By SAMANTHA HEARN
Nolensville resident Leonardo Ramirez combines steampunk, literature and science fiction to create a world where kids are the heroes and fantasy is reality.
Earlier this year the author finished a new book that came out, and it and it’s sequel are now available in multiple formats.
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 actually is 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 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 aggressions 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 an interview with BHP last fall. “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, and Ramirez teamed up with illustrator Davy Fisher to create the tale. 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.
In Haven of Dante, the Dante family have been on the front lines of an ancient war between humanity and the nine circles of Hell for generations. Now Haven Dante returns after having disappeared for two years following the tragic death of her mother and the theft of her own innocence. Haven must confront all nine circles of Hell and stop them from recreating their realm on the surface.
Haven of Dante: The Graphic Novel started out available on paperback and on Kindle on April 15 for $15.99 paperback or $4.99 on Kindle. Now, it’s counterpart Haven of Dante: The Staff of Moshe is available on iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Scribd, 24 Symbols and Inkterra.
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.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn.