Following my prior posting (part 1) on how/why I came to write my modern fantasy, The Lords of the Summer Season (Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3uuH4vQ ), below is part 2. Other installments will follow.
The Lords of the Summer Season is mostly set during 1967’s “Summer of Love.” This period is too expansive and amorphous to be more than touched on by any one book, and, indeed, there is now a growing body of fiction set during this period with the requisite name checks for prominent musicians and pop cultural luminaries. For purists, this era centered in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood (aka ‘The Haight’). However, I’ve expanded the geographic scope of my novel to include the Los Angeles music scene on Sunset Strip and in Laurel Canyon backyards. It all fits within the mid-’60s countercultural zeitgeist even though the respective groups of musicians in San Fran and LA didn’t always see eye to eye.
Why focus on the Summer of Love? It’s an intriguing period to explore in a fantasy, a genre that relies on magic as a key story element. The actual era may have been enchanted, having being mythologized to the point where its larger-than-life personages and their actions are bigger and bolder than prosaic reality. As noted in film director John Ford’s westerns, when legend becomes fact, print the legend. Further, that distant summer provides an interesting commentary on present times, sharing elements including vibrant music, political ferment, and civic polarization. If one had to pick the exact moment when it all peaked flower-power-wise, a strong argument can be made for the Monterey Pop festival in June of 1967 when the tribes gathered to hear three days of sometimes spectacular pop/rock music. Hence, The Lords of the Summer Season’s climax occurs there.
Readers interested in this period need do no more than search the Internet for sounds and images contemporary to that period; but, additionally, books including The Haight, Love, Rock and Revolution, The Photography of Jim Marshall, by Joel Selvin, Bill Kreutzmann’s Deal, Joel Selvin’s Summer of Love, Michael Walker’s Laurel Canyon, and John Glatt’s Live at the Fillmore East and West are interesting introductions to the mid-’60s music scene as well as the broader “vibe” of that time.
I write modern fantasy novels that are hopefully both exciting and literate. These novels include an on-going series about a near-immortal magician who grew up in Camelot and grew famous in San Francisco's 'Summer of Love'. He's still having adventures to this day described in The Lords of the Summer Season, The Lords of Powder, and The Lords of Oblivion. The books can be read in any order.
As author S Alessandro Martinez has stated about the series:
"Lords of Oblivion
A 1500-year-old wizard. A pair of savage druids raised from the dead. Modern day San Francisco. A wolf that takes no gruff. Blaisdell creates a fascinating world in this magical realism novel with smart writing, complex characters, and clever use of history and mythology. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I look forward to more of Bradan and Tintagel's mystical adventures.
Lords of Powder
Merlin's former apprentice, Bradan, is back! The 1500-year-old wizard, who is sometimes too smart for his own good, returns for another exciting adventure, this time in 70s Miami as he takes on the criminal world of drug trafficking. Blaisdell's smart, fast-paced writing and use of fascinating history and mythology keeps you on the edge of your seat as Bradan uses his wits, charm, and illusions to navigate the modern era and get himself into plenty of trouble.
Lords of the Summer Season
Being Merlin's former apprentice and living for 1500 years is bound to make you a few enemies. Travel back to the 60s with Bradan the wizard and his otherworldly wolf Tintagel. As Bradan juggles careers as a professor and musician, he must defend himself from his greatest threat yet: a literal god. Blaisdell continues with his clever, skillful, and imaginative writing that will keep readers eagerly turning the next page. My favorite of the Bradan books, Blaisdell dives deeper into the Arthur mythology, and brings the reader even more elements of magic and folklore, all the while weaving an entertaining tale of gods, wizards, ghosts, and 60s acid rock. Thoroughly enjoyable!"
Besides the literary side of my life, my background includes membership on a scientific advisory board for a non-profit professional organization promoting the biomedical and digital health business community in the greater Los Angeles area.
I’ve authored both basic research publications and business management articles focusing on the bio/pharma industry. My Ph.D. is in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota where I also conducted post-doctoral research in microbiology. And my BS is from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a double major in chemistry and cell biology.
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