I asked myself a question recently: Can a book of fiction make any significant difference in the real world in which we live? I didn’t get around to asking that question until after thirty years of being a professional author and having published a couple of dozen books. Still, my perspective on writing began to change in 2019. I contribute that change to two key factors:
- I became much more interested in the upcoming presidential election that’s due to take place on November 3, 2020, especially when I learned that author and spiritual leader, Marianne Williamson had entered the race. That spark of interest was fanned into a flame when I started listening to her message and vision for America and the world.
- I also began to participate with an international organization, Landmark Worldwide. This educational organization had made a profound difference in my life in the late eighties and nineties. I even met my wife in a Landmark course, but then we stopped participating until 2019. Through participating in their Curriculum for Living, I became re-energized that I could make a difference in the world through my writing.
Here is why I decided I had to write my next book of visionary fiction entitled, The Fringe Candidate (Book One of the Amberica Series). The current state of our political climate is one of tremendous division between our two parties here in the United States with Independents caught in the middle. It’s a climate where many of our leaders are more interested in maintaining their political careers than serving the citizens who elected them. It’s become so bad that it’s dangerous even to bring up the topic of politics for fear it will lead to arguments among friends and family members. So instead, we try to ignore it all or allow our attention to be diverted away from what’s happening in our country. Our nation is divided by politics into red states, blue states, and a few purple ones.
The sad truth is this is our current state of affairs, and the more disturbing truth is that predictably it will only worsen over time. The division will only widen along with income inequality. Meanwhile, vitally important issues are being ignored or only given lip service: Issues such as climate change, healthcare for all citizens, our mounting national debt, the crumbling infrastructure, and more.
But imagine with me for just a minute a different future and vision. What if there was a transformation in our culture away from fear and hate and instead shaped by love and respect for each other? A coming together with integrity, open honest communication, and a collaboration of both parties with the will of the people, and there was one exceptional candidate who led the citizens of Amberica to such a future.
Wait a minute—Amberica?
Yes, Amberica. The story takes place in the fractured nation of Amberica. It surrounds the presidential campaign of fringe candidate Angeline Tarkington, who seeks to replace the current autocratic leader and put the country back on an even keel.
Led to the brink of destruction by its corrupt president, Amberica is bleaker than ever. Who could hope to unseat Oscar Wellian, a fascist who wields the full force of martial law? Plenty are willing to try, but only one entrant has what it takes to give Oscar a run for his ill-gotten gains. Enter Angeline Tarkington . . . the people’s final hope.
Despite her heart of gold and concrete ideals, it won’t be easy. Is Tarkington’s integrity enough to combat systemic corruption and heal a hemorrhaging nation? An amalgam of corporate interests known as ‘The Triumvirate’ will stop at nothing to silence her, and Tarkington can’t expect victory without sacrifice.
Tarkington’s ability to transform those around her will be put to the ultimate test, as new allies may mean the difference between victory and defeat, but will they join her? In any case, she’ll need to tread very carefully. Unmasking a monster will be an invitation to an all-out duel with the nation as the prize.
So, back to the question: Can a book of fiction make any significant difference in the real world in which we live? My answer is a resounding YES! Especially when it’s a work of visionary fiction. And that’s why I wrote The Fringe Candidate. I believe that such a transformation isn’t only possible but necessary and imminent. If you’d like to learn more and perhaps join me along the way in his new year, go to my website to learn more.
Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Visionary Fiction Alliance.