A fast action-packed ride of survival. Sara Reid, Book Reviewer, Today We Did.
It’s official! Immurement, Book One in The Undergrounders Series is live on Amazon. ’Tis the season to spread goodwill, so for the next 48 hours you can grab it at a special introductory launch price. In the meantime, here are some behind the scenes tidbits.
I’ve always been fascinated by regimes and resistance movements, and the heroes who emerge from atrocities. I grew up reading every concentration camp escape story I could get my hands on. As an author, I find it intriguing to place characters in post-apocalyptic settings and watch what unfurls inside them as they go head to head with staggering odds. After spending several summers in Idaho, and learning more about Preppers and survivalists, the idea to plant Derry Connolly in a bunker community of homesteaders and mountain men took seed and The Undergrounders Series was born. It’s prepper survival fiction meets science fiction dystopian!
I grew up among rich storytelling traditions in my native Ireland and it was a natural transition for me to try my hand at writing. Irish legends are full of action, adventure, impossible missions, and unlikely heroes, and to this day nothing captivates me more than an epic story. Anything along the lines of The Hunger Games or The Divergent Series is a must read for me, only because I’m endlessly fascinated by the capacity of heroic individuals to rise above tyranny and change the course of history. Strong female leads in an action adventure series are a plus!
There are three books in the series and the titles track the internal growth of the main protagonist Derry Connolly.
Immurement, Book One, is the state of being entombed or confined in an enclosed space. At the outset Derry is trapped in self-doubt and insecurity. The bunker symbolizes the prison she needs to break out of in order to find her place and calling in a world with no rules.
Embattlement, Book Two, is the state of being engaged in battle or conflict. As well as describing the obvious physical struggle against the Sweepers, the title symbolizes the “civil war” of sorts that wages inside Derry as she rises up against everything that is holding her back.
Adjudegment, Book Three, is the act of imposing judgement. Derry discovers a lot of harsh truths about leadership during her journey, not the least of which is that every great leader must discern when to seek reconciliation and when to pursue retribution. Internally, Derry evaluates her own moral imperfections and the darkness lurking in her own heart.
If writing is where your passion and strengths intersect, don’t take your eyes off the goal. Put your shoulder to the wheel and throw your whole heart into mastering the craft, and taking incremental steps toward publication. Dogged persistence will get you there in the end, and the talent you have honed along the way will be your staying power.
For now, it remains a trilogy, but if my readers clamor for more, I might just hear their cry above the din of new characters in my head begging to catapult onto the page!