I started writing sci-fi short stories around 2009, and by 2017 had self-published two novels and an anthology. That had been enjoyable but hadn’t sold very well, so by 2019 I had decided to switch to writing Thrillers. Having reached the mid-point of a first draft for book 2 in my new ‘Lissa Blackwood’ series I decided to take a short break, to recharge and reconnect with my muse.
The rest was superb – I read a lot of books, watched a lot of films and generally relaxed.
And in that relaxation I discovered that my true muse is the experience of living during the closing years of the Cold War. Memories of cruise missile launchers prowling the English countryside, CND protests, posturing by Reagan, and films like Threads, all combined to leave me with a significant fear of nuclear war. That theme came out a little in my first two novels, but I can now see how to really focus on it through my Lissa Blackwood stories.
I’m now working on four projects that will help me to dig deeply into my Cold War memories and emotions:
- A series of circa 35 non-fiction articles about the Cold War,
- 12 short stories set within or around Cold War nuclear bunkers,
- 7 short stories based around the fiction ‘Special Investigations Group’ (SIG) that I created for my series of ‘Lissa Blackwood’ thrillers, and
- The first 3 novels in my ‘Lissa Blackwood’ series.
It feels great to be writing again, and I’m enjoying exploring both the creative fiction and historical exploration of the Cold War era!
image: Titan Missile by Mike McBey on flickr.com – CC BY 2.0 license.