Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Eternity Began Tomorrow launches next Wednesday, September 18—one week from today! Are you ready?
This is one of those books that came about in an almost accidental way. I had written an opening for it back in 2012, but it didn’t have the momentum to get past the first speed bump. You writers know how that goes. Inspiration takes you only so far, then you have to get down to the nitty gritty of making the thing stand on its own. Good luck with that. Sometimes there’s nothing to do but bail.
So I put it away for six years. Then returned to it while looking for a new project to work on. Something about the Trump era made it feel more relevant now, especially with our national backsliding on climate change that’s been going on since that charlatan got elected. I reread my opening and started a note file on October 12 last year. Interestingly, my protagonist in the 2012 opening was a male reporter named “Blazes” Bolan, but on October 12, I said on the first page of the notes, “Maybe Blazes is a woman. Heh.”
And so she is. Molly “Blazes” Bolan—firecracker scribe for an online news outlet in San Francisco.
I started writing on October 13 in a highly improvisational way, with a basic feel for how the story should play out but not much more than that. People showed up asking to be in the book. I let them in. Ideas popped into my head and I gave them a shot. Many of them seemed to work. Some didn’t, so I scrapped ‘em. It was a relaxed process, and it felt really good to write that way, with no sense of anxiety or fear about how it was going to work out. Why? Because I was super-chill about the whole thing!
Maybe that’s why I named the fictional pop-drug featured in the book “Chillax.”
Anyway, in five months I was done with the writing, and for one of the first times in my writing life I had to say, “I did not see that coming,” with regard to how the thing evolved. Surprises aplenty, for me and for you, I hope.
Readers who are familiar with my stuff might find this one to be an interesting cross between Occasional Soulmates and Fascination, though with a darker, socially relevant feel developing as it goes along. That’s because we now live in darker, socially relevant times, when decisions we make can very well affect the future. All decisions do, I guess, but these days it feels like the consequences are going to arrive a lot sooner than expected. This mood gives EBT its sharp edges.
I’ll talk a little more about the book over the next few days, but in the meantime, have a look at the description, below. (Thanks to Carrie Rubin, Marie A Bailey, and Cinthia Ritchie for helping me refine the blurb. And by the way, I’m starting out by publishing the ebook only, following up with a paperback in 2020. Pricing for the Kindle edition is $2.99.)
Eternity Began Tomorrow
When Molly “Blazes” Bolan, a young hotshot reporter for an online news outlet, is assigned the biggest story of her career, she’s eager to run with it. Her subject, John Truthing, has built a cultish organization called “Eternity Began Tomorrow” to fight climate change, and it’s starting to snowball big time. As Blazes digs in, she’s both impressed and disturbed by Truthing, a charismatic eco-warrior with revolutionary ideas. Disturbed because his followers are mainly millennials, all hooked on a drug called Chillax and so devoted they would jump off a cliff if he asked it of them. Fact by fact, Blazes uncovers the truth about Chillax, the truth about its maker, Lebensraum Enterprises of Liechtenstein, and the truth about Truthing himself. And just as Molly’s own brother, Rory, gets recruited into the group, Truthing announces his run for president in 2020 as an independent. Blazes knows that the final story in her EBT series could destroy his movement, but she’s torn. The cause is worthy. The stakes are high. And the election of 2020 could decide the fate of life on earth. If Trump wins reelection, it’s all over.
A provocative exploration of society, politics, and human nature in an era of conflict and mistrust, Eternity Began Tomorrow shows us that the truth is never easy to confront and the political is always personal.