The Place We Belong
As I mentioned in my last post, the Iceberg partners were in Gros Morne, Newfoundland again this summer. It was our fifth trip to the area in five years.
Truth is, we love that part of the world so much we’ve been accused of working for Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. We don’t, of course, though we will take credit for helping some people decide to book a trip to the Rock.
Iceberg Publishing started in the province of Ontario in 2002, and is now based 3,500 km west in Alberta, but the three partners are Newfoundlanders (even the one who was technically born in Trinidad) and we have a deep and abiding love for the province. The nonfiction story that launched our company –– Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift –– finds its beating heart in this province. It isn’t the only one of our titles for which that’s true.
However, we’ve come to realize that the majority of the people picking up Iceberg titles probably don’t know where Newfoundland is, let alone what it looks like. So for the thousands of readers from the United States, the UK, and Australia who are reading about Newfoundland and Newfoundlanders, we spent part of our summer vacation making an introductory video.
This was possible thanks to a new DJI Phantom 3 drone that we’ve picked up for work on future projects… and more importantly, because Newfoundland itself cooperated with beautiful weather, and spectacular views. Watch it below (you can go full screen, at 1080p!), and if you want to take a trip to Newfoundland, check out newfoundlandandlabrador.com to start planning.
Or, if you want to get a sense of Newfoundland without actually leaving your home, you can find it pretty easily in all of our books –– not just A Daughter’s Gift. After the video, there’s a quick guide explaining how the Rock figures into most of Iceberg’s titles.
Newfoundland in Iceberg Fiction
The main characters in this alternate history series are based at a facility called Jimmystown, on the outskirts of Newfoundland’s capital city of St. John’s. The cast is multinational –– including a girl raised on the American frontier… of another planet –– and each novella takes the team abroad for action and adventure. However, they always come home to Jimmystown… and Newfoundland’s weather (blizzards, fog) has proved significant to their missions more than once.
His Majesty’s New World
In this alternate history series (which sets the stage for Champions), the Royal Newfoundland Regiment is deployed to another planet in 1919 –– so Newfoundland doesn’t appear at all. However, all Newfoundlanders carry a piece of the Rock with them in their hearts… and Regimental Sergeant Major Dunphy literally carries a bag of beach rocks around with him, wherever he goes. So as you follow the b’ys across the grasslands of the new world, a tiny bit of Newfoundland is joining the mission.
Set 200 years in the future, and spending most of its time in the midst of a war (or a love story?) that crosses the solar system, one might not think that this series could include Newfoundland. But of course it does. The seat of power for the Earth Empire government is in a city called Terra Nova, located on Capital Island. The main character and narrator, an Admiral called Barron, also hails from that place. He writes: “The fog was thick and the winds were up –– it was a lovely day on the Atlantic. Made me homesick, really. It also required a bit more focus as we cruised over the Cabot Strait –– the waterway separating the Capital Island from the mainland of North America.” Definitely Newfoundland… but I can’t provide more proof without major spoilers.
In the Equations series, humanity is driven from Earth by an intelligent bio-weapon sometime in the middle of this century. When humans return to the planet 700 years later, they find it has come under the protection of the Earthers –– a new race of humanoid wolves, cats and bears that were genetically-engineered into existence by the plague. These Earthers are better than humans in every conceivable way, and having learned from the wreckage of humanity’s past, they are wary of our return. Who leads these creatures? A wolf called Setter Caine, who happens to live in –– wait for it –– Newfoundland.
So, are all of these Newfoundland connections… connected? I’ve asked Kenneth if there’s any significance (aside from ‘national’ pride) to the fact that one island seems to be at the heart of three otherwise-unconnected fictional universes. He never answers… so maybe he does work for Newfoundland Tourism…
Either way, whether on the page or in person, we invite readers all around the world to spend time in our home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The place we belong is truly beautiful.