Alicia Sumpter is creating Dystopian Fiction
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I’ve been publishing short stories and scenes, on and off, for the past few years on my blog The Porch Stories, and in 2016 I successfully completed my first NaNoWriMo. What I ended up with at the end of that November was 50k words of ideas that I’ve been sorting through and piecing together in my spare time ever since. Those ideas, and hastily drafted scenes, have exploded into a novel that  has become the entire focal point of my existence.

Dystopian themes are about the author's view of what the world would look like if a certain set of variables are changed. For me, the catalyst was something as simple as a jack-o-lantern contest where the losers are executed. My wife made a comment to the effect of “What if...” and my brain exploded. For me to create a world where this could happen, I needed to change a few things. I haven’t actually split the atom here, but there are definite differences. For the most part I have left the world itself alone and dealt only with the U.S. of A. As with many authors who tackle projects like this, I have taken the politics of my time, and the opinions of the hundreds of people I’ve encountered and had conversations with, and built a country that matches what I envision. My point of view is very Spartan-esque, slicing away a lot of frill and general garbage. I’m a firm believer in doing for yourself as opposed to buying your way to happiness. My own world, the one I see when I look out the window of my apartment is very small and troubled. People are confused and struggling, and the reasons that stand out to me the most are corporate greed, and the desensitized inaction of a dying government. What if that all went away? What if a livable wage was not an issue, and people everywhere could have fresh food without having to micro-manage their accounts, or beg? What if you could go anywhere in the country for free? What if all debt was erased? What if violent crime was erased? What if, in exchange for all of that, you had to give the government the right to assess your children during their early school years and remove the ones they didn’t like?

Smashing Pumpkins focuses mainly on the lives of four people who are all affected by the same rules. We’ve all got histories and lives that shape how we react to things, so I’ve really dug into the backgrounds of my characters and tried to show the connections that make them who they are in the story. Overlaying it all is the political practices and opinions that will always insert themselves into a group’s dynamics. Seems like a lot to manage in a single novel, right? 

I know there are a vast amount of dystopian writers out there cranking out books that are being mass consumed and deeply loved by their fans. The idea of putting my first novel next to theirs is definitely humbling. My first love is the fantasy genre with wizards and witches and demons (oh yeah!), but the book in front of me has taken over my life and won’t let me go home until it’s finished. If you like a darker themed tale that is coated in desert-dry humor, you may find my work to be just the thing you’re looking for.

I truly hope you’ll join me on this adventure. Companions always make a trip far more interesting.

Tiers
A Fan
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
All Fans will receive heartfelt gratitude and:


  • Access to each chapter as it is finished
  • Access to the Community
  • A weekly post on WTH I think I'm doing with my life
  • An occasional video as time allows
A Bigger Fan
$5 or more per month 1 patron
My gratitude is enormous here.  Really, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have a fan like you.  Bigger Fan's get bigger rewards!


  • All lower tier rewards
  • Preview access to the next chapter
  • Access to my character sketches. NOTE: These aren't stick figures, I wouldn't do that to you, but I've never taken any real drawing lessons, so the sketches are pretty basic.  Still, if they inspire you to draw you own versions I would love to see them.
  • Access to notes regarding my world-building (current and future)
Autograph Guy
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow, I'm truly flattered that you like my work this much!


  • All lower tier rewards
  • Access to discarded scenes and characters.
Fan Girl
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Now I’m all awkward and stuff.  As much as I hope for this kind of a fan, to actually have one makes me blush. 


  • All lower tier rewards
  • A one-on-one on Google Hangouts 
Goals
$5 of $300 per month
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." ~Lao Tzu
While it is a small step by comparison to the many miles ahead, it's an important one.  Reaching this goal means two things to me:
  1. You like my work
  2. I can spend a little more time creating and a little less time grinding for someone else.
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I’ve been publishing short stories and scenes, on and off, for the past few years on my blog The Porch Stories, and in 2016 I successfully completed my first NaNoWriMo. What I ended up with at the end of that November was 50k words of ideas that I’ve been sorting through and piecing together in my spare time ever since. Those ideas, and hastily drafted scenes, have exploded into a novel that  has become the entire focal point of my existence.

Dystopian themes are about the author's view of what the world would look like if a certain set of variables are changed. For me, the catalyst was something as simple as a jack-o-lantern contest where the losers are executed. My wife made a comment to the effect of “What if...” and my brain exploded. For me to create a world where this could happen, I needed to change a few things. I haven’t actually split the atom here, but there are definite differences. For the most part I have left the world itself alone and dealt only with the U.S. of A. As with many authors who tackle projects like this, I have taken the politics of my time, and the opinions of the hundreds of people I’ve encountered and had conversations with, and built a country that matches what I envision. My point of view is very Spartan-esque, slicing away a lot of frill and general garbage. I’m a firm believer in doing for yourself as opposed to buying your way to happiness. My own world, the one I see when I look out the window of my apartment is very small and troubled. People are confused and struggling, and the reasons that stand out to me the most are corporate greed, and the desensitized inaction of a dying government. What if that all went away? What if a livable wage was not an issue, and people everywhere could have fresh food without having to micro-manage their accounts, or beg? What if you could go anywhere in the country for free? What if all debt was erased? What if violent crime was erased? What if, in exchange for all of that, you had to give the government the right to assess your children during their early school years and remove the ones they didn’t like?

Smashing Pumpkins focuses mainly on the lives of four people who are all affected by the same rules. We’ve all got histories and lives that shape how we react to things, so I’ve really dug into the backgrounds of my characters and tried to show the connections that make them who they are in the story. Overlaying it all is the political practices and opinions that will always insert themselves into a group’s dynamics. Seems like a lot to manage in a single novel, right? 

I know there are a vast amount of dystopian writers out there cranking out books that are being mass consumed and deeply loved by their fans. The idea of putting my first novel next to theirs is definitely humbling. My first love is the fantasy genre with wizards and witches and demons (oh yeah!), but the book in front of me has taken over my life and won’t let me go home until it’s finished. If you like a darker themed tale that is coated in desert-dry humor, you may find my work to be just the thing you’re looking for.

I truly hope you’ll join me on this adventure. Companions always make a trip far more interesting.

Recent posts by Alicia Sumpter

Tiers
A Fan
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
All Fans will receive heartfelt gratitude and:


  • Access to each chapter as it is finished
  • Access to the Community
  • A weekly post on WTH I think I'm doing with my life
  • An occasional video as time allows
A Bigger Fan
$5 or more per month 1 patron
My gratitude is enormous here.  Really, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have a fan like you.  Bigger Fan's get bigger rewards!


  • All lower tier rewards
  • Preview access to the next chapter
  • Access to my character sketches. NOTE: These aren't stick figures, I wouldn't do that to you, but I've never taken any real drawing lessons, so the sketches are pretty basic.  Still, if they inspire you to draw you own versions I would love to see them.
  • Access to notes regarding my world-building (current and future)
Autograph Guy
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow, I'm truly flattered that you like my work this much!


  • All lower tier rewards
  • Access to discarded scenes and characters.
Fan Girl
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Now I’m all awkward and stuff.  As much as I hope for this kind of a fan, to actually have one makes me blush. 


  • All lower tier rewards
  • A one-on-one on Google Hangouts