I spent many a childhood holiday taking six-hour rides in the backseat of my parents' car to Connecticut in order to visit family and build memories that I would never give up. During those holidays, the southwestern corner of the state got under my skin in a way that stayed, even when I'd gone home to New Hampshire. You could say that Aviario is my ideal home town: pieces of everything I love about the places I have lived or visited. But that would only be the map, itself. To understand Aviario as a town, and as a culture, we can't forget the magic.
For the most part, life in Aviario (and of course, the alternate reality it is a part of) is much like our modern day-to-day life. Technology, politics, culture: it's all familiar, save for the fact that it is all threaded through by the presence of real, true magic: an energy that is accessible by all faiths and cultures, by whatever means that will and imagination can conjure. This can lead to great opportunities for growth, or terrible incidents of ruin. In order to keep the balance between the two, a secret group called the Organization has existed since the dawn of recorded time, and its members are granted special abilities which allow them to meet the challenges they face in the call of duty.
Since not everyone is aware of the presence of magic, it does not factor in every tale of Aviario. The first novel, From the Desk of Buster Heywood, has only the barest references to magic: and then, only if you squint and look very hard.... whereas In The Cards serves as an introduction to how it works in our heroes' world. Theme and content vary from novel to novel, just as no real city has any one sort of article in the news from day to day.
To date, I have spent over half of my life crafting this town and its inhabitants. I don't intend to quit any time soon... and I hope that you will join me in my surveyor's work and watch it grow.
(Knowledge Base, Glossary, Maps, Place Origins, Character List and other articles forthcoming)