Random Peek at the Talent Chronicles Universe

Beyond the book… Ooh… I don’t usually tend to talk about stuff like this, for a lot of reasons. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, I don’t want to spoil anything I might want to use as a surprise for you later, who knows what might change as the story grows…

But let’s face it, there just aren’t that many of you who read my blog, you deserve some “insider” info, and I’m hard up for something to talk about this morning. So let’s talk about Haven.

The Chronicles didn’t start in Fairview for me. They started at Haven, which is a secret enclave, a community of Talents hiding in the woods in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Yes, not very far from the couch on which my butt is parked right now. In fact, before the Talents were called Talents, before the world expanded and people started popping up all over the place, the file the notes were kept in was called Haven Chronicles.

It is, as the name suggests, a safe place for Talents to be who they are, and to become what they can be. In that respect, maybe it’s what the State Schools would have been if the government were in the business of serving the people, rather than itself. (I speak of the government in the Chronicles. Obviously, right?)

Haven was founded by Elle, who led a group of Talents in a break-out from a NIAC facility when she was sixteen. In the days before Heroes arrived on TV, she was a painter of the future. When Issac Mendez showed up on TV with her Talent, I was bummed, and sort of dropped that idea. I might pick it up again, because I now realize that I’ll probably never come up with anything that hasn’t been done somewhere. But I don’t know. Elle’s Talent isn’t who she is for me. She’s a woman of amazing drive, strength of character, and hope.

Who else lives at Haven?

Marissa, an empath and scientist, who strives to help Talents deal with their abilities, while indulging her own need to learn more about the phenomenon. She can enter and navigate a world we aren’t even aware of, seek out and find people by their unique energy pattern. Sometimes they call her Scry.

Colby, a vivacious redhead, who can draw electricity and store it like a battery for later use. They call her Copper-Top. She hates that.

Rand, dark, brooding and tortured because he was trained as an assassin and used by NIAC to hunt other Talents. His martial arts training and gravity manipulation Talent make him a dangerous and graceful killer. They call him Dancer–but not to his face. This is a man seriously in need of redemption.

Justin is music. That’s how it feels to him. While he’s learned to play a lot of instruments, he would do nothing but sing, if he could. But every note he sings puts a spell on those around him. Siren’s Talent and talent remain silent until he can tame this inadvertent mind-control problem.

There are more. I hope you’ll get to start meeting them soon.

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11 responses to “Random Peek at the Talent Chronicles Universe

  1. Oooh, sounds like fun! And I say (regarding the painting of the future) go for it. I watched Heroes for a little while, but had forgotten about that part until you brought it up. It’s like telepathic dragons, boy wizards, and magic rings. They’ve all been done before, but are still done by others. It’s how you handle the character that will make the story great, not whether or not someone else had the same good idea as you.

  2. I can’t wait to meet them!

    There aren’t too many ideas out there that haven’t been done before. I did a scene in one of my books that someone thought I had copied after reading their book, but I assured them I didn’t. They then agreed that pretty much everything had been done before and that my scene had nothing to do with theirs. You just have to put a different twist on it sometimes.

    • “All the great themes have been used up–turned into theme parks.” –Pump Up The Volume. One of my favorite and most-used quotes.

      It’s all derivative at some level, and the more you work in your art, whatever that is, the more you realize that. Still, sometimes I’m paranoid.

  3. Don’t hate me but I’m just glad I wasn’t the only person with a character destroyed by Heroes. 😉

    Definitely use it, it’s not over-done and I will personally enjoy it very much. Loving the insider info by the way!

  4. Now that you bring up the origin, I’ve been wondering. Do adults have talents?

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