Title: A Shit Storm
Series: Six Silver Strings E String Set
Author: Lisa Gillis
Editor: Pedantic Punctuator
Page Count: 328 pages
Genre: New Adult – Rock Romance
Published: March 13, 2015
Is it possible to disappear in 2015?
Tristan’s story is one I never intended to write. Yet one day as I sat on the pier, staring into the lake, the novel came to me as clear as if I’d just read it and put away my kindle. Eagerly I began writing that night when my household was sleeping.
Tristan finding his own identity is the main plot of A Shit Storm. He lives in an age where it’s hard to break away from his famous father’s image, because that image is immortalized on the internet through pixels and websites. Frustrated to the extreme with the expectations that come with being the son of a rock star, he takes on a new name and relocates.
Only a chapter in, the challenges of this book smacked me in the face. A world of internet and other technology is the driving force behind the plot—the reason he runs away. Yet this same technology twisted on me and became a hindrance in every chapter.
‘How to make a character realistically disappear for three months’ consumed my thoughts every hour of the day.
In this age, kids of the rich and prominent often wear, or are implanted with, some type of tracker. The tracker chips need a battery replacement every few years, plus their connection to tumors hasn’t been ruled out. Therefore, in A Shit Storm, it was easy enough to opt for Tristan to wear a bracelet that he could easily leave behind when he ran away. First hurdle leaped.
The next 2015 problem to rear its head was the footprints of cell phones and internet activity.
An online relationship plays a big part in this story. Even if Tristan turned his phone off or left it behind, Jack and Marissa—as parents who pay the bill—would certainly have access to cell phone logs of their son. Also, when it comes to online activity, there’s no doubt that someone with the money and connections of this prominent family would be able to obtain internet IP logs from their internet provider. These records could lead them to the very address—exact street and house number—that it was imperative to my story that they not find. This was the trickiest obstacle to sidestep when writing and even editing, but I think with a lot of brainstorming it was pulled off.
Another complication turned out to be not as much techie related as bureaucratic. I’m old enough to remember writing checks daily without ever being asked for my driver’s license, and I remember just a few years later in time having to leave a buggy of groceries and walk out because I didn’t have my license. How quickly things change. These days, an ID is imperative to almost anything we do outside our home . In A Shit Storm, where was Tristan going to sleep on the road? Not in a hotel, which requires ID. As the story goes on, I needed him to fly from Detroit to L.A. But how, without a driver’s license? He needed a job… etc…
Now with the story published, I look back and can say one thing for sure. I wouldn’t want to try to disappear under normal circumstances—much less as the kid of Jackal’s Jack Storm!
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Lisa Gillis lives in Texas among family and loves it all, from the beaches deserts to the sprawling metropolises. Her loyal, loving musician husband inspires her fictional men, and her beautiful-hearted son brings the light to her world.
Writing is her passion, and she strives to blend the perfect mixture of fantasy and reality into her books. While listening to music, the little voices in her head become the fascinating characters in her novels, and each series, including Silver Strings, is infused with her love of music, bands and concerts.
When she’s not writing or making her own music on her guitar or drums, she’s catering to her spoiled, hyper and lovable chocolate lab, Bailey.
Graphics courtesy of Author Lisa Gillis.