I came up with the idea for Avenir Eclectia in November 2010 at the instigation of Kristine Pratt, who was telling me about a themed non-fiction book she was considering at her own press Written World Communications. 100 authors would write a one-page article each, but all would share a common thread. I got to thinking this could be done with fiction, and the rest is history.
At the same time I had been following a couple of story blogs - one vignetted serial, and one multi-author and random - and liked some of their aspects, so I adapted the best of what I saw there into what we now use at Avenir. I wanted our posts to be short and easy to digest on the run, and I wanted a rich storyworld for authors to dip into.
Of course, knowing me and Splashdown, it had to be speculative, and I tried to get a bit of everything as I constructed the first bones of the storyworld. There would be a space station for the science fiction people, a planet with giant bugs for fantasy, and supernatural sea creatures for the horror writers. And I love to see how everyone has developed it from that basic premise!
My own story threads here involve Ave, an orphan on Avenir Station (and named after it) who can sometimes feel the voices of the whales from the planet below; Tennant, a miner on the apocalyptic moon Sheba; Maddie Vlox, alehouse owner in Adagio, a large hunting settlement near the coast; Eleon McManus, a submarine driver based in undersea Zirconia; and his friend Gryphon Silt, the last historian and the only one left who has any vestige of knowledge about Old Earth and the origins of the generational ship called the Avenir, which became the hub of the present station. Perhaps, in future, these people may all meet and become far more important to each other than it seems ;)
As for my other writing - I have two novels out, working on my fourth right now, I'm a regular contributor at Digital Dragon Magazine, plus I have several other short stories in various ezines and anthologies including the upcoming Underground Rising with the illustrious Frank Creed, The Book of Sylvari with the fantabulous Chila Woychik, and The Cross and Cosmos with the amazing Glyn Shull (and respective friends and cohorts all around). You can check out all that stuff in more detail at my author page here.
Thank you again, everyone, for joining me on this incredible journey. It's gone way beyond my wildest dreams, and it's all because of you. And someday in the not-too-distant future I'll be packaging up a print anthology and complete ebook version of the Avenir Eclectia History Vol. 1. Can't wait!