How I Created a Realistic, Compelling Dystopian Society and Won Awards for It!
2) I created an oppressive institution, government power, or regime. All dystopian society's have a conflict in the vein of the individual vs. the institution or the smaller, forward-thinking group vs. the oppressive larger one. This is a non-negotiable element!
The dystopian genre is the bees knees these days. Everyone is trying to write great dystopias. As the market become inundated, is there any hope of realizing your dreams of writing a great dystopian story and standing out among the competition? Of course there is!
Here's what I did:
1) I based my fictional society on problems that exist in our own culture. The secret with dystopians is to take a prevalent problem in our society and ask what society would look like if that problem were allowed, legal, extreme, and/or even enforced. Of course, that's just your jumping off point.
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3) I drew the logical conclusions that anyone might about what would happen in this society. I can't tell you how often I've been told by fans that they can see my story "really happening," it's not that far-fetched, etc. This grounded them in the story and made it compelling for them.
4) I threw in some loving, compelling characters, some impossible romance, and some hi-action adventure. My manuscript won awards in the prestigious League of Utah Writers National Annual contest. As a published novel, it won the Silver Quill, which is second place in published novels for the year.
Obviously this method agrees with me.
Why should YOU read the Interchron series?
"[Persistence of Vision] will immediately pull you in, grab you tightly and never let go...it becomes very difficult to step away from the story." --Jean of Jean Book Nerd
"This book was seriously fantastic! It was full of...science, time travel, magical powers, lies, mystery, and a little bit of romance...the perfect mix! I didn't want to put it down. "-- Downright Dystopian
"This was such an explosive book. Really, I'm not joking here..." --Girl in the Woods Reviews
"I don't know how I am going to survive until the next one is released. I can't believe how much I want to rave about this novel...I just couldn't click away from the screen..."--The Cosy Dragon
"If you're in the market for a great Sci-Fi novel, pick this one up. If you're in the market for a great book PERIOD, pick up this book!"--Bound by Words
Quantum Entanglement, Book 2 of Interchron.
Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry.
When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.
Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.
The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.
Use the links below to continue on the adventure with Maggie and entire Interchron team!
Persistence of Vision, Book 1 of Interchron
In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...
Click the links below to join Maggie, Marcus and the whole Interchron team. It's a world that will stick with you for a long, long time.
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