Real Alternative History

I recently completed two books that I think would make a great basis for an alternative history story.

Never Wars: The US War Plans to Invade the World by Blaine L. Pardoe, 2014 (ISBN: 978-1-78155-293-3) and War Plan Red: The United States Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada’s Secret Plan to Invade the United States by Kevin Lippert, 2015 (ISBN:978-1-61689-352-1).

Alternative history is popular now. Witness the Amazon hit series, The Man in the High Castle, adapted from the 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick. The Man in the High Castle takes place in an early 1960s America that lost the World War II to Germany and Japan. Eastern America is now controlled by Germany, Western US is controlled by Japan and the central US is a kind of neutral zone; a great story.

One of the best American Civil War alternative history authors is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He has several alternative history novels out. I highly recommend them.

Never Wars is the more serious and detailed of the two books, outlining detailed military/political plans constructed by 20th century American leaders to invade and/or repel attack from numerous potential adversaries, including England, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, China, Australia and Germany. The plans all had color codes, e.g., the United Kingdom was Plan Red, Japan was Plan Orange and Germany Plan Black. There was also a Plan White that dealt with the US military response to a domestic uprising or riot situation.

War Plan Black assumes a defeat of the American naval fleet and a successful German invasion of the American homeland that must be repelled. Fascinating!

The most famous of these plans is War Plan Orange (also a book by that name by Edward Miller). War Plan Orange did actually form the outline of the plans eventually adopted in the war against Japan in World War II. The creation of these types of detailed military plans began at the turn of the 19th to 20th century when the US was beginning to become a global military power. They were continually reviewed and updated over the years. The old Plan Tan (Cuba) that was originally developed after the Spanish-American War were dusted off and reviewed in detail during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Many of the old plans were ordered destroyed in the 1940s, when it was felt that having war plans against current allies might prove embarrassing. But as with most bureaucracies, many times rules are not followed and full or partial copies of some of the plans have survived.

While some of the old US War Plans have been forever lost to history, given the dangerous world we live in today, no doubt modernized War Plans that may be even more horrifying exist today.

War Plan Red focuses only on the US plans to invade Canada and the reverse plan of Canada to invade the US (known as Defence Scheme One).

While the plans were very real, War Plan Red is written a bit more tongue-in-cheek, but still an interesting tale. It turns out that the United States has looked at Canada with lust in her heart since the beginning of our country and there have been several clumsy attempts to lure our northern neighbor across the fence.

Both books are interesting reads. Never Wars is a more serious read and as a writer I can see numerous alternative history stories in its pages.

 Bill Powers              http://authorbillpowers.com

 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

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The Book Guys Podcast w/ Bill Powers

Checkout my podcast interview on The Book Guys – Episode 133 – Meet The Authors

 

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This is the first of our soon to be monthly “Meet The Authors” specials where we chat with a great selection of interesting authors about themselves and their latest books!

This week we feature:

01:09 Bill Powers – Author of The Torch Is Passed (Fiction)

11:00 Benoit Chartier – Author of Red Nexus (Sci-Fi)

15:46 Daniel Lorti – Author of The Avignon Legacy (Historical Fiction)

22:30 Scott Sawyer – Creator / Author of NORTH (Comic Book)

33:27 Orlando Bru – First Time Author of Artificial Fear (Sci-Fi)

 

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The Pharm House – Giveaways

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Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook $0.99

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Torch is Passed – BLOG TOUR!

THE TORCH IS PASSED: A HARDING FAMILY STORY – BLOG TOUR!

 

My publicists, Rachel & Michela have lined up an incredible weeklong Blog Tour for The Torch is Passed           July 11 – July 18th 2016         Come Check It Out!

 

  1. Monday July 11, 2016 Lori’s Reading Corner with Lori Gondelman http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/              Guest Post + Special Giveaway!

 

  1. Tuesday July 12, 2016 Big Reader’s Site with Virginia Winfield https://bigreadersite.wordpress.com/            Review!

 

  1. Wednesday July 13, 2016 Addicted to Reviews with Angel Rackard https://addictedtoreviews.wordpress.com/ Excerpt & Author Interview!

 

  1. Thursday July 14, 2016 Go Book Yourself with Amanda Horan http://www.gobookyourself.info/                    Guest Post!

 

  1. Friday July 15, 2016 Author Jeff Wells with Jeff Wells http://authorjaywhales.wix.com/mid-western-stories                         Review & Guest Post!

 

  1. Friday July 15, 2016 Zee Mondee Blog with Zee Mondee http://www.zeemonodee.com/p/welcome.html           Review!

 

  1. Saturday July 16, 2016 Postcard Reviews with Tracy Shepard https://tracyshephard.wordpress.com/                      Review!

 

  1. Sunday July 17, 2016 Girl Who Reads with Susan Roberts http://www.girl-who-reads.com/                                 Q&A!

 

  1. Monday July 18, 2016 Cupcakes and Books with Heather Stanley http://cupcakesbooks.blogspot.com/                                     Excerpt & Synopsis!

 

MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY ONE OR MORE OF THE BLOGS DURING MY TOUR – AND ENJOY!

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About Bill:

Bill Powers worked in pharmaceutical Research & Development (Johnson & Johnson) for 26 years, rising to the position of Vice President of Global Preclinical Development. Bill has a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

 

Bill’s love of words and books started in childhood, stimulated by parents who were both teachers. A voracious reader, he enjoys both fiction and biographies. Now that he has moved away from his industrial career, he plans to aggressively pursue his passion of being a fictional author. Bill’s first novel, The Pharm House: A Harding Family Story, was named a Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. Bill’s second novel, The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story, was named Best Book in the Category of Thriller of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Winter 2016

 

Connect with Bill Powers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads and at www.authorbillpowers.com

 

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Who Do I Write For?

Authors are often asked this question, as I was at an author’s panel I participated in not long ago. When I write, do I have a particular audience in mind or do I write for myself? Each author is different. Here is my perspective.

In my case, the short answer is both – I write for myself and for a particular audience. In general, women in the U.S. read far more fiction than do men. In the mystery/thriller genre, women readers still outnumber men with about 60% of thriller readers being women. Do I write specifically to target women readers? Again, yes and no; I am certainly conscious of the fact that most of my readers will be women, but I don’t think I am directly crafting my story for women.

In my case, I admit that I first, write for myself and here is my reason. The main reason is that I’m too old to waste my time trying to satisfy others. But primarily, I am a huge fan of the mainstream mystery/thriller genre. Give me a Steve Berry or Preston & Child or a David Baldacci or Harlan Coben novel and I’m a happier than a pig in mud! I’m not saying that I’m in their league – yet, but I honestly feel that if I can write a good mystery/thriller, it will be a good fit in that genre and attractive to the readers and lovers of that genre – both women and men.

I also feel very comfortable writing stories with strong women characters that will appeal to women and men as well.

With regard to race, as a black author, I am sometimes asked if I consider myself a writer of black or urban fiction and my answer is a resounding no. I have nothing against black or urban fiction; it’s just not what I do. I consider myself an author who happens to be black. I want to write good great contemporary mystery/thrillers that appeal to everyone who loves that genre. My readers skin color and gender, to me, are irrelevant. That is one of the wonderful things about being a fiction author – there is something out there for everyone.

The reviews for my second novel, The Torch is Passed, are coming in and are better in some ways than the reviews for my first book, The Pharm House. A review that I received recently summed up exactly what I am going for.

“This book challenged my preconceptions of the characters you expect to find in the social and business class that the Hardings move in, especially for the South. I had not known Andrea Harding was a person of color until the story was well underway and this added a layer of complexity that deepens the plot. I said challenged my preconceptions because I had to recognize that the surprise I felt was totally my own, and forced to me to reconsider my assumptions.”

That review made my day.

So, to answer the question, whom do I write for? I write for lovers of modern mystery/thrillers. As an author, if that’s not your cup of tea, I take no offense if you choose not to read my books. But if that genre is in your “wheelhouse”, then check out my books.

 

Bill Powers              http://authorbillpowers.com

 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

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Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook $0.99

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THE TORCH IS PASSED GIVEAWAYS!!!

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“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

Now available in both print and ebook:

http://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Torch-Is-Passed

 

Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook $0.99

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The Pharm House vs The Torch is Passed

The Harding Family Story – The difference between The Pharm House and The Torch is Passed and What’s Next…

 

Getting The Pharm House, my first suspense/thriller novel, published was a long and arduous road, paved with numerous rejection letters and a less than pleasant relationship with a publisher. But I was determined to tell the story of the Harding’s. I set The Pharm House in the world of the international pharmaceutical industry, because that was my world then. I knew it. In other words, I didn’t have to do much research and since I wrote the story while working, did not have time to do new research. For a first novel, I thought it went well. And it was recognized as a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist.

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The birth of the second novel, The Torch is Passed, was much less painful. I took the route of independent publishing, which means I have to do or subcontract everything myself. Editing, cover design, text layout for both print and ebooks, distribution, marketing, etc. I have to learn them all.

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I enjoyed setting the first book in the pharmaceutical industry, but did not want to make the series of stories about the Harding’s related to the medical/pharmaceutical world. I’m a traditional suspense/thriller lover and that’s where I wanted to take my second book.

In The Pharm House, Nicholas Harding had to protect his family against some dark forces at Marshall Pharmaceutical. In The Torch is Passed, the roles are reversed. Nicholas is not in a position to protect his family against forces unknown and his daughter; Andrea, now a young woman, has to step up to become the family protector. This time, I did have to do research to create a new world for the Harding’s.

In The Torch is Passed, Andrea meets up with some really bad people who want to do her and her family serious harm. She, with help from a rather odd assortment of friends and collaborators, has to become the family protector.

“The Torch is Passed – Andrea Harding urgently seeks answers why anyone would want to kill her entire family– grows up along the way and seeks her revenge.”

I’m working on the third story in the Harding Family series and once again Nicholas and Andrea are up to their eyeballs in trouble with bad guys who mean them serious harm. I have a working title in mind, but not ready to share it just yet. I can’t give away too much now, can I?

Enjoy & Happy Writing!

Bill Powers              http://authorbillpowers.com

 

 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

Now available in both print and ebook:

http://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Torch-Is-Passed

 

Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook $0.99

http://my.bookbaby.com/book/the-pharm-house or Amazon

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The Cover Metaphor

“A visual metaphor is one image or set of images used in place of another to suggest an analogy between the two images or sets of images.”

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The essence of the story in The Torch is Passed is Andrea’s relationship to her family, in particular to her father. However, Andrea is an adult, not a child in the story. The cover shows what could be perceived as a father holding his small daughter’s hand – protecting her. Why did I choose this cover?

As the story opens, Andrea has just graduated college and is about to go out into the world,  suddenly her life is turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family other than her paternal grandmother, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries. Andrea urgently seeks answers why anyone would want to kill her entire family– grows up along the way and seeks her revenge.

The cover is a visual metaphor for the story. The cover shows a father protecting his young daughter, but the story is actually about a daughter protecting her father and family and quickly growing up in the process.

Enjoy & Happy Writing!

Bill Powers                 http://authorbillpowers.com

 

 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

Now available in both print and ebook:

http://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Torch-Is-Passed

 

Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook $0.99

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The Writing Craft – Dialog

 Dialog

Fiction writing is a craft – an activity involving skills that can be learned. One of those skills is writing dialog that builds your story. Here are a few tips on how to write strong dialog.

Many authors studiously listen to real conversations – they eavesdrop. But, it’s a bit more than that. Written dialog should be one or more of the following:

  • Have a reason and advance the story
  • Show action
  • Advance the plot
  • Have a flow
  • Tell us about the character

Dialog, should sound believable, but remember it’s not real and has to be far more interesting that real dialog! It has to be authentic, but not boring. Here are some key components of good written dialog.

Purpose:

Good dialog should have a purpose. Does it advance the plot of the story? Does it show relationships between characters? Does it reveal information about characters? It should…

Sound:

Dialog should be credible – as though it’s believable and authentic. Use slang and contractions to make it sound real. But use appropriately. For example, in The Torch is Passed, Deirdre rarely if ever uses contractions because of her upbringing, giving her dialog a distinctive pattern.

Avoid too many Filler Words:

You know – those words that drive you insane when you hear them in everyday conversation, “ums”, “ers”, “like”, “ah”, etc. It quickly becomes annoying and makes it difficult to follow the dialog. It bogs down the dialog flow.

Keep your Characters Sentences Short:

In real life, people usually speak in short sentences and passages, not long speeches. It makes your story easier to follow. Avoid long pedantic showy sentences.

Real people often use incomplete sentences, interrupt each other, trail off and interject. Your character should…

Use dashes — long lines indicating an abrupt break in speech. “What the –,” John exclaimed.

Use ellipses, a series of three dots … that indicate an extended pause. “Surely you’re not talking about…”

Be careful with Accents:

Accents can be difficult for readers to follow. They can be annoying to the reader, difficult to read or in some cases offensive. Show accents occasionally, but not all the time. In this case, less is more.

 Include Beats:

Beats are actions, gestures and brief descriptions or passages or narrative between lines of dialog. Beats help show characters internal thoughts and reactions of other characters. They make dialog more authentic. Here is an example of the use of beats from The Torch is Passed. Note the non-dialog parts of the passage.

The sergeant wrote down the address and directions to the Lion’s Den and handed them to Deirdre.

“Thank you ever so much, Sergeant, for your assistance.”

“You’re welcome, ma’am. And you have my card if you should…ah…need anything when you’re at the Lion’s Den.”

“I think we shall be just fine, Sergeant. We are just going to have a chat with Mr. Billy Bob Sutton.”

Out in the car, Deirdre gave the directions to Elihu. In the back, Riva said, “What’s the harm in having the sergeant tag along with us? He could help smooth the way, and it may be safer.”

“I have my own means of smoothing the way, Riva, and when we arrive at the Lion’s Den, I think it best if I do the talking.”

Deirdre removed her sidearm and checked the magazine and the two extra mags she carried, as well as the small derringer she carried in her left boot, and the folding KA-BAR knife in her right boot.

“Did you used to be a Girl Scout?” asked Andrea.

“Not really, the whole group activity thing was not for me; but I do like being prepared.”

 

Don’t use Dialog to Explain Things to the Reader:

“I’m picking up my niece, 16-year old Linda, tomorrow afternoon at Newark,” Rob said to his wife.

“I’m picking up Linda tomorrow afternoon at Newark,” Rob told his wife. Linda was his 16-year old niece.

See the difference. The first example is using dialog to explain. The second is written without using dialog to explain.

 

Don’t use Character Names too Often:

Don’t use character names every time your character speaks. Use dialog tags to make dialog sound more natural.

Dialog tags (or speech tags) are like signposts, attributing written dialogue to characters. Dialog tags don’t need to be fancy. Their primary purpose is to show which characters speak and when. The greater the number of characters involved in a scene, the more important the frequency and positioning of tags becomes.

Each tag contains at least one noun or pronoun (Carla, she, Rory and Ellen, Jets, they) and a verb indicating a way of speaking (said, asked, whispered, remarked). For example:

  • Carla said
  • Rory and Ellen asked

Tags may be extended into longer phrases describing action or context:

  • she said and wiped the dusty shelf
  • he said, looking guilty

 

Make Characters Sound Distinct:

Use dialog to show character personality or differences and different speech patterns, e.g.,

  • Regional differences
  • Educational differences
  • Class differences
  • Age differences
  • Gender differences

 

Test for Authenticity:

A good way to check for your dialog sound authentic is to listen to it. Read it aloud or record yourself reading.

 

Learning to write good dialog can be challenging and take years to learn, but it’s worth it. Strong dialog can bring your story to life, keep your story moving and hook your readers.

Happy Writing!

Bill Powers                 http://authorbillpowers.com

 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

Now available in both print and ebook:

http://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Torch-Is-Passed or Amazon

 

Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook $0.99

http://my.bookbaby.com/book/the-pharm-house  or Amazon

 

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Inspiration for The Torch is Passed

While The Pharm House was a long labor of love to get published, I decided to take the Independent Publishing route this time, which is much faster (and under my control) for the second of the Harding Family stories – The Torch is Passed.

About ten years have gone by between The Pharm House and The Torch is Passed. Don Marshall is CEO of Marshall Pharmaceuticals and married to Karen Stemmer. Nicholas Harding and his brother Michael now run their mid-sized family business, Harding Industries, which invests in real estate deals and other financial opportunities. Andrea has completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton, getting a degree in Economics and has been accepted at Duke Law School.

I had the opportunity to attend an all-day Steve Berry History Matters Craft of Writing class. Steve is a best-selling thriller writer and he incorporates historical reality into his fictional stories. He doesn’t take any fees for his class and donates all funds raised to History Matters (http://history-matters.org). He is a master of the structure of a modern day thriller and teaches classes to aspiring thriller writers. It was an incredible experience to meet Steve and attend his class.

I’ll tell you more about some of the things I learned at Steve’s class, but one of the things I learned was to start your story as close to the end as possible. Don’t waste the reader’s time with too much background. You can always find ways to add that later. With that in mind, I threw out the first five chapters I had written and started where the story now picks up with Andrea learning that her father and uncle have been shot and are in critical condition.

Next time, I’ll tell you how I created the cover for The Torch is Passed.

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