I knew from the start that Final Hours was going to be a hard sell.
Who would cheer for an adulterous husband, in love with one woman but married to another til the end of the world (literally) because he didn’t have the backbone to end his marriage? I certainly wouldn’t, had anyone else written this book…so why did I write it?
I‘ve always loved disaster movies, especially end-of-the-world films like When Worlds Collide, Armageddon and Deep Impact, and I found myself wanting to write a novel that would not be about heroic men and women rising to the challenge of saving the planet, but about flawed, frightened people who would be faced with one last chance to set right the mistakes of a lifetime. The game plan was to write four stories taking place in different parts of the world with four very different people and situations.
It was a good plan, except for one thing: three of the stories didn’t work.
So I ended up writing a short novel (too long to qualify as a novella) about a man who had been having an affair for the past fifteen years and, facing the planet’s final hours, finally makes the decision he should have made years ago.
The reviews were mixed. Some people loved it, others thought it was awful. As writers, we all know (or should know) that we can’t please everyone. Still, I wondered if there were something missing, my failure to convey to those readers what I’d been trying to say with Jamie Randall’s story. Maybe, instead of just telling the story from his point of view, I should have told it from three points of view: his, his wife’s, and that of his conflicted mistress.
I am now working on an expanded version of Final Hours to incorporate the viewpoints of the two women in Jamie’s life. Will it work? Time–and readers–will tell!
PS — To celebrate the addition of Japan into the Amazon KDP market, all of my e-books will be free for one day only–Wednesday, October 31st. Trick or Treat, everyone! Find them via my Amazon Author Central page.
* Also posted at Beishir Books