Sunday, April 27, 2008
What is CORA?
Cora is the follow-up to a story I wrote and drew called Rose and Isabel, that follows two sisters (Rose and Isabel Callaghan) during the American Civil War. The three brothers of the Callaghan family go missing during the fighting so Rose and Isabel leave their home in Virginia to find them and bring them back safely. What is revealed in the story is that the female side of the Callaghan family has descended from a long line of women warriors of the past. The sisters have some knowledge of their lineage, but it remains mostly hazy to them.
CORA takes place 18 years after the story that began in Rose and Isabel. Isabel and her family live a peaceful existence in the American West around the time of the closing of the western frontier (1888). Her daughter Cora is an 18 year old who knows nothing of her family's ancestry, and lives a simple frontier life with her mother, father and brother. The whereabouts of Rose remain unknown after her mysterious disappearance from the family home in Virginia 20 years earlier.
The book I'm working on now is the first book of four (or more) and will be the set up for a much larger story that will take place throughout the American West. The story will mainly follow Cora, but will jump around throughout Rose and Isabel's past, starting from their birth in 1842. At this stage I've already roughed a number of pages for book two that will deal with Rose's troubled childhood as her innate abilities unfold. All of the characters' stories (and some new ones too) will eventually collide in what I'm planning to be a cataclysmic finale somewhere in the New Mexico desert.