Corruption meets revolution in this steampunk thriller
Before there was a history, the sun goddess Navora visited a moon within her realm that held primitive ocean life. She dipped her staff of power into the primordial sea and stirred. Pleased with what she had wrought, she departed, not at all troubled that a divine spark had touched two small dying sea creatures.
As centuries pass, life on the moon develops into a geothermal steam-powered industrial age. A triumvirate of politicians, banks and corporations bring strain and suffering to the masses they rule over. Unbeknownst to the people of the moon, there may be help. With the gears of time evermoving and trouble spiraling to a crisis point, can three individuals and a handful of fossils prevent a violent revolution?
When I first conceived of the idea of Sunstone I didn’t have the character that became Sola. I had envisioned a man just beyond his prime as caretaker for the shrine of Navora’s Gate. It was a place with unusual properties… defying the laws of physics. The shrine was a special place where the Goddess Navora’s energy sometimes manifested itself.
One day I was on G+ and saw a picture shared by photographer Mike Shaw. It was so beautiful and embodied a serenity that felt confident and pure. I wrote him and received permission to post it on Pinterest. I told him I wanted to use the image as inspiration for a character. Thus Sola was born.
Sola is the granddaughter of the old caretaker. He is weak and frequently in a wheel chair. She assists in all of the duties for the shrine, cares for her grandfather and is learning to read the Goddess’s wishes and messages. She is a kind, intelligent young woman who is comfortable in her role as Navora’s gatekeeper. She works hard with the myriad of tasks but there is a profound air of peacefulness surrounding her even when she is in danger.
Here is a picture of what Sola would look like.