D. W. Welsh’s novella Argonaut – An Angel and Gabri Adventure is finally available on Kindle. This book takes the reader along with the two delightful and adventurous young French citizens on their travel to America by way of steamship during the high belle époque. Witnessing the wealth of New York, as well as the poverty of the immigrant tenements, these two encounter an experimental dirigible, a civilian submarine called a submersible in Baltimore harbor, and meet fascinating and powerful people of the age in 1897 United States. Then they escape with a fortune of the French government’s money and flee southward along the coast of the United States, heading for the tropical islands, pineapples, and of course, bananas.
The sequel, Angel and Gabri’s next adventure, The Banana War is due out later in 2020!
I’m having great fun writing an adventure novel set in 1897. It was such an interesting time when technology was starting to serve more people in more inventive ways. The telephone, for instance. The horseless carriages was being used as taxi cabs in New York city, powered by eleictricity!
Researching the background for the story, I’ve been learning many fascinating details. For instance, the great steamship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, the first of the four funnel luxury liners, was decorated with art throughout, including friezes that were made of colored, pressed plastic-like material.
I was also amazed that the spy camera had already been invented by then, using rolls of film that were cut down the middle from the roll film used in the Kodak early box camera!
(Electric Cabs in New York Photo from the Museum of the City of New York)
I write serious history books as my main occupation, though it pays little, so I could probably say it is an avocation. And I publish them under my own name, David W. Wooddell.
But my dirty little secret – well, one of them I’m willing to admit to here – is that I write fiction, too.
That’s right. Factually incorrect narratives, with wildly imaginative “facts” that are improbable, but plausible if you squint, and drink enough caffeine, and are excited by space travel, aliens, and new interpretations of physics and biology. And occasional sex. Because sex sells, and it is hilarious to write. Especially when combined with the new interpretations of biology, in which… oh, never mind for now. Just take my word for it.
Evidently, to be a successful fiction author, I need a nom de pen (or should that be nom de word processor?) I’m currently writing a series of science fiction novels. And those will be followed with a series of speculative historical adventure novels with some traces of steam punk levity.
Any suggestion would be gratefully received. I won’t guarantee I’ll use the suggestion. But I do think it would be fun to see what people suggest, and there is always a chance I might like one enough to use it on my books.
If I end up using one of the suggestions, I will award the person an autographed copy of my first science fiction novel, The Invisibles, after it is published later this year.
Who’s in? Make a comment below, or send one to me, here or on FB at my writer page.