White Pickups started out as a piece of flash fiction. I was on my way into work one morning, and at one point was surrounded by white pickup trucks for a minute. “What’s going on with the pickups?” I thought, and the 800-word story nearly wrote itself. I shelved it, figuring I’d put it on my blog sooner or later.
At the time, I was writing a serial called FAR Future, and it occupied much of my writing time. But after 104 installments, it was finished, and I started thinking about what I wanted to do next. I went through my list of ideas, and then looked at the old flash. I’d ended it with Tina stranded in the grocery store parking lot, trying to calm her frantic daughter over the phone. “So what happens next?” I thought.
At times, I’ll get a massive, all-consuming idea. It usually translates into thousands of words over a day or two. I call it a Download from God, because it’s just so overwhelming. I got one of those in answer to my question, enough to write the first five chapters, and I was off to the races. And started blogging the first draft, scene by scene.
To be clear, I was pantsing this novel. Big-time. I only had a vague idea of how it would end, the primary plot line wasn't logical and had to be re-thought, and there was a major sub-plot that I had no idea of how to resolve. The latter required anotherDownload from God, and it caused me much grief. But I kept writing, because the characters would start nagging me if I didn’t. And by “nagging,” I mean “bouncing around the inside of my skull until I let them out.” And there was the desire to give my blog readers a complete story.
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Blurb from goodreads:
At summer’s end, mysterious white pickup trucks take to the roads and compel nearly everyone to “drive off.” Some of those who remain gather in a suburban Atlanta subdivision, and struggle to cope with a world whose infrastructure is rapidly crumbling. One of the few who are mentally and emotionally prepared for the end of the world is Cody Sifko, a youth who quickly becomes the inspiration for the others. When a strange homeless woman names him “Father of Nations,” is she seeing his future or her own delusions? As winter and a hate group try to destroy Laurel Hills, can Cody overcome personal tragedy and seize his destiny?
Love, hate, survival, and an apocalypse like no other--White Pickups is ready to take you on the ride of your life!
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