Now that No Longer Alone has been launched and sales are clipping along, I’m working on the sequel. I’m thoroughly enjoying writing this next story!
America enters The Great War. It was later known as WWI after it proved not to be The War to End All Wars. In this second novel of the series set in north-central Oklahoma, Prentis and Avery encounter all sorts of personal heartaches, challenges, tragedies, and conundrums. Everything changes even more when war disrupts the lives of the peaceful citizens of Wakita.
It’s fascinating to write about this time of upheaval when mind-our-own-business, isolationistic, mostly landlocked Americans were called upon to leave home, travel by ship to a faraway land, stumble off the boat seasick, steady themselves once again, and save the world. The preparation and transportation of three million young men and support staff to the other side of the world where they would fight and perhaps die caused monumental changes in every small town and large city in America. Add a deadly flu pandemic that claimed millions of lives – mostly young adults – as the war wrapped up, and you’ve got a time not unlike our own.
Uncertainty. Wars and rumors of wars. Crumbling social structures. Mysterious and embedded opponents. Catastrophic disasters. New diseases.
Without a doubt, the century of the 1900s changed the world. It was filled with one war after another. We went from being carefree Americans trying to mind our own business to becoming the “saviors” of Europe, not once, but twice. We transitioned from horses and buggies to speeding cars, super highways, and central air conditioning. We progressed past rudimentary health care and on to modern medicine coupled with mismanagement and a healthcare crisis. Strapping, patriotic, young farm boys manned up to go save the world, and now we deal with anarchists, the Alt-Right, and Antifa, all wearing masks.
How did we get where we are? Where is God in all this? What happens next?
I love fiction, because it can show the moral, political, familial, and personal upheaval of a difficult time in history, not from the dry pages of a textbook, but through the emotions of the characters of a novel as they experience these changes firsthand. This is why Jesus used parables to illustrate moral truth. Stories involve our emotions. The experiences of the citizens of one hundred years ago still impact us strongly, helping us to apply the lessons of the past through our personalization of those faraway events and feelings.
I look forward to bringing you this sequel and all the lessons our forebears learned as they waded into the carnage of war on the European continent, facing some of the biggest challenges of their lives. Until then, if you haven’t read No Longer Alone or my other stories, simply click below and take a look.