The Nooks and Crannies of Windemere

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen 3D Conversion by Bestt_graphics

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
3D Conversion by Bestt_graphics

Colin Noel-Johnson has asked the following questions:

How did Luke get to the top of that tree when he was young?

This stems from a conversation with Luke Callindor’s family in Legends of Windemere.  To show how he was a troublesome child, it is revealed that he climbed a really tall tree that had only one branch near the top.  The height changed over edits from one hundred to two hundred and kept jumping, so I’m not sure where it stopped at, but it was high.  So, how did he do it?

It’s fairly simple.  Luke was watching bears and saw how the cubs climbed trees, so he tried to imitate them.  After failing with his own body, he used clawed gloves that he put together from pieces in his dad’s blacksmith shop.  He also put some through his boots and held the spikes in place with his toes.  The gloves fell apart on the way up and the boot spikes fell inside, but it was enough to get him to the branch.  Of course, he couldn’t get down without his toys and needed help getting down.  It would be a few years later that his grandfather would figure out how he did it, but he hasn’t told Luke that he uncovered the truth.

Have you ever thought about writing a steam punk novel set in Windemere with the gnomes?

The gnomes are the big inventors of Windemere and I’ve considered a few stories that involve them.  Their technology is more magi-tech than steam punk, so it wouldn’t be in that genre.  It would still be fantasy.  Perhaps the biggest gnome hero that I have in the works is ‘Savior’, who is part of the superhero series.  He is going to be stopping bad guys with technology that involves magnetic and gravity magic.  I was considering having another story where a gnome designs a giant golem and there are flying machines that are beginning to appear over the course of Legends of Windemere.  Needless to say, the gnomes and their technology will be a constant appearance in this world.

How many types of apples has Fizzle sampled?

Since Fizzle the drite has spent most of his life in Visindor Forest, he hasn’t had much time to really explore his favorite food.  Although, Selenia and her students would have brought him various kinds over the years.  Within the books, he has had maybe 3-4 different kinds, but there have probably been more off camera.  I would say he’s sampled 15-20 types of apples over his lifetime thanks to his friends.  Fizzle would place it higher since he counts every type of apple food (pie, cookies, cake, cider, etc.) as a different type.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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25 Responses to The Nooks and Crannies of Windemere

  1. It always amazes me how deep some authors go into world building. You do a great job in making it all work, without putting it all on the page. It’s nice to know there is an explanation for everything, even if it isn’t in the books.

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  2. Good answers. I think I’m like you about the quirky questions. I would never have thought about how many types of apples or how to climb the tree. i like how you handled them, though. I’m sending you an e-mail asking a question about a different matter.


  3. L. Marie says:

    Great questions, Colin! I enjoyed your answers, Charles. I agree with coldhandboyack. You really know your world.


  4. Thanks for answering my questions. I’m really happy to know how Luke climbed that tree, I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out.
    Steam punk can have more of a fantasy feel to it, it’s worth thinking about if only because it could bring more readers to your books.
    Thanks again.


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