For the second year in a row I’ve decided to participate in the National Novel Writing Month. Basically it is an intense month-long writing marathon that challenges authors to compose a 50,000 word novel in just thirty days throughout the month of November. I fell short of finishing in the month last year with Operation Bald Eagle. It ultimately took two months (which I thought was still respectable). This year I’m determined to actually get it done in one.
The book is tentatively titled Dusk Before Dawn and is a direct sequel to Operation Bald Eagle. “What’s it about?” you ask. Good question!
A presidential election is underway to replace a corrupt government overrun by lobbyists and super PACs. The CIA already brought down a sitting president and members of Congress who colluded with a crazed business mogul intent on starting a war with China during Operation Bald Eagle, yet monied interests continue to have a stranglehold on American democracy. Meanwhile, international events in Europe promise to upend the election in a big way. Agent Ethan Clark and the CIA must confront global conflict while closely monitoring the integrity of the American elections.
It’s definitely a timely topic with just a week to go before the election. If you’re worried that it is loaded with partisan ramblings, though, then you have nothing to fear. This book is meant to draw attention to the rampant corruption of our current political system with its limitless flood of cash from millionaires and billionaires at the expense of average voters. It does not attempt to blame one party or the other. Since it is a work of fiction it uses obvious hyperbole, but it still acts as a warning for the future of our democracy.
You can read Dusk Before Dawn as it is being written by visiting my NaNoWriMo page at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/250909). Check back throughout November for updates on the writing process!
Tentative book cover