Thursday, April 12, 2012

ABC's of Crimsonstreak: Letter B

Our magical journey through time and space continues today with the letter B.

B is for Background Material.

I know, I know--that doesn't sound very exciting.

I, Crimsonstreak is told from a first-person point of view. The only narrator you get is Chris Fairborne AKA Crimsonstreak. While he's a fairly reliable and honest narrator, he doesn't know much about the world he's rejoining because he's been imprisoned for three years.

I wanted to make his world feel "real" despite the superheroic nonsense and geeky pop culture references. Many of the characters have rich backgrounds and putting that material in the main story would be boring. I began crafting a full-fledged universe with newspaper articles, character biographies, secret dossiers, magazine features, and journal entries. These "real world" documents are meant to expand on the background of certain characters.

The Crusading Comet, for example, plays a significant role in the book. He's a legacy superhero who spans four generations. Through magazine articles and journal entries from the family's loyal manservant, the background material in the book gives readers a peek into the history of that hero and the legacy he personifies.

No one has to read the extra material in the back of the's all kind of like the bonus content on a Blu Ray or DVD. It exists so those who want to know more can learn more about Crimsonstreak and his universe.