Want to flatter a writer? Send them a selfie reading their book. Works for me. This man has nerd written all over him. My target audience. My tribe.
Cyber War I is as much a primer on computer security as it is fiction. And as far as fiction goes, I didn’t make much up. DDoS attacks. Ransomware. I took everything from the headlines. I figured there might be a market for cybercrime fiction because I couldn’t find any. Some stories play it up by saying a massive DDoS attack leads to some sort of dystopia, but that’s about as much tech detail they provide.
I read a number of nonfiction books for source material. I will say, they were very good reads. Such good stories that they read like fiction. Fatal system Error by Joseph Menn and Kingpin: How One Hacker Took over the Billion Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen. Reminds me of the first cybercrime book I ever read, a solid twenty years ago, The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll.
I’m still outlining and researching more than actual writing, for my next novel. I would tell you that my new job has slowed down my progress, but that’s not to say it’s because I’m too busy with work that I haven’t the time to write. It’s that all the discovery involved in a new job occupies my free thoughts. I wrote my last novel during my ten and fifteen mile runs. Nowadays, my free thoughts center around all my work projects. It’s so hard to discipline random thoughts.
I’ve discovered a new trick though. My buddy Dave has prompted me to listen to podcasts again. Dan Carlin and Sam Harris. Something I used to do more regularly ten years ago. I downloaded four cyber security podcasts and began listening to them on my ten mile run today. Excellent method to obtain source material for my next book. Absolutely brilliant use of my time.