It’s the road trip of a deathtime.
I’d say lifetime, but both lead characters, James and Samantha, have already passed. Where are they going? I can’t tell you. However, a few brief glimpses of their journey are in order.
Of course I was keen on knowing why John had picked this particular car.
Resa – Why did you pick the 1965 Oldsmobile? Why turquoise and white?
John – The 1965 Oldsmobile was selected since it represents my awakening in high school. I was born in Detroit and when I was 15 moved to the suburbs. During high school I used to wash and wax a neighbors 1965 Oldsmobile coupe. Yes, it was turquoise and white and had fancy hubs and white wall tires. The car represents the suburbs since the real item very seldom got very dirty and existed without the inner city grime, pings, and nicks. It always struck me as a symbol of innocence and purity. No one in the city would drive a car like that. If they did it probably would have been stolen or at least vandalized.
So, I hopped in the car. First stop I remember was the wild west.
Resa – Were you enthralled by tales of the wild west when you were a kid? Did you watch all the westerns on TV?
John – Yes I loved westerns when I was a kid. I used to watch the old shows. Hoppalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers were my favorites.
John – I should also add I held a history minor in College so my learning about the old west never stopped.
So crazy how John wove everything together in this story. In terms of suspension of disbelief; I was there, as John took me hither and yon.
Yon… the devil, evil, trickery and punishment can take on any and many forms. So it does in this saga.
He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere, so beware! He’s even in Las Vegas!
I loved when we were with the horses. They are gorgeous creatures and have helped mankind immensely.
Then the devil….AGAIN! In the form of War!!
We go back to the horses. Why? Mmm that would be a spoiler. Where do we go after that. Again, spoiler.
Resa – I used the search tool. I was systematic and careful. Eyes are mentioned on almost every page, mostly due to travelling, but I could not find the colour of Sam’s eyes. I also searched brown, blue, hair…no luck. Thing is, I was thinking of drawing Sam as an angel, maybe no wings. This way I could do a gown.
John – You are not crazy. You won’t find a color of Sam’s eyes since I very seldom describe the characters in terms of physical attributes. My reason for doing this is I would rather the reader form an image in their mind of what the characters look like. So you can make her eye color whatever pleases you. She is more your character than mine since you invested your time reading the book. You can do whatever you wish.
Resa – I see her with light brown hair, and green eyes.
I know she and James look totally human, not like angels for sure. I’m looking for a reason to draw her in a gown. I’m sure I’ll think of one.
John – Since she died when she was seven I think she would be thrilled to be dressed in a gown just like a princess she dreamed of being when she was little.
Resa – Okay first drawing is along the lines of a Disney Princess. If Sam was murdered in 2003 … then Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aurora, and Cinderella, would all be an influence.
John – Sam was murdered in 2003 when she was 7. She certainly would have been influenced by Belle, Aurora, and Cinderella .
Did you ever look up the meaning of the name Samantha?
John – The name Samantha in Hebrew means “As told by God.” When my daughter was born we looked up a bunch of names and we selected another. I always liked the name and I wanted to use it. Also in this story and the next one Sam seems to be constantly telling James the rules of Eternity. I think she comes by being the mouthpiece of God quite naturally.
Resa – This second drawing, more straight from my imagination is partly based on one of the lesser known meanings of Samantha. My search yielded Flower. Another is Listener. “As told by God.” is the most listed. Sam has grown up, as has her idea of a princess.
I think both interpretations are valid.
John – I agree with your statement that the interpretations are valid. Thank you for sharing these beautiful drawings.
Resa – My pleasure! John, thank you for writing this book!
Click on the cover of Eternal Road, and go to John’s Amazon page.
Pics taken by Resa – 2013 to 2021
Toronto & Winnipeg
Horses – Mandy Van Leeuwen, War – Charlie Johnson, Horse & Cart – John Kuna, Devil Dude – Len Lone Child, Cowboy silhouettes – Joe Viera