Spring 2014 Book Festival: Survival Fiction from Steve Konkoly

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: June 28, 2019
Spring 2014 Book Festival: Survival Fiction from Steve Konkoly

With recent news of a potential pandemic reaching the shores of North America, it is timely that this week’s entries in the Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival are two novels by Steven Konkoly.

Not to scare the you-know-what out of you, but Steve has written two books, The Jakarta Pandemic and The Perseid Collapse featuring protagonist Alex Fletcher both during and after a lethal pandemic emerges and rages unchecked throughout the world.

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These are the types of thrillers I read for enjoyment.  Nutsy cuckoo, I know, but the truth is, these types of books allow me to step beyond my role as a kinder, gentler prepper and force me to go deep down in my thinking process to identify the steps and strategies I would undertake in a similar situation.

Steve has an extra special giveaway planned for us.  He is offering two personally signed sets of books to two Backdoor Survival readers with the option of eBooks if that is your preference.  In his interview he talks about The Perseid Collapse and more.  Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Steve Konkoly

Tell me about your book, The Perseid Collapse. What is it about?

The Perseid Collapse takes place six years after The Jakarta Pandemic, once again unleashing an unthinkable disaster on the Fletcher family. In The Jakarta Pandemic, the unforeseen effects of a lethal avian flu tested their decision to “bug in” at their house—a risky and dangerous proposition in a crowded, suburban setting.

I took a different approach in The Perseid Collapse, by erasing the Fletcher’s ability to stay in one place, together (I literally erased it…hint). Perseid’s story focuses on the immediate post-apocalyptic world created by a nebulous “event,” and the Fletcher’s need to “bug out.” Most of the book is dedicated to their travels, and the difficulties encountered along the way, which are numerous.

Unlike many post-apocalyptic novels, where the cause of the catastrophic event is an afterthought, I wanted to give readers a glimpse of the inner workings of the “event”—without coming right out and telling them what happened. At the beginning of the novel, readers are treated to glimpses of a sinister plot involving a Chinese cyber warfare facility, along with several chapters designed to give readers everything they need to piece the mystery together.

You’ll see the “event” from the International Space Station, a nuclear test ban treaty monitoring station and a U.S. Navy warship. After the “event” hits the United States, the scope of the novel narrows on the Fletchers. I take the reader to ground level, and keep you there for the rest of the series, as the Fletchers navigate the hostile landscape that readily emerges in the aftermath.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I extensively research everything; from the smallest gear choices to the big picture plot elements. I typically research the bigger stuff first, which helps shape the novel’s framework, and do the smaller stuff “on the fly.”

For The Perseid Collapse, I started by investigating the feasibility of the disaster, or “the event.” This may have been the most difficult and extensive part, since I wanted to create a catastrophe unlike any other—and keep it within the realm of possibility.

For Perseid’s disaster, I spent an inordinate amount of time researching the following topics: Near Earth Objects, Tsunami characteristics, EMP effects, Ballistic Missile Defense and cyber warfare. You can imagine that “the event” wasn’t kind to the U.S., particularly the East Coast.

How long did it take to write?

The Perseid Collapse took four months to complete, including research. I wrote a third of it early in the morning, working around a full time job, family obligations and a sailboat.

“Zero dark thirty” became my writing time long ago, when I decided that I wanted to publish two books per year. I left my day job last September to pursue full time writing, finishing the book in record time—but I still wake up around 4:30 AM to write. Some habits are hard to break.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your books?

I agree wholeheartedly. Any writer that claims to write solely for entertainment purposes is not being entirely honest with themselves or readers. I set out to create a unique, entertaining story, which is the goal of every writer. The message eventually develops and crystalizes as the plot unfolds.

For my “prepper themed,” post-apocalyptic books, the “are you prepared” message crystalizes quickly. It’s the nature of the genre. From the first gear description to last character decision, the “prepper” message is broadcast throughout the story. Once the plot gets complicated, and the characters’ decisions become difficult—the bigger message shines through.

In The Jakarta Pandemic, two major messages stand out. 1.) How far are you willing to go to protect your family and friends?  2.) Underestimating the human element in a civil crisis can have disastrous consequences. Alex Fletcher is constantly bombarded by difficult decisions, which he handles with varying degrees of success. On purpose. In my view, there’s nothing fun about a main character that does everything right.

For The Perseid Collapse, the main messages are similar to Jakarta. I also explore the theme of Distrust in the Government, which becomes critical to the developing plot in Event Horizon (book two) and Point of Crisis (book three).

The top two notes I receive from readers are variations of the following 1.) The story scared the daylights out of me. I’m not ready for something like this (or anything) 2.) Loved the story. For me, this is a great balance between message and entertainment.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’ll give you the short version, then my “official” bio.

I live with my family outside of Portland, Maine, a few miles from the beach. We live in a neighborhood similar to the one featured in The Jakarta Pandemic. Some of my neighbors still look at me funny…if you read the novel, you’ll understand why.

Outside of writing, I stay fairly busy, especially during the summer months. We own a 28-foot sailboat, which is perfect for sailing Casco Bay with family during our limited sailing season. We’ll anchor or moor overnight near one of hundreds of islands, and take the kids ashore for hiking and exploring. We also maintain a sizable garden, which takes up the balance of our summer time. During the winter, we try to get out and snowshoe, cross-country ski or take the dog to the beach (anything to get out of the house).

During my “alone time,” I like to target shoot at our fish and game club, hit the trails for a run or take our dog for a long walk. Unfortunately, I spend far more time indoors than I care to admit, especially in the winter. By mid-February, I’ve given up on the cold.

Official version of my bio:

Steven graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English Literature. He was one of sixteen graduating Ensigns selected for the elite Naval Special Warfare program (SEALs).

He served the next eight years on active duty in various Navy and Marine Corps units: From leading Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations as a boarding officer in the Arabian Gulf, to directing Close Air Support (CAS) as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) assigned to a specialized Marine Corps unit, Steven’s “in-house” experience with a wide variety of regular and elite military units brings a unique authenticity to his writing.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Great question. Despite what you read in my books, I still have a long way to go. The Fletcher’s set up in The Perseid Collapse, would be my ultimate goal. The ability to stay in the suburbs (short to medium term) during a civil crisis or national emergency, with the option of “bugging out” to a self-sustainable location if the situation significantly deteriorated.

I currently have the first half of that equation covered…the second half is a stretch. I have all of the tools and knowledge to get there; I just don’t have a THERE—yet. Working on that.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes. The Perseid Collapse is book one in a three book series. Event Horizon hit the shelves on March 20th and Point of Crisis will be released in June or early July. After that, I will return to my covert operations/technothriller series for a few books (I have some disgruntled Black Flagged fans), then look at starting a new series…which I’m 95% sure will be another post-apocalyptic survival type story.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

If you’d like to share your thoughts on my books, or just chat about related topics, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at stevenkonkoly@gmail.com I love hearing from readers and always have time to talk about writing, prepping, Maine, sailing, shooting…the list goes on. I may not get back to you immediately (I get into extremely focused writing blocks), but I always get back—and it won’t be a one liner. Thanks for reading and “enjoy the apocalypse.”

The Book Giveaway

Two sets of personally signed books – it does not get much better than that!  To enter to win a copy of both The Jakarta Pandemic and The Perseid Collapse, you will need to respond to today’s giveaway poll in the comments area below.

What do your family members think of your Prepping activities?

A.  They are onboard and willing partners.
B.  They have a case of bottled water and a few canned goods and think they are prepared.
C.  They think you are a nut-job.
D.  None of the above.  Please explain.

To enter the giveaway, you need to respond to the poll in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  You will have 48 hours to claim the winning book following the announcement on the Sunday Buzz.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

The Final Word

The quality of survival fiction being written today astounds me.  Without exception, every novel about a pandemic, disaster, or post-apocalyptic event has been an eye-opening and educational reading experience.  I only wish I had more time to read.  (That is a hint to authors – we need more audiobooks!)  With very few exceptions (such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road), movies just do not cut it.

In a recent chat, Steve reminded me that The Perseid Collapse is book number 1 in a series of 3 and shares characters but is  a totally separate storyline from The Jakarta Pandemic.  That means you can read the books in any order – good to know as you grab a cup of coffee and settle down for a good summer read!

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Spotlight Item:  The Perseid Collapse

Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world’s population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving.

An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst of 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population’s fragile psyche. Suppressed memories of helplessness and desperation, anger and jealousy–waiting to be released.

On August 19, 2019, an inconceivable “event” will cripple most of North America’s critical infrastructure, spreading fear of a possible EMP or nuclear attack across the United States. With the power grid down and communications nonexistent, persistent rumors of a government takeover cast a darkness over the people. A human darkness with a vast appetite for destruction and violence.

Alex Fletcher will wake to this new world, catapulted headfirst into an impossible journey through a brutally hostile landscape–where the forged bonds of friendship and family remain the only true constant.

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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

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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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75 Responses to “Spring 2014 Book Festival: Survival Fiction from Steve Konkoly”

  1. D. All my family are happy that I am prepping so they will have a place to go when the crap hits, but I doubt they even have a case of bottled water on hand. Thinking about this, it is sad, because they are why I am prepping. I guess if I am the patriarch of the family, it is my job to care for them.

  2. Kind of a combo of A B C. My sister saw the water I was storing in juice bottles and implied that I was being a “hoarder”. We worked out the compromise of her getting me a water dispenser and three 5 gallon water bottles. However, she also has tried and likes the Mountain House FD foods. She also bought the 45 watt solar panel from Harbor Freight for me. Plus other things that are survival related. So, she seems to think I may be a bit nuts, but she’s willing to go along with the general idea of prepping.

    Audio books? Great! However, I would like to see some from Graphic Audio – more of an audio show instead of just a reading of the book.

  3. I would have to answer A for my wife, she is my partner & we are on the same page… AND B for my extended side of the family who do the standard yearly hurricane preps but that’s about all. I have been having conversations with my Mom to get her to the next step & she is not ya the SHTF stage yet but understands we have to get the extended family more self sufficient.

  4. I would have to answer A for my better half. We both have been working together to get us where we are today. But I guess I would have to answer D for my extended family. They really don’t know at this point. It’s a topic that has only been gently brought up and not deeply discussed yet. Don’t want them to lock me up and throw away the key before there is a chance the seeds we have planted on the subject start to sprout.

  5. Immediate household is totally on board. Balance of family think I’m nuts.
    That’s okey. I think they’re nuts for not prepping! Need a composite list
    in one place of all of the books you’ve reviewed to date.

  6. My family can see the changes coming our way, but I need to beg them into the coin shop or to buy survival food. I’d like to say it’s all good and we work together even though they see me as a nut job.

  7. They think I’m a fanatic, instead of spending my money on the latest fashion, jewels or electronic, I buy stuff for survival. They feel bad I don’t “have cool stuff”.

  8. Family thinks I’m a little looney-tunes, but some of them are slowly easing into some basic stocking up! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…

  9. My husband, 2 daughters, and their husbands are all on board. We haven’t really broached the topic too much with extended family. For example, my sister-in-law was horrified when I showed my brother my concealed carry permit – she could not understand why I would ever think about having a gun!

  10. A, for my immediate family. I was the first to become interested (aware) but it didn’t take much to convince hubby, and now it’s a normal conversation within (just) our home.

    A, B and D for extended family. Some are oblivious and intend to stay that way. Some believe something will happen and do a lot of talk, but don’t walk the walk. At best, they crawl.

  11. In my situation, I would have to say a combination of A, B and C. My “significant other” is totally on board with prepping. A few of my relatives are in the B category. All the rest of my family think I’m totally crackers about prepping.

  12. B & C, I finally talked my mom into buying couple 7 gallon jugs for water, that’s as far as she’ll go. My Dad has a case or 2 of water with canned food so he thinks that’s enough and no need to do anything else. My brother doesn’t even have stored water and he has 2 kids.. go figure..I know they think I’m nuts, that’s ok, they’ll all be showing up on my doorstep which makes my prepping more in depth. I gently remind them importance of just a few basics at family gatherings but they never listen.

  13. My husband thinks I’m crazy but he goes along with it because he knows it is important to me. My dad is prepared himself, but everyone else is in LA LA land.

  14. B. My wife still occasionally remarks about what a Boy Scout I am, but I have always tried to take BE PREPARED to heart. Mostly, she used to just tolerate my actions, but a week-long July power outage year before last got her attention. Now she makes practical suggestions instead of smart remarks. A reasonable man accepts positive changes wherever he encounters them.

  15. C for all of my extended family, for sure. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but he supports me in my insanity and isn’t terribly opposed to what I do (as long as I keep the cost down). My teens SAY they think I’m crazy, but in some small way, I can tell they are happy I am doing it.

  16. My son is actually the one who inspired me to begin. He is ready for most anything and I’m getting there.

  17. D. When I first started my family was a little skeptical about what I was doing. However, as time went on they saw the importance of preppinng and started joining in with the preps.

  18. My family has a cast of bottled water and some frozen tamales in the fridge and they think they are ready for anything. I’ve tried to talk to them, but they just don’t get it.

  19. I’ve learned not to talk directly about “prepping”. I found people thought I was either a nutjob or paranoid. Instead I now offer to help people learn some DIY stuff, like canning, dehydrating, making their own herbal remedies etc. to save $$$. I also share some of these “home-made” items as gifts to open the conversation. If they come over to learn, the conversation can include side comments from me like “What would you do if … sudden layoff, 3-4 day power outage” something low key. If they blow it off, we just finish what we’re doing. If they don’t, I ask if they’d be interested in more info. Sad to say, not many have wanted more info.

  20. Sorry, I meant “case” of bottled water, not “cast”! My extended family pretty much ignores anything I have to say, so they don’t listen when I talk about prepping.

  21. They think I am a certified nutcase. When the SHTF they will think I am th smartest person they know and, “can I come in and stay until this is over?” LOL

  22. D: Amused and bemused. As I have become more alarmed, focused, and vocal about what I perceive is “going down” and how to prep for it, my family (2000 miles away) has great fun bringing me up at family gatherings. Face-to-face, the bewilderment as to how I evolved to where I am and where I get my information is apparent. When we get too deep, they shut down and change the subject. I love them. I wish the best for them.

  23. B They think they have a few things and are ready. They don’t call me crazy but I think that they are thinking that. They are not really concerned. If they wake up it will probably too late. Because of our situation we can’t do much to prep.

  24. A. Yes, my husband, daughter, inlaws(they live with us) are happy I’m doing this. My brother probably thinks I’m crazy, but I keep enough supplies to feed his family too. My son keeps his own supplies but since he’s in town I know he will be grabbing the dog, girlfriend and supplies and coming out here.

  25. Mostly C. The ones that know think I’m a little crazy with comments such as “your doomsday room” and smirk. Now I just don’t say anything to anyone.

  26. My family’s definitely on board but they really do not think anything will happen…we’re slowly but surely adding to our family stockpile and being prepared for “just in case.”

  27. A for my husband, fortunately. He is very supportive and on-board with my preps. C for my daughters and sons-in-law, they think I’m a total nut job that I’m afraid to bring it up any more, and I have 10 grandchildren I fear for, one heading of to college in the fall!

  28. C. My husband and daughters let me go about my business of prepping for whatever disaster may be headed our way but whenever I discuss the possibilities ( and there are a lot of them) that’s when I get the “Mom you’re crazy look”. I just think of when the need to have drinking water, a way to cook food , etc. is in our future.

  29. 1 full on board, 3 have a little put away think about it once in awhile and the rest quietly smile. My granddaughter had a tornado warning last week and she grab the emergency toilet and collection that was in the bucket and took it to the basement with the rest of the people from the apartment building. She said everyone wanted to know about the bucket. we are getting somewhere.

  30. Gradually coming around to the way I think and prepare . . . but certainly not there yet. But . . . at least they are open to learning, open to discussion, and open to appropriate actions to enhance our chances . . and that is good.

  31. The kids think I am paranoid and make jokes about my Y2K closet. My husband waffles between thinking I’m a bit of a whack job and glad I’m thinking ahead.

  32. B My wife thinks just having the food that we have in the house will be enough. She is not into being prepared like a good boy scout

  33. I’m on my own, but always have a house full of grand-kids. Their parents are a mixed bunch, but not much prepping, per se. One grandson is full on board, and we have some interesting conversations. The rest just think I’m a little whacked! But, where do they come when they need something?

  34. My oldest son got me prepping a few years ago. My younger son came on board about the same time as I did. The rest of the family think we are nuts. I am not as prepared as I want to be but we have our plans to be together as a family.

  35. What do my family members think of my Prepping activities?
    D. None of the above. They aren’t sure if I am over-reacting… they even give me the impression of being a little unsettled about the whole idea of something happening. I tell them it is better to be prepared and not need it than to need it and not have it.

  36. D. My grown and married son, his wife, and my 2 teenage daughters know we prep and seem glad of it since they don’t prep at all and are expecting to bug out to our home in the country. We prep with them all in mind. None of our extended family know about us prepping however.

  37. My family is a little of A, B, and C. Because of the danger of hurricanes and tornadoes, my husband has finally accepted the need for extra food, water, and gas. We also now have a generator. Threatening to make him stand in one of those lines at gas stations as well as finding an open store with electricity really did get him looking at things my way. He still thinks I have to much ammo, but I assure him a day at the range will wipe out more than a box or two and then it is back to standing in line at 7am at the WalMart on the off chance that our caliber of bullets will come in that day. My oldest daughter and her husband are the only ones on board for an all out SHTF situation.

  38. A. b. and c. Our youngest daughter and middle daughter are full on board with BOB’s and the works, the oldest thinks we are nuts and the next to youngest listens and has some preps but not that many. My brother and their extended family believe in being prepared since they have all spent some of their lives as missionary’s but leave it most up to God. My Uncle and his family are Seven Day adventists,they are homesteaders and are prepared. My Mmm is almost 80 and besides being as prepared as she has always been her whole life and the few extra’s we have bought her, she doesn’t expect to survive any major event at her age.

  39. We’ll I’m new to the prepper thing. But actually have always been a prepper. I guess the military training and being a firefighter for 28 years has nudged me towards being prepared. We have food in the house, but now I’m planning to join the prepper bandwagon and start storing some food. Thankfully this site has given me some material of what is involved (and what not to do) in gathering and storing food. I promise to keep a good inventory. Lately I have been reading a few SHTF books, which kind of start me to go off the deep end, but this site helped here as well. Thanks

  40. My husband goes along but wonders about me. My mom is an extreme prepper. My sisters think we are nuts. Hubby’s family doesn’t even know. My children are in agreement with the idea and are involved at various levels depending on ages, as my kids go from 23 to 6.

  41. My spouse is onboard partially because we live in hurricane central. The rest of the family would be B. However I do have 1 sisbling (who lives about 1500 miles away) that would be an A. My hope is that everyone will start paying attention to what is going on here at home, across the world & start taking steps to being prepared.

  42. My spouse is definitely onboard. One daughter is thinking I am influenced by hubby. Other is starting to listen. Other family is whatever, to each his own.

  43. My brother-in-law & his family gave everyone a 5-gallon bucket with supplies for Christmas last year to get them started. I have several “prepper” friends. My wife thinks I’m nuts but then pops up with “Do you think we need something like this in case of emergency?” LOL

  44. One daughter is A fairly well set up- on acreage, well, generator, chickens, well stocked pantry – but she does it because her husband is self employed at seasonal work and thinks I go a little overboard. My son is B. He was very happy I was staying with him during a week long power outage in the middle of winter but has minimal supplies on hand. My other daughter is harder to categorize. Her family has about 2-3 weeks supplies except for rice which they get 50-100lbs at a time- they live overseas and rice is widely grown in their area. Their home is solar powered but on the grid. They don’t see a need for much more than that but are supportive of what I am doing.

  45. My family, wife and kid think I’m a nut job. But I’ve seen to many extended family members forced from their homes as a result of a natural event. Family members have been forced to temporarily do to flooding, forest fire, and hurricanes. I vowed to be ready with a plan rather than frightened and clueless.

  46. 99% of family do not know about any prepping, but with Y2K, we had both water and bleach bottles to leak into an upstairs closet, so…….we have some stuff set aside, a Berkey water filter, a portable water filter, some canned goods, etc…..and lots of gardening knowledge and fruit trees…..and backyard hens….

  47. My wife thinks I’m a little strange but she puts up with me and understands, to a certain extent, that we need to have preparations in place.

  48. D. My wife is onboard, and gives me rein to do what I feel is necessary to protect us. The rest of the family thinks I’m a nutjob. Which is good. That means they don’t brag about what they know about my preps. Lol

  49. b. every body i know has a bottle or two of water and a few cans of food stashed and they think they are ready for just about anything!!!!!!

  50. Little of B. They have a case of bottled water and a few canned goods and think they are prepared. and C. They think you are a nut-job. My wife is C no question about it. However my parents are B

  51. What do your family members think of your Prepping activities?

    They are onboard and willing partners with my preps, they have very few of their own and think they will survive weeks with beans and water. And they think I’m a nut-job and read too much in to what’s happening in the world.

  52. I live with my sister and brother-in-law. They are ok with my prepping as long as they don’t have to think about it. If left to their own devices they would definitely be: B. They have a case of bottled water and a few canned goods and think they are prepared.

  53. We have been prepping long before the term existed. At first, we spent a fair amount of time telling family members and friends that it was important to be prepared. We gave our adult children supplies if they wanted them.
    When “nothing happened”, their minimal interest dropped to zero. So now, we use our stored food,grateful that the items are non-GMO, much more expensive now than when we bought them and enjoying the results of our forethought of almost 3 decades ago.

  54. My son and I do all the..taking care of things. We get lots of raised eyebrows from family members.

  55. Almost A, my husband thinks it is okay to prepare for a natural disaster, temporary power outages and such and even suggested getting a gun for “varmits” (we live out of town a ways) but does not like to dwell on long term prepping in the event of catastrophic failure. I somewhat agree with him that what you focus on is what you get but my mind and heart say be prepared.

  56. I have one brother and my parents have passed. My brother is B has a few cases of water and some canned goods. He thinks that I am foolishly buying too much.

  57. Kind of a combination of all three, adult children working on getting prepared, husband thinks I am sorry Y2K didn’t work out! Most of my friends and extended family are B

  58. D, I think.My immediate family in my own might think I’m a little crazy but they will listen,help and they don’t hinder me at all.My family in Florida mostly think they should prep and some are much further along than others.

  59. My husband is on board but doesn’t do any of the prepping. He does fund it all and carry everything down to the basement. Our friends think I’m crazy but they have said they are coming here if anything happens. They have been told they will be turned away. I am prepping for another family as well (8 of us total). They have skills that would be valuable in a Bug In situation, so for me, it’s a worthwhile investment. My parents and brother have always prepped since growing up in Hawaii we are constantly losing power or being affected by storms.

  60. I just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to comment and share their thoughts on the question posed. I have been notified of the winners and will ship your books early next week. Some nice, “light” reading for the start of summer. LOL!

    As for my answer to the question. My family is onboard, and has been from the start. Like the character in my first book, the rest of the family is not as vested in the whole process, and I do most of the work related to acquisition and storage. The garden is a family responsibility that everyone enjoys. Overall, the system works, but it’s under a constant state of improvement…under budget restraints of course.

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