Please welcome the talented author and my friend, Lisa Nowak, to the blog today and learn about her amazing dystopian serial. I'm loving these books. I know you will too!
Almost a year and a half ago,
while my husband and I were driving to a friend’s house, he told me about a
story he’d read in the Portland Mercury. According to the article, fifty
years from now much of the United States will be devastated by climate change.
The Pacific Northwest will remain relatively unchanged in comparison, which
will result in an influx of climate refugees.
“That sounds like a great set
up for a dystopian YA novel,” I said. Within minutes, I had the basic premise
outlined. The Pacific Northwest, disgruntled over the population boom, secedes
from the United States to form its own country with a closed border. Wealthy
Americans want to buy their way in, so poor people begin disappearing off the
streets. Naturally, I needed a romantic aspect, but I wanted to give it a
twist. I decided my protagonist would be a girl whose family had disappeared,
and the love interest would be the boy whose family had displaced hers.
Over the coming weeks, the
idea grew to include an existing political movement to form a bioregion called
Cascadia, Portland’s major league soccer team and its rowdy band of fans, the
Timbers Army, and a rock star-turned-activist who becomes the first president
of the new nation. My husband, friends, and fellow writers supplied me with
myriad excellent ideas and educated me about the subjects of history, politics,
computer science, medicine, and soccer.
Several writers I know have
been experimenting with serialized stories, and this idea seemed perfect for
that venue. I envision it much like a season of a television series. Each short
episode gives you part of the story, with the entire plot-line playing out over
a nine-book “season.” I currently have the first three episodes published, (you
can buy them individually, or as a box set) and the fourth will be released in
early March. If you aren't sure this is for you, fear not. You can try the
first episode absolutely free at any of the retailers listed below.
What if the Pacific
Northwest seceded from the United States?
The climate change that’s
devastated all but the Northwest corner of the U.S. has been around since
before Piper Hall was born. She doesn’t spend much time thinking about it, the
secession that created Cascadia, or the closed border, erected to keep out
climate refugees. All she wants is to get through high school and earn a medical
degree so she can pull her family out of poverty. Piper’s sure her little
brother’s stories about poor people vanishing are just rumors—until she comes
home to an empty house. Losing her future, her family, and her freedom and
forced into hiding, Piper has to find a way to get to the bottom of the
disappearances. But the only one who can help might be the very boy whose
family has displaced her own.