I’ve been pretty quiet on the website recently because I have been totally consumed by a new project. This is not a common occurrence for me, usually my stories are shy and have to be coaxed from the shadows little by little, but this one came barrelling along and wasn’t in the mood to wait around. It was originally a short story that was supposed to be 2500 to 3000 words, but then i just kept writing and before I knew it 30k words had tumbled out.
This story started as a conversation with a visiting friend from Australia. We got talking about global warming and the potentially devastating impacts and somehow that led to us chatting about bees and colony collapse. I knew very little about the topic but I found myself thinking about it days later and after a rainy afternoon of googling I just knew that I had to write a story about this fascinating topic. What lengths would we have to go to if we wanted to save the bees? What if we genetically engineered a new species of bee, one that could survive in our new world? What could possibly go wrong? It turns out quite a lot!
Sci-fi isn’t my usual genre but if writing flash has taught me anything it’s that dabbling in a new space is a lot of fun. I had a blast trying to come up with my own version of the future and the various pieces of technology and culture that pervade it. It’s not all new either, you’ll certainly find common themes such as loyalty, friendship and a lead character that is far from a hero.
I’m also trying something new this time around. I am launching for 90 days as a Kindle exclusive, using KDP. This allows me to enroll the book in Kindle Unlimited, so members can download it for free. At the end of the 90 days I will assess the success of this strategy and decide whether or not to leave it Kindle exclusive or roll out to other platforms. I am curious to see how this plays out.
Here is the link to the book on Amazon. You can pre-order before Nov 1st or visit the link after Nov 1st to buy and download:
If you do get your hands on a copy I would love to hear what you think, so please leave a review!