Fact AND Fiction
Some books are fact–they literally happened. Some books are fiction–where the words and the characters and the story idea all come from a writer’s mind. But what happens when a book is fact AND fiction?
That’s exactly the situation I found myself in when I wrote my newest release in my Allison Quinn Thriller series. This book is definitely fiction. But it’s also fact.
See the picture to the left? Yes. It’s true. I went on a Girls Trip (as our t-shirts so proudly proclaim). I hadn’t been on a cruise in many years, and I thought it would be fun. (It was.)
My second thought though–after purchasing my ticket–was, “Ooh, what if there were a terrorist on this boat?” And that’s how Against All Enemies was born!
It really was fun to meet the crew, ask questions, tour the ship, sail across the Gulf, visit remote places, imagine the unimaginable.
So how much of the details in this thriller are true? Well, I certainly incorporated all the gals you see above, as well as my choir director/friend who made for a wonderful piano man (Sorry, Jeremy–but you asked for it).
I would say this. The heart of the story is true. The beauty of the ocean. The amazing sights and sounds and taste of Cozumel. The fun scenes on the ship.
The disaster and the terrorist and the danger and the storm … those were all my imagination. Yes, my imagination can sometimes be a strange place.
It was interesting to picture what would happen with such a high tech mode of vacationing when the technology is gone. Does anyone know how to sail the boat? Would the captain plot our course via the stars? Would anyone realize that we were out there, adrift, in need of help? How would you tell them?
See? Sounds like fun. Right? It is fun. The reviews have been fantastic. And yes, I’ve received several emails that start with, “I’ll never cruise again.” I always reply with, “Cruising seems perfectly safe to me.” Just have a back-up plan for if your cell phones go out.
So, what is your favorite kind of vacation? Or staycation? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll draw three winners for a $10 Amazon gift card.