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The Accidental Activist

When my fourth-grade class began a unit on current events, math was the only thing that interested me less. That feeling hasn’t changed. I don’t watch the news. I don’t support political candidates or claim a political affiliation. I only get interested in what’s going on in the world after current events become recent history. I have a point of view, but I don’t consider myself an activist.

Careen Catecher, my protagonist in The Resistance Series, believes at the outset of Counteract that one person cannot make a difference. This was not a coincidence.

My primary goal in writing Counteract was to create a story people would enjoy reading. When it became evident that it was shaping up into a dystopian tale about a nanny state on the cusp of becoming a police state, I developed a central conceit that I thought—well, I hoped, anyway—was too far-fetched to ever happen. Themes of liberty and individualism are common in dystopian fiction, and according to reader reviews, Counteract has a strong message of non-compliance and resistance to authority, and a plot that’s not all that far-fetched after all.

Of course the book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. When Counteract was released last August, my husband’s aunt sent me this congratulatory note in a post on Facebook: “Dear Tracy, I hope you have good luck with your book even though I won’t read it because I don’t believe in libertarianism.” That’s okay, Aunt Judy. No hard feelings, even though it’s not a story about just one thing.

Comments from people who did read (and enjoy) Counteract are nothing short of amazing. I’m humbled by the passionate reactions:

One reviewer called Counteract the Millennial Generation’s version of George Orwell’s 1984. (Really? Squeee!)

Another called it a “chilling projection of a controlling government that has used the excuse of terrorism to clamp down on the population.”

More than one reviewer favorably compared Counteract with The Hunger Games and Brave New World.

Someone else said that my writing “fuse[s] entertainment and information into a compelling fictional narrative…which has more power to affect the culture and the ultimate direction of our country than a dry, non-fiction book.”

Wow. Maybe I can make a difference. Maybe I’m turning out to be an activist, after all. Stay tuned…

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