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Monday, September 17, 2012



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Joshua will be awarding .mobi copies of his short stories (details available at to one commenter at every stop. Grand Prize for one random commentor and host with the most comments: The Chesian Wars collection (all published 3 short stories and an additional prelude short story exclusive to the collection). Click on the tour banner above to see the other stops on his tour.

Raedan Clyve was originally going to be a much more upright and straightforward character than what he ended up as in The Cerberus Rebellion. One of my beta-readers told me that he was boring; he needed something interesting about him.

I spent nearly a week considering how I could make this character more interesting. In the end, he came to me with the answer: his path needed to go some place that I hadn't considered. When I stepped back and looked at where this path would go as the overall storyline progressed, I realized that this path could be the thing that prompted certain changes in this character that would make better sense for my plot.

So I remapped his plot and went through his chapters and reworked them to fit the new path.

I learned that where you intend for something to go, or how you intend for a character to be, isn't always how things turn out. Sometimes you have to send your character down the hard road for their own good and the good of the story.

About the Author:
Joshua Johnson is the author of Gunpowder Fantasy: The Cerberus Rebellion and the creator of the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. When he isn't working or spending time with his family, he writes novels, short stories and novellas.

He currently lives in Northern Illinois with his wife and young son.


One hundred years of peace and prosperity. War changes everything.

On the world of Zaria, Elves, magic and mythical beasts coexist beside rifles and railroads. The futures of two nations hang in the balance as rebels and revolutionaries trade gunfire with loyalists and tyrants.

Eadric Garrard was raised to believe that as the rightful King of Ansgar, his loyal nobles and fearful subjects answered to his every whim, no matter the cost or consequence. His decision to send his troops thousands of miles away will test that fear, and loyalty.

Raedan Clyve was ordinary until an Elven ritual involving a griffin’s heart turned him into something more. Twenty years later, he still struggles with the magics that rage through his body. His mentor holds him back from his full potential and he faces pressure to find a suitable wife and father an heir.

Hadrian Clyve has picked up where his father left off and works to expand his family’s influence amongst the Ansgari nobility. His aggressive negotiation of alliances and shrewd choice of marriage agreements has earned him respect, and resentment. When his King calls his troops to arms, Hadrian has other things in mind.

After a century of scheming and decades of preparation, Magnus Jarmann is ready to bring his family’s plans to fruition by launching a war of independence that will free his people and return his country to its rightful place among the nations of Zaria. The King’s call to arms creates an opportunity that Magnus cannot afford to miss.

In a war, little is held back; in a revolution, nothing is safe.


  1. Love the information about the book. Your picture is great with just the red flower to add color.
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  2. Great post Joshua.

    I often have a rough idea where the characters are going to go only for them to tell me otherwise once the story begins.

    All the best with your book :)