The first Steele story
It is five years since I began writing in earnest and I was pondering where I began and came to the conclusion that rather than some long well-prepared moment I just sat down and started typing. As with my writing today, I spend time 'cooking' an idea before I begin to type. For me the important step was typing that first sentence, then the first chapter and after six months the above story.
In the next couple of months, hopefully before Christmas, I will finish my eighth story seven of which have the same central character.
For readers of this blog you may expect some advice and I won't disappoint - if you have the urge to write then write! I mean write anything and everything don't put limits on yourself. You may have an idea of what you want to write, genre etc and that's good but don't be afraid to experiment. I sold another of my poetry books this week!
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.