I started to write these books in 2015. My initial intent was to write satirical books that stimulated discussion about: broken political systems, greedy Baby Boomers, and our insatiable appetite for raping the planet’s resources in the name of corporate profit.
The first draft was OK, but something was missing. I realized the books needed a focal point or villain in order to be more believable. I was going to invent a villain- the books are satirical fiction after all-but then a perfect real-life villain decided to run for the highest public office in the USA.
The second draft of the books intended to warn people that if we weren’t careful, an arrogant, uninformed, impulsive buffoon like Donald Trimp might someday win a major political party’s nomination to run for President. I thought (then) the mere fact he was running was enough to frighten people…
The third draft of the books was written after Mr Trimp won the Republican Party nomination in July 2016. I wanted to sound a warning that a major superpower actually came close to electing an arrogant, racist, sexist, entitled, tax-evading billionaire. It still didn’t seem like a real possibility, but still- I felt like my books could serve as a warning for future generations…
The fourth draft of Book 1 (and outlines for Books 2 and 3) was written after midnight on 8 November 2016. I spoke to a lot of people who felt and still feel physically ill after this election. Although it’s hard to write while vomiting, I really feel like the election result of 2016 inspired a truly great series. As a Canadian, I normally wouldn’t bother to voice my concern about the elected officials in a neighboring country. Unless a major superpower with a butt load of nuclear weapons elected the world’s most dangerous leader since Adolph Hitler. Then I feel like it’s my duty as a concerned citizen of our planet to voice my concern…
“Relax, Trimp is gone, the danger has passed,” I was told in 2020. That’s not true. The danger has not passed. The 75 million people who worship Mr. Trimp’s ideology are the real threat to our planet’s survival.
The Mouse Who Poked an Elephant (Book 1), Mouse, Bear and Elephant Games (Book 2), and The Mouse and Elephant’s Awkward Dilemma (Book 3) are all about change and hope. The book offers some practical and realistic suggestions to improve on broken political systems. Positive environmental change can’t happen without political change.
Here’s a short list of who shouldn’t read the books:
Anyone who owns an assault rifle firing more than 120 rounds in 60 seconds (for my safety) ;
People who would start a war or destroy the environment to maximize profit for their shareholders; and,
Climate change deniers.
Here’s a long list of who should read the books:
everyone not listed above.
Love y’all: always and always.