Please welcome today's guest Blogger, Linda Rondeau! A graduate of Houghton College, she credits her experience in the drama of Human Services as the edge in creating unforgettable characters. She's a member of Florida Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the owner and founder of Pentalk, a community of writers. Linda contributes a monthly column to a community newspaper, This Daily Grind and also blogs at Back in the Daze. Also writing as Linda Wood Rondeau, she's published The Other Side of Darkness. Linda now resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband Steve and their cat Duffer. When not writing, she enjoys theater, golf, and hiking. You'll find Linda on Facebook, Linked In, Goodreads, Twitter or on her website at www.lindarondeau.com.
Monday, July 09, 2012
6:00 AM Jennifer Hudson Taylor 2 comments
Since this month's theme on my blog is about Colonial History, I asked Linda to talk about how her fiction book set in America's future compares to America's Colonial history.
“Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.” George Bernard Shaw
I love history and am a museum freak. Then why don’t I write historical novels though I enjoy reading them?
Maybe someday I will. For now, I enjoy blending history into my novels. In my first book, The Other Side of Darkness, an inspirational romantic suspense written under the name Linda Wood Rondeau, I weave historical references into a contemporary setting that creates an ethereal aura throughout the book.
M soon to be released novel, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, begins the saga of a post apocalyptic world, a global government on the verge of civil war. It tells of the struggle of freedom, and the never-dying quest for individuality.
Early America was formed by individuals who sought to make a better world in a new land, many to pursue religious freedom. Like-minded colonies banded together forming a separate government yet remained loyal to their mother country. As the colonies flourished, they became stronger, diminishing their dependence upon England. They even formed government apart from English rule. However, England could not afford to lose the wealth and goods the colonies provided. English rule became oppressive and the colonies rebelled to form a new nation.
In America’s future, all nations have surrendered their sovereignty to form a global democratic government called The Accord, short-lived and replaced by an oppressive faux democracy called the Constitutional Government, so named for its Fourteen Articles of Constitution, where religious observance of any kind is forbidden. However, dissidents could leave the fortified cities and fend for themselves in uninhabitable areas called the outland, much like the colonists traveled to a new world for their religious beliefs.
The Western America outland learned to band together and thrived, their goods and tribute to the Constitutional Government invaluable. When these communities formed a cohesive government called the Network, the core of The Constitutional Government: one nation, one world, one vision, becomes threatened, especially if these dissidents claim themselves an independent land. If they secede, other outlands are likely to follow suit, thus splintering the Constitutional Government, plunging the world into global civil war once again.
To prevent this, the in-coming President of the Constitutional Government, has designed a Preservation Act which will make all dissidence, past and present, an act of treason punishable by death. The harsh stance of the Constitutional Government cannot quell the deafening cry for freedom.
America II: The Reformation (Back Cover Blurb)
As tensions rise, civil war seems imminent. Who will be the voice of reason in a world on the verge of a third dark age?
The year is 2073, and current governor of Western America Province, Edwin Rowlands, is poised to become the Constitutional Government’s second president. Many fear that the sweeping reforms found in his proposed Preservation Act will set him up as a dictator. If enacted, defection both past and present would become a crime punishable by death, thus bringing all outlands into crushing subjection.
While most believe reform is critical, factions disagree on how to prevent the Preservation Act from becoming law. Ahmed Farid, second President, believes reform can be managed within the existing government. Leader of the Revolutionary Army, Jimmy Kinnear, trusts only in military intervention. However, Jacob Goodayle, Chairman of Western America’s illegal outland government, favors separatism.