by Linda Naughton
GENRE: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Thriller
Doctor Anna Hastings is no stranger to disasters, having spent much of her career as an aid worker in conflict zones around the world. Yet when an electrical phenomenon known as an EMP brings down the power grid, Anna faces catastrophe on a scale she never imagined. She must learn what it means to be a doctor in a world deprived of almost all technology.
As the blackout causes planes to fall from the sky, Anna crosses paths with devoted father Mark Ryan in the chaos at the airport. Mark convinces Anna to travel with him and his seven-year-old daughter Lily to their family’s cabin in remote Maine. There Mark hopes to reunite with his wife, and find a safe refuge from a society on the brink of collapse.
Journeying across a thousand miles of backcountry trails, they will face a daily struggle against nature. Their biggest peril, though, may come from their fellow survivors. As Anna grows closer to Mark and Lily, she resolves to see them safely home. But can she hold onto her humanity in a world gone mad?
I chuckled. “So you and your seven-year-old daughter are going to walk, through the woods, all the way to Maine? I think you need to lay off the scotch.” He met my eyes, and I was struck by the conviction there. “God, you’re serious, aren’t you?” He said nothing. “Mark, come on—do you realize how insane that sounds?”
“Says the woman who traveled around the world to take care of strangers in a war zone.” Mark arched his eyebrows at me.
I blew out a frustrated breath. He kind of had me on that one. “I don’t have a kid to worry about.” Running a finger along the lip of my glass, I asked, “Is this what Lauren would want? For you to drag Lily off into the wilderness on some mad quest to find her? You said so yourself—things are going to get really bad out there. You’d be better off just going with your in-laws.”
“All the more reason I want us all together,” Mark retorted, undeterred by my skepticism. He returned to his seat at the table, fixing me with a determined stare. “I want you to come with us.”
Knock me over with a feather. I stared at him, speechless, for several seconds. “Okay, now I know you’re crazy. You want me to walk halfway across the country with you and your daughter? Mark, you hardly know me.”
“I know enough that I’m willing to take a chance.” Mark shrugged.
About the Author:
Linda Naughton has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She is the author of several novels, children’s books, and the blog Self-Rescuing Princesses. A proud geek and gamer girl, she enjoys sci-fi, disaster movies, and role-playing games. She is a software engineer, paramedic, and mother of two.
Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love learning new things, and this book required a ton of research. From the EMP itself, to disaster medicine, to wilderness survival and long-distance hiking, I learned a lot. It was great seeing all these different communities out there on the internet sharing information.
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Blackout Trail. I initially intended for the story to stand alone, but I had some more story ideas and didn’t want to let the characters go just yet.
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
I have enough story ideas to keep me occupied until I’m old and gray. Although I’m a huge fan of the disaster/post-apocalyptic genre, someday I’d like to branch out into other genres. Historical fiction and military sci-fi are at the top of my list.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing short stories in elementary school and never really stopped. Some freelance writing in college was my first professional gig, and I later branched out into technical writing and novels. Blackout Trail is my second novel.
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Hearing from readers really makes my day. I’m immensely grateful for all the support I’ve received, and for folks taking the time to read my stories. Thanks for hosting me here today.
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