Time for another post about “Once Upon a Time in the Swamp.” This time I want to give you some insight into the Post Apocalyptic part of this story. This is a peek behind the scenes of this tale.
At the time I started writing this one, America was in the process of tearing herself to shreds. People were protesting everything from vaccines to elections. We tore down public monuments and went on a tirade of rewriting history. Entire sections of some cities were occupied by those who would defund the police. It was a grim time and it hasn’t improved all that much.
Obviously, this had some influence on me, and I took it out on this story. I projected what was happening into the future, and amped it up a little. It all started as special interest groups throwing tantrums. This accelerated to a point of police involvement, followed shortly by National Guard involvement. Groups paired up until we had dozens of small armies fighting each other all over the continent.
I was kind of happy with one section where a character talks about other countries sending “advisors” to America. This is a thinly veiled concept of getting military boots on the ground, and we pioneered it here. It was fun to look at other countries doing the same thing to us.
Ultimately, this led to global warfare and damned near destroyed us all. As readers you will get glimpses of this from comments the elderly make along Mari’s journey. Mari wasn’t born when all this went down.
Mari’s world is one of foraging, scrounging for things to sell, and I even came up with an odd form of currency to use. Weapons are expensive, and she doesn’t have anything suitable for her task. When she finally finds one, it’s what she can afford and nothing like a modern assault weapon.
I hope you’re all enjoying this look behind the scenes, and I think those who take a chance on the book are going to have a good time. I welcome any social media sharing, reblogs, or word of mouth you can pass along on my behalf.
Blurb: Mari and her husband opted for a simple life as farmers. It’s been decades since the world tore itself apart, pitting neighbor against neighbor and family against each other. They were happy in this re-emerging world, until disaster struck.
Mari sets out on a solo quest to avenge the deaths of her family and loss of everything she holds dear. She’s ill equipped for the task, but seems to have time on her hands. Time alone in the wilderness to deal with her personal demons along the way.
She is helped by a few sympathetic elders and a couple of animal companions with lessons Mari can use if she pays attention. Can Mari find justice for her family?
Set in a post apocalyptic, Gulf Coast world, this is a story for fans of the old Spaghetti Westerns.
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