PFD Story Title: Where You Hang Your Hat
PFD Chapter: Sixteen
Main Character: Luke, a teen on his own protecting his family’s farm despite the fact that his family never made it home from the hospital.
“Things are different now, Luke. The world is different. You’ve heard the reports. Most of the population is gone and that means those who are left just want to survive at any cost. It means the rules have changed. Priorities have changed. It means you have to change.”
How does Prep For Doom compare to other things you’ve written?
It’s quite different. I’ve mostly written sci-fi and fantasy stories. My two novels are fantasy. I love post-apocalyptic fiction so this idea struck all the right notes for me.
What is your favorite thing about this project?
The whole idea of writing individual stories with the same theme—a terrible pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population—just blew me away. When I had the opportunity to read all the stories and give feedback. Reading how each author’s characters dealt with such a catastrophe, overwhelmed me a little. I admit I was brought to tears more than once. All the stories wove together so well, almost as if it was a novel written by one person.
What was it like working with the other authors to create such an integrated anthology?
I have never met a more caring, supportive group of people. I don’t know any of them in real life, but they’ve still become dear friends. I loved having an opportunity like this, to brainstorm, encourage, push, support, and most of all laugh with such a wonderful group. We laugh a lot.
What do you think would be the scariest kind of apocalypse?
Definitely it would be something like the scenario put forth in Prep For Doom. The whole idea of a disease ravaging a population is pretty scary to me. A close second would be nuclear destruction. Radioactive fallout is hard to survive through.
Has being a part of Prep For Doom changed your outlook on disaster preparation and/or apocalyptic scenarios?
It has. My family has always embraced a preparedness outlook. Y2K really opened our eyes and we did a lot of prep for that, which turned out to be all for nothing. But the good that came from that was the realization that disaster can come at any time, in many forms, and it’s always good to have a preparedness plan because you never know when you’re going to need it.