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Author’s name: Timothy Trimble
Title of book and/or series: Air Born – Do You Dream of Flying?
Brief summary of the story: There are those who hide among us who are different. They know how to fly! They guard it with their lives, not even daring to express in writing, or verbally in public, how it feels to embrace the wind and the clouds. They don't even know if they're a part of humanity or if they came from somewhere else. All they know is they are hunted. Hunted by the royal lineage of the Eighteenth of Ahmose, who once considered themselves to be gods, and the only rightful ones to own and control such powers. A young Avitorian, Leif, discovers his heritage and the love of his life, only to suddenly be thrust into the ever present threat of The Eighteenth as they seek to discover the secrets of flight.
Brief description of the world or location you created for this story: The story is based in the modern world today. Significant scenes in the story are from Joshua Tree National Park in California, and the Seattle (Pacific Northwest) area.
If we were to visit Seattle as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there? Go hiking on one of the many thousands of trails to see a waterfall, majestic mountains, or wildlife.
What dangers should we avoid in the Pacific Northwest? Bears! They will eat you! Which is one reason Avitorians love having the ability to fly.
Is there a distinct or unusual type of food or meal that we might be served in Seattle? Salmon, with more salmon, and a little salmon on top?
What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Air Born? No distinctive fighting style. Most of the action/conflict scenes are good old street grappling. There is some distinct, high technology weaponry utilized for capturing Avitorians.
What types of vehicles, animals, technology, etc. are used for travel in Air Born? Aside from normal, every-day types of transportation – the Avitorians have the ability to fly. No capes or special devices are required. It’s all based on particle physics and if I try to explain it you’ll all start yawning and stop reading.
What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter? The main characters are Avitorians. Aside from their ability to fly, they also have the ability to sense the flow of electricity. Since all life forms (plants, animals, humans, etc.) have electrical impulses flowing throughout, the Avitorians are able to sense it.
What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Air Born? Sorry, no magic! The Avitorian ability is all based on biology and physics. While fanciful in concept, there is no magic.
Is there any advanced or unusual technology in Air Born? If you haven’t described it already, please give some examples. Some of the weaponry used against Avitorians utilizes microwave energy. Yes, the same as is in your microwave ovens. Heat signature tech is also utilized, and the use of cryonics is highly advanced in the Air Born universe.
Tell us about any sports, games, or activities that are available for entertainment in Air Born. Soaring with eagles is a lot of fun, along with flying as fast as possible through evergreen trees without smacking into a solid tree trunk. Just drifting through the house without leaving foot prints on the walls is also a bit of a challenge.
Is there a particular religion practiced in Air Born? Please describe what it involves. While there is no religion mentioned or practiced, the Avitorians do have a higher standard of morals than humankind. They wish for a peaceful existence. And when it comes to finding their mate, it is a singular bond for life.
What is the political or government structure in Air Born? Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she? One of the supporting characters in Air Born is Georgeo, the Elder of the Avitorians. Though he likes to have everyone call him Uncle Georgeo, he has the massive responsibility of keeping all Avitorians safe and secretive.
Are there any other unique cultural practices that we should be aware of? The need for absolute secrecy by the Avitorians is vital to their existence. Nothing specific about them is ever written. Even emails and texting is done discreetly and with coded phrases. All history and culture is handed down verbally.
Has anything in your actual life inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book? I used to have incredible dreams about slowly drifting and flying through my house. These dreams began when I was a child and every now and then I will still have one. And the internal angst of desiring to be truly in love, to have someone who admires who you are, what you dream of, and what you aspire to be. I wanted to capture that feeling with this story.
What, if any, “hot-button” or controversial topics do you touch on in your book? The lack of humankind to be able to get along with one another. Any consideration of being different and thus hated or mistreated is one of the primary reasons the Avitorians remain as secretive as they are.
Author Autobiography: Timothy Trimble is a published author of science fiction and fantasy, stories and novels. He has written non-fiction books for Wiley Publications, Microsoft Press, and over forty articles in print media publications. His Zegin's Adventures stories are popular ebook and print releases on Amazon, and his latest full-length urban fantasy novel, Air Born (Sept. 2016, ebook & print) has received glowing five star reviews. Due the clamoring of fans, the latest focus of his attention is Air Storm, as the second book in the Air Born trilogy series. Timothy lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the prevalence of coffee shops and hiking trails contribute to his inspiration. His insightful, and sometimes humorous mumblings, can be followed via Twitter and his web site (see below).
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