Inspiration

I frequently get asked how I write things in my books that continue to come true–as if I’m predicting the future. Well, I am, sort of–I predict what I think will happen based on the things I see happening in the world today.

A lot of the time, an idea just hits me while I’m doing something else, like cooking or cutting the grass. If I’m lucky, I remember it long enough to make a note (thank you Evernote!).

Sometimes, I read something or hear something on the news that sparks an idea for a story… Every now and then, a real gem lands in my lap, like this:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/heading-toward-an-emp-catastrophe?f=must_reads

This is one of the more well-thought out pieces on the subject of EMP vulnerability and I can tell you, before I finished the second paragraph, the ideas popping off in my head would have made ol’ Orville Redenbacher proud.

This is a topic I’ve been collecting research on for a few years now. Real fascinating, real scary stuff. The great backdrop for a story.

In 1859 a solar flare hit the earth and caused telegraph lines to spontaneously combust. The wires caught…on…fire. Can you image what kind of havoc that power would have on our delicate electronics today?

I can. >:)

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Freehold Friday: The Shift cover reveal!

It’s that time again!  Yes, the new book is almost ready for publishing, so the cover is ready to be revealed!  The Shift is the sequel to Apache Dawn and is Book II in the Wildfire Saga, set in the near future.  Without further ado, here’s the final design for the ebook cover:

 

Shift cover mk4 sm

This one was fun to design, as it was the first on my Mac.  I have to say, now that I’m using Pixelmator, I’m finding I really like it.  I mean I really like it.  Is it better than Photoshop Elements 5.0 (they’re currently on 13 now, I think)?  I won’t be qualified to make that judgement for some time, as I’ve only used it for a month or so.  But, that said, I can work much quicker in this program and I think the results are just as good.  Not that I’m a professional artist or anything, but as far as DIY covers go, I think mine are okay.

At any rate, the ebook cover is done.  Look for something a little cooler for the back jacket on the paperback design.  I’m going to stretch my wings a bit and try and include an image of Cooper in his HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) suit.  But I won’t worry about that until the ebook is up and running and I’m under a lot less pressure.

 

 

Speaking of the ebook, I’m halfway through updating the final edits into Scrivener.  Once I incorporate my beta readers’ suggestions (or not, depending on what those suggestions are, LOL) I’ll be ready to hit the ol’ “Click Here to Publish” button on Amazon!

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