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Today, find out more about WOLVES OF THE TESSERACT series.
Wolf of the Tesseract (Wolves of the Tesseract #1)
Release Date: July 2016
Black Rose Writing
In a world underneath our own reality, magic & science are two sides of the same coin. After merging with her copy from an alternate reality, college student Claire Jones is thrust into a setting beyond imagine and must fight alongside Zabe, an inter-dimensional guardian. Together they must stop an evil warlock from shattering the laws of existence who, above all else, seeks Claire’s blood as the key to controlling the all-powerful Tesseract.
As they flee his wrath, Claire must decide what her romantic feelings for her protector mean… apocalypse-bringing sorcerers aside, Claire’s mission is to rescue the woman Zabe loves… even if Claire has likewise fallen for the selfless soldier.
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Gust Post from the Author
Wolf of the Tesseract Research
Research is funny as a writer. You need to stay grounded enough in reality that you remain believable… but fiction already demands some level of suspension of disbelief. The trick is to know enough about your subject matter that you remain consistent with reality, and then make up the jiggly bits that exists in between. Authors don’t want to knock their readers out of the story.
I typically write until I have to stop to perform some special research that I didn’t foresee during prewriting. One of my favorite examples of this takes place in the second Wolves of the Tesseract book, Through the Darque Gates of Koth. Claire, Rob, and company are racing to a dimensional-gate location and chasing the story’s heel, an extra-dimensional demi-god named Akko Soggathoth. The creature’s brothers are trapped on the other side of hidden portals—these locations emit auras that result in haunted areas on earth. Our heroes give chase to The Island of the Dolls.
The Island of the Dolls is a real location in Mexico City (and was fun to research). In the book, the island is about four times the size of the actual location, so I took some creative liberties with it and let my imagination run wild. However, I was able to take a tour of the river-ways that lead to the island. Most of America has been covered by google mapping cars that have taken footage all along the roadways; I discovered you can digitally ride a google trajinera through Mexican waterways and ride an electronic tour leading up to the island.
In my upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller, I read research on a new scientific theory and what they call the Quantum Zeno effect… it was only an extra step to invent zenotian particles and use them to explain the monstrous, ethereal entities that could not be observed under observation or take action in the light. The best fiction is grounded in reality. As a writer, you simply ask the question “what if…” and then record the answer your imagination gives you. I do as much research as necessary, but I’m willing to make something up whenever necessary—just keep the fiction believable!
About the Author
Christopher D. Schmitz is the traditionally published and self-published author of both fiction and nonfiction. When he is not writing or working with teenagers he might be found at comic conventions as a panelist or guest. He has been featured on cable access television broadcasts, metro area podcasts, and runs a blog for indie authors.
Always interested in stories, media such as comic books, movies, 80s cartoons, and books called to him at a young age—especially sci-fi and fantasy. He lives in rural Minnesota with his family where he drinks unsafe amounts of coffee. The caffeine shakes keeps the cold from killing them. His entire family is musically gifted, although he is, sadly, their only bagpiper.
Education: Schmitz also holds a Master’s Degree in Religion and freelances for local newspapers. He is available for speaking engagements, interviews, etc. via the contact form and links on his website or via social media.
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