RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

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Today, RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

Take it away, PJ…

I saw a funny cartoon on Facebook a while back. It said something like, “I’m an apocaloptomist; I know the world is doomed, but I believe everything will be okay anyway.” At the time, I remember laughing and thinking, that’s me! With all the hype about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of an age come this December, the pivotal political race looming, and the global economy circling the drain, not to mention Mother nature’s wrath wreaking havoc (hello Super-storm Sandy!), everyone is a bit…well…nervous might be an understatement. People have plenty of reasons to be on edge.

But here’s my take—there isn’t a darn thing we can do to stop any of it. Sure, we can vote for the leader least likely to hurry the process of inevitable collapse, but let’s face it, every culture has its day in the sun, rises and falls, and then disappears. Worrying yourself sick about it serves no purpose but to increase the climate of fear and ruin a perfectly good rest of your life. Many years ago, I learned a valuable lesson in synonyms from scripture. The definition of fear is, believing what you cannot see will come to pass. The definition of faith is, believing what you cannot see will come to pass. Ironic, huh? You can either live in fear or live in faith. I choose to live in faith.

When I wrote WANING MOON, Book One in The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a dystopian trilogy, I did a lot of research about what kinds of technology might survive a post-apocalyptic future, how people might adapt to a threatening environment, and what the world—at least our little part of it here in the US—would look like. I watched a ton of episodes of Doomsday Preppers, National Geographic specials on climate change and polar shifts, and Discovery channel episodes about high tech medical advances and space travel. My husband, having worked for thirty years as a space suit engineer and shuttle technician gave me invaluable insights into technology and where it could lead us.

The truth is our doom could come from any direction. To survive we need to adapt, improvise and overcome—a military credo that my characters live by. In my story, I chose a viral plague that wipes out three quarters of the population and a polar shift that threatens the rest of humanity with extinction. I know—cheery thought, right? I figured Mother Nature strives to find balance, and the biggest threat to her survival is overpopulation. With seven billion people doing their darndest to greedily suck the life out of her, the earth is bound to fight back. What better equalizer than a virulent strain of a microscopic bug that kicks our collective butts to kingdom come. Oh, the irony! We think we’re so tough. But really that’s all it would take for our world to be tipped upside down. A bug!

Irony being one of my favorite nemesis (nemesis’s? nemeses?), I thought the plague a fitting end, since it wouldn’t discriminate against the poor, the rich, and everyone in between. With rampant terrorism and today’s global travel, a world-wide pandemic is not much of a stretch. For good measure, I added a slight polar shift (something that is already happening), that would force a level playing field for survivors. Money can’t buy you out of an earthquake, tsunami, or tornado. Of course, our scientists would step up to the challenge and eventually find a cure for the virus and a way to create barriers against the solar radiation that would slowly kill us all with cancer. They could conceivably figure out a way to make fetuses in the womb immune, but at what cost—‘cause you know there is always a cost to messing with nature.

In sixteen year-old Lily Carmichael’s case, she is born with the ability to heal very quickly and also to heal others. Now as far-fetched as that may sound, I am a healer, and I believe that with a slight boost to my energetic field, I could do exactly what Lily does. If you think me a tad frou-frou, you’ve never had work done by a really good energy worker. My day job as a Massage Therapist keeps me very busy. If you doubt my superpowers, just ask my clientsJ

Imagine Lily’s conflict, though, when her healing abilities don’t work on her beloved uncle who is dying of cancer and she must travel to the trading city of Albany to find a cure for Sam. To challenge Lily further, our young and beleaguered heroine has to keep her gift hidden from the Industry, a rogue government agency set on capturing these genetically enhanced teens. To complicate matters, her thirteen-year-old brother has an opposing ability that is even more valuable to the Industry. He can take life with just a touch. Add some teenage hormones and a murdered Industry agent and you’ve got a real dilemma for both Lily and her brother Zephron whom she has vowed to protect.

When seventeen-year-old drifter Will Callahan shows up and Lily rescues and heals him, her secret is bound to get out. As if Lily doesn’t have enough drama, she is forced to deal with her growing attraction to Will who has his own secrets that could lead them both into harm’s way. I added a couple of loveable wolves, some interesting secondary characters, and a ticking clock for humanity, and I must say the apocalypse is looking mighty interesting. But I say FEAR NOT…oohhh, the author goddess speaks…perhaps it will take someone just like Lily to save the world. As long as there is faith, hope, and love, we have a chance!

I had so much fun writing Zeph’s character, I had to give him his own voice by writing a short story prequel in his point of view, called SOUL REDEMPTION, which is part of the WG2E All for Indies Anthologies Spooky Edition. You don’t have to read the prequel to enjoy the trilogy, but it definitely gives a deeper appreciation for what Lily faces, and why the story unfolds as it does. It also gives you a peek into the conflicted and creepy mind of a would-be killer—the perfect addition to a spooky anthology.

In honor of All Hallows Eve and Super-storm Sandy, I’ll be gifting copies of the Anthology along with e-copies of WANING MOON today. I want to make sure you all have plenty of reading material to ride out the storm! I’ll be working on Book Two, WESTERN DESERT, set for release next summer…assuming there is a next summer. Keep the faith people!

Waning Moon Links ($3.99):

Amazon

B&N Nook

Smashwords

Print copies through Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/3994643

Smashwords coupon code: HA75P

WG2E Spooky Shorts Anthology Links (99 Cents):

Amazon

B & N Nook 

Kobo

Smashwords

SOUL REDEMPTION on Wattpad 

About PJ:

PJ Sharon is author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including Molly finalist, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, FAB Five finalist, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, a finalist in both the Sheila and the Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One, is now available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Writing romantic fiction for the past seven years and following her destiny to write Extraordinary Stories of an Average Teenage Life, PJ is a member of  RWA, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

Connect with PJ:

E-Mail: pjsharon64@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pjsharon.com

Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/pjsharon64

Follow PJ on Twitter: @pjsharon

“Like” PJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pjsharonbooks

Find PJ on Amazon’s Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/author/pjsharon

Follow PJ’s Promotional blog @ http://pjsharonyawriter.blogspot.com

Follow PJ’s Tuesday Scribes blog @ http://secretsof7scribes.wordpress.com

Good reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5238865.P_J_Sharon

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pjsharon/

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As PJ said, Y’All, stay safe while you’re riding out Frankenstorm! And thanks sooo very much, PJ, for treating all of us in the meantime. U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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15 thoughts on “RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

  1. Great post, PJ.

    So, am I afraid of the future?

    Well, you mentioned Super-storm Sandy. Storms like that DO scare the heck out of me. I remember Hurricane Juan. It was September of 2003. I was coming home from WORD ON THE STREET – a local outdoor book festival. The air was dead calm and the sky turned a very peculiar shade – almost auburn. Somebody mentioned that a hurricane was due to hit that night.

    “A hurricane?” I said. “Do we get those?”

    Old Juan, he hit Halifax like a big old bowling ball thrown into a row of frozen crystal bowling pins.

    The city was paralyzed. Trees down, power lines down, houses broken in. I learned to barbecue frozen dinners on my barbecue – (thank you old broken down deep freeze that always kept things way beyond glacial) – and I made bannock on my fireplace. Was out of power for nearly two weeks.

    Now, nine years later, Halifax has a hurricane season. We’ve come to expect these weather events like visits from unwanted in-laws. Floods, uber-storms, wind storms – I expect to see a volcano any day now – and Tommy Lee Jones is no where in sight.

    So changing weather scares the heck out of me. Not to mention politicians who sit and shrug and say “Nope, nothing wrong here.”

    But – there’s something that scares me even a little bit more than hurricanes and windbag politicians.

    Cell phones scare the heck out of me.

    Let me tell you why…
    (to be continued…November 5th)

    • Hi Steve, cell phones, huh? Electronics and technology terrify me. I mean how far have we come from humanity when we only communicate through a text or an e-mail. I have friends and family I haven’t actually seen or spoken to in months because we only “see” each other digitally. It’s a bit crazy and more than a little creepy. As for intensifying storms, they are going to become the norm whether we are ready or not. If folks aren’t prepared, now is the time. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I really like your post! I didn’t realize fear and faith had the same definition! I’m with you I would rather have faith! As far as politicans, hurricanes( Sandy is here now), end of the world, or anything else that could happen in a days time, it is what it is! I have no control that Sandy is here in NC right now so we are just hoping and praying for the best! I have always been told is it easier to worry than have faith, because when you have faith you give up your control! I already bought the anthology and I can’t wait to read it! Waning Moon sounds excellent and I would love a copy for my nook please! Enjoy your Monday and if you are in hurricane Sandy or some of the ones that is supposed to get the worst of the storm, I’ll be thinking about you!

  3. I enjoyed reading your post! I’m with you, I would rather have faith than fear. For now I don’t think about the future, i just try to take and live day by day since you never know what will happen. I have a copy of the anthology already. I would love a copy of Waning Moon for Amazon Kindle. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  4. You really made me think this morning!
    Our dinner conversation last evening covered so many of these topics.
    My motto is be prepared and do your part to make the world a better place.
    I would love to read Wanning Moon on my Kindle.
    Thank you so much.

    • Absolutely, Barbara. I’m convinced that the real threat to all of us is the desperate measures that people go to when they are in survival mode. We’ve all seen what happens when we come together and help each other rather than only thinking of ourselves. My hope is that our compassion and humanity is what will ultimately save us.

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