given to me

Published on September 26th, 2017 | by Kevin Given


Given to Me: My tribute to a brave young lady who passed on too soon

While creating Trevor Jackson’s niece for the Karl Vincent: Vampire Hunter franchise and the Dracula Rising story I found it difficult to name the character.

Then I came across a story from a friend of mine that touched me deeply. He had a co-worker whose daughter suffered from Heterotaxy (Abnormal arrangement of organs or parts of the body in relation to each other.) Her name was Elliana Janae. When I read about the courage that this couple had in raising this young lady I balled my eyes out. As I’m writing this, I’m reading over her obituary to get my facts straight and the tears are forming once again.

You see, I had just been diagnosed with diabetes when I found out about this young lady and was going through anguish over that diagnosis. Then I read the story of how this couple sacrificed everything to make their daughter, who wound up dying at the tender youthful age of two, as comfortable as they possibly could in an attempt to correct her condition through surgery. This story humbled me and made me realize how fortunate that I am. I have a serious condition, but it’s not life threatening (at least not in the immediate future) and it’s treatable.

So, as an homage to this brave couple, I am going to name Trevor’s niece after the young lady who passed on way to early. Her parents will be an inter-racial couple, just like my friend’s co-worker. I am going to share the first five pages of the comic book version of Dracula Rising with you.

Meet Detective Trevor Jackson, Karl’s former partner and his niece: Elliana Janae Jackson.


About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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