The Renegades: Urban Fantasy, or New Adult Urban Fantasy?

Okay, so what’s the difference between urban fantasy and the new adult urban fantasy genres? Really, the difference lays here – the new adult urban fantasy is targeted toward a specific demographic while an urban fantasy is targeted toward the entire community in the genre.

So, where is does The Renegades fit in this conundrum?

Definitely the new adult variety, much like Lord of Columbia – with the only difference is that The Renegades can be considered a low fantasy while Lord of Columbia is technically high fantasy.

Okay, so what’s the difference between high fantasy and low fantasy?

High fantasy takes place in a world that isn’t our own – low fantasy takes place in a world that is.

So, your Harry Potters of the world definitely make this quagmire even more complicated. High or low? Technically, high. Or at least from my sources – if you beg to differ please let me know, but the explanation is that the Wizarding World, while located in our own world, is not part of what J.K. Rowling would call the Muggle World.

In Lord of Columbia, the setting is a world quite like our own, but far different at the same time, with additional continents, supernatural beings, and the occasional creature we view as cryptids. It’s not uncommon to see a Loch Ness Monster poke its head out of the water in Lord of Columbia or to see a Flatwoods Monster descend from the Heavens. Something you’ll see in some later novels.

As for The Renegades, think of my heroes like the Avengers – just in a modern-day Robin Hood sense. They’re heroic outlaws whose duty is to fight the corrupt statist regimes on the local, state, and federal levels.

Which leads these cats into trouble.

But, how is this considered ‘new adult?’

Allow me to explain.


New Adult Features

First off, the content displays a few things that the young adult population and under probably shouldn’t be reading, and it’s displayed early in Tarja Titan.

Granted, new adult usually features an audience between the ages of 18-30 – but with Tarja and her best friend Floor being only sixteen in Tarja Titan: The First Renegade, there’s a little bit of irony here. However, as the series progresses, Tarja hits age eighteen rather fast, and by the time Braden Hawk: The Next Renegade rolls around, she’s within a month of her eighteenth birthday.

But, what makes the work new adult?

There’s going to be violence, but not as violence-heavy as Lord of Columbia, since this work isn’t military fantasy as some online retailers consider Lord of Columbia. Instead, Tarja Titan tends to be much lighter than Braden Hawk in this tone – and is limited to only a few bloody scenes – practically two chapters worth.

Braden Hawk is where things start to pick up. From the book’s prologue, you’ll discover Braden Hawk is by far a darker tale than Tarja Titan, hence the work’s opening lines.

There are also implications of domestic abuse, kidnap, and even mass shootings involved in Hawk. Titan’s more of the calm before a storm and Braden Hawk is the storm.

Just like the disclaimers, I placed in my Lord of Columbia descriptions on their Amazon pages, these works aren’t for those easily offended by violence, language, mature dialogue, etc. It’s these that give them the new adult feel.


Low Fantasy

As mentioned earlier, The Renegades is a low fantasy compared to Lord of Columbia’s high fantasy. The locations that Lord of Columbia is set in are based on real places but are in an entirely fictional world. The Renegades’ locations are all based on real places, with the single difference being the names of the towns.

For example, there’s no Thomas, West Virginia, or Belleville, Ohio located on the Northern Panhandle and Eastern Ohio, respectively. Ditto for Summersville, Ohio – however, the descriptions and locations of places and businesses are exactly where their real-life counterparts would be located.

For example, To Fagito, a Greek restaurant you’ll see in Braden Hawk, is actually a nod toward my favorite Greek restaurant in my hometown.

Tesla High, where Tarja Titan and Floor Jetta attend, is named in regard to Nicola Tesla, as my old high school was named Edison, after Thomas Edison. Tesla is basically Edison in the work, which is also a high school that the characters Brock and Jed Gauge, Lenny Cyclone, and Dale Detmer also attended – all of whom you’ll meet in-depth in Brock Gauge: The Third Renegade but will also come across in both Tarja Titan and Brock Gauge.

So, each of these elements tells you low fantasy, instead of high.


But Lord of Columbia and The Renegades are Interconnected?

You’ll discover this in Tarja Titan, but you’ll also discover as I continue to write Lord of Columbia concurrently with The Renegades. For readers who love an ensemble of books, characters, action, twists, turns, and mystery, both Lord of Columbia and The Renegades are for you.

These urban fantasies hold a lot, and I mean a lot, of mystery that will only get murkier as I release The Renegades (considering Lord of Columbia fans love them as much as they do LoC) before a merger occurs sometime in the future – even I don’t know when, but as someone who writes by the seat of their pants rather than as a plotter, I’ll discover once I reach the bridge.

It’s like Stephen King’s old adage – place your characters in terrible trouble and write to find out how they escape from it.

And it’s an adage that’s yet to fail me, so if you want a nice, little sample of my writing, click here and download my initial reader magnet, Northern Knights free of charge from your favorite indie bookstore and in the work’s front matter, you’ll find a second freebie that will also be yours at the exchange of your email address.

I hope you enjoyed this tiny background on Tarja Titan and The Renegades Series and there will be plenty more to come as, well, there’s nothing else to do during these dark days than to write and entertain the world!

It’s like Horace Slughorn said in the sixth Harry Potter film, “These are mad times we’re living in, mad times!” Or maybe it was just, “Mad!”

It’s been a while.

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