They say there is nothing new under the sun (they, being the writers of Ecclesiastes. Look it up). As much as authors try to be original, there are a lot of influences that seep in from all corners. Books, movies, songs, history, random facts lodged in the brain for no reason at all.
Because of that, you will find that lots of creators just can’t help leaving little clues in their work, even if they will be the only people who ever know what those clues mean.
Some clues foreshadow the future, some recall the past, and most are going to slip past the casual consumer. But some readers are a bit quicker.
Appropriately, these clues have been called “Easter Eggs” because they are pretty and shiny, filled with chocolate, and always laid in place by a rabbit.
Okay, it’s because they are fun to hunt for. But no comparison holds up entirely.
In honor of the Easter weekend and the upcoming second anniversary of my second debut novelette, Revelation, I’ve decided to give you a guided tour.
So grab your Easter baskets, keep your eyes peeled, and join me as I look through a few of the Easter Eggs in Revelation.
I’d love to know if you caught any of these.
Cowl and Starke are both “superhero” inspired names. Starke being a play on “Tony Stark” from Iron Man, and “Cowl” being a vague reference to Batman’s cowl. This is a hint at how the brothers are really the “good-guys” despite the fact that they seem to be the criminals in the story. In fact, at one point Cowl comes out and calls Starke a superhero.
The name of Mara, a young girl fighting cancer early in the book, means “bitter”, which seemed to fit well with her circumstances.
Cowl refers to a “firewalls standing like Stonewall Jackson.” There are two characters in the Malfunction Trilogy that are my “history” nerds. Capricorn and Menrva are both really into history. Cowl has spent enough time around both of them, that’s he’s picked up some references. Others are purely me. This one is pretty much all me, and refers to my family’s special love of the American Civil War era. My dad is a history buff, and we had a lot of magazines, books, and documentaries about the American Civil War around the house when I was a kid. Stonewall Jackson was a Confederate general who received the nickname “Stonewall” because he stood “like a stone wall” during the First Battle of Bull Run and refused to retreat.
Menrva, Cowl’s childhood best friends and one of the three main characters in the Malfunction Trilogy, is named after the Etruscan goddess. She is the precursor to Minerva in Roman Mythology and the counterpart to Greece’s Athena, and is the goddess of war, wisdom, and medicine. A hint at a few core tenants of her personality and her role in the unfolding story. (You’ll have to read the trilogy to learn about that)
There is reference to a goat farmer named Crazy Greg. This was because I put out a request on my Facebook for research help with some of the details of firearms. Among all my very knowledgeable friends was a guy named Greg who asked for my thanks in the form of a reference in my book as crazy homeless guy or a goat farmer. So yes, I had to work it in.
One of Cowl’s coworkers has a picture of his kid’s first poop in the potty on his work computer. It’s labeled “Little Danza’s first poopy”. Danza is the name of my main character in the first book I finished writing as a teenager. The poop is reference to how I felt about said book.
Get In My Head: Daniel’s Story, one of the books mentioned as Cowl and Bas search through Capricorn’s collection, is a reference to my Writing Partner’s book (which she actually hasn’t published yet, partially just to spite me. But it’s coming) I’ve referenced a Writing Partner’s book in every book in the Malfunction Trilogy apart from Malfunction itself.
Bas’s full name, “Bastille” is a not-so-subtle reference to where his character arc is going. (spoilerish) The Bastille is a french prison, the fall of which kicked off the French revolution. This is reference of Bas’s journey from imprisonment to freedom, and how he kicks off revolution in Bunker.
Of course, if you want to know more about that, you will have to read the trilogy.
Don’t forget, you can pick up Revelation on ebook and paperback or you can download it and read it free if you subscribe to my newsletter. If you have read it, I would be forever grateful if you would take a moment to review it on the platform of your choice.