We made it! My final thoughts on The Medusa Coin! FINAL SPOILERS AHEAD!
I’ve broken down the novel for you pretty explicitly. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as I have. I love sharing the details and evolution of the creative process – the insane arguments and the sudden inspiration that comes with months of working on a single project.
If there is anything else you’d like to hear about The Medusa Coin be sure to email me at email@example.com. I’m always excited to ramble about how things came together in extreme detail!
For this final blog on the subject I wanted to focus on two areas of the book:
The number seven
The Medusa Coin centers around the number seven quite a bit. There are seven sons, seven victims and seven levels in the Library of the Luminaries.
When Myers calls her mysterious benefactor she presses the number 7 on her saved contacts list.
There are seven major players in the narrative – Soriya, Loren, Ruiz, Hady Ronne, Henry Erikson, Gilgamesh and Jeremy Bennett.
Henry Erikson and Jeremy Bennett both have seven letters in their last names!
Why the number seven? It fit with the story I was trying to tell but it also pays tribute to one of my absolute favorite Justice League stories from the 90’s. Written by Mark Waid it speaks to synchronicity – chances of probability – and how it can impact our world when manipulated. I cannot rave about this tale enough and highly recommend picking it up.
The other reason behind the number? My original release date for the book was 7.7.17. I so wanted to hit that date for the book just for the effect even though I would be the only one that knew about it!!
Unfortunately, I needed the two months in the summer for extra cushioning on future releases and pushed The Medusa Coin to September. Synchronicity be damned!
The small ending.
Stories by trade are built around the climax. As we’ve matured in our ability to tell stories on the small and big screens we have never forgotten the need to go big or go home. It is one of the reasons why Signs of Portents ends at the top of the tallest structure in the city.
We crave the big finale, we demand the ultimate in action and adventure and refuse to settle for less.
Which is why I absolutely love the climax of The Medusa Coin.
When I finished Signs I realized I would never be able to have as great a set piece as Evans Tower. It was this huge moment that anyone looking up in the sky could see, with the lights swirling around the big confrontation.
For The Medusa Coin, I wanted to prove a point. That the biggest moments in history can happen in the smallest setting. That fate can be determined in a small ranch home in the suburbs just as easily as the spire in the center of a teeming metropolis.
For that reason alone, I love the way The Medusa Coin came together in the end. To show the reader that any moment can be the one that changes everything. And all of us can impact that change.
Jeremy Bennett is absolutely my favorite character in the book because of that feeling and I will stand by that for all time.
Thank you for reading.