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Children of the Knight
I mainly use music from film scores when I’m writing to help me create the mood for certain scenes, especially those involving action or deep emotion. Children of the Knight and its sequels were no exception. What people often find very odd is my choice of film scores. People ask, “What does that movie have to do with your story?” The answer is, “Nothing. It’s the mood created by that particular score, not the source movie, that inspires its use.” I’ll go through some music I used and even include page numbers, from the paperback version, if any reader out there who might like to “read along” to these scores for the indicated sequences.
1. King Arthur by Hans Zimmer. It would seem an obvious choice given that my book is about King Arthur in modern-day Los Angeles recruiting lost kids for a children’s crusade. However, it was mostly the very poignant song “Tell Me Now” and its underlying theme that I used, not so much the action portions of the score. This haunting melody was used principally to fuel the scenes from page 234-247, very emotional sequences involving Jack and Lance and key to the unfolding story arc.
2. Backdraft by Hans Zimmer. The main theme, highlighted in the track, “Fighting 17th” was used for some of the scenes in Chapters 8 and 9 when Arthur and the kids traveled throughout the city. The first half of the track “Brothers” was used for part of a scene involving Mark and Lance that begins on page 97. “Fahrenheit 451” was my first choice for the very emotional finale beginning on page 318, which I can’t describe because that would be a spoiler. These themes are extraordinarily moving and engender real sentiment in the listener.
3. Armageddon by Trevor Rabin. The main theme as highlighted in “Armageddon Suite” and “Happy & Grace Make Peace” created some of the backdrop for heartfelt conversations between Lance and Jack, most notably the one on pages 257-261. “Long Distance Goodbye” was my second, and stronger, choice for the dramatic finale starting on page 318 and running all the way to the final page.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man by James Horner. The touching track “Rooftop Kiss” fit perfectly for a significant scene involving Jack and Lance on pages 278-281. “Saving New York,” or a large portion of it, easily spurred my imagination while crafting the finale on page 300 to 317, which contained both action and personal drama. “I Can’t See You Anymore” was yet a third backdrop for the emotions engendered from page 318 on. I think you can guess the finale is filled with emotion, and these various scores helped me to describe those emotions in, I hope, poignant enough detail to move the reader.
5. The Greatest Game Ever Played by Brian Tyler. This is a period movie about golf that should in no way have helped me write my book, but this score was the one I used the most. I used the main theme, first heard in “Main Title Overture” and then repeated throughout, for all the triumphant moments in the story wherein Arthur and his kids achieve great success in their crusade. The very moving “Broken Dreams” and “Broken Dreams Reprise” were used to highlight several key scenes, most notably when Lance reveals his past to Arthur on pages 56-58. This theme was also an alternate for previously mentioned scenes between Lance and Mark and Lance and Jack.
6. In addition to these, the song, “Shoreline” as performed by Anna Ternheim, remained uppermost in my mind while writing, especially as I crafted the character of Lance. This poignant and plaintive song truly seemed to capture the essence of Lance’s lost childhood and still moves me deeply each time I hear it.
7. I also thought “Say Something” by A Great Big World was very appropriate for Arthur, Lance, Jack, and Mark because there is so much unspoken between them, and what is unspoken leads to terrible consequences.
8. Oh, and just to preview the first sequel, Running Through A Dark Place, releasing in May, check out the score to 10,000 B.C. (yes, an off-beat caveman movie!) Then when you read that book you can determine for yourself if the music fits.
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?
This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and his children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.
Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.
The Knight Cycle Begins . . .
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight––who grew up in San
He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.
He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra- low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.
He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.
He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year.
The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.
He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight that complete the trilogy – Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead.
Both will be released in 2014.