Welcome to the blog, Alex! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
Hello, thank you for having me here. Five Days Notice is a romantic suspense novel. It is a character driven story about ordinary people living in a world where the global economy have collapsed and the third world war has left the planet a dark and horrible place. There are no new jobs, which mean the two classes in society are the poor and the damned. The poor are those people that works long hours for low pay. The story is about seven people that work in the last superstore in the city, but when job cuts are announced the staff have five days to prove they should be kept on. It is a story that shows the lengths and depths people go through to keep their jobs. Five Days Notice is full of passion, romance, corruption, betrayal and deceit.
What led you to write this novel?
I had the concept of the story for a while. I really liked the simple idea that it all stems from. I use to work in a superstore and at Christmas you would have temps come in. It is how I started there, but after Christmas three of the twenty temps would be kept on and it got very competitive. Some of it got nasty and people back stabbing and gossiping. So I thought what would actually happen if people’s lives actually depended on this low paying and tedious job? How far would people be willing to go to survive and provide for their loved ones? And once I started writing down the idea in my notebook I simply couldn’t stop. The story came alive.
Your novel starts out with only a handful of jobs available. Would you say the current economy influenced your book? How did you make the leap from “bad economy” to “having a job is like winning the lottery”?
Oddly, I wrote this book a while ago and it has been sitting on my computer. It was completed before all the global problems we have all faced. One reason I didn’t put it out until now, I thought it was too depressing at the time. I wanted to really stress the point that the dead end job was a lifeline and that without a job people really couldn’t survive. To do this I have to create a horrible and depressing world, which included a war and global economy collapsing. I never thought that would actually happen! The harsh world in the story sets the tone for the characters. It starts out nice and friendly, but slowly it is every man and women for themselves.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing Five Days Notice? How did you overcome it?
I think my biggest challenge was the ending. I knew which characters I wanted to lose their jobs, kill or turn bad, but the more I wrote the story the more I liked the characters. There really are no bad guys. Everyone does what they do for a justified reason. One character is a single mother, another suffers from domestic abuse, the other is suicidal and depressive and another would do anything for the woman he loves. So the more the story went on and the more I liked the characters I didn’t want anything bad to happen to them, but that is what makes the story. You connect with the characters so much that you end up routing for the bad ones or the corrupt ones, but then you hate them for the things they do and then love them. It is ayo-yo of emotions. In the end I stuck to the plot I planned out and I am glad I did.
What is your best advice on writing?
My best advice for writing is never give up. Sometimes writing is hard and sometimes it is heartbreaking, but you only get from writing what you are willing to put in. If you work hard, stay focused and keep writing then good things will come your way. If an idea isn’t working then place it upon the shelf, brain storm and come up with something new. Don’t disrupt the creative flow. Keep moving forward.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Alex!
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Five Days Notice is available at Sinclair Books.