize from today’s world, there are several new towns that we have no idea where they are. First and foremost, is the town of Ira Finem, Ardentia’s home town.
Ira Finem is located near the Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas border. I had no real reason for choosing that particular spot. I was simply staring at a map of the United States one day while still in the “imagining” stage of Spark, and that spot in particular called to me. I instinctively knew that that would be the place where Ardentia would call home.
Everywhere else Ardentia goes, we pretty much know where she is relative to the world. I’ve covered the where, but what about the when? It’s never explicitly stated when Spark takes place. The synopsis hints at it if you look at the beginning lines and think of the breakdown of time provided relative to present day.
When I first started writing Spark, I didn’t even know what year it was in that universe. It wasn’t until I was just starting the revisions on book two of the Hellfire Trilogy, Inferno, that I took the time to put together a timeline of events. After a great deal of thinking, checking my continuity, and going over scenes in my mind and what the season looked like at the time I envisioned it, I figured out that when Ardentia first begins her quest, it is sometime in May 2150. By the end of the novel, it’s October.
There are still plenty of other secrets in the timeline, but spoilers abound. For now, those details about the world of Spark must be kept under wraps. One day, I’ll divulge everything. But until then, my hands are tied and my lips are sealed.
Karyn Pearson is a post-grad university student with a B.A. in Anthropology, currently living in California with her two dogs. Over the years, she has created many worlds, characters, and series, which naturally makes her head a very crowded place to be.
When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up with a book, playing video games, doing research for her books on the web, or attempting to not burn the house down with another kitchen experiment, a hobby otherwise known as cooking.
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Now, in this post-apocalypse, humanity has but one choice: resist or die. In order to combat the forces of Hell, man has learned to fight, training from their youth to hunt the demons that threaten their very existence.
Twenty-five years ago, a demon hunter dared rise against an ancient demon family, the Saligia—the Seven Deadly Sins—and was cursed for her defiance. The curse appeared in the guise of an innocent: the huntress’s own daughter, Ardentia, who had been born with a demon soul attached to her own.
In the present day, Ardentia, now grown, seeks to free her mother from her curse by hunting down the demons responsible. But the road ahead will be difficult now that the demon within her has awakened. Trusting him is dangerous, especially when he can turn on her at a moment’s notice. Others have warned her that succumbing to the demon will be her own downfall.
Now Ardentia must decide what she’s willing to lose: her mother’s freedom or herself.
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