My A-Z theme this year is a guide to my trilogy of novels called ‘The State Trilogy’. Set in an unnamed island country known only as ‘The State’, in the imagined near future, the books follow the intertwining stories of a number of characters, principally a State police detective named Danny Samson and an assassin, Gabriella Marino, over a period of six years. It begins with the assassination of an elected official and spirals into revolution and civil war. Part political thriller, action story, war story and dystopian science fiction, the trilogy took three years to complete and the books are available to read now – you can find links to purchase them HERE

In The State Trilogy, ‘L’ stands for:

Lucinda Románes: The State Chancellor. In her seventies now, she has ruled the State for over forty years. Pragmatic and uncompromising, she has lost sight of her initial morals and beliefs, and in acting in the best interests of the State and the Central Alliance Party, cannot see that she is harming her own citizens. Thanks to modern science and medical care, she has the energy and vigour of a much younger woman and has no intention of releasing her grip on power. She is ruthless too, determined to put down the rebels in the civil war, whatever the cost. After being in power for so long, she knows all the dark secrets of the past and the sacrifices made to ensure the State survives. Only in the very end does that past catch up with her. It was important for me to have a strong woman in this leadership role, and to also show that her intentions, particularly at the start of her reign, were good, rather than being a representation of pure evil.

Lucas: The son of Eilidh, who lives in the village in the wilderness. His father is never revealed. He was born in the wilderness. As a child he develops type-1 diabetes and because of this eventually has to go to Central City to survive. The character in ‘State Of Denial’ was inspired by my own son contracting type-1 diabetes, and was a therapy for me to work through my anxieties about his care and his future. Danny becomes a sort-of father figure to Lucas and it is up to him to save him.

The Lakes: An area to the north of Central City, the start of the wilderness region. Equivalent to much of the Trossachs and Argyll and Bute areas of Scotland. Gabriella and Danny both travel through this area in their escapes from the city.

Laramidia: An area roughly equating to the west coast of America. Millions of years ago, northern America was split in two by a large body of water in the centre. The land mass to the west was named Laramidia and to the east Appalachia. I reused these names for the same areas, except this time, instead of a body of water, it was a cloud of nuclear contamination that split the continent in two.

Lachlan: One of Danny and Gabriella’s mercenary band, known for his keen observation skills and frequently put on lookout duty. Before the war he was a farmer, but lost everything thanks to the rebellion and the State crackdown that resulted. He favours neither side in the war.

Doctor Leroy: Only mentioned in passing, Doctor Leroy is responsible for allowing the medical trial at the heart of ‘A Justified State’ to occur. His reward, when the scandal is discovered, is to be sent to the front line of the First Strike War, and his fate after that remains unknown…

Loris: A minor character, acts as the cook aboard Xavier’s ship and part of his people-smuggling crew.

Lars James: The Chief Commander of the Central City State Police in ‘A Justified State’, and father of Detective Henrik James. In his position of power, he is complicit in enforcing the will of the State over her citizens and has become corrupted by that power, losing sight of why he became a police officer in the first place.

Next up – M is for: Maxine Aubert, MidLands City, Matthias and Mitchell.

All the entries in the A-Z of ‘The State Trilogy’ can be found HERE

The books are available from a wide selection of online retailers, including AMAZON

23 responses to “THE STATE TRILOGY A-Z GUIDE: L”

  1. […] Next up – L is for: Lucinda Románes, Lucas, The Lakes, Laramidia, Lachlan, Doctor Leroy, Loris an… […]


  2. About Lucinda, I like it when characters are not clean cut “good or bad”, but may present a mix of both. In her case it sounds like “deterioration over time”. She sounds like an interesting character!

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    1. Thank you, I liked the idea of someone who started with the best of intentions and lost their way, so that they can no longer tell what is right and wrong, and are doing the wrong things thinking they are doing right!!

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  3. Wow, I had never heard of Laramidia until now which is funny because I grew up on the east coast (Appalachia) but have my maternal (Japanese) relatives in “Laramidia,” which often feels like another world. Kind of brings the whole East coast West coast thing into new perspective. That’s actually really cool. Maybe I’ll start thinking of West coast as “across the more ancient pond” now. Take care!

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    1. Haha, that’s a good way to think about it. Who knows, rising sea levels may one day bring the ancient pond back!


  4. Hari Om
    Crikey, that had me off researching for a few minutes there – I love little nuggets of knowledge like these ancient land masses – thanks for that – and reviving them! YAM xx

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    1. You’re welcome, like you, I enjoy finding out these little bits of knowledge and then trying to incorporate them into a story.


  5. I like how you set about creating Lucinda Romanes’ character arc (I think I’m using this term correctly). The fact that she started off with good intentions and ended up harming the citizens seems more plausible than an outright villain.

    Her ‘vigour’ reminds me of what Yuval Harrari refers to in Homo Deus–the super humans.

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    1. Thanks Arti, that was the idea, to make her plausible and understand her motives – although with many politicians today, it’s hard to figure out what they are doing other than being bad!

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  6. Hi Iain,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my posts. You have a beautiful website and I realise you are a successful author/novelist. The introduction about your trilogy is quite intriguing. All the best for the success of your books.


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    1. Thank you Mahesh – I’m not sure about the successful part, but I am trying! Hope you find the posts and books of interest.

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  7. How depressing to think of a cloud of nuclear contamination splitting the continent in two. Sadly, we do seem on the path towards man made environmental disasters. Weekends In Maine</a

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    1. The surprise is probably that there hasn’t been more nuclear disasters, or nuclear weapons accidents, given the amount that exist around the world already.

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      1. So true. I’ve listened to a few conversations with Bill Gates and his foundation has been investing in lot of new companies that are moving to make nuclear energy safe without the negative by-products. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if they figured it out.

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  8. The Lakes sounds like a beautiful location! I wasn’t familiar with the areas of Scotland you mentioned, so I looked them up. Now I want to escape there, too.

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    1. Thanks Trudy, I’m lucky to have them an hour’s drive away from my house, and once we’re allowed to travel again, I’m looking forward to getting back there. Definitely a good place to escape too 🙂


      1. You’re welcome.


  9. Much about the character of Lucinda made me think of Vladimir Putin – hanging on firmly to power, knowing all the dark secrets, presenting an ever more impossibly fit picture to the public. I’ve no idea if this was on your mind when you wrote the character, but it certainly added to the overall feel of the State for me.

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    1. It wasn’t an exact comparison when I was writing, but certainly she is in that style of leader, so the comparison is a good one.

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  10. How much longer will Lucinda linger? I guess the only ones who could have ended her reign earlier without suspicion were her medical carers.

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    1. She’ll be there until someone drags her out the office I suspect.

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