Learning from survival fiction is one of my passions although I do recognize and accept that many of the scenarios are quite extreme. Still, as a prepper that is continually challenged by the pursuit of knowledge, I keep reading and keep playing the “what if” game in my own mind. One of the best series of books for doing so is Deborah D. Moore’s The Journal Series.
If that name sounds familiar, it is because you were introduced to Deborah a couple of months back when her cookbook was featured In Prepper Book Festival 12. Many of you came out in droves telling me about her Journal Series and how wonderful these books were.
With that introduction, I am pleased to present the first three books of The Journal Series along with another fantastic interview with Deborah.
But first, let me tell you a little bit about her books. The series hero is actually a heroine (and I know from your comments you are thirsty for more survival books where the protagonist is a woman). Allexa is pretty much an ordinary gal, doing her job as the emergency services manager for a small town. When I say ordinary, however, I mean prepper-centric ordinary, like someone else we know, right?
The story unfolds as a diary which chronicles a series of events and the decisions made to get through a wide variety of disruptive events that turn both Allexa’s world and the country upside down.
This week’s giveaway is a special edition of The Journal Series that includes three books, Cracked Earth, Ash Fall, and Crimson Skies. Three copies are up for grabs so there will be three winners! Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.
Prepper Book Festival 13: The Journal Series
Given your background, knowledge, and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
ADAPTATION – things will NOT go as you have planned. Think of it this way: if you’re following a set/worn path and a large tree fell, blocking your route, what would you do? Go around of course, that’s adapting to the situation, and it’s a critical skill to have.
LEARN to read a compass and learn to read the sky. Pay attention to your surroundings. I can smell rain coming, odd as that may sound. I live in the woods; I listen to all the different sounds and the birds… they will tell you much.
DON’T DEPEND ON ANYONE – While it’s good to have faith, it can be fatal or at the least disappointing. If your very life depends on something, then YOU should do it: it’s called paddling your own canoe. This really should be #1.
What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?
This is really difficult! $500 doesn’t go very far these days.
If you’re looking for advice, long term, storable food is always a good choice. For myself, I would stock up on heirloom seeds, and heavy plastic to build a greenhouse (the actual structure can be scavenged).
Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?
No one is totally prepared.
SECURITY – I’m single and live alone. It’s impossible to be on guard 24/7. Hopefully, if TSHTF, one of my sons can make it here. Two is better than one; three is better than two. That being said, I am of the belief that there CAN be too many in certain circumstances. At some point, you will have a major conflict of personalities that will cause problems and distractions, either one can be deadly to the group as a whole.
To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
No one in my family participates in MY efforts, however, most of them share my views and beliefs and prepared themselves to one extent or another. It’s my friends that I’m more concerned about.
What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?
HA! That’s easy: My own books, The Journal Series. I went to great lengths to make the story line and all that happened as real and as plausible as possible, and I think that’s what most readers take away from them – the realism.
Other than mine, I would have to say Alas, Babylon; Lucifer’s Hammer; Earth Abides, these are what got me started.
If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?
I would have to say Where There is no Doctor and Where There is no Dentist, would have to be my first choices, plus maps, lots of maps. Most everything else I have in my head, although that doesn’t do anyone besides me, any good.
Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
From personal experience: You can’t prepare tomorrow for what happens today.
And for those who feel that preparing is a wasteful or useless venture, I would like to share my brother’s favorite quote concerning prepping: “I’m prepared to be wrong. Are you?”
I would also like to announce that The Journal: Martial Law (book #6) is near completion and should be available in a few months.
Update: The Rafflecopter technical issues have been corrected!
Deborah has reserved three copies of a bind-up of The Journal Series, Books 1-2-3, in this newest Book Festival Giveaway. There will be three winners.
A special word about the giveaway question/comment: Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”. This week’s question is:
The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
One reviewer said, “If 5 is the top rating, these books deserve a 10”. I would have to agree. I love the diary/journal format and I love Allexa for who she is and what she tries to accomplish. I also like that Deborah herself is a prepper of the highest order.
Finally, I do encourage you to also take a look at A Prepper’s Cookbook. You will find it is much more than a mere collection of recipes. It is also about life off-grid, and living sustainably. The garden, the animals, and even a quiet walk in the woods are shared in such a way that you really want to get to know both the person and the lifestyle.
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: The Journal Series (Book 1)
Allexa Smeth has believed in being prepared ever since she got caught up in a grocery store mob hours before a big snow storm in Detroit. Many years later she’s living a quiet and peaceful life in a remote region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and still preparing. This serves her well when a horrendous natural disaster rocks the entire country and brings all shipping to a halt, leaving many without food and other necessary supplies.
In her small town of Moose Creek, Allexa serves as the little needed emergency manager, but is called on when many start to feel the effects of the food and gas shortage and they don’t know where else to turn. The nearby county seat is overwhelmed and leaves Allexa to handle the problems that arise on her own.
As the winter progresses, more and more issues come up for Allexa to deal with, some of a very personal nature. Her son turns to her for help in caring for his autistic child when his wife goes missing. She then learns to prioritize and she learns she can’t save everyone.
A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.