So it is finally finished -- my first book, The Devil's Wave is now available as an ebook through Amazon. It has been a long time coming but it has taken many of my friends by surprise. One of those friends emailed me today and asked how I came up with the idea of a giant wave potentially destroying most of the Atlantic coastline. So I thought I'd use this first blog on my new author's website to tell the facts behind the fiction.
As with most of my writing and many of my favorite books, The Devil's Wave is based around factual events. The book is fiction, but the theory is real. About 10 years ago I saw a documentary and read a few articles online about a scientific theory that claimed, if this disaster were to happen, then it would be the worst disaster in recorded history. The documentary (excerpt posted below) has since been re-filmed and was broadcast earlier this year. One of the scientists, Dr. Simon Day, makes a cameo appearance in the book as Dr. Simon May.
The theory is disputed, especially the resulting tsunami size, but it it did lead to my initial idea for The Devil's Wave. What is not disputed is the fact this flank collapse on La Palma, like many others in the past will happen again. I have just sped up the process, introducing an eco-terrorist called Said Ali Bin Suk.