From Dennis Lowery
Erik loves animals and nature. I do too and we build that love into our stories (along with some other things that many people are passionate about and interested in).
We both believe that compelling positive messages wrapped within entertaining stories with engaging characters, that the reader cares about, can do an incredible job of positively impacting the way readers think. And incrementally by having an impact on how they think… we can see positive results. Improving the world (hopefully) one person at a time.
As the father of four daughters I also believe that there needs to be more strong female characters in popular fiction that deal with the very issues that young girls and women deal with in our world today. Our stories put our female characters into those situations and then work them through dealing with them as you have to in the real world. Using that as a life lesson without preaching or sermonizing. Just putting it into a real world context within a story that is fun to read. The kind of characters, in real world situations, that people connect with and in a very subtle way, can learn from. And our women are powerful in the much grander scheme of things; helping to bring about positive changes for our world.
Erik and I don’t paint a bleak dystopian future like The Hunger Games. But our stories are just as entertaining and our characters do face and overcome truly large-scale issues, challenges and adversity that affects the future of all of us.
We don’t create a wizard and witches world like Harry Potter. But the world we create is just as fascinating and our characters do deal with issues of good and evil and true magic that exists in our world.
We do base our stories on myths and legends similar to what Rick Riordan has done with his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series… but we do him one better… ours are culturally specific and will take the reader to different parts of the world (the real world with a touch of fantasy). So it’s not just Greek and Roman… ours is a much larger and richer world to explore and to insert our characters and story lines into.
And our stories have the same elements you find in the successful series (books and films) mentioned above. Characters that you care about; a rich world, colored with our imagination but still also a real world that readers can relate to and a powerful theme and message. And perhaps this is the most important component—it’s a subtle one—a take away moment when the story gives the reader (or viewer if they are visualizing as we believe many will) the “aha” point where something deeper resonates with them.