Interview With the Author:
- My motivation for writing the book came from the fans. When Mike Kosinski was unable to keep the weekly story going on his site, TinHatRanch.com I was already hooked and asked if I could pick it up. As things kept going, the fans encouraged me to put it into a book and I listened!
- My favorite character is actually toward the end of the book. His name is Swabbie and is based on an old salty fisherman I grew up with here in Southeast Alaska. Swore like a sailor, drank like a fish, but gentle and incredibly kind to ladies and children. A real softy once you got through the encrusted salt.
- This series will be a trilogy! We are already half way through the sequel in our weekly story on the site HomesteadDreamer.com and I am not even close to being finished with Jimmy, Amie, and Captain's stories. I expect the sequel to be published around August or September 2015 and the last book out around the same time next year, maybe sooner. For those who don't know, the original book and now the sequel are written as a weekly story where the readers vote on what happens next. Then, their vote is woven into the story and another episode is written, and so on. People are getting very involved and I LOVE that interactive aspect of the project.
- Mike Kosinski started the weekly story and so it was his choice for location and the disaster events (computer virus, nuclear weapons, EMP bursts). I have never been to Indiana or Michigan, I just picked up the thread and ran with it. I admit that I know considerably more about Michigan now than I ever have before! I would say that living in Alaska does give me an advantage in writing this story, even though it is not based in Alaska. We live more rurally here and tend to do things using less modern conveniences (mostly because they are just too expensive) so when the population finds itself thrust back into the 'dark ages,' a lot of those skills will be needed. Most city people don't know the difference between a heat fire meant to last all night long and a cooking fire. That kind of knowledge comes in handy!
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