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Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
“Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods.”–Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine
Guest Post :
How to Make Your Characters Believable
Making characters believable requires several layers of depth. And as I’m writing this, I sincerely hope that I’ve actually achieved the very concepts that I’m going to be describing. Sometimes there’s a divide between knowing how to do something and doing it. Deep, multi-dimensional, consistent characters do not happen by accident. In fact, I never begin writing a new story until I know all the major characters on a very intimate level. Following are several ways I look at each character.
Physical attributes only provide a one-dimensional view of the character. Additional dimensions are added by knowing my characters’ interests and hobbies. Also, their worldview and personality is as important as what informs them both. How did they arrive at the person they are? What are they most proud of? What embarrasses them? Do they have secrets, and if so, how destructive are they? Do they have quirks that set them apart?
Secondly, depth comes from understanding the goals and motivations that drive their behavior. These facets shape the character more than most anything else. These are also important because nearly every character in a story should have their own arc on which they travel. They should each be the protagonist in their own story. This includes the villain. This ensures that these characters stay true and interesting even when the camera is not on them so-to-speak.
Lastly, the aspect that really helps a character come alive on the page is their voice. It’s their speech pattern and cadence, word choice, and pet phrases. The lens through which they see the world frequently informs this. For instance a person who has lived on the coast may very well have different similes and metaphors than a person who lives in the mountains. Or someone who is a financial executive may have different things to say than a chef or a butcher or a family doctor or a car salesman.
All of these put together and more, make a character well-rounded and believable. Couple these with having the character act consistently for that character. You never want a reader to stop reading to ponder… “wait, that character wouldn’t do that.”
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and
earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
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