During my childhood and teens, I fell in love with the idea of interrelated series. The connections didn’t have to be big ones, I just liked the idea of following families through the generations. Madeleine L’Engle, especially, with her stand-alone, yet connected stories of the Austins and more, comes to mind. Orson Scott Card was another.
It naturally followed that I wanted to do the same with my fiction books – at first, I thought it would be impossible – what could dystopian fiction, a sci-fi post-apocalyptic, Twilight Zone ‘esque short story, and twelve-book fantasy series have in common?
And it was then that I realized – my writing, my rules. I could do as I liked, as long as I kept the facts straight!
One of my stories is named Schicksal Turnpike. This is my Twilight Zone ‘esque piece. Schicksal, by the way, means “fate.” Add in the word turnpike and you have “Fate’s Highway.”
That got me to thinking about all of my stories – and how they actually are all connected. If by nothing else than fate. And so I headed over to Google, looked up “fate” in other languages and finally settled on Kapalaran, which means “fate” in Filipino. Big thanks to my friends on Facebook who voted for the different variants!
You will see that all of my related fiction covers now read “A Kapalaran Universe novel.” I encourage you to dig in and find the connections between the families.
You as the reader do not need to know all of these connections to enjoy the story – the War’s End, Gliese, Chronicles of Liv Rowan, and Schicksal novels are all standalone books – simply consider the interconnections, the families I follow and the short stories I write between the books to be Easter eggs. I encourage you dig in and discover this universe and its connections. There is no exact start point that I can suggest at this time for you the reader as I have written my books out of order – starting with War’s End, then going to Gliese and now back in time to the 1950s to Schicksal Turnpike.
I will be adding links to different short stories, a timeline, and even a database of characters within the Kapalaran Universe as I go. Click on the links below, and, ENJOY!
Kapalaran Universe Master List of Characters – (Coming Soon)