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A mysterious small town provides countless secrets for those who seek them, while most are content with the blissful tranquility it provides troubled souls from all around the world. Learn about the residents through quotes and a fan favorite scene. Entertaining images hint at their origins while a behind the scenes insight explores what led up to the creation of this novel. The truth of this location and its community will be explored through hidden truths revealed and Easter Eggs that can expand your knowledge of this unique town.

“That is the purpose of stories, to teach others of the possibilities of what could be. They are meant to inspire, to give comfort, and to provide hope. They can teach, guide, and give insight into what may feel is impossible.”

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Fan Favorite

A scene selected from the book.

Noami and Griffin are in her apartment. They are discussing her life before she arrived in the town that she now lives in. It's interesting in that he finds way to communicate with her without speaking, conveying heartfelt moments. She feels guilty over what happened concerning her father. She was being trapped in a marriage that was slowly stripping away her freedom with a man who was trying to isolate her. Due to this, she was not close to her father near the end of his life and didn't attend his funeral because of the manipulations of the man she was with at the time. Griffin conveys to her that her father would want her to forgive herself because he loves her. It is such an emotional, tearful scene for the audience.

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“You might be an immortal that somehow convinces dragons not to eat her looking for a rogue that may help you unlock the mysteries of the Universe.” - Reema

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“I'm doing my best to be polite with you, so please don't call my son human larvae.” - Naomi

Origin Story:
Yu-Gi-Oh???

An attempt at a sequel to Tapestry of the Second Born was undertaken shortly after completing the original novel which was over a decade before approaching the discarded idea. The original story was that a more generic man was driving home after rejecting the advances of a woman who wanted to have sex with him. He says no, and feels bad for not just giving into pressure. Sitting next to him is his guardian angel who tries to comfort him. He doesn't see her, but that's when the accident occurs as detailed in the book. The angel of death appears in the back. There is the scene with the falling rain. Then it cuts to her in bed.

At this point in the story, he is in the hospital in a coma. She has no memories of her time as an angel. The story revolves around her trying to find answers. Searching his home. Using his clothes to cover herself. Finding few clues, she eventually ends up meeting a group of characters that are a mimicry of those from the Yu-Gi-Oh cartoon series. Eventually she finds the man from the original scene. It is at this point that the author gave up on writing this novel.

Years later, the author knew he wanted his 25th novel to be a sequel to his first book. One version tried to mimic the original in that she woke up in his bed. It didn't really go anywhere and he gave up on it. He tried again where the first 100 pages was setting up his interactions with her. He talked to empty space as if she was there. She would respond in short, one or two phrases. It didn't work. 

The last failed attempt was set during the events of the first book. An apartment near his is destroyed. He saves some people, but it is about to collapse on him. His guardian angel saves him, he sees her, but it's just memories of another life.

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Origin Story:
Disney Princesses?

A new approach was created with a completely different concept of a mysterious small town, the woman who was a former angel had been living her life for several years. The man who she saved found his way into the same town as her. The author wanted diverse cast from a wide range of backgrounds. He initially drew inspiration from Disney princesses. It was more so to get the idea going but quickly developed well beyond such limited concepts. However, there is a small Easter Egg involving Leah waking up on Joseph's couch as a wink at her drawing inspiration from sleeping beauty. Reema's family being rich due to Jasmine being a princess. Noami being with a "beast" for a husband linking her to Beauty and the Beast storyline. Sparks of ideas came come in all forms.

A rough draft led to conclusion of the story being about Rose and a treasure hunt going from one location to another. The audience learns more about the family at the market she works for, and she visits an artist that works with glass, running a small shop. Eventually that leads to where Griffin is on the mysterious street but meets him alone without the others at the door of the house, not in the mysterious clearing. Also, in this original version, Griffin speaks after seeing Rose for the first time in chapter one and again when he sees her at the bakery.

It didn't feel right and going back through, he realized there was so much to explore with the other women in the story. Many of the most heartfelt and emotional scenes were inserted after the first draft. Large portions of the original were deleted such as scenes with Rose and her therapist, replaced with others that brought the main cast into the story a lot more. It felt like a missed opportunity. The revision has a much greater depth and emotional context.

“It's kind of embarrassing but at the same time, awkward wrapped up in a nice ribbon of anxiety inducing concerns.” - Rose

Easter Eggs and Inspiration

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Reema is named after Reema bint Bandar Al Saud and is the first female Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States

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Leah is named after Queen Leah, the mother of Princess Aurora, from the Sleeping Beauty story.

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Elias is named after Walter Elias Disney, better known as Walt Disney.

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Ming-Na is named after Ming-Na Wen, actress and the voice of Disney's Mulan.

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Griffin is named that way because his sister was also named after a mythical creature.

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Naomi's backstory is inspired by Beauty and the Beast, where the beast is a covetous husband.

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Beau is short for Beautiful, a reference to Naomi's Beauty and the Beast inspiration.

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Page 24, the seven ceramic figures represent the seven dwarves from Snow White, Disney's first animated film.

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Natasha is named after Natasha Wightman who played Valerie on V for Vendetta.

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Joseph is named from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Padma is named after Padma Lakshmi Padma Parvati Lakshmi is an Indian-born American author, activist, model, and television host. 

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Mahalia is named after Mahalia Jackson was an American singer, one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century.

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Page 52, having a black bag over the head and disappearing is what occured in V for Vendetta. 

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Chapter 4, the game being played is inspired by the role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons.

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Page 66, the Christmas spirit refers to The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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Page 74 hints at a clue from Tapestry of the Second Born, a man in a three piece black suit.

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Ruth, Valerie's girlfriend in V for Vendetta, was played by Mary Stockley. That is why I chose that name for Natasha's girlfriend.

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This is the image described on page 130 concerning a teddy bear defending a child.

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Doctor Kamel is named after Stanley Kamel who played a therapist on the tv series, MONK.

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Page 137, what Rose speaks of while in a trance refers the ending of Tapestry of the Second Born.

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Page 141, the movie about a dog sled that Joseph mentioned is "Iron Will".

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Page 143, Kiki is named after the central character in the movie: Kiki's Delivery Service.

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Page 153, the tragic event in Japan was the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima.

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"Slobber Bear" is a small polar bear toy that the author gave his nephew when he was a baby.

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Naomi's quote on page 179 is originally used in the novel: Tapestry of the Second Born.

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The wife of Elias is named Lillian after Walt Disney's wife.

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On page 238, the trio in black suits are featured in Tapestry of the Second Born.

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At the end of page 239 is a variation on a quote in the novel, Tapestry of the Second Born.

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Remy is named after Gambit AKA Remy Etienne LeBeau.

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Sally and Bart are featured in the novel: Tapestry of the Second Born.

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Page 284, "The Truth" and "...is out there" refers to the TV show: The X-Files.

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Light Within Darkness was the first novel the author completed.

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The second book by the mystery author refers to Tapestry of the Second Born.

When Tagonist Knights Publishing was established, there was the idea that the newest member of the group would be a Native American woman. When writing this story, the idea of having a male with similar heritage as a lead protagonist, there was the idea of what if there is a connection between the two? That's when the author named him Griffin, after another mythological creature similar to Phoenix. He knew she would appear at the end of the book and that these events took place before she became a Tagonist Knight. It helps set up her origin story, having a connection to a mortal/angel hybrid established in this reality.

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Phoenix encounters a man she calls an elder that plays a prominent role in the novel: Tapestry of the Second Born. 

Happy Friendship

Page 298 is a homage to the moment that the author's mother said to him when she learned that his close friend was gay, "Is he happy?"

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Each Tagonist Knight has a family member that is a storyteller. For Phoenix, it is her grandfather.

“What on God's green Earth is a paladin?” - Mahalia

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