This is the third entry in a set of linked posts about my novel POST, which will be out soon from eSpecBooks. Â Note – if you get in on the Kickstarter, that will help out greatly.
Writers often write in conversation with other writers. That’s natural – we read, and what we read moves us, and we write about what moves us. Â When I read “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, I found myself thoroughly depressed. Sure, I was amazed by his wordsmithing – he’s a skilled and evocative writer. I would love to be that good with line by line writing. But the overall story left me deeply hopeless.
“Post” is my response to “The Road.” Â It is set in a time when climate change has had an impact, when a society that broke pretty far down is on it’s way back to something better, but when success it remainsÂ uncertain. POST is a friendship book, and a book about putting hope inside of a hard world. Â And like “The Road,” muchÂ of it is about a journey. Â About half of it anyway â€” another part of the conversation is that as a reader, I want to eventually get somewhere.
POST is about a young woman – Sage – who leaves a very safe and antiseptic place (and don’t we all, as we grow up?) and sets out to find an airplane, which to her, is a symbol of hope. Â She gathers friends and allies, has adventures, is confused about love and sexuality, gets her first kiss, and sees a great tragedy. Â She lives, since I’d like to write more books about her. Â It’s YA, but if you like The Silver Ship and the Sea (out again next year!) you’ll like this – there are mature themes, real dangers, but nothing your 10-year-old couldn’t read, or that you might not enjoy. Â This of it as 9 to 90 writing.
I hope you’ll consider picking it up via the Kickstarter, and that you’ll enjoy it if you do. Â It was fun to write.
A few more posts about POST are likely to show upâ€¦..