July 2016: The East Texas Writers Guild named THE MOTHER SIEGE as Second Place Winner in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of Works in Progress for the guild’s annual First Chapter Contest.
(The East Texas Writers Guild also named ROAD TO ZANZICA as First Place Winner in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of Published Books for the guild’s annual First Chapter Contest.)
Click here to read the completed book for free on Wattpad. And you may also read for free on Amazon Studios the feature film screenplay adapted from the story.
I had a dream of this story. What was unusual is that I do not remember ever dreaming such a vivid story — one that remained with me the following morning.
I shook it off because the fiction I write is not in this dystopia* genre, although I have read some of these genre novels. (Think DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth.)
Then I dreamed the story the next night again. And the book title popped into my head.
I decided that I had to write this story, and I began.
But — and many other writers will understand this — writing this story got pushed to the bottom of the pile behind other writing and marketing book projects.
Then I was reminded of Wattpad, on which I already had an account. I decided that if I wrote one chapter a week and published it on Wattpad, eventually I would have a completed novel.
And this is what I did.
P.S. THE UPHEAVAL — the prequel to THE MOTHER SIEGE — is now also on Wattpad. See http://budurl.com/Upheaval
*Definition of dystopia from Wikipedia:
A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Such societies appear in many works of fiction, particularly in stories set in a speculative future.
Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues.
Dystopian societies have culminated in a broad series of sub-genres of fiction and are often used to raise real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future.
For this reason, dystopias have taken the form of a multitude of speculations, such as pollution, poverty, societal collapse, political repression, or totalitarianism.