How I wrote the Operation Quickline series
Back in the fall of 1982, I had this really weird dream. I was trying to kick out this old man. I put his suitcase out on the porch, but then he brought it right back in. How that small vision erupted into a 13-book series, I’ll never know. But it did.
Truth be told, it gets pretty noisy in my head sometimes. Characters start “talking” to me and the next thing I know, I’ve got a novel. At least, that’s what happened with this series. I wrote the first drafts over the course of two years and have since re-written them a few more times. I’m mid-way through the major re-write of novel eight. I decided to keep the series set in its original 1980s setting mostly because Sid couldn’t really have happened in a world filled with AIDS. Not to mention, we still had a Cold War going on and that did make for some great conflict.
I’ve done a bit more research since then, and have been able to play more with the technology. But it has been fun not having to check up too much on historical details. Those are already in the original text. I also decided to play with the idea that these are journals that were originally written in a cipher, but now can be read. That’s why there is no Chapter One or Chapter Two in the books. It’s the date that Lisa “wrote” it.