A while ago my husband challenged me to write a sci-fi story! Now he didn’t do this because I am wedded to chick-lit and can’t look a vampire in the teeth. Anyone who has read my blog will know of my fondness for space travel, space peril and anything a little zombified or on a motorbike – and that’s just education! The thing is, round the morning wake up coffee on a leisurely saturday morning we had an idea, as you do, and I sort of said ‘well perhaps I’ll write it’ and he said ‘go on then’ and I said ‘I will’ and that… ‘I know you are but what am I?’ conversation developed into a little eBook on Amazon.
GOLD is the story of a small asteroid that passes near earth. A few pieces break off and strike the planet – they are solid gold. Alfie Willis, a young female astronomer, sets out to find the strike sites and the price of gold begins to plummet. Drone strikes, murder and a chase across the world ensue as Alfie, an Australian family, a Pakistani community, and a conspiracy of interests all get tangled up in a race to find the pot of gold, examine its properties and exploit its treasure.
I even gave my character, Alfie Willis a little Twitter feed and a Tumblr
Many years ago, I lived in Tanzania, close to the time that it changed from Tanganyika to Tanzania, and the places I visited such as the Ngorongoro Crater did not seem empty then, but when I went back as far as Kenya in 1985, there was much less than I remembered. Perhaps it’s like the maize that grew high above my head when I was little and seemed so huge then
Me in the maize, me small, it tall!
and now barely makes a maze for me now; or perhaps it is true that there is much less than there was, and if that was true then how about now? Anyway being an incurable writer, I wrote a novel, a political thriller, which, like the one before it, nearly got published, and like the one that has come after it I have decided to indulge in self publishing, well blogging. The page Novel is precisely that, chapter by chapter I will rework it and put it up there, but just so’s yer know, while most stuff on here is licensed under Creative Commons, An Empty Wilderness is © All rights reserved by, yours truly, Judith Gunn, read it, by all means, comment by all means, but publishers pay for it (ha ha!) so as you were – ENJOY!