Updated: Sep 26
Why I decided to write a “QAnon novella.”
by Jack Hamerstone, Author/Contributor
I spend most of my writing hours on novels, and it occurred to me the other day that, if I have a forte, it’s writing about working class people, average folks, the kind of people I live around. The kind of person I am.
Like many of my fellow citizens, I’ve been following Q or “QAnon,” indeed, I’ve followed Q from the very first drop to this day. I’ve even spent a fair amount of time eavesdropping on 8chan/8kun. I follow along on Twitter and Parler, tapping into the thoughts and conversations of thousands upon thousands who follow Q worldwide.
However, message boards, decoding “Q drops,” and even tweeting are not exactly my cup of tea. Honestly, I‘d rather be writing books.
After an hour Googling, I couldn’t find a fiction piece about Q, so, as I thought more about it, I decided to tell a story about the people who follow Q and believe Q is important. Not the whole Q community, of course, but a microcosm of the community, using fictional characters.
Some of you reading this now may have a negative opinion of Q Patriots. There’s a lot of crazy stuff floating around online, I know, but my understanding of the Q phenomenon is nuanced. I see it as a patriot movement, at its core. I look at people and their moral stance; by and large, I see good people, patriotic Americans, who operate from a traditional American worldview. They support our President because they believe he is saving America, and the world, from the Deep State. It takes a certain amount of study, insight, and introspection to understand that there are “dark forces” undermining our nation. For a starting point, you can listen to John F. Kennedy’s address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1961. He is speaking in the context of the Cold War, but his description of the Deep State remains appropriate.
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations.
Influences for the Novella
I realized that it would be difficult to frame a story around Q alone. My characters had to have interesting lives outside of what Q is about.
I decided to set the story in a small town called Whiteville. It’s an actual town. I pass through it on the way to and from the barrier islands, where I spend much of my free time. In the novella, Whiteville is a fictional place, but the name is borrowed from a real town.
The novella deals with bigger, broader themes than the QAnon phenomenon: themes like marriage, family, friendship, and community. It’s about average folks struggling along, working, building friendships, raising kids, going dancing at the Crazy Horse, going boar hunting, and going to a Trump rally where they confront an Antifa gang.
One of the characters has a YouTube show as part of the 24/7 QAnon Channel called Patriots’ Soapbox. In fact, Soapbox was part of the inspiration for the story. I listen to Soapbox occasionally, and I’ve noticed the wide variety of hosts, “average folks” and citizen investigators devoted to spreading QAnon info and examining the news from a patriot’s perspective. By the way, I have no official affiliation with Patriots’ Soapbox or any other YouTube channel or vlogger.
Back to the question: why did I decide to write the book? I realized that one reason I’m interested in Q is that I’m fascinated by the folks who believe in Q. I’ve become an analyst of the QAnon Patriot Community, and I wanted to mine a story from my observations.
I could tell you about my observations, but, since they are woven into the novella, perhaps you’d like to read the book yourself, and meet the kind of proud Deplorables who constitute the world of Q, people who cherish their nation and believe QAnon is leading the way to a restored and responsible government of the people, for the people, and by the people.
I’m calling the novella MAGA Country. Check it out.
Jack Hamerstone is an author published by Fugitive Poets Press and a Contributor to The Artisan Life blog. His novels include MAGA Country | The World's First MAGA Novel, and PING PONG | A Conspiracy Thriller.