Monday, October 2, 2017

Realm Explorers Part CIII: Visit Angapo with E.B. Dawson

Welcome to Realm Explorers!  In this weekly series, we visit a variety of unique worlds created by talented science fiction and fantasy authors.  Enjoy your travels!  And don't forget to read to the bottom of the post to find out more about each author and see how to purchase the featured book. 

Author’s name:
E.B. Dawson

Title of book and/or series:
The Traveler (Lost Empire Book 1)

Brief summary of the story:
Anissa Robson is becoming an adult in a society she never really identified with. Forced to choose her career path, she becomes an apprentice to a young, headstrong politician who seems to stand for everything she disagrees with. The dreams she has refused to report grow more alluring to her as she becomes disillusioned with her job. But the lines between reality and her dreamland begin to blur and cross over, launching her onto a path she would never have chosen for herself. Is the government medicating dreamers to protect them? Or to hide something from them?

Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:
Angapo is a remote, tropical world that has been semi-colonized by a more technologically advanced world.

If we were to visit Angapo as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?
Don’t go into the towns. They have more conveniences. But you need to see the beauty of the jungle. It is most dangerous at night, but that’s when it can also be the most beautiful. There are flowers that bloom only in moonlight, and phosphorescent insects that sparkle like stars!

What dangers should we avoid in Angapo?
Snakes, wild boars, poisonous insects, raging rivers, treacherous cliffs, and angry militants. Sounds fun, right?

Is there a distinct or unusual type of food or meal that we might be served in Angapo?
The purple tuber is the main food supply of the Angapoan people. It’s pretty, but a little bit plain and pasty.

What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Angapo?
Indigenous Angapoans have no martial art. They were simple hunters until colonization. Now some of them are learning how to use new weapons and fighting tactics in order to defend themselves.

What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter in Angapo that we don’t see on Earth?
There are some amazing plants. The dragon plant is beautiful and fire resistant. The wild boars have razor sharp teeth and are carnivorous. You don’t want to meet them in the jungle.

What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Angapo?  If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.
The first sign of anything fantastical is when people start traveling to another world in their sleep. The government covers it up and does everything it can to stop it. Experts have tried to find scientific explanations for it, but it can’t truly be explained by science. We’re going to see more supernatural elements pop up in books two and three!

Is there a particular religion practiced in Angapo?  Please describe what it involves.
The Angapoan people recognize there is more to the world than what we can hear and see. But there has been a great deal lost from their ancestors. They believe there are spirits in the world.

What is the political or government structure in Angapo?  Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?
The Angapoans live in small tribes and communities. They are currently under the authority of two separate nations who have interests in their natural resources.

What, if any, “hot-button” or controversial topics do you touch on in your book?
There are a few controversial topics. The main one is colonization. I examine the consequences and complications when an advanced society and a less-advanced society cross paths. There are no simple or easy answers. I also bring up some questions about race, science, and the nature of reality!

Author Autobiography:
E.B. Dawson was born out of time. Raised in the remote regions of a developing nation, traveling to America was as good as traveling thirty years into the future. So, it’s really no wonder that she writes science fiction and fantasy. She writes stories that acknowledge darkness, but empower and encourage people to keep on fighting, no matter how difficult their circumstances may be. And as an avid philosopher, she infuses her work with Socratic questions. When not writing, she tries to make a difference in the world by showing love and compassion to those most broken.

Where, and in what formats, can we purchase your book?  Please include links.
The Traveler is available in e-book format, and paperback on Amazon!

Where can readers connect with you online? 
I am most frequently on twitter @ebdawsonwriting. You can also find me on my website.

I hope you all enjoyed the trip to Angapo.  Questions about the world or the book?  Ask them in the comments and the author will get back to you!  

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Please join us again next Monday for a trip to another world in next week's edition of Realm Explorers!
-Annie Douglass Lima

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