Books that examine how people and society as a whole react to recent events are consistently among the fascinating works of literature. The world is now experiencing widespread damage as a direct result of the critical issue of climate change. The new book titled The Silent Count, written by EA Smiroldo, fictionally covers the subject of climate change and takes a hard look at how people react when the stakes are high.
In the novel, protagonist Dara Bouldin devises a plan to thwart the effects of climate change.
There is just one problem: no one at the government agency where she works is even aware that she exists. This is not her only problem. She is coping with the breakdown of her engagement to Jericho, a musician who is swiftly climbing the charts with a new song. She also has the struggle of finding ways to pay off her university debts and her father’s gambling problems. Before Dara can fully grasp what’s happening, she finds herself in the middle of a massive conflict, where the outcomes of her inventions would be catastrophic in ways that she could never have anticipated.
The Silent Count is a dramatization of how the authorities and world leaders deal with a scenario that may be horrifyingly true. It tackles climate change and is comparable to comedic satires such as the movie “Don’t Look Up.”
E. A. Smiroldo is a multi-talented individual who has worked as a nuclear engineer, musician, and author. In her new book, The Silent Count, she makes use of actual scientific concepts. Her experience in the real world gives her the foundation to write realistic dramatic events. The science used in her writing is based on real-life potential scenarios. As someone who makes their home in Washington, District of Columbia, she has firsthand knowledge of the ways in which politics may contaminate and distort people’s ideas of what constitutes good and evil.
Read the Q&A that the author, E. A. Smiroldo, has shared with us:
Q. Could you tell us a little bit about your science fiction suspense novel, The Silent Count?
A. The title of the novel is The Silent Count and it is a cli-fi thriller about the effects of climate change and is based on real, possible science. Yes, the use of nuclear weapons to eliminate particular mountain ranges might potentially change the way weather patterns behave. But I don’t encourage it!
Q. Please explain what it is that makes your novel, The Silent Count, so interesting to those who read it.
A. Despite the horrific things that happen to her, my main character never loses sight of the goals she has set for herself.
Q. E. A. Smiroldo, please share with us information about your music.
A. My book is laced with the lyrics of songs that I have written and performed. a Washington Area Music Association Award-nominated singer-songwriter.
Q. Who is the author most influential to you, and why?
A. I like reading the works of novelist Jane Austen. The fact that people are still talking about the characters that Jane Austen created more than two centuries after they were first written makes me a huge admirer of her work. Austen’s characters are all flawed and fully human in every way. I hope that readers will admire my characters in The Silent Count as much as I’ve admired Jane Austen’s characters.
Q. E. A. Smiroldo, I understand that in addition to you writing books, you are quite the expert at playing the guitar,. Could you share more with us and tell us about your experience playing the guitar?
A. I am a guitar playing fool. I actually play all the guitars on the soundtrack to The Silent Count. I grew up practicing playing guitar seven hours a day.
Q. In the soundtrack of The Silent Count, which of E. A. Smiroldo’s guitar solos do you consider to be your personal favorite?
A. Out of all the guitar solos on The Silent Count, the one I’m most pleased with is the one that’s featured in “Break the Skin.”
You can check out The Silent Count on Amazon.