Hey gang, how we doing? Feeling okay? Getting settled in?
As I published a book towards the start of the pandemic, back when we really didn’t know how long things would go (not that we do now, but maybe we were all a bit more optimistic back in late March), I did wonder for a minute — what would my characters do if their story was interrupted by COVID-19? How would any of my stories adjust to a global pandemic?
And while we’re not the first authors to deal with something like this (hello, Spanish Flu), this is a much more modern time. In the end, obviously, it was never a major consideration to edit Twenty Year Reunion. Although I supposed it would have added a fun twist to force Quinn and Rebecca to get stuck in the States, or in quarantine together. Ahem. Going forward, I wonder how this time will impact my writing and future projects.
If I look back at my published works, a modern pandemic wouldn’t have much to do with Queen Juliette and her issues (but for her descendants…well, it could potentially factor in). However, for all of my marching band novels, my poor characters would be far apart from each other, safely social distancing, and unable to practice – let alone compete or perform in a Friday night football game. For Liz in her cross country road trip, well, she wouldn’t have been able to go anywhere, or perhaps she might have got stuck somewhere with no one (except trusty Apollo, of course).
For the upcoming books I’m editing, Take One! at Mulholland High, again, the characters and are their little dramas wouldn’t be happening, and as for my Louvre project – again – people wouldn’t be out in public at some of the numerous large scale events where the book takes place.
I have no doubt authors are currently at work with books containing people in isolation together (and there have been some cute fanfic to come out of this), and the longer this goes on, I wonder about the larger impact on fiction across all mediums.
If you’re an author, how do you feel about the pandemic conditions and your WIPs? Are you incorporating anything into any current projects? Would you consider writing a novel with the pandemic included in your story?
And for readers, can you reccomend any good (fictional) pandemic reads? The Stand, The Passage, and Station Eleven are some of my favorites.