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!
Then came the second problem. For several years, I have referred to the universe of stories as “C’s Universe” – which didn’t really say much, but was easy for me to remember!
One of my short stories, which is coming soon, 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. A big thanks to my friends on Facebook who voted for the different variants!
I’m adding a note to all of my future editions of fiction to read “A Kapalaran Universe novel.” I encourage you to dig in and find the connections between the families.
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)
Forward Reach – A short story set 30 years after the events described in Gliese 581: Departure. This story will be made available for your reading pleasure on Christmas Day 2016.