The idea of the whelkies and South Coast shamans is one of the aspects of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper universe that has captured people’s imaginations.
Whelkies are based on the idea of the Native American Zuni fetishes. I liked the idea of having a similar kind of idea based on the wood and shell available on the beaches along the South Coast of St. Cloud.
In South Coast, the first book of Shaman’s Tales, we meet the boy who will grow up to be Sarah Krugg’s father. I needed to start back that far in order to layout the background of what the shaman practice is like and how it looks. I also wanted to explore the role of the Company on a company owned planet to give some more background on this important aspect of the Universe’s culture. In the Trader’s Tales, we spend a lot of time talking about Company planets, but in South Coast, we actually see one.
In Cape Grace, what I hope will be the second book of Shaman’s Tales, we’ll meet Sarah Krugg and see what happens when the Shaman’s Gift takes an unexpected direction. Watch for Cape Grace in mid-2008 on podiobooks.com.
[update: 6/5/2010 – I’m more than a little behind on Cape Grace but with the Ridan Publishing deal, I’ve got a solid production schedule with deadlines and everything so this should show up near the end of 2010. – NL]
[update: 5/21/2012 – Yeah. I’m not exactly sure why *anybody* is reading this, but I’ve been told I need to update this post. That plan? It didn’t happen. Cape Grace? In the works. When will it be done? Not a clue. After having had my fingers burned back to my elbows by making predictions that didn’t happen, I’ve stopped predicting when things will be done. When it’s done, I’ll tell ya. Until then, I’m not making any predictions.]