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Linda MoranBy Linda Moran
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Linda MoranBy Linda Moran
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About

As a student of American History, I have always been interested in the politics of our country. Sometimes I have been active in causes, and sometimes I write about them. Since 2012 I have been concerned with the lack of civility in discussions within our country. The art of compromise, upon which our country is founded, has completely disappeared. 2012 and 2013 reminded me of how strident and stubborn our leaders were prior to the Civil War. No one was listening to each other.

Living in Arizona at the time, I was very aware of unusual laws and actions (voting on a state gun, eliminating ethnic studies programs on the whim of a politician, increased actions against immigrants from Mexico, creating a political state out of Southern Arizona, just to name a few). All of this culminated in 2013 with the idea to write social science fiction about the state of Arizona seceding from the US. It took two years and a lot of research, but the book almost wrote itself. I was concerned that even though this was fiction, I wanted it to be believable. Each time I thought I might have gone too far in ideas, I saw a headline that reinforced that what I was writing was entirely possible. Very scary....

It took two years to finish the book, and I began searching for an agent and/or publisher. I rarely heard back from anyone, and one who promised within four weeks took five months. My thought was that perhaps the book was too controversial...until the 2016 election went into serious mode. After the election I realized that now was the time to publish - and do it my way, with an independent publisher in Vermont, for an ebook.

I want this book out in public because I truly think there are ideas and actions that we as a nation, broken as we are, should discuss. As I wrote, interesting things happened...I looked at events differently. Suppose some churches really could govern? How would finances of individual people happen if our federal checks no longer arrived? What role would "shadow money" play in this development? What did the Bible actually say about violence, punishment, personal roles? Most importantly, would we see a repeat of internment camps like 1942?

The time is right for us as a nation to begin discussing - and listening - to each other. That's my hope with self-publishing Detention Center 12: Book 1 of The Secession Wars.

Risks and challenges

One challenge is to finish another round of edits that reflect more of what happened in 2014 and 2015 nationally and its impact on the characters in the book. A second challenge is learning to cope with hate mail and trolls online because of the sensitive ideas within this book. I'm more than prepared. I have learned that I myself suffer from a lot of negativity to others who don't agree with me, and I am consciously looking to understand different viewpoints. Writing the first book has helped me, as I learned in trying to present some of the issues that not everything is wrong.

My choice of the two groups to receive a percentage of profits was done deliberately. I have always respected the work of the ACLU, even though I have disagreed with some of their stances. The Constitution is our governing document, and if I believe in it, then I have to support the right of those who think differently. I draw the line at any form of hate speech and discrimination. The second group, Common Ground Creatives in Action, is a new group, determined to look at using all forms of the arts as it has historically been done - protesting and resisting what needs to change.

I am fully prepared to market the ebook and to take the slings and arrows that come with putting any art form out to the public. I ask that you join me on this wild ride.

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