In late 2011, I started to write an eco-tastrophe story called The Deluge, set in 2053. As part of the process, I developed a "future history" of events from the present day to 2053. One of the most important of those events was the presidency of William Orwell Steele, whose response to a successful act of state-sponsored nuclear terrorism fundamentally changed both the United States and the world. It was while I was working out the nature of those changes that I began to realize that the story of President Steele's personal and political transformation was even more interesting to me than the plot of The Deluge.
In March of 2012, I realized that I simply had to put The Deluge on hold, and switch to writing American Sulla, instead. As a writer, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I had a blast telling the story — the writing flowed easily and naturally, and I very much like the way the story is developing.
It's a big, complex tale, though. At the moment, it looks like it will exceed 400,000 words when complete. That's more than 1,000 pages, so, both for the convenience of the reader, and for intensely practical reasons on my part, I'm structuring it as a trilogy, the first volume of which is May Day — Book One of American Sulla. I published May Day on Amazon.com in Kindle format on October 12, 2013, and in a 7" x 10" trade paperback edition on November 17, 2013.
I'm a big believer in the "try before you buy" marketing model, so, I've created an ebook of the first 38,000 or so words of May Day, entitled American Sulla — A Time of Crisis which I encourage you to download in epub format (the format used by Apple iPads, B&N Nooks, Sony Readers, and most other ereaders and tablets), mobi format (Amazon Kindle format), PDF format, or ASCII text format.
Oh, and if you like what you read, please give copies of American Sulla — A Time of Crisis to any of your friends you think might also be interested in the story.
In the meantime, I'm in the thick of writing War — Book Two of American Sulla, while I work to promote May Day. If you're getting impatient waiting for that, you might enjoy reading Snow Tigra's Character Days interview with William Orwell Steele, the principal protagonist of American Sulla, or A.F.E. Smith's November 7, 2013 interview with me for her Barren Island Books blog, or Scott Lefebvre's much longer conversation with me for his You Are Entitled To My Opinion blog, or perhaps Megan Cyrulewski's interview with me for her Authors Supporting Authors blog, or a conversation betweeen Patricia Drammeh and me on her Authors to Watch blog. In my immodest opinion, they're all pretty entertaining.
About the Author
Thom Stark has been a professional writer since 1995. He is perhaps best known as a columnist for the late, great Boardwatch Magazine. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as Byte Magazine, the Sierra Star newspaper, and Las Vegas Citylife Magazine. He and his wife currently live in Chillicothe, Ohio with their lovable mutts Watson and Wally.