Writing “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” seemed simple enough at the start. You describe an event in American history that almost every citizen can see coming from a mile away: the electiion of the first woman President of the United States.
Initially, my inspiration in writing “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” was (1) the belief that the event of nominating the first woman president of the United States would soon be upon us; and (2) it was long overdue given the state of affairs in Washington DC and the rest of the world shaped by men during my period of time on this earth.
However, I did not want to write solely a political novel. Over the period of a year, I was intrigued by elements of mystery, suspense and romance, with a little humor thrown in on the side to seduce the reader in the story. I think I am a frustrated comedian at heart.
So, we have somebody whose role as President of the United States is complicated more than enough without the added political stress of being the first woman elected to this high office in America. She is delighting her supporters and converting readily her critics when she goes missing while attending a fundraiser. The unfolding plot is a matter of survival —not only personal survival, but also hanging in the balance is the endurance of the Presidency and democracy in America.
Throughout my writing, many of the names, numbers, signs, etc. have a personal connection to me. Relationships in the novel are as important to the story as the plot. The president, the special agents,the lady in waiting, the supreme bishop in Rome, the hunter and the hunted–and of course, the intrusion of the evil doers whodrive events with the potential for great tragedy and destruction.
The reader will become emotionally involved with the main characters through not only their interactions with each other, but the events that propel the main characters. It is these events that supply the mystery, suspense and romance in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” Plot twists and turns are important in writing this kind of novel, and there are enough of them to satisfy even the most passionate reader with the final twist arriving late in the book. You can try to imagine the outcome, but those who have read my novel told me they did not expect what actually occurs in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.”
So, kick back and relax if you can as you bury yourself in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” I hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write.
Best regards, Ed