My wife and I went to Barnes and Noble two weeks ago. I don’t spend a lot of time in bookstores…usually because I am writing books, not looking for them. I hadn’t been to a B&N in a long time, at least two years. I had to admit I found myself wondering just how long the place would stay open – there were more employees than customers.
I wandered through the genres I write about, just seeing what was on the shelves, when I finally drifted to the magazine rack. There I spotted “What If… Book of Alternate History.” I love this genre so I scarfed a copy. In line with my wife, I opened it and saw there was a section on What if the US had invaded Canada? Wow. I wrote about that (twice) in my book NeverWars (Fonthill Media). War Plan Red covered this much better in the 1930’s, but the earlier plan, for the 1904-1916 version was a fun read. So I wondered if the author had used any of the same sources as me.
I flipped to that page and was surprised. I was the author.
I remember writing it for a British history magazine years earlier and it never dawned on me that they would reprint it. What a weird surprise.
I do recommend the magazine – there are some wonderful articles in it as well as a list of the best alternate history novels.