Biggest news of the year (so far): My novel is going to be published!
Yes, folks, you heard that right. Trapped in the R.A.W: A Journal of My Experiences during the Great Invasion (working title) has been accepted for publication by a real live press. I can't say much about the publication process yet (since I know almost nothing about it at this point), but I have been told that it is actually going to happen.
Trapped is a work of speculative fiction (think “Twilight Zone”) set in a future so near that it could be tomorrow. Here's the short blurb I use when someone asks, “What's your novel about?”: A young woman is working alone in a special collections library when she hears screaming outside, peeks through a window, and realizes an invasion has begun. She locks and barricades the doors of the library, then watches in horror as people are murdered. The invaders wear uniforms that cover all parts of their bodies, including their faces, making it impossible for her to determine their identity. However, she realizes at once that the invaders do not intend to subjugate the population: They intend to annihilate it.
The future depicted in Trapped is dark, as has been every period in history following a major disruption. However, my focus in the novel is on how we respond with dignity to disaster, maintain our humanity while enduring inhumane treatment, and keep going when our world falls apart, so the story does have rays of hope.
I will keep you posted.