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've had a blast telling the story — the writing has 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 run around 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 planning to break it into three volumes, the first of which will be titled American Sulla - A Time of Trial. I recently passed 100,000 words of Volume One now, and, at the rate I'm progressing, I expect to finish it sometime in Spring, 2013.
In the meantime, I've created an ebook of the first 38,000 or so words of American Sulla, 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.
Alternatively, you can buy a copy (in Kindle format) from Amazon.com for a mere $0.99. As the saying goes, every penny helps.
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.
Finally, you can order an advance copy of the completed ebook for $4.99:
Not less than one week before American Sulla - A Time of Trial becomes generally available, you'll receive a DRM-free copy in the format you indicate, delivered hot and fresh to the email address you specify. So you'll not only get to read the book a week before the general public, but you'll also get the ability freely to back up or transfer your copy of the book to other devices - at the same price that Amazon will be charging for a Kindle version that has all kinds of restrictions on those things!
Better act, now, because this offer won't be available after I'm finished writing Volume 1.
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 now live in Chillicothe, Ohio with their lovable mutts Watson and Wally.