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Urban Survival: When the Cities Fall Apart, These Strategies Will Keep You Alive   4 comments

Although the recent primary focus on the blog has been on Daermad Cycle with the publication Mirklin Wood, you shouldn’t forget that I have another series – Transformation Project. You can find book 1 – Life As We Knew It on Amazon.

An apocalyptic series requires a fair bit of research and this is one article that caught my attention.

 

 

Collectively speaking, there are many of us who have been preparing for emergencies and have read our fair share of prepper fiction and watched enough apocalyptic thrillers to know that the higher the population density, the more dangerous it can be in a disaster. As well, when resources like food and fuel have to be transported from outside the city limits, then your survivability rate lessens. So what about those who have to live in the city? Should they just stop prepping all together? Would they stand a fighting chance at surviving?

Source: Urban Survival: When the Cities Fall Apart, These Strategies Will Keep You Alive

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Life As We Knew ItLife As We Knew It is only 99 cents for the next few days.

When terrorism disrupts life as they knew it, cutting off transportation and communication, a small town must forge its own disaster plan.

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Do you ever read a book and ask yourself “How did the author come up with this?” I do and so do some of my fellow authors, so come join us as we answer our readers’ curiosity.
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I could choose either of my two series to discuss, but I chose Transportation Project because of an Amazon review.

I started writing Life As We Knew It as a “relief” story while I was editing The Willow Branch. I always have at least one “relief” project in the wings behind my main project because it prevents writer’s block, but LAWKI had a life before it had that name or even the plot it ended up with.

 

Front Cover LAWKI no windowTransformation Project (and Life As We Knew It, Book 1) is a compilation of several stories that had been kicking around on my hard drive or in my psyche for many years.

I had long wanted to do a story centered around my Mom’s hometown in North Dakota and some of the people I know there, particularly an arm of the family who are deaf, thus Poppy Lufgren, who was originally a male, and Alex, the hearing brother who raised her. I had a half-dozen false starts with a story focused on them. Maybe a small town in North Dakota just didn’t hold my attention or I couldn’t quite capture the essence of Deaf culture.

I strongly believe that the United States would act badly and disastrously if hit by a widespread act of terrorism. I see what our government has done so far (driving people out of their homes with their hands up while looking for the Boston bombers, for example) and I am pessimistic about the future. I see the huge national debt as very dangerous. I also see the reliance Americans have on technology as problematic. I don’t know how to say that in a normal life scenario without sounding like I’m preaching, but in an apocalyptic, I can show those beliefs in action and hopefully make them entertaining.

During the run-up to the 2008 Presidential elections, we were Sarah Palin fans. She was very popular in Alaska and nobody can argue with her record here, despite the questionable behavior afterward. Alaska’s government is currently being funded by the non-Permanent Fund savings she put aside during her brief tenure as governor. Thank you, Sarah, for looking ahead to $36 a barrel oil when it was at $98 a barrel. Not many Alaskans foresaw that inevitability.

On a 10-hour no-radio road trip, my then-teenage daughter and I collaborated on a verbal story that featured a Palin-esque politician trying to get away from an assassination attempt with the help of a mercenary — Shane Delaney — who was based on some 20-something action actor my daughter found attractive. It was a thought-experiment on “what would it actually take to fundamentally change the United States of America?” We chose my mom’s North Dakota hometown as our destination because it’s sort of near Chicago where the story began. By Alaskan-standards Los Angeles is also near Chicago. When we got Shane and the politician to Nowhere, North Dakota, they were helped by Alex — who is based upon a cousin of ours — the only hearing man in a deaf family (on the side that isn’t related to us) who raised his little sister after his parents died. In our cobbled-together story, Alex, Poppy and Shane were siblings and Alex was a bit peeved to have been left with the responsibility of raising a little sister while Shane just sent home money — that was Brad’s contribution.

The election ended and so did the story, except that I really liked some of the characters and the basic idea and I wasn’t really ready to let go of that question of “What would it take to transform the culture of the United States?” I tried drafting it and it didn’t take long to realize that we had “written” ourselves into a corner. Nowhere, North Dakota is nowhere near anything else. There are no big cities near it by Lower 48 standards. There’s no interstate. There’s just a lot of really flat country, barns and sunflower fields. The Palin-esque character had been my daughter’s creation and she didn’t really talk to me, so I had no source of tension for the story.

It hung out on my hard drive until I read William Forstchen’s One Second After and I knew I wanted to use terrorism and its affects on a small town in a book. Originally I used EMP and much of the rough draft was written under that premise. The town moved south into Kansas because Forstchen suggested that would be the hardest hit place and Kansas really is a crossroads of sorts with I70 and having been the navel of the aviation world. When a friend gifted me with American Hiroshima by Hugh Cort, I decided to make a change to a nuclear scenario because I really wanted to explore black flag ideas and I felt my book might be too evocative of Forstchen’s book.

I tried all sorts of different ways to get Shane, who started out as a mercenary, to have some connection to the attacks, but the character wouldn’t allow it. When I wrote the Rigby storyline, it seemed ridiculous that he would ever show up in Emmaus, Kansas, if he didn’t know anyone there. And, then my pastor’s son was arrested, tried and convicted of plotting acts of terrorism (yes, really! Google Francis Schaeffer Cox) and the back story of Shane grew from that. It gave me a reason to connect Rigby to the town and to Shane, but it also provides the source material for future storylines in the series because Anders McAuliff is brother to the imprisoned militia leader.

What sort of research do you need to write a book like Life As We Knew It? Apparently my life brings accidental research opportunities to me. I’m the only writer I know who is friends with the wife and parents of a convicted terrorist. I knew almost nothing about suitcase nukes when I started. My concept of nuclear attack survivability was a mixture of ideas from The Day After, War Day and a 24 scenario. The book shows my evolved understanding of how suitcase nukes differ from ICBMs. I didn’t know a lot about Midwestern farming. My mom left North Dakota in 1942 and the closest thing to farming I’d ever done on visits was milking a goat (which I learned in Alaska) and pitching hay (which I think was more entertaining for my cousins than helpful). I spent a weekend at a friend’s farm in Alaska and watched a lot of utube videos. I didn’t know much about the interstate system (grew up in Alaska, yo?).  I’ve now spent a lot of time on Google Street View. One course of research led to other courses of research. I knew a fair amount about guns, having grown up in the gun-culture of Alaska, but I’d never been a semi-auto girl until I started researching what sort of gun Shane would carry. Kansas being the navel of the old airplane world was an opportunity I (being from another big airplane state) couldn’t let go that will have huge impacts later in the series. Again, I grew up in a flying state, but I had to research GA airplanes. PTSD, which Shane suffers from, found its way into the story because of a disturbing story a friend told me about how Vietnam still haunts him. Although I worked in a social service agency for 15 years, I still needed to do some research on PTSD — its causes, its symptoms and its treatments. Creating a Middle Eastern country allowed me to not be tied to a real world timeline and required that I research countries in that area to provide myself with a back story that I may never share with readers. Yes, writers — good writers — do that all the time. Carl the schizophrenic is a compilation of several clients I knew in my 15 years of employment at a mental health agency, but I did some research in addition because I am not a professional social worker (I worked in administration). Jacob is based on a couple of older gentlemen I know from Fairbanks and his personality and life philosophy comes from the radio show Patriot’s Lament, but I also had to research what anacho-capitalists believe to give him some depth.

I rarely develop characters. They present themselves to me to tell me their story and I write it down. Sometimes I can guide the plot and the characters will cooperate, but most of my characters will not do things that are out-of-character, no matter how much I want them to. I loved the Delaney family from the original story, but Alex wouldn’t insinuate himself into the town’s business and I couldn’t get any of his relatives to become hearing so that Shane would have an excuse to be involved in town decisions. This is where Sarah Palin re-entered the story. She was mayor of Wasilla before she was governor of Alaska and whenever I played with her part of the story, when I wanted to still keep her doppleganger in it, I kept coming back to that leadership role. Nobody is more involved in town decisions than the mayor. Rob is a compilation of higher-level managers at work and a friend who owns a feed store in Alaska. He’s smart, he’s been a good manager of his town — and what I’m going to do with his character is going to surprise people.

Remember, it’s called Transformation Project. I’m not just dropping bombs and saying the world will struggle to return to normal and then it does. That story’s been done and I want to do something different. I’m fundamentally transforming the United States as we know it … eventually, over several books.

Kelly Williams is discussing this topic over on her Blue Honor blog. While you’re checking out what she has to say, check out her books. Isn’t that a gorgeous cover above?

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Interview with Jacob Delaney   7 comments

This week the blog hop is about interviewing one of my characters.

Jacob Delaney is one of my characters from Transformation Project and I decided to interview him, quite frankly, because he’s an older fella and I don’t think he’s going to make it to the end of the series, so I wanted to catch him while he’s still talking to me.

Yes, I know that’s weird, but that is how I roll as a writer. My characters talk to me or they die, because I can’t write their stories without their cooperation. Jacob doesn’t appear when I think about where this series ends, so I have to wonder if we’ll be attending his funeral sometime after the third book in the series.

My interview takes place right at the end of Life As We Knew It.

Before we get started, check out PJ MacLayne’s blog and catch her interview with a character from one of her books.

Welcome to the blog, Jacob. Tell us something about yourself.

Thanks for having me, Lela. I’m from Emmaus, Kansas, the town I was born in. I’m 95 years old, a widower, a World War 2 veteran and a crop duster. I’ve been the mayor of my town and I own a feed store with my son, Rob. I have four children (two women and one man living, our eldest son died young). I have over a dozen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. My daughters do not play a roll in the books and only three of my grandchildren live in Emmaus. One just got back from … well, he’s not saying. Let’s see, I like singing and flying and I’m a deacon and trustee at Emmaus Baptist Church. And I miss my wife, who died last year.

How long were you mayor of the town?

Six years. One term. That was enough. It was like herding cats. That was before I realized you don’t need to herd people. If you leave them alone, they’ll mostly figure out what’s good for them all on their own, but it probably won’t be what you thought was good for them, so maybe you ought to just figure out what’s good for you and let other people alone to figure it out for themselves. Which is not to say that you can’t give them your opinion when they ask.

Front Cover LAWKI no windowYou sound like an anarchist.

I am. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not for blowing things up and destroying society. I don’t hold to violence unless someone is being violent toward me. I just think we don’t need our neighbors banding together to decide what we should all do as a community and then forcing those who don’t want to go along into doing what the majority wants. That may be very democratic of folks, but it’s also dictatorial. Government’s not a bad thing when it represents a community outside of that community, but when it dictates to the people inside of its community, you end up with half the folks feeling like they’re not be represented and being bossed around by the other half. That’s democracy, which is no more than two rattlesnakes and a rabbit voting on what’s for dinner. It never works out well for the rabbit.

But you served as mayor?

Yeah, 45 years ago when I didn’t know better. A man can change his mind as he grows wiser with age and I did.

Interesting! Tell me what’s going on in your life right now.

Well, we were having a nice, if somewhat tense, visit with my grandson who just got back from parts unknown when some idiots decided to blow up the world … well, not the world, just select cities in the United States. Right now, we’re hunkered down in our storm cellars, basements and my concrete feed store waiting out the radiation rain. The Geiger counter says we’re okay for now. I guess when it stops raining, we’ll have to decide what we do from there.

Who do you think did the bombing?

How would I know that? And does it matter? The radiation doesn’t care who unleashed it on us. We’ll still have to clean up the mess they made no matter who they were.

Why do you think they did it?

Now, there’s a more intelligent question. Why indeed! If I were to conjecture, I think I’d guess they were angry at someone. They hit cities, not rural areas, so maybe they hate city-dwellers. They hit American cities, so maybe they’re angry at the United States. It’s not like we don’t deserve that — messing in other countries, dictating their politics, bombing their people. It was bound to happen sooner or later. But there are plenty of homegrown nuts who might have done it too. Half the country can boss around the other half of the country only so long before someone with a lower tolerance for totalitarianism blows a gasket and figures out a way to smash some china.

How many cities?

I don’t know. A dozen, maybe. Two within driving distance of here, I know. Denver and Kansas City are gone. Shane, my grandson, said it’s mostly transportation and communications hubs. If he’s right, then I think they meant to disrupt the United States, not destroy it entirely. Maybe it’s a foreign government that wants our resources. Maybe we owe them so much money we were refusing to repay. Maybe it’s Americans who are just tired of how far this country has drifted from its founding principles. LIke I said, it doesn’t matter who they are. We’ll still have to clean up the mess. Maybe we’ll do it better after.

You don’t sound hopeless.

Now what is there to be hopeless over? The world as we knew it just ended. All hail the past, get ready for the future. The sun will come up tomorrow and we’d better get ready for it.

Now that doesn’t sound very anarchist.

Sure it does. I’m very willing to come alongside my neighbors and help them clean things up … if they want me to. I just don’t think they have to do it the same way I do it.

What about your son? Isn’t Rob the current mayor?

He is. He’s going to have to decide whose side he’s on — the military or the town? My experience is that the military will roll up to our town line soon enough and they’ll have their own ideas of how we ought to do things and Rob’s going to have to say if the town will cooperate with that. He served 20 years in the military. It’s going to be hard for him to put that aside. He needs to realize that he can either represent the town to the military or represent the military before the town, but not both. We’ll see if he’s been listening to me over the years.

What do you think will be the most important thing for your community when the rain stops?

I’m not going to dictate to the community what it needs. They can figure that out for themselves. I know what I think the family ought to do and that’s secure food and medicine. Winter’s coming and the town is surrounded by absentee corn fields. I say we need to confiscate that corn and worry about paying the owners later.

Isn’t that stealing?

If the owners were in Chicago, Houston, Kansas City … can you steal from dead people? You don’t waste resources in a survival situation and, if we do, we pretty much accept that we’re going to starve. Think about what it means — the major transportation hubs destroyed — trucks and trains no longer have direct paths to get anywhere. We’re going to have to look to feeding ourselves at least for the near-future.

Won’t the military or FEMA bring supplies?

My son has been trying to get FEMA on the phone all day. No luck so far. The only reason we knew to hunker down before the rain got here was a National Guard report telexed to the local newspaper. That’s an organization that can’t handle a single storm, let alone dozens of terrorist attacks all across the country. No, we need to act as if we’re on our own. If they show up, we can be pleasantly surprised.

Do you think there will be more attacks?

Hmmm, now how would I know that? Just because I’m as old as dirt doesn’t mean I’m God. I can’t read minds. I guess you’ll have to check back with me later to see what’s happened.

Thank you, Jacob, for speaking with me during this crisis and I wish you luck in the coming days.

Watch for “Objects in View” to find out what happens to Jacob.

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Dianna Gunn Interviewed Lela Markham on The Dabbler   4 comments

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Front Cover LAWKI no windowI met today’s author, Lela Markham, through Twitter, which has become my favourite social media network over the last few months.

She’s got a very interesting body of work, but I think I’ll let her speak for herself.

Please give Lela a warm welcome.

Thank you for having me, Dianna. I am a lifelong Alaskan who gew up in a house built of books. Back in the days before the Trans Alaska Pipeline was built, we were a pretty isolated community with limited television. Both my parents were great readers, so there were always books around which they encouraged me to read. As an adult, I have embraced the adventure that comes with living in the Last Frontier and followed my somewhat insane husband into the forests dragging our two fearless offspring with us.

1. Can you tell us a bit about your books?

I write in a variety of genres.

Daermad Cycle is an epic fantasy with Celtic and Christian influences. The Willow Branch was published last year and Mirklin Wood should come out this year or early next year. Told in two timelines (past and present), it tells the tale of the destruction of a kingdom and the attempted restoration. There are human factions, vengeful Celtic goddesses, evil mages, less evil mages, heroes who are doing the best that they can and dragons. The Christian influences in the book do not make the book a candidate for inclusion at the local Christian bookstore. This is a series that can be enjoyed by any fantasy fan and there will be other books after Mirklin Wood.

Transformation Project is an apocalyptic series. Although Amazon classes that with science fiction, it’s written in modern times. Life As We Knew It came out in March. It tells the tale of a small Midwest farming town struggling to deal with the aftermath of a large scale terrorist attack. My focus is primarily on the town and its survival. The affects on the country as a whole are merely background. Shane, the main protagonist, is a damaged hero who can take care of himself, but may not always make the best choices for the people around him. He is surrounded by an ensemble cast who will evolve as people over time – kind of like what would happen in a world gone crazy in reality.

2. When did you first know you wanted to pursue writing as more than a hobby?

Mom said I told tales from the time I could talk. My friends valued my imagination to make long Alaskan winters stuck in the basement entertaining. I wrote down my first fiction story when I was in the 5th grade and that started something that I just couldn’t stop. I wanted to make my living as some sort of writer since the 10th grade when I was asked to write some articles for the town newspaper. I got my degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for a time, but got frustrated with the politicalization of journalism and the lack of a living wage, so I started working in administration, where my writing has been in demand for grant-writing, newsletters, and other publications. I always wrote fiction no matter what I was doing for a living. I published some short stories in Alaskan anthologies, but found that finding an agent required that I choose between writing Christian fiction and adhering to those rules or writing fantasy without the Christian elements. I felt really constrained by those rules, which stalled me for a time until the self-publishing wave began to swell. I was asked to join Breakwater Harbor Books, which is a small press that acts much like an author’s cooperative, so I went indie with them.

 3. Who are some of the authors that inspired you to start writing?

Wow, there are so many! Madeleine L’Engle and Zenna Henderson were early role models, followed by Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Robert Louis Stevenson. I can’t leave out CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien … what fantasy author can, right? Katharine Kerr and Kate Elliott have been favorite role models in adulthood. I like Stephen Lawhead and Morgan Llewellyn. And, I’m sure there are others I’ve forgotten.

 4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?

It’s sort of unprocessed. I’m an adventure writer. Generally, I read a lot – not just the genres I’m writing in, but a lot of non-fiction too. A character presents itself and decides to tell me their story. At this point, I think I sound a bit mentally ill, but I used to work for a mental health center as an administrator and my co-workers say I’m fine. The character demands I write their story down. If that story coincides with some research or maybe some imagery I’ve run across in the past, I begin to develop the story into a full novel. I’m typically a third of the way through a novel before I have any idea how it’s going to end, at which time I hit pause, draft an outline to get to that ending and sketch out the major scenes to achieve it. Then I go back to the drawing board and do a thorough rewrite. What follows are many re-readings and edits, sending the book to alpha readers and then beta readers, finally asking a BHB author to do a final read/edit and then going back through for more editing.

5. What is the hardest part of the writing process for you? How do you make it easier for yourself?

Figuring out when to end the story is probably the hardest part for me, especially if the characters still have stories to tell me. I make it easier for myself by writing series.

6. How do you balance writing, marketing and life?

I really have no idea. If you have any advice, I’m still working that out. My family is used to me writing … it’s something I’ve always done. I often do it in the livingroom amid chaos so I can be with them. I grew up in my mom’s daycare center, so I actually don’t find that terribly distracting. I do take time off to hike into the woods (I bring a notebook with me, though) and to do other fun things in life. I think it’s really important for writers to have a life outside of our fictional worlds because fiction should imitate life. The marketing end of it keeps wanting to eat my life and I’m finding I have to put limits on myself about that and sometime just be downright rude to people who don’t “get” it. I’m using social media to market my books, not to be social, but I also want to be friendly. It’s a definite juggling act. I recently “hired” an assistant (my teenage son) to do some of the automated features of Twitter so I can have time to do some other things. If people sense that I’ve been replaced by a robot … or a budding engineer … it’s because I have been part of the time.

7. What is your favourite social media network and why?

I prefer Word Press because I can write a blog post and link it across Facebook, Twitter and a couple other platforms, which is an enormous timesaver.

8. If you could give one aspiring writer just one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

Read and live a life. That’s two, I know, so I guess I’d choose read – anything and everything. It’s all research for writing and you never know what your story might demand. A writer’s head needs to be stuffed with “trivia” that can flow out into details in your character development and world building.

9. What are you reading right now?

I’m reading the third book in Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic series – “Cold Steel”, my friend Kristin Gleeson’s “Along the Far Shores”, and I am also re-reading a political science textbook from college as part of research for Transformation Project. And, the Bible almost every day. That’s a pretty skimpy reading list for me, but I’m very busy these days writing.

10. Are you working on anything right now that readers can look forward to?

 “Mirklin Wood” will continue the story started in “The Willow Branch”. Readers can find out what happened to Donyl when the dragon grabbed him and what happened to Tamys after the Celtic goddess threw him out of a window. Padraig and Ryanna will continue their separate searches for the True King while the Svards begin their campaign to invade the kingdom. I want to publish “Mirklin Wood” this fall, but I had a major technological setback a couple of months ago, so it may be early 2016. That will be followed by the second book in Transformation Project“Objects in View” sometime later in 2016.

I’m participating in two anthologies in the next several months, but I don’t have publication details yet.

I’ve got some works in progress for different genres, but they’re nowhere near ready for prime time, so readers will have to wait on those.

The Conversation Continues   Leave a comment

Christian AnarchyLast week, Thom responded to my double-post and this week we continue the conversation on interventionism.

 

Thom Stark is the author American Sulla, an apocalyptic thriller series. Lela Markham is the author of Transformation Project, an apocalyptic dystopian series. Both these series look at America following nuclear terrorism.

Ivan Amberlake Reviews “Life As We Knew It”   4 comments

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Front Cover LAWKI no windowChaos changes everything!

Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.

He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forget their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

 

My review:

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is a very unusual read. I enjoy dystopian books a lot, and Lela Markham’s take on the apocalypse did not disappoint. The book is written in chapters that are short and switching from one character to another, which is never boring and which gives us a full picture of what is going on. The author shows the characters’ feelings, emotions, doubts well, which makes them true-to-life and easy to relate to. I especially enjoyed reading chapters from Shane Denaley’s point of view.

The life of a small town of Emmaus transforms abruptly when terrible news comes from large cities. That – together with great characterization – was my most favorite aspect of the book. I enjoyed the way the author shows as the world collapses – the attack, then the state of not knowing what is going on, what is going to happen next. It’s well done and realistic. I’d recommend it to lovers of dystopian novels.

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is book 1 in Transformation Project series and I look forward to reading the next book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lela Markham is the pen name of an Alaskan novelists who was raised in a home built of books. Alaska is a grand adventure like none other with a culture that embraces summer adventure and winter artistic pursuits.

Lela has been a journalist, worked in the mental health field, and currently works for the State of Alaska, but her avocation has always been storyteller.

Her first published book The Willow Branch begins an exploration of the world of Daermad where a fractured kingdom leaves two races vulnerable to destruction by a third and opens the opportunity to mend old wounds. Lela drew inspiration from Celtic mythology, Alaskan raven legends and the Bible to craft a tale of war, faith and reconciliation. And, don’t forget … Celtic goddesses, sentient animals and dragons.

When not writing stories, Lela reads political philosophy, economics, history, mysteries, fantasies, science fiction and the backs of cereal boxes and enjoys speculative tales on TV. For variety, she quilts, tackles home improvement projects, hikes the Alaskan wilderness well-armed against the wildlife, and holds blackbelts in cold weather living and mosquito annihilation. Oh, and aurora viewing … it’s all about the aurora watching.

Lela shares her life with her adventuresome husband, two fearless offspring and a sentient husky who keeps a yellow Lab for a pet.

You can stalk her at:

aurorawatcherak@wordpress.com

thewillowbranch@wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/lelamarkham7

Or reach out old-school at lelamarkham@gmail.com

Genesis of Dystopia   1 comment

Front Cover Final 1.27.15Have you ever thought about where a dystopian society comes from?

Of course, I’m a writer, so these thoughts occur to me.

How do you get to 1984 from 1950s England when the book was written?

Writing the post-apocalyptic Transformation Project allows me to think about how society devolves. Life As We Knew It (Book 1) explores some of the seeds of destruction. I don’t dwell on them. I sprinkle them lightly throughout the book. Readers might not even notice and that’s sort of the point.

We don’t tend to dwell on the everyday things in our society that are leading us badly wrong. What happens to all those people living in big cities when there is a disruption in services? What happens when your local grocery store doesn’t get its stock order for the week? Can they restock from the local warehouse? Do you have any food to tide you over for a week or two? What about your neighbors?

What happens when jet liners can’t find their runways electronically or visually? Have you ever looked from a jet window down to an interstate and wondered what it would be like to land on one?

If all the major transportation hubs were suddenly closed? Do you have any idea how to get across the Mississippi River if the major cities are impassable?

If you’re driving down an interstate and the National Guard starts halting traffic, what do you plan on doing? Are you going to follow instructions or make your own road?

If all the major communication channels go down, how do you communicate with the outside world or the officials and what if they tell you to do things you don’t want to do?

Are there enough places for everyone in your town to hide in the event of nuclear fallout?

The people of Emmaus get some answers to these questions in Life As We Knew It.

Hang on for the second book because I’ll be exploring just how poorly prepared we are and how quickly things might fall apart (or not) in a nation-wide emergency.

The genesis of dystopia exists within our society right now. It only takes an event to turn us toward it. Come check out the transformation. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Knew-Transformation-Project-Book-ebook/dp/B00UY6MKHG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

You’re Invited to an Online Launch Party   3 comments

Image result for image bottle of champaign broken on a ships bowLife As We Knew It launches today and you are invited to the on-line launch party of the series that was debuted on this blog.

Come give the book a good send-off for a successful journey.

https://www.facebook.com/onlinelaunchlifeasweknewit

I’ll be hanging out all day to say “howdy” to folks. The coffee’s on and I have some pastries. There will be visits by some of my characters. I’ll be giving away five books to folks who hang out with me in exchange for honest reviews.

 

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