In December of 2008 New Hampshire was hit by an ice storm that knocked power out across a wide swath of the state for nearly a week. During this time I’d bounce between work, where there was power (I was working in Massachusetts at the time) and home, where the lights were out. Going home was heart-wrenching at times, going from where there was light and heat to where it was cold, dark and quiet.
It was our first experience with a multi-day outage, and while it was happening it sure seemed like it was the end of the world. I realized how much I missed the little conveniences of daily life – my own shower; a hot cup of coffee in the morning; watching TV at night…all not possible when most of your state has no power.
This got me thinking about writing about a zombie apocalypse and the whole end-of-the-world premise. But there was more.
Instead of the world coming apart, I saw the good side of human nature. I had a coworker drive across Massachusetts with me instead of working so we could pick up a portable generator from his father’s place. Strangely enough, our managers at the time were OK with us taking off for the day on the generator quest…
I think this is part of what makes THE TRIP unique: I like to think of it as THE ROAD with hope.
When I was writing the novel, I made a very specific choice to tell the story through a trio of high school seniors. The end of high school marks a transition, a very scary time for many, as we transition from childhood to adult life. It’s a change, and change is scary. Following the adventures of a trio of friends set against the backdrop of an apocalyptic event puts, I think, a fresh perspective in the genre; it’s something that really hasn’t been done before.
But I digress. This is what I think. Pick up a copy of the book and decide for yourself.
About the Author
Tim Morgan is a self-professed geek with an artistic streak. By day he’s a mild-mannered web developer. At night (and on weekends) he’s a writer/filmmaker. You can find out more about Tim at his website.
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