Blue Dawn vs Red Dawn – How the title of my new novel came to be

Red Dawn still inspires…

Good fiction excites the reader and spawns healthy debate and discussion. It can alter perspectives, reaffirm convictions in a reader, and it can stir passions. This is done with good characters and compelling stories. In Blue Dawn, I try and weave these two things together into a lifeline for the reader to hold onto as they read about an overthrown United States, one replaced by a socialist nation called Newmerica.

Let’s start with the title, Blue Dawn. I have always been a fan of the original 1980’s film, Red Dawn. Many people are drawn into tales where people face impossible odds. That’s why the Alamo and the Battle of Camarón, Corregidor, and others resonate with people. Such situations, where people are surrounded, outnumbered, with no hope for victory often tells us the most about their character and how they face those last desperate minutes. In the last year I think many Americans have felt like they were under siege too.  Many have felt their values and freedoms under constant assault. 

Seriously, it’s just fiction…

The film Red Dawn also takes people who have zero experience in guerilla warfare, and turns them into freedom fighters – which is a parallel of what happens in Blue Dawn. The movietaps that feeling, of America under attack, being trapped behind enemy lines. It is why it registers with people after all of these years. In Blue Dawn, America is gone – progressives seize control and get everything they want and desire. They do so at the price of freedom and liberty. 

We all watched the riots that occurred during the summer of 2020. We saw groups that moved to the forefront like ANTIFA, whose goals include the destruction of America and capitalism. We saw the media largely ignore or downplay the carnage. We witnessed politicians play along, all with a blatant agenda. Everyone witnessed Big Tech manipulating what was seen on social media. It was hard to write this novel because of the underlying events writing themselves as I worked on it.

This book was going to be about the origins of a Second American Civil War. I toyed with a long list of titles, but Blue Dawn clicked with me. Mostly because the book opens five years after a bloody coup to seize control of the United States, morphing the country into a new entity, Newmerica.

For readers to truly understand the new nation, I had to immerse them in that new culture. It is a world where the self-appointed social justice warriors are playing judge and jury against anything they perceive as a slight. It is a nation where neighbors turn on neighbors; where patriotism is a crime, and where conservatives are locked away in Social Quarantine camps ‘for their own protection.’  It is a progressive utopia, at least on the surface. I knew that when many readers read about it they would feel like the characters of the story – they would be angry, they would want this twisted version of our country to come to an end. Ultimately this new twisted version of the nation compels the characters in the novel to fight back against the tyranny that masks itself as a ‘Great Reformation.’

For a long time, at least 6-7 years, I wanted to write a series of books of a new American Civil War, and Blue Dawn kicks that off. It took a long time to get the stories right, develop the right characters, and to refine the setting. I did not want to cover the war from a purely military perspective, but rather through the eyes of characters who grow and evolve.

As to why I wrote this book…I like to think that in our nation’s history, books have spurred thinking, action, and change. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or even Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle all raised issues and concerns to the masses. I don’t believe for a minute that Blue Dawn is that level of inspiration, but it will resonate with many readers.

In the end, it is a piece of fiction. I am not saying this is going to happen, only that I based much of the novel on real-world events. I certainly don’t want this to happen. This is not the story of a single person, but of a group of people who are ultimately drawn together against a common foe – an oppressive socialist state, a shadow of the former United States.  Hard times create hard men and women – and Newmerica, for all of its lofty goals and ideals, creates great characters to work with.   

Interested? You can pick up Blue Dawn via Amazon BLUE DAWN – KINDLE AND PAPERBACK

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