Thursday, February 17, 2011

More About War Plan Crimson

A Bit More About War Plan Crimson: A Novel of Alternate History, © 2010, by Michael Cnudde:

The background of War Plan Crimson is very factual. In my story, a fascist dictator overthrows FDR in 1934 (Check out something called the Business Plot - it almost happened) and decides to invade Canada to unify and strengthen his hold on power. In the mid-30, the American military had a number of colour-coded war plans kept in contingency. War Plan Red was for war with the British Empire; Canada was labeled Crimson. Essentially the the US plan was to take and hold Canada before reinforcements could come from the British Empire and then annex their new conquests. Canada however, had its own defense plan, called Defense Scheme One, which envisioned as war approached, that Canada would launch a series of pre-emptive strikes into the US in order to buy time for help to arrive from elsewhere. Canadian troops would fight a slow withdrawal across US soil, blowing up bridges, dams, power-plants, telephone exchanges as they went, trading time for space.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Final Manuscript Handover

Today I just handed over the final draft of War Plan Crimson to my editor, Eileen Young and my designer Tristan Tinder. Whoa.

Monday, February 7, 2011

War Plan Crimson - Half-tone Cover Art

This is closer to the final finished cover art for War Plan Crimson. The half-tone effect that I was aiming for makes it more "historical." Note the extra smoke clouds around the Peace Tower. I wanted to make it look a bit like the famous photo of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral taken during the Blitz. I think it works nicely.

Cover art by Tristan Tinder.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ISBN Numbers Granted!

One more step towards publication: we've granted our ISBN numbers, which means in the eyes of the National Library of Canada, we exist!  We have one number for our print version and one number for our electronic version. Meanwhile, work on the cover continues and we hope to have that to show you soon.