Pharmaceuticals are gone. What do you do?
Welcome to an un-medicated America in this dystopian, literary thriller.
After a series of devastating terrorist attacks deprives America of the pharmaceuticals on which it depends, Aberdeen Childress fights to keep her family and an apartment building full of lost souls sane and safe in a city run by agents of the very drug cartel responsible for the attacks.
As the military moves in to stop the chaos, private companies deal with those off their medications and fraudulent faith healers promise deliverance, Aberdeen is forced to deal with the city's tormentors to fulfill her needs, and the needs of the people she loves. In this dystopian America, she must decide if she'll become a heroine and overcome her enemies or give in to the allure of a fraying society and fulfilled desires.
Faced with an uncertain future and hindered by her own failing lungs, Aberdeen struggles to maintain balance, to save lives, and to survive in a world where salvation and destruction are intimately linked to chemicals.
Interview with the Author:
Q - What can readers expect from this book?
A - Chemicals is a dark read confronting our dependency on drugs and America's war on drugs. It takes a creative look at a scenario where we are left without an escape via chemicals from all our problems, both physical and mental. If you have ever feared the outcome of terrorism or the impact of drug cartels on society, this will keep you fascinated. But it's a great dystopian/post apocalyptic read as well with some science fiction flair. Fans of psychological suspense and a strong female protagonist will be pleased as well.
Q - Is this book standalone or will it be part of a series?
A - Originally written as a standalone, I'm in the works of writing a sequel. I think the entire series will be three books long and I look forward to going deeper into an America without ready access to legal drugs and what that might look like for my characters.
Q - Why is Chemicals important to readers?
A - Whether we like it or not, most of us have addictions or dependencies on modern drugs, illicit or legal. I wouldn't be alive today without my asthma inhalers. It's scary to consider a scenario where we are cut off from the drugs most of us need in order to lead our lives in health and happiness. I have yet to run across an American that doesn't need pharmaceuticals; it affects all our lives so much. How horrible would it be if that blessing was disturbed by some terrorist, drug cartel act?
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Chemicals takes us to another version of America. One where our dependency on drugs, both illicit and prescription, haunts us aggressively. At its core, it's a story about a small tribe of people trying to survive and take care of one another, while tumultuous happenings occur all around them. Equal parts social commentary and suspense wrapped in a high concept plot, Chemicals asks readers to gauge how sane they really are, or how sane they've been conditioned to be.
Smithereens, the sequel to Chemicals, is currently being outlined and plotted.
Erica Crockett knew she wanted to be a writer as soon as she could chew on a pencil. Chemicals is the passion-fueled result of practicing her craft. She's hard at work finishing her twelve-book series, The Blood Zodiac, the first volume slated for release in Spring 2016. When she's not penning novels, she's writing comics and short stories or traveling the globe. She resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and pets.
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