Jurant was first published as a stand-alone short story—inasmuch as it wasn’t linked to any other world or set of characters. About 5 years after I joined it up to the intergalactic world of Ryan and Essie. Partly because isolated short stories tend to drift around and disappear unless they’re pinioned to a larger storyline. And partly because Jurant’s setting is identical to Ryan and Essie’s—a distant part of our galaxy humans visited or colonized in the past which is now a complex civilization with many planets.
Jurant is set on Chaldon, a planet closer to the center of this galactic society. Ryan and Essie is set on the now almost abandoned planet of Caricanus, on the edge of this civilization. Caricanus is by now a mythological place. It was the first to be inhabited by humans and the society created there eventually spread to a larger number of planets while Caricanus became a forgotten place. (Which is not the same thing as an uninhabited place.) Chaldon, on the other hand, is at a hub of things, as one of the Alliance’s premier military training facilities is there.
The Kinari, Sekana’s people (the ones who are making a rebellion) are far on the other side of the galactic civilization from Caricanus, and also far from the center near Chaldon. Viltan, a teenage scavenger in Ryan and Essie, is partly Kinari. This is why he has purple eyes. (Sekana turns into a girl with purple hair when she assumes her true form.) People rarely mix with the Kinari, so he is highly unusual, which is why he ended up running into Ryan and all the other doings on remote Caricanus.
I was pleased I could loop the story into a pre-existing structure like Ryan and Essie, because although Jurant is a stand-alone and probably not for quite the same audience, I wanted it to be grounded outside of the Facets collection.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, LOTR fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.