As you might already understand, I took great care in crafting Fishing for Light. And I admit, there is a political aspect to the story, as in what certain characters represent. I’ll explain those elements, as the phrase goes, ‘down the road’.
I did not randomly pick the Captain Lovins character to be a SEAL. The character comes from my deep respect for those that defend us. I have friends in the military, and I know they sacrifice so that I can write crazy novels without the fear of being put in jail. As the phrase goes, ‘Freedom ain’t free’. As I began to craft the story, I was trying to think about how would Professor Quan be able to create his experiments, and then test his theory to protect humanity from Ms. Prosperina. He would need some help. And then I realized, who better than those at the ‘tip end of the spear’.
The novel has a lot of cross references, as in Professor Quan unlocked the genetic code. Well, Captain Lovins lived by a code, in fact, I’ve read the ‘SEAL Code: a Warrior Creed’. I recommend every American read their code, and I think you’ll develop a healthy respect for anyone who wears the uniform. I pasted below the two paragraphs that got my attention. Fishing for Light is full of symbolism, the Captain Lovins character realized Professor Quan needed to be protected, and his country needed to be protected from Ms. Prosperina. To Pythagoras, the number 3, or triad was the noblest of all digits. I’ll explain why the number 3 has a lot of unique aspects in nature, science and religion. But as you will note, the SEALS earn a Trident, and from this, the character, Captain Lovins was created.
“My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.”