One of the great challenges of writing Secretocracy was bringing together the various threads of the protagonist’s life into a unified whole at the end. Gene’s job is the principal focus, but he also deals with his failed marriage and the women he meets, his relationship with his son, and his tangles with the men who live in the same shared house he does. In real life, one’s work, family, and social relations tend to remain related but largely independent of each other. But to write a novel gripping enough to keep the reader engaged, I had to weave these threads together into a single story.
Equally challenging was constantly updating the story as more and more scandals broke with the Trump administration. More times than I can count, I returned to the manuscript to splice in stories of new disruptions. My publisher assures me that I can continue to update the story until a few months before the book is to be ready for distribution and sales early next year. I have some hard work ahead of me.
I have never before attempted to write fiction set in the present moment and even going into the near future. I comforted myself with the belief that the pace of disruption affecting the current administration would increase at a predictable pace. So far, my gamble has paid off. Time will tell if I’ll get away with it through the rest of this year leading up to the publication date.