So, Linore, tell us how writing your book, PULSE, changed your life.
Sure, Debbie Lynne. I grew up in New York, in view of Manhattan. The farthest thing from my mind was ever having to store supplies for future need. The nearest deli and grocery were only around the corner and across the street. When we moved to a more rural environment, I learned to avoid unnecessary shopping trips by keeping better stores in the house. However, even that was nothing next to what happened after I wrote my book, PULSE. As I researched the book, I discovered some very disturbing facts.
PULSE shows the aftermath of a solar flare (which has caused an electromagnetic pulse) that takes down the electric grid for the continental United States. In seconds, life is forever changed. Imagine life without the help of anything electric or electronic—no heating systems, no air conditioning, no telephones, (not even cell phones) no TV, radio or internet. Even most transportation would be immediately disrupted. (Your fancy new expensive car won't run after an EMP, either.)
Can you imagine? I did. And thus, my book was born. The book focuses on three families who must survive after the EMP changes everything in an instant.
But while PULSE is a work of fiction, the threat of an EMP, unfortunately, is not.
A sufficiently powerful electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, can render the United States virtually without electricity or electronics—almost instantly, just as it shows in the book. (A Congressional Report detailing the likely results of such an EMP is online for you to read for yourself.) The picture isn't pretty. It could take YEARS to restore power. They estimate that within one year, more than 70 million people in this country would die.
Needless to say, being aware of how quickly "life as we know it" could be shattered, the question arose for me, "What can be done?" Despite the dire consequences outlined in the Congressional Report, an amendment to "harden" the US infrastructure failed to pass. Nothing was done! Which leaves us on our own to prepare individually and as families. What about you? A catastrophic EMP may not happen in our lifetime. However, one need only watch the news to see that many other natural disasters will and do occur somewhere on the globe quite regularly.
Instead of ignoring such threats, or worrying about them, I suggest getting prepared! It's really perfectly natural to want to set things by for a rainy day. We've been lulled into thinking there is no need to do this in today's world, but that's precisely my point: This world could change, quickly and decisively, with disastrous effects.
Ask yourself, how long could you and your family eat three meals a day if stores were closed, you had no transportation, and couldn't get online --indefinitely? In my book, only one family was ready when the world changed.
Disturbing things happened for those who weren't.
S0—how ready are you? Have you taken any steps to prepare your family for a grid-down event? Preparedness is good stewardship. Do you agree or disagree?
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L.R.Burkard writes historical romance as Linore Rose Burkard, and YA/Suspense as L.R. ("So readers will know at a glance what kind of book to expect.") Linore grew up in NY, but now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children, a Shorkie, and 3 cats. Linore still homeschools one daughter, is an incurable Jane Austen fan, and loves to invite readers to chime in on book ideas via her newsletter. Subscribe for free via either of her websites, and be informed of new contests, giveaways, and other book news.