10 Days to Go
I started writing the first book in the Gidion Keep series during the summer of 2010. Earlier in late March, my wife and I spent a week in London. Gripped in the afterglow of that wonderful vacation, England crept into my first book in more ways than you can imagine. As I use this series of blog posts to count down to the release of Gidion’s Blood, I’ll use today’s post to share a few of these nods to my Anglophilia.
London reveals its influence in the very first chapter of the first book Gidion’s Hunt. Gidion’s world history teacher gets her last name of Aldgate from one of the stops on the Tube in London. When I wrote that opening scene, I don’t think I ever realized how important Ms. Aldgate would become to the first book or the series. She returns for the second book, and I think it’s safe to say she will go on to have an important role in Gidion’s life.
Perhaps the most subtle reference to my time in London comes from the nightclub where Gidion follows several of the vampires’ human servants. The club is named Old World and the London influence is all found in how I decribe the sign for the club. “The sign out front had “Old World” in white letters in a blue rectangle with a red circle behind it.” For anyone who’s been to London, you might realize I’ve just described the way the signs look for the Underground (aka, The Tube). This sign acknowledges a second influence, though, that has nothing to do with London. One of my musical influences while writing Gidion’s Hunt was the rock group Metric, and the album of theirs that I listened to most was Old World Underground, Where are You Now? Given the sign’s design is a reference to London’s Underground, this was a sneaky way to reference Metric’s album within my book or at least the first three words in the title to that album.
Gidion’s Blood includes another reference to England as readers will learn that Grandpa’s house is near the intersection of 25th and Hadrian. The name for that second street comes from Hadrian’s Wall, which was located in Northern England. The wall was constructed by the Roman Empire in the 2nd Century to protect their lands from barbarians.
You can find more British influence in the Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter series and in a lot of my other stories.