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Nolensville author combines steampunk and literature for sci-fi children’s series


Nolensville author combines steampunk and literature for sci-fi children’s series

Nolensville resident Leonardo Ramirez combines steampunk, literature and science fiction to create a world where kids are the heroes and fantasy is reality.

Nolensville resident Leonardo Ramirez combines steampunk, literature and science fiction to create a world where kids are the heroes and fantasy is reality.

Steampunk is, in essence, Victorian-era science fiction. It’s sci-fi that takes place at the end of the 19th century. Typically, steampunk stories are Earth-bound, but Ramirez has given the niche a different twist.

Ramirez is the author of “The Jupiter Chronicles,” a children’s book series set in the late 1800s about two siblings whose father went missing five years ago and their out-of-this-world adventure to save him.

In the first book of the three-part series, the Castillo siblings find a telescope their father had left for them and, unbeknownst to them, it’s actually a kind of space ship. They accidentally activate it, launching them into the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter where they figure out their father has been the whole time, captured in a war between the planet and Mars.

Ramirez has always been a sci-fi fan, growing up watching “Star Trek: Next Generation” and “Star Wars.” Steampunk was a more recent interest, and he combines the two to create “science fiction for the human condition.”

Ramirez attended the Memphis Comic-Con over Nov. 21 and 22, a huge international organization of comic conventions that take place all over the world.

His daughter came along too and is featured on the cover of “The Jupiter Chronicles.” While he was there, he was able to connect with young adults who relate to his books and the themes within them.

“One of the major themes in the book series is growing up without a dad, which I did for most of my life,” Ramirez said. “When I started sharing that story, there was one kid in particular who really opened up the flood gates on her story and told me about how her dad was in jail, and I thought ‘Okay, this whole weekend was worth it for just that one person.’ That’s the kind of stuff that keeps me going.”

Ramirez also has a young adult book series called “Haven of Dante,” which takes place after where the 14th century epic poem “Dante’s Inferno” by Dante Alighieri left off, that deals with more serious aggression some youths have to face.

“The reason I put all these things in the books is that we want to be a source of encouragement to people who have been through horrific types of events,” he said. “In my stories, there’s always a positive outcome or encouraging message, and that’s what I want the stories to be for the readers.”

“Haven of Dante” is available as novel as well as a graphic novel. A UK publisher picked it up as a graphic novel, and then Ramirez finished it as a novel because there was much more to the story that he wanted to add.

Ramirez isn’t just a writer, either. He takes his passion for encouraging others to the dojo at American Karate Academy in Brentwood, where he teaches martial arts. He’s a third-degree black belt and uses his experience to share self-defense techniques with others.

Writing, though, was always his first love.

“I’m all in with it,” he said. “It’s all I want to do.”

“The Jupiter Chronicles” currently has two books that are available on Amazon and at Nolensville Toy Shop: The Secret of the Great Red Spot and The Ice Orphan of Ganymede. The third book, “The Orb of Tera,” is still being worked on.

Readers can purchase Ramirez’s books at www.amazon.com and at Nolensville Toy Shop at 9895 Old Clovercroft Road. His website is www.leonardoverse.com and he is on Facebook as Jupiter Chronicles.

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at samantha@brentwoodhomepage.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn.

Nolensville resident Leonardo Ramirez combines steampunk, literature and science fiction to create a world where kids are the heroes and fantasy is reality.

Steampunk is, in essence, Victorian-era science fiction. It’s sci-fi that takes place at the end of the 19th century. Typically, steampunk stories are Earth-bound, but Ramirez has given the niche a different twist.

Ramirez is the author of “The Jupiter Chronicles,” a children’s book series set in the late 1800s about two siblings whose father went missing five years ago and their out-of-this-world adventure to save him.

In the first book of the three-part series, the Castillo siblings find a telescope their father had left for them and, unbeknownst to them, it’s actually a kind of space ship. They accidentally activate it, launching them into the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter where they figure out their father has been the whole time, captured in a war between the planet and Mars.

Ramirez has always been a sci-fi fan, growing up watching “Star Trek: Next Generation” and “Star Wars.” Steampunk was a more recent interest, and he combines the two to create “science fiction for the human condition.”

Ramirez attended the Memphis Comic-Con over Nov. 21 and 22, a huge international organization of comic conventions that take place all over the world.

His daughter came along too and is featured on the cover of “The Jupiter Chronicles.” While he was there, he was able to connect with young adults who relate to his books and the themes within them.

“One of the major themes in the book series is growing up without a dad, which I did for most of my life,” Ramirez said. “When I started sharing that story, there was one kid in particular who really opened up the flood gates on her story and told me about how her dad was in jail, and I thought ‘Okay, this whole weekend was worth it for just that one person.’ That’s the kind of stuff that keeps me going.”

Ramirez also has a young adult book series called “Haven of Dante,” which takes place after where the 14th century epic poem “Dante’s Inferno” by Dante Alighieri left off, that deals with more serious aggression some youths have to face.

“The reason I put all these things in the books is that we want to be a source of encouragement to people who have been through horrific types of events,” he said. “In my stories, there’s always a positive outcome or encouraging message, and that’s what I want the stories to be for the readers.”

“Haven of Dante” is available as novel as well as a graphic novel. A UK publisher picked it up as a graphic novel, and then Ramirez finished it as a novel because there was much more to the story that he wanted to add.

Ramirez isn’t just a writer, either. He takes his passion for encouraging others to the dojo at American Karate Academy in Brentwood, where he teaches martial arts. He’s a third-degree black belt and uses his experience to share self-defense techniques with others.

Writing, though, was always his first love.

“I’m all in with it,” he said. “It’s all I want to do.”

“The Jupiter Chronicles” currently has two books that are available on Amazon and at Nolensville Toy Shop: The Secret of the Great Red Spot and The Ice Orphan of Ganymede. The third book, “The Orb of Tera,” is still being worked on.

Readers can purchase Ramirez’s books at www.amazon.com and at Nolensville Toy Shop at 9895 Old Clovercroft Road. His website is www.leonardoverse.com and he is on Facebook as Jupiter Chronicles.

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at samantha@brentwoodhomepage.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn.

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