Life imitating art?

Is it life imitating art or is art imitating life? Hard to tell with the latest news and my new novel The Secret of La Danta (currently under construction).

I recently read a news report that scientists and archaeologists are using revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”). After taking photos and videos of the area, technicians digitally removed the tree canopy from the aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed (See above picture).

After learning this I was amazed that my novel, The Secret of La Danta, has the very same theme. I wrote my novel last year, before the news came out. In this instance it can be said that ‘life is imitating art’! How?

In reality, this area contains a large Mayan megalopolis that is hidden under the jungle canopy. The area is also home to the largest pyramid in the world, named La Danta. In my story, the main characters are able to use similar technology to discover the secrets of La Danta (hence the title). The premise of my story is that with the advent of newer imaging technology scientists are able to map the entire El Mirador area in Guatemala and find ancient technology hidden inside a pyramid.

While awaiting the completion and release of The Secret of La Danta, check out my other books available at

Treasure of the Mayan King

The Golden Scepter

Chauncy Rollock Chronicles

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