I’m a fan of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. Which is a struggle, since I find apocalyptic difficult to type. Books like The Stand and On the Beach, to name a few, have always fascinated me. The intriguing thing about the genre is that the odds of a happy ending are pretty much 50/50. And when there is a happy ending, there’s an asterisk attached. The hero survives!*
* But everyone else in the world has been eaten by zombies…bummer.
Like most new authors, my choice of genre has been a bit eclectic. I started with supernatural suspense. Then a certain group of ladies convinced me to write a romantic suspense (which I rather enjoyed, to be honest). Then I went for the straight mystery. That’s my latest, Murder on the Side, which I’m currently editing for submission.
But we always come back to our roots, don’t we? I read all sorts of genres as well, but the books and movies I gravitate toward the most are of the apocalyptic nature. And why not? Yeah, it’s all tragic, but what other genre allows the common Americanus Shopsalotus to start all over with a whole new world? Dude, let’s start a country!
Yes, millions are dead. But, you know, stuff happens.
My problem with the genre is that it doesn’t lend well to my Christian side. See, I know that the real apocalypse is coming. Maybe next week. Maybe in a thousand years. But no matter what we go through right now, it’s probably just the warm up for the Big Show. But I still believe there’s a big shake up coming. Especially for America. It’s always the fattest and happiest that fall the farthest.
So I decided to call my next novel a work of Pre-Apocalyptic Fiction. Without giving away too much, the way I see this thing going down is that America will revert to its pre-Constitutional roots. Every state and community for itself. Some will be nasty. Some will do well. Eventually, leaders will emerge. Much like the leaders who emerged in 1787, when the infant nation was breath from total collapse and takeover by at least three other nations.
What will America be like after all of us have lost faith in our government, the dollar, and our allies? Personally, I think we’ll see hundreds of millions of people return to the faith that made them great to begin with. America, or what was America, will prepare her people for the final coming of our Lord. It will be a long, hard road, much like it was in the 18th century, one wrought with every sort of danger and evil. But it’s a road worth traveling. And one definitely worth writing about.
I hope you’ll join me on my journey.
What about you? What do you think will happen to America in the next fifty or one-hundred years?