As I wrote the first volume of the Young Guardians Series, I realized that the Young Guardians would have certain limitations that even their immense powers cannot solve. The limitations in question are political and financial in nature. Since they are only teenagers, there would only be so much they can do alone to gain the support that they would need. After all, they would need to find a way to get housing, paying the bills, funding their activities, and finding loopholes in the laws against vigilantes. To solve these problems, the Young Guardians receive the most unlikely of benefactors in the first volume and the true nature of that benefactor will be revealed in the upcoming third volume. I will not say who this mysterious benefactor is, but what I can say is that they have what the Young Guardians need in terms of financial and political influence. This will not make them above the law, but it will help them solve the basic necessities of being a superhero.
The past few days have been very promising. First of all, the manga instructor that I mentioned earlier has distributed my manga script to six of his advanced students. Hopefully, more will join in as the semester progresses. Also, both of my books have been checked out from the Tustin Public Library. The person responsible, who was a very sweet lady who recognized me from my author photograph, came up to me and told me she is really enjoying my stories. She is almost half-way through the first volume and is eager for the third volume to come out. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
When I first heard of Raymond Kurzweil’s theory of transhumanism, I knew it was a concept I had to include in my work. Basically, it involves transferring an individual’s consciousness into a machine. While designing Cyber Shadow, I drew inspiration on that idea by having Cyber Shadow’s only organic component to be his brain, which would preserve his mind. In the upcoming third volume, three more characters will be based on transhumanism through a similar process that created Cyber Shadow. However, Cyber Shadow was only a cumbersome prototype, which means that these three characters will be much more advanced and sophisticated than Cyber Shadow ever was. In addition, the man who invented this experiment will be identified. I will not say who these characters will be or whose side they will be on, but what I can say is that one of them will have a very personal impact on one of the main characters.
I am making steady progress editing volume three. As of today, I am currently editing the tenth chapter and have twenty-six more chapters to go. At the rate it’s going, I estimate that the editing process will be complete by the beginning of December. Also, I am in the process of writing the third chapter of volume four, where the Young Guardians will engage in their first battle in the whole book. Regarding the enemy they will be fighting, I have thoroughly planned out their abilities and how much of a fight they will give the Young Guardians. I am already excited about writing the whole scene and the significance it will represent for the future battles the Young Guardians will fight as the book progresses. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
Along with Triple Ace, Cynthia was assigned to be one of the Young Guardians bodyguards before becoming an official member at the end of the second volume. Cynthia is one of the most complex characters I ever created. The reason for this is because she suffers from split personality disorder, giving her two distinct personalities. One personality is perpetually happy and cheerful even in the most dire situations while the other is cold and harsh. Each of these personalities has its own set of powers, allowing Cynthia to switch personalities, appearances, and power sets in unpredictable situations. The cheerful personality has light-based powers and gives her the appearance of an angel while the harsh personality has shadow-based powers and gives her the appearance of a fallen angel. These traits not only make Cynthia one of the most versatile members of the Young Guardians, but also potentially the most dangerous. The secrets of her traumatic past will be revealed when the third volume is released.
While I am working on the fourth volume and editing the third volume, I have also started two of my planned prequels. One prequel will revolve around the origins of Vogan, the main villain of the whole series. In addition to exploring Vogan’s origins, the dawn of the neohuman race will also be elaborated. The other prequel will revolve around the origins of the female lead and last of the high elves, Tinisha Dolaira. Also, this particular prequel will show what kind of sword and sorcery world Tinisha came from before it was destroyed and she crossed over into 21st century Earth. I have been planning these prequels for some time and am glad that I am finally getting started on them. I will keep you posted on any further developments.
A few days ago, I filled out an application that would allow me to have my own booth for a book signing at WonderCon next year. I will wait and see if they will accept me and keep you all updated. If they do accept me, if any of you are planning to go to WonderCon next year, feel free to find me. I will inform you of any further developments. Wish me luck!