Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What's in a name?

When it came down to writing for the Amethyst Chronicles, a lot of care went into the details. In the first book, I reference the other teams that took part of the Genesis Project. One day I might tell their stories. The five teams are Vinidus, Luteus, Caeruleus, Aureus, and, of course, Amethyst. I took a lot of care and research into naming the teams and their functions far behind the simple paragraph devoted to the four other teams in the first installment.

Aureus are a special team of pilots characterized by their bright yellow eyes. Aureus actually means golden. The Romans actually used aureus coins as currency, although it was very infrequently used because of its weight. One thousand years into the future, however, the Aureus team would be the one you would want in a space battle. Their leader is Lance Daniels, a former military commander with an ax to grind.

The emerald green-eyed team, Vinidus, are weapons specialists. Led by Jacob Conner, a childhood friend of Ember Wilson, they test new weapons and come up with modifications. Even though the emerald crystal is often used to aid in healing, it can also be focused to enhance mental acuity and strengthens memory. In Latin, the word is actually viridis, but I liked the spelling of vinidus better.

Mark Hopkins leads the pumpkin-eyed Luteus team of sharpshooters. Their orange eyes enhance their ability to see their targets even in the darkest and extreme circumstances.

The fourth group is the Caeruleus team. They are the teal-eyed information specialists. In Latin, caeruleus means blue. I took the liberty of making them teal since blue is a fairly common eye color. They have a knack for getting even the most secured of secrets from systems or people without anyone knowing.

And  last, but certainly not least is Amethyst. Purple is my favorite color so it was a natural choice for me. The Latin word for purple is purpureus but that just wasn't going to work. Imagine Purpureus Chronicles. Doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? One of the things that drew me to amethyst was the crystals. I own several pieces of amethyst jewelry, (shocking, I know) and have been fascinated by the properties the stone is thought to process. Amethyst crystals are used to amplify various things used in Eastern healing. It is also thought that it could help quiet the mind in meditation and the Greeks believed amethyst would prevent you from being drunk.

The term violet flame caught my eye as I was doing my research. Violet flame refers to a spiritual fire, like the burning bush that spoke to Moses. It is thought that violet flame could transform negative karma and restore the flow of light to and energy to the mind, body, and soul. In this, the true powers of the Amethyst team came to be. The procedure Ember, Lewis, Nova, and Morris endured enhanced their natural abilities. Speed, strength, stamina, agility, endurance, mental acuity, and added quick healing and regeneration. The amethyst actually transformed every cell in their body to work in harmony, in unison, to better them.

That's a lot coming from a crystal or gemstone most would say was just 'pretty'.

Amethyst Chronicles: Croceus Poison launches May 22nd.
What do you think?

About the author:

K.G. Stutts is the author of multiple sci-fi romance series as well as several romance stories. She has a degree in massage therapy. As a contributor to Independent Writers Association (IWA) her insights can be seen regularly there and on her own blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com and her website at kgstutts.com

When she's not weaving words, she enjoys reading, playing RPGs, hockey, wrestling, and football, and is a big sci-fi nerd. Currently she resides in North Carolina, USA with her husband, Brad.


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