Saturday, 15 August 2015

Book 2: Wasteland - Out in Audiobook

Hi, I hope you're enjoying/have enjoyed/looking forward to enjoying Book 7.

Book 2 Wasteland is now available as an audiobook, narrated by Tim Bruce and Ruth Urqhart (for the entries in the journal written by Kim)

Audible UK

(Itunes is currently the cheapest, at least if you're shopping from the UK, but the titles should be whispersynced on Amazon in the next couple of days. This means if you can download the audible app (so, if you have a smart phone) and you've bought the ebook from Amazon, you can buy the audiobook for £2 - £4.)

Book 3 is being recorded at the moment, so should be out early September.

I'll be getting some free codes (next week) for listeners who are prepared to leave a review on audible. If you'd like a free copy of the audiobook (or of Book 1, or Book 0.5) please subscribe to the newsletter (the box in the top corner), I'll send out the details when the codes come through.

And in other news: I'm currently trying to create an economic system for post-apocalyptic England. This is for The World Turns, a political thriller series set twenty years after the neutron bombs fell (and hopefully the next series to be published, though it's proving a tad more complicated than I thought.)

The idea of this series is to answer the question "What happens next" that I always have in post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction when the heroes reach sanctuary or when they overthrow the despot. In the early years it's work or die, but what happens after year five or ten?

How do you move from hand-to-mouth subsistence and rationing back to a society of coffee shops and market stalls, not to mention TV, radio, cinema and the internet? How, in fact, do you create a functioning economy. Answering this question is why the first book is (probably going to be) called Counterfeit.

Since gold, diamonds etc can be found in any of the millions of abandoned homes across the country, you can't use those as currency as this would create a wealthy scavenger class who aren't making anything new. Instead you have to create a paper economy, and that means paper mills, and printing presses, and that means ink and that means a chemical works, and that means a power station, a coal mine, and... and so much else.

All of this is background to the plot which is a conspiracy/thriller storyline, but if my characters are sitting in a cafe sipping tea* watching the Mint, then I need to know a) how much should the tea cost,  and b) what kind of tip should they leave.

*obviously not real tea. Where would you get it from? Who is going to pick it? Who would have the money to pay the sailors to ship it back? This is a powdered substitute that tastes almost, but not completely, unlike tea.