The Journey Home
The Journey Begins
When I began The Heart of the Hollow World I had no idea I was writing an interracial love story set in the 1890s. My intention was to pay homage to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard, and fulfill a promise I made to my fifteen year old self. But the most rewarding part of the creative process is allowing the narrative to take you somewhere you did not expect. I thought this story would be an excuse to draw dinosaurs, cavemen, airships and giant robots. I am not sure at what point it became the adventure of a man who goes to the center of the Earth looking for the most beautiful woman in the world only to realize he brought her with him.
The Journey Continues
In The Heart of the Hollow World Emery and Pru survive prehistoric beasts, carnivorous plants, war and each other. But that is the easy part of their adventure. Ultimately they must return to the surface of the Earth and an uncertain future. Often the greatest challenge of a journey is going home. We never return the same people we were when we left. According to Mark Twain (who makes an appearance in The Heart of the Hollow World #4 “East”) “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
The Journey Ends
Although this is my first interracial love story (I can’t count a romance between a boy from Earth and a girl from the Moon, or a human and a cyborg can I?), I hope that the conclusion of Hollow World is only the beginning for Emery and Pru, and that they continue to explore uncharted territory and discover new worlds together.