Twins: Myth, Magic, & Reality

The topic of twins always sparks a twinge of mysticism, no matter their origin. The concept of one becoming two feels magical. There are so many great mythologies that involve twins, and so many tales that endeavor to persuade readers to love one twin over the other. Take the Iroquois creation myth, for example. According to the Iroquois, a set of twins was once born to a sky goddess. Sapling, the kind and gentle twin, created all that was good, and Flint, the cold and dark twin, created all that was evil. Their differing moralities forced a confrontation, one that ended in Flint’s defeat.

It’s a clean story. Good overcoming evil, light overwhelming dark. It’s all wrapped up in a neat bow, making readers feel warm and safe.

It’s not realistic.

Even the most terrible people have shreds of goodness within them. The most saintly among us sometimes dwell in the shadows. Everyone is shades of gray, even if some shades are lighter or darker than others. To commit an entire person to good or evil is simply absurd, even for the sake of a story.

In most tales of twins, they’re depicted as being separated by their differences, one usually harboring more darkness than the other. This theme is explored thoroughly within the Akasha series, but black and white personalities are rarely very interesting. Characters are at their most fascinating when they showcase how complex they are. For Charlie and Tirigan, the twin protagonists in the Akasha series, the powers they were born with mark them as opposites, just as Sapling and Flint, but this fact is revealed gradually. The slow reveal of their true natures gives Charlie and Tirigan a chance to understand themselves in other ways first, so they have the capacity to challenge how authentically their power represents their true identity.

In the universe I’ve created, twins are telepathic due to their shared soul. This close bond is both a blessing and a curse, allowing twins insight into one another’s mind, but not necessarily their heart. Charlie and Tirigan struggle just as all siblings struggle from time to time, with their relationship and with their perceptions of each other. When their power sources are revealed in book two, Kindred, the twins will be forced to confront hidden truths neither is ready to acknowledge.

How does one reconcile that they were built for destruction, while their twin was graced with creation? How does your equal, your other half, become your natural foe? Must they become your foe at all? These questions will plague Charlie and Tirigan as they come into their powers, navigate new relationships, and understand who they are to one another.

Start twins Charlie and Tirigan’s story from the beginning with Passage, book one of the Akasha series, and look for Captive, the first character companion novella, this fall. Salvage, the third book in the Akasha series, is set for release in 2020.