I just finished chapter 7 of Kanana the Jungle Girl. I’ve plotted out a story that is 18 chapters, 49,000 words, but that may change as I go along. I had a weird dream last night that I think might become a new chapter 12.
I’m having a lot of fun with this story and I hope people enjoy it. It’s very 1910-1920s pulp, but with quite a few surprises.
I’ve started working again on The Jungle Girl, which now has a new title and cover. The new title is Kanana: the Jungle Girl. I originally chose The Jungle Girl for its Burroughsesque quality, as it is a very Burroughsesque story and The Jungle Girl was one of the few of that type of titles that Edgar Rice Burroughs didn’t already use. However, there is always the possibility that this could become a series and the name Kanana has possibilities for a number of titles.
This story (or any jungle story) naturally borrows from Burroughs, but I’m trying to make it my own. The mythology of the background and the science fiction nature of the setting takes it in a very different direction than any such story and I think my main character is of a different character (and has a very different motivation) than the usual pulp heroes. His part of the story is one that Burroughs would never have written.
This is also a bit of an historical novel, with several historic people appearing as supporting characters. This includes, but isn’t limited to Theodore Roosevelt, whom I’ve always wanted to write about. I hope people will find him very lifelike, and I am making every effort to make him so. Most of his dialog in the book comes from the historic Roosevelt’s own words, either written or spoken.