#TheFourFriday – Christian’s Role

Every Friday, I’m posting something about how the real life “The Four” overlap with the fictional four Kota Warriors.
As some of you know, The Kota Series is based on what “The Four” (myself, my brother, and our childhood best friends Kaly and Luke) played as kids.  Each of us is represented by one of the four Kota Warriors (Bullseye, Rave, Tigris, Whitewolf).  So, I’ll be sharing personal quirks that carried over into fiction, fun/weird stories we played as kids, our childhood drawings, pictures related to The Four and The Kota, etc.
Should be fun, and it’ll give you an idea of how weird or little minds were as we created this story that, years later, turned into my book series.  🙂

This week, Christian’s role in creating the worlds of The Kota Series.
My brother is at least as creative as I am, and his role in the creation of The Kota Series was pretty substantial.  Whenever someone asks, “How did you come up with all these different characters and worlds?” I should probably give him more credit than I do.

For example, the worlds/planets of Books 2-4 were his idea.  We really only played the story of Book 1 as kids, and when we got a little older and real life took over we wanted some quick explanation for what happened to the Warriors after [insert major spoiler about end of Book 1].
So, Christian drew/created a few worlds, and we threw together a story for where the Warriors went next.  As it turns out, of course, THOSE worlds are where the majority of the series ended up taking place  — Ebon, Phantasya, and Zenith.  I tried to stay as true to his original ideas as possible, and a lot of Christian’s original quirks about those worlds are still very much there.  And even a few of his characters made it into the books…



About Sunshine Somerville

I'm the author of "The Kota Series" and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I work as a medical transcriptionist from home. When not staring into a computer screen, I enjoy reading, painting, and being outdoors.
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