Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival. Chris Bostic, the author of Fugitives from Northwoods, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of hisbook.
Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
An Interview with Chris Bostic
Tell me about your book, Fugitives from Northwoods. What is it about?
The story is set in the not-to-distant future. After a global banking collapse, dictators have seized power to restore order, which leads to the formation of a new, malicious Civilian Conservation Corps of sorts. Teenagers fourteen and older are basically imprisoned in work camps. The book is about one group’s escape, and how they brave the wilderness in a run for the border.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
The novel is set in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of northeastern Minnesota. I’ve canoed there several times, most recently in 2012 with my son and others from his Boy Scout troop. The book is at least 90% geographically accurate, with only a few liberties taken to up the ante a bit.
How long did it take to write?
About five or six months of writing, spread over the course of a year. I wrote for a month or two at a time, then took some time off to let new ideas filter in.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Fugitives from Northwoods?
I would say the book is more an undercurrent of multiple themes rather than having any one particular message. It’s not necessarily a political book, but there are strong Libertarian leanings in the main character, Penn.
It’s primarily a quest for freedom. There’s also an exploration of independence vs. interdependence as it relates to group dynamics.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I’m a Missouri resident, and a civil engineer by trade. I live with my wife of nearly twenty years and our three children. The kids are all spread out – from a 15 year old boy to an almost 4 year old daughter. There’s one more daughter in between. So they keep me insanely busy, but I still find some time in the evenings and weekends to write.
The rest of the time it’s work and school activities. I’m not complaining…
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
Wilderness Survival influences my writing the most. I suppose it’s the Boy Scout training, but a healthy love for the outdoors definitely factors in. There’s always some wilderness aspect in my books, and usually something that’s gone horribly wrong that makes it a survival novel. Thankfully, I’ve never had a truly awful hunting/camping trip, but it pays to Be Prepared.
Do you have plans for another book?
Yes! The second book in the series is in production now.
Rebellion in Northwoods will hopefully be out in the next two to three months. I have a couple of other completed novels that I’m shopping now for agents/publishers. One is a float trip gone wrong set in my home state of Missouri. The other is a Caribbean island adventure with drug smugglers invading a teen summer camp.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I’d just like to say thanks to your readers for considering taking a look at Fugitives from Northwoods. It’s really gratifying when I get comments through my Facebook page or Twitter asking when the next book is coming.
The Book Giveaway
A copy of Fugitives from Northwoods has been reserved for one lucky reader. I have another poll for you today.
If you could pack only one book in your bug-out-bag, what would you choose:
A. First Aid/Survival Medicine Handbook
B. General Field Survival Handbook
C. Book on Foraging for Food
D. The Holy Bible
E. Other – Please Specify
To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz. You will have 48 hours to claim the winning book.
The Final Word
You will find that Fugitives from Northwoods is different than most survival fiction titles in that it is a story about young people. Teenagers, actually. The world has gone wrong and they are imprisoned in a work camp that is only one step above the worst WWII nightmare of a prison camp. It is no way to live and so they flee. This is their story and it is a good one.
I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this week’s book!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Spotlight Item: Fugitives from Northwoods
Eight teenagers escape imprisonment at a work camp to brave the wilderness. Tested to their limits, they struggle to survive their terrifying dash for freedom. After the total collapse of the world economy, the United States could not stand together. So they failed separately.
In the small region-state of Winnkota, poverty and greed are turning the idyllic Northwoods of Minnesota into a barren wasteland of clear-cut forests and over-fished lakes. Every able-bodied teenager is conscripted into a labor force and sent to work in harsh, prison-like conditions. They are enslaved young so they never learn to think for themselves. But Penn is different. He’s determined to win back freedom—for himself, his friends, and someday for his homeland.
Adversity and loss abound, and should any of them survive to reach the border, will the freedom found equal all that they expected?
Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
Spring 2014 Book Festival #5 – Fiction
Brushfire Plague: Reckoning
Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains
Flight of the Bowyer
The Jakarta Pandemic
The Perseid Collapse
Leaving The Trees
Fury of the Fifth Angel
Fugitives from Northwoods
Phoenix Island: A Tale of Disaster, Survival, and Rebirth
Spring 2014 Book Festival #5 – Non-Fiction
The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning
The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
The Prepper’s Cookbook: 365 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals
Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids
The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months
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