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Meet the Characters: Michael Ross & Natalya Avramowitz

Who is Michael Ross? Michael Ross is an economic advisor to the US President. Ross leaves the UN and goes to Washington. In the story, Ross influences the President to push for greater American manufacturing production and enforcement of existing trade policies. These lead to a slow down and ultimately near collapse of the Chinese and Asian economies. The result filters through to a fall in the price of raw materials and oil which punishes the developing and emerging markets…
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Q&A with David L. Blond

Q. When you are not writing what do you do for relaxation? We have two dogs and they take up a lot of the day. We try to drive to the regional dog park with them once a day and while they run, we walk. It’s around one and a quarter miles around the perimeter of the fenced in area and we try to do it two or three times to get in exercise. It’s a beautiful park set in…
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Q&A Writing with David L. Blond

Q. What Genre do you like to write? I like stories with a plot that is tied closely to real events. Thus thrillers are easy to craft as they have a certain pace that can be defined to be a fixed unit of time – a day, a month, or a few years – but not over decades. Once the first idea is in place, a concept, or a “what if” then it’s important to understand the ending of the…
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Why leave Washington D.C for Santa Fe, New Mexico? By David L. Blond

Santa Fe has everything Washington has culturally and intellectually but without the traffic and pollution. The restaurants and hotels are world class and there’s some venue with music almost every night of the week. It’s usually number one or two on the best places to vacation in the United States in many travel surveys. In the summer there’s a world class open air opera that people come to from all over the world. The ballet company performs all over the…
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Stories evolve over time … by David L. Blond

I enjoy walking my dogs near my house, I find that this helps me think about and develop the story-line. Once it’s in my head, the plotting becomes clearer, the purpose the chapter becomes defined in images, and then I can come home and write some of it, or just let it germinate some more. The first draft usually comes easily as the story-line is laid out, and characters are introduced and play their parts. But the fun part is…
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Stories evolve from questions … Part II by David L. Blond

In a way, The Phoenix Year, with its altruistic billionaires (in my view) is the anti-dote to libertarianism and Ayn Rand’s philosophy that individuals have to sink or swim on their own without the help from governments. Any good beginning, however, must have some kind of ending in mind. If you don’t have an ending already planned then you can’t write with purpose. Like writing an academic thesis, you have to know in advance what you want to prove and…
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Stories evolve from questions … Part 1 by David Blond

Stories evolve from questions ... The first draft of The Phoenix Year began with gold trader in London puzzling about the price of gold noting huge volatility in the market suggesting someone was manipulating it. At the time, commodity prices had risen rapidly for petroleum and banks were worried about the ability of developing countries to repay borrowings to pay for the higher priced energy imports. The story evolved out of these ideas. Years later when the typed manuscript was…
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Inspiration for The Phoenix Year by David L. Blond

If I have any talent for fiction, it comes from my father, Bernard Blond. During the day, in the 1950's, he was a shop teacher in a Junior High School in Washington, D.C., but at night he would turn out stories and try to sell them to various magazines. He piled up a neat stack of rejection slips, but it didn't deter him. I think he saw writing as a way to hide his disappointment about his day job. In…
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The Journey to Publication for The Phoenix Year by David L. Blond Coming Soon … Pub date: March 14, 2014

The Phoenix Year has had a long journey from concept to publication. As an economist I've always been a futurist, worried about making sense of it all. As one Nobel Prize economist once remarked to me “I like to see how it all fits together.” Often as not the world as we know it just doesn't make sense from the perspective of the longer term view about our chances as species to survive beyond the next year given the uncertainties…
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The World is Interconnected by David L. Blond

We live in a world that is fully interconnected. From the farmer in the Punjab checking on grain prices in Delhi, to the retiree watching his 401K’s value rise or fall on the stock market, we are inundated by economic information. No one is immune from the effects of markets on families – jobs are lost when economies collapse or businesses choose to move jobs overseas, higher energy prices are passed on in the form of more expensive transportation. Thus…
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