The main character Tom was able to escape the big city, travel 320 miles home, and reunite with his wife Lisa. A daunting challenge to be sure. Along the way he killed and saved. He suffered, complained, and came to love a dog. He saw unspeakable perversion, death, and unimaginable charity and love. What should have been a warm and loving homecoming turned into a nightmare of biblical proportions. Lives intertwined in strange ways, they are living in strange times. More than an entire lifetime spun out in less than two months.
The book’s idea came from a training I took almost a year ago. It was a FEMA course learning how to be a Supply Unit Leader in an Incident Management Team environment. I never for the life of me imagined that when I signed up for that training I would end up writing a post-apocalypse novel about the route to and from the class. But, I really loved the time writing…my mind enjoys the freedom to wander and visualize.
I knew from the very beginning that the book would have a natural ending to it. Just as much as that, I knew there would be an opportunity to create another “Escape” book that would continue the journey, the experience, the “vision” of what the world might be like in such a situation. And yes, I am planning on a sequel…”Escape from Home”
In case you haven’t read some of the FAQs, I am retiring. No, not from writing but from my career. I’ve fought structure and wildland fires spread out over the better part of three decades. It is time for me to call it quits. And with retirement comes new responsibilities. I retire in eight months but during that time I have quite a bit to do. Top priority is working on our property in Arizona. That is where we’ll move for our retirement. There is a lot of work to do. Although, I’ve done quite a bit already, there is much, much more to do. And that will require the bulk of my time in the coming year or two.
I’ve written about the property, documented with pictures, and will be posting them to the website as time permits. A mini-series or articles regarding our Bugout Location – Retirement Home.
I tend to write in spurts…”binge writing.“ I’ve sketched out a basic story-line for our rugged, patchwork group of survivors. And so far I like how it works. I am thinking that within a month or so that I will sit down and start putting entries together. I am excited about it and I think it will be a good story filled with action, love, surprises, and yes…some loss as well. And one thing for sure, I will weave into the story a little more of “why” it happened. But, as is my style, it will be more about people and how life affects them mentally and spiritually. Remember, the main character has some spiritual growing to do. How it happens is going to make for some interesting reading. I left poor Tom in pretty rough shape at the end. But hey, you gotta read the new book just to see how Tom gets humbled…and oh does he get humbled.
So there you have it folks…The end of Escape from Tucson…and the beginning of Escape from Home.
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