I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, EE ‘Doc’ Smith and others. They wrote great science fiction. That is what they did. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought to ask them why they wrote science fiction or where they got their inspiration or what motivated them to write the stories that they created. But, most of the people that I have talked with who have read my book the first question they ask me is “What inspired you to write your book?” My response… crickets. I don’t know. I didn’t know that I was inspired to write anything, but I guess that I was actually. I’ve watched a lot of sci-fi movies and read a lot of books, and a lot of them rely on the main characters doing something stupid or illogical in order to create a plot. I didn’t like this approach, and it often ruined the story for me. I feel like real life presents a sufficient number of challenges that an author shouldn’t have to rely on their characters doing something dumb. So, I decided to write a short story to illustrate my point.
A few years ago, an earthquake occurred offshore from Columbia. There was an initial concern that there might be a tsunami as a result. The tsunami never occurred, but I thought what would have happened if that earthquake had occurred a few hundred miles to the east. Would it have possibly created a tsunami that would have washed over the ABC islands? What else might an earthquake cause that would be catastrophic in that area and how might people respond. Then I thought about Angel Falls, and being an avid spelunker I knew I had the genesis for my short story. But as I was putting my short story together, it kept getting longer and longer until it was no longer a short story but rather a full-length book. I tried to remain true to my original premise that a good plot can be created by ordinary people responding in a logical and rational way to situations presented to them in real life.