Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic
Date Published: April 22, 2015
WWIV - The Shorts Book 1
Seven short stories from around the world - just before and just after the darkness arrives. From LA to North Korea, an eastern nuclear plant to the Black Hills of South Dakota, Madison, WI to Moscow, and The Netherlands to the White House (bonus chapter).
Each story depicts the same event from different and particular points of view. Each group of people completely unprepared as the next.
Whatever happened, happened. And the reality of the new world they each must exist within is sobering.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Yes I do. I have enjoyed some decent success thus far, and I feel I’m just a book or two away from writing something fairly big. I wish I had a crystal ball and could share that optimism with others, but as we have all learned – there is no magic pill in the writing game.
I am just finishing my tenth manuscript. Currently, I have three published novels and another two nearly ready for publishing. Somewhere I read that when you have ten published novels, things begin to change for you – for the better. So let’s see how that works out.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
For me, it’s always the start. I like to be sure I have my characters and locations well flushed out. Thus, I spend a lot of time up front working on the details.
Typically, by the time I begin the writing process, I have most of the novel acted out in my head. All the way down to realizing what the major scenes look like, and how the dialog will flow. Of course, there are always surprises that pop up, especially from your characters, in the middle of writing.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My biggest non-family helper thus far has been my editor, Rob Bignell. He has taken the time to not only do thorough, cost-effective edits, but has also taken more time to help me learn the business. And his help has been invaluable.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I have six of the seven books in my WWIV series already written. Three are out and three are in the review, and rewrite process.
I am also 60,000+ words into my tenth book, a classic dystopian tale set in the near future in the United States.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I read a lot. At least a book a week. Currently I am reading The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell, and, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Though I don’t always read two at once, it seems to be my new normal this year.
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A world-changing event is upon us, and no one is immune to its reaches. 7 stories from before and after. Read as the Darkness Descends.
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3?
Neither. I listen to music on YouTube, on my MacBook.
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Nice thin crispy fries.
#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy, for sure.
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
If I have to choose, I’ll go with Nicholas Sparks.
#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Fantasy – see Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
#7 – Call or Text?
Calls, when I can.
#8 – Public School or Home School?
Public Schools did me just fine.
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Coffee, each and every day.
#10 – eBook or Paperback?
There’s just something about the feel of a brand new paperback.
I write dystopian. It's dark, yet fun to play with.
WWIV – Darkness Descends is my first novella, and the third book in the WWIV series.
I am an author and my pen name is e a lake. The ‘e’ and the ‘a’ mean nothing. So please just call me lake.
Not everything in dystopian writing has to be dark and dreary. I try to create post-apocalyptic situations that will challenge the reader to really believe that the events in my novels could happen.
The best part of my genre? Who needs antagonists when the landscape surrounding my protagonist is so bad. You just have to love this stuff.
My favorites are the usual list of suspects. Orwell, Bradbury, Stephen King, Vince Flynn, and James Patterson.
I'm not all that scary. Father to three, grandfather to three, and married for 30+ years (yes, to the same woman). Just a regular guy.
Be sure to check out my website: http://www.ealake.com
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