Guest Post by Tribal Affairs Author, Matt Dallmann.

Tribal Affairs
Genre: Ya Fantasy
Release Date: July 31st 2017

Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

A Guest Post by Matt Dallmann
Tribal Affairs World Building 

I did a fair amount of research on genies before writing my book. One thing I learned, that I’m sure most genie enthusiasts already knew, is that the real term for a genie is djinn. And while I wanted the story to be rooted in actual djinn mythology, I also wanted it to be accessible to less enthusiastic westerners. So I did make some stuff up; like the eye thing—you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book—that part I made up. But I didn’t make up the tribes, their characteristics and the idea that djinn are vulnerable to certain kinds of metal. 

While most superheroes, wizards, aliens, robots, gods and genetically modified dystopian humans are capable of some amazing things; they are all still grounded within some set of rules/reality. Genies do have a small set of basic rules, but can otherwise create, conjure or do almost anything; all you have to do is wish for it. That’s a pretty awesome power to contain in 60,000 words or less. So when I stumbled onto a discovery about how tiny quantum particles may know what is going to happen before it actually happens, I thought it might be my link from the genie world to reality.

Of course, I simplified the idea quite a bit in the book, but my thought was; what if genies could manipulate these quantum particles before they were observed? What if they could see the particles existing in space and time, before any human or animal could, and then nudge them into being? I mean, if Haley Joel Osment could see dead people, certainly genies could see quantum particles. 

About the Author

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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