My newest novel, Scorched Earth, takes a look at what it might be like to live in extreme drought conditions. What would day-to-day life be like? The economy? I envisioned the criminalization of water waste, massive unchecked wildfires large enough to engulf the Nebraska panhandle, and more. My characters, Jake and Lexi and their baby daughter Ava, are forced to flee their home–fast–when a huge fire takes aim at their town. They think life will be better in California, and take off through Nevada with a hasty plan. Let’s just say things don’t go as planned for them…
I started writing this novel back in early 2017, wrapped it up and sent it to my publisher about a year ago. When I started on the book, big fires were certainly in the news–but nothing like the mega-fires we’re seeing in so many places, and especially in California right now.
I really thought I was writing something a bit over the top, a dystopian near-future novel. Fiction. It frightens and saddens me that it isn’t so fictional after all. My heart goes out to all the people affected and all the firefighters putting their lives on the line.