It is our privilege to chat with David Lynn Golemon, author of Event and Legend.
For those unfamiliar with your work, what is the Event Group?
The Event Group had its seed planted as far back as President Abraham Lincoln, beginning with the American ‘Raid on Mount Ararat’ in 1864, by several hundred Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war. This tale is touched on in Event. The first “officially” funded expedition by the Group was authorized by President Theodore Roosevelt after he read several letters from Lincoln describing the launch of the original Raid forty years before. Officially becoming an agency of the federal government by the hand of President Wilson, who also wrote Department 5656’s national charter. The Event Group was first located in Virginia. The final move to its secret facility in Nevada was done during World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt could adequately hide the cost.
Describe your creative process in developing the Event Group.
The process is not a simple one, to say the least. Since the Event Group's charter states that their main function is safeguarding the United States and her allies from mistakes already made throughout world history, it is a challenge to link the past with the future, finding historical material that interests the larger percentage of readers is the goal. So, one, I choose something from the past that could have possibly happened; two, I have a relevant equivalent in modern times, couple that with a bad entity trying to exploit the past, usually a technology, and then you have the makings of an Event Group novel.
Event is particularly reminiscent of the X-Files. Are/were you a fan of the show?
When I had the opportunity, I tried to watch the X-Files. As a single parent at the time the X-Files aired, I was in the midst of raising two children, it was hard to sit and watch nighttime television. The writing on the show was very well done and it really helped the storylines when you had quality people who looked as if they enjoyed what they were doing. Therefore, in answer, yes I was a fan, but found little time to be a good one.
Give us a quick plot sketch of Legend.
Legend opens with the first expedition into the Amazon basin by members of the Pizarro incursion into Incan held Peru. While there, the expedition discovers a wondrous lagoon that is seemingly frozen in time. The discovery of an ancient mine at the site leads to future speculation that this is the mythical location for El Dorado, the largest gold deposit in the world. However, this is not the only hidden secret in the valley. There is also an animal that predates man’s existence by 100,000,000 years. With clues left by the original expedition and cover-ups by the Vatican, the Event Group must piece together these seemingly random pieces of the puzzle 500 years later. From the Amazon River to the Little Bighorn, the Event Group fights a running battle to save the lives of a new expedition to this lost world before they too are lost. There are villains at every step, even some that truly believe they are the good guys. Once again, Colonel Henri Farbeaux makes a dramatic appearance and reprises his very complicated complicity in the affairs of the Event Group.
Legend has, at least in my opinion, a fantastic historical prologue, similar in technique to that of Clive Cussler. Do you read his work?
Clive Cussler has always had a fan in me. I started the same way most of his fans did with the release of Raise the Titanic early in his career. The way he structures a story should be a blueprint for any action-oriented author. I remain an admirer of Mr. Cussler’s and wish someday to have Dirk Pitt make a cameo in an Event Group adventure. I think he and Jack Collins would make a formidable team.
What in the world inspired to you combine Little Bighorn with El Dorado? (Not that it wasn't cool.)
Arrogance I guess. I have always been a very devoted follower of the Battle at the Little Bighorn. I believe it is one of the most defining moments in American history for the single reason we began at that time to have a conscience as a nation of the world. Although our sympathies came too late to save a wondrous way of life for the American Indian, it started the United States on the road to self-evaluation. Do we have a long way to go still? Certainly. We have yet to make amends to the Indian Nations of this country. As for your question, I always try to place into Event Group stories significant historical events that pique readers' curiosities. Sometimes doing so is a dramatic way to bring to the forefront important stories that should always be remembered. The correlation between the two that some readers don’t understand and is easily overlooked is the fact that ‘Discovery’ for the most part is a harsh and violent endeavor, and what better example is there than the Little Bighorn and the invasion by Spain of the Americas?
The character "Chief" is my absolute favorite. Is he modeled after anyone in particular?
When I set out to write Legend, I knew from the outset that a strong-willed individual would have to be the creator of the advanced river craft USS Teacher. The character of Master Chief Jenks, while a fictional character, is a conglomeration of every sergeant and chief in the American military (at least the ones I’ve known). Many have heard the saying that the real commanders are the non-commissioned officers — this is the truest statement to ever come out of the military. Chief Jenks is a character very close to my heart and I suspect the old and gruff seaman will be back very soon in another Event Group story and undoubtedly chewing on someone’s rear-end for something he deemed offensive.
Do you think there might be a yet-undiscovered "Lost World" of sorts somewhere in South America?
When you consider that over 40% of the Amazon River is located in inaccessible areas, there are any number of possibilities. Are there lost cities in South America? If Las Vegas were to lay odds on the possibility, I was say they would be close to 3-1 in favor. The sad fact of our current times is that they would be bulldozed along with the rainforests that hide them.
If you could solve any "unsolved" or cryptozoological mystery, which one would it be and why?
I believe our last and greatest mysteries lay in the exploration of our oceans. The animal life awaiting discovery in the ocean depths must truly be astounding. Crypto-zoologists in the future will have many exciting new (or old) species to examine very soon. Of the old myths and legends, I am just like everyone else; I hope there are things out there that are smart enough to stay hidden from us. I don’t want to ever see these strange mysteries solved or proven false, science sometimes needs to let people dream and believe.
Why do you enjoy writing?
I have been wanting to write since I was ten years old. The time spent writing about places I’ve always wanted to go to and the people that only come into true perspective from the written word are some of my favorite things. To tell a story that sticks in peoples' minds is an accomplishment that truly means something. To actually have people write to say that they enjoyed a story or book has thrilled me from the first moment.
What were your favorite books or authors growing up? Has any particular author had a significant impact on your writing?
When I was very young, I read the adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I believe the series, At the Earth's Core to be my favorite. It offered everything a young reader could want, but most of all it taught me that adventure has always been the best. Also, the book Watership Down was a favorite. That story told me it didn’t matter who the characters were, an adventure is an adventure is an adventure!
You lived many years in Loveland, Colorado. Dare I ask if you're a CSU fan? Did Sonny Lubick deserve another year?
While living in Loveland, Colorado, I became very close with the football program at CSU. I remember the very lean times there. When Sonny Lubick hired on as the head coach, I knew from his experience he was just the man to put CSU football on the map. I was not wrong. As for his firing, I believe he should have been the one to say, enough. Coach Lubick should have been given that one last chance to set things right in Fort Collins because as thin as the coaching ranks are, I find it difficult to believe they will find a harder working, more dedicated man than he.
Your family has a long military tradition. Did you personally serve in the military, and if so, how has that impacted your writing?
Yes, I served in the military and found it a breeding ground for my writing today. You will never know the rumors that abound in the U.S. military that would turn your socks around. If anyone in the world holds more secrets than the armed forces of this country, I’ll eat your hat. Many of these rumors will find their way into the Event Group storyline. It will be up to the individual reader to decide which ones are based on fact!
Which authors are your favorites outside the genre?
John Toland, he wrote three novels about the war years of Japan, 1932-1945 called the Rising Sun. This extraordinary work explained for the first time the mindset of the Japanese civilization from beginning to end. Also, Gore Vidal for his expose on Abraham Lincoln is the most in-depth and moving portrait ever committed to paper. Also, anything told by Shelby Foote, one of the truly great orators of our times and one of the great researchers ever to pick up a pen and commit to paper.
Is there one particular author whose talent just blows you away?
One name comes to mind when you think of the great American writers of our times. In my genre, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Larry Bond go the distance as far as excitement. However, the one name that stands out and covers all genres of writing and by far the best character writer in the world today, is Stephen King. He writes the most in-depth character studies I have ever seen. His knowledge of the human condition, although spooky at times, is pure magic. His early work was groundbreaking; his later arrivals are pure literary genius. Although he can now be an acquired taste for many, he will go down in history as the greatest of all American novelists, and no one for many years to come will ever ascend to his lofty position. He is American literature, whether people like it or not.
Without giving away anything major, what's next for the Event Group?
The next novel of the Event Group will tackle the greatest legend of all time. Ancients will be a story unlike any thus far, as many genres will be combined from the mythical to the techno-thriller. Things turn very serious when a series of earthquakes threaten the stability of many nations consisting of old enemies. The Event Group will be tasked once again to find out if this new technology is based in the past, or is it a new form of super-weapon. The battles will range from the Korean borders to the depths of the sea as Jack Collins and his men and women meet the greatest challenge yet, and this time some may not come home. From the White House and a new president of the United States, to the secret complex beneath the desert. Wondrous discoveries from the most ancient civilization in history will literally shake the planet. The people of the world will discover they may not be the inheritors of the Earth — that another, far older group of people have a violent eye set toward knocking modern man down to size.
Any parting words for our readers?
As a new author of high adventure, I am so appreciative of your letters and comments regarding the Event Group novels. There are plans for many, many more. The books are complete storylines that may be picked up and read in any order a reader chooses. If you have anything you may want to forward to me, please do so at www.eventgroupfiles.com.
Until we meet again in some strange locale with bad people on our heels, good reading!
Thank you very much for taking the time to chat with us, and best wishes for future success in your writing.