Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Exodus Strategy: In depth

These days, many people say they're tired of politics, and they want their fiction to be an escape. So it's a bit of a hazard to publish a fictional story that dives right into politics. On September 8th, you can make up your own mind about The Exodus Strategy.

(Now available for pre-order!

I believe that we are dealing with politics every moment of our lives, that there is no way to get away from it...and that it's important to show who we are. Authors are often cautioned to avoid the subject, but in my opinion, your point of view will be visible between the lines.

The Exodus Strategy is a story about women, about love, friendship and solidarity--and the obstacles that arise when you try to change society to the fairer.

In college, Kerry and Hilary wrote a paper detailing that society. The fictional goal was to find a location that suited their needs best, and to start over to teach equality and education over ignorance and stereotypes. Years later, the two women are still friends, but their lives are vastly different: Kerry has just bought a house with her fiancée, and the two of them are planning to have a baby. Kerry's career is about to take off, and they could be happy with their lives if it wasn't for the outcome of their State's election: The new Governor promised a drastic rollback of women's and LGBT rights in his campaign, and now elected, he's delivering. Even with the number of privileges that Kerry and Vivien enjoy, it's only a matter of time before the barrage of new laws affects them too, and those privileges could be a thing of the past for them simply because of gender and sexual orientation.

Hilary runs a multi-billion dollar company with her husband Marc. They, too, are appalled at what's happening, and they are willing to spend a lot of money on damage control. Hilary suggests to Kerry that they start to make a decade-long dream reality: Exodus, a society built on fairness and equality. In the process, Hilary and Marc will move the headquarters of their company to California, the real-life place of Exodus.
For Kerry and Vivien who have social and financial ties to the local community, this is no easy decision. To give up what they know for what so far, is merely a utopia?

Then again, this could be the chance to teach, to live and lead by example. Needless to say, they face strong opposition, and along the way, they still have a lot to learn - including from one another.

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