Friday, 10 October 2014

Writing - Sub-cultures and Steelian access

As writers can never turn off the writing gene we collect information and sources of inspiration from wherever we are.

I eat in a supermarket cafe on occasions, usually around the same time on a Friday. Breakfast time! One thing that I've noticed is that there is almost a sub-culture that meets and interacts on that day and at that time. Only around half a dozen people make up this little group but they are fascinating.
As a writer pieces of information find their way into my books and those pieces are from real life. The 'cast' consists of a couple of men aged around sixty years, one of them is 63, a couple of younger ladies one who works at the supermarket, there is the grandson of one of these people and another supermarket employee with Down's syndrome. All of the information I have gleaned has been from snippets of conversation heard from a few tables away. It is amazing how much information can be gleaned just from overhearing others talking.
As yet I've not used any of these characters but it just intrigued me as to how relationships develop and the diversity of people involved. When out and about spend time listening to people it could enrich your writing.


 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!

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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

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