(PRWEB) June 8, 2005
ÂIf I survive the training, then I just might finish the triathlon,Â said author Biff Mitchell, who hopes to complete an Olympic level triathlon to research a chapter in the sequel to his best selling ebook ÂThe War BugÂ, which is hitting bookstores in paperback this October.
The event Mitchell entered is the Duncan Hadley Triathlon to be held at Killarney Lake in New Brunswick, Canada, on July 10, one month after his fifty-eighth birthday. ÂItÂs a 1500 meter swim,Â said Mitchell. ÂFollowed by a 40 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run. I donÂt plan to break any records. IÂll be happy to finish, alive.Â
Mitchell has been training daily for the event. ÂI usually swim 2 to 3 kilometers a couple times a week,Â he said. ÂBut I only started running and biking again a few weeks ago. My legs are just beginning to get used to the training, so I suppose my chances of living through this are improving every day.Â
MitchellÂs novel ÂThe War BugÂ (ISBN: 1-55404-248-8), originally scheduled for release in June, has been postponed at the authorÂs request till October 2005 after research revealed that the summer months are the worst of the year for book sales. ÂI had visions of sitting in an empty bookstore ready to sign books while everyone was at the beach,Â said Mitchell.
Set 200 years in the future, the ÂThe War BugÂ revolves around Abner Hayes, who has just hours to save his virtual family from death at the hands of a ruthless kidnapper. His only ally is a deadly computer virus responsible for a virtual war that's killed millions and threatens to destroy the Internet from Earth to Jupiter.
ÂThe sequel takes place 100 years after the first novel,Â said Mitchell. ÂAnd itÂs a reversal of the original plot. Hayes daughter, Cassie, has to save her father with help from the same computer virus that aided her father.Â
One of the key scenes in the novel is an online triathlon that pits humans against virtual athletes. ÂI plan to develop the themes of humanness and intelligent programs that I touched on in ÂThe War BugÂ,Â said Mitchell. ÂAnd what better way to do it than with an event that tests your mind, body and spirit.Â
ÂI want this scene to be as realistic as possible,Â said Mitchell. ÂAnd the best way to do that is experience an actual triathlon, training and all.Â
MitchellÂs training regimen begins at 7:00 AM each morning with various combinations of running, swimming, biking, stretching and strength-building exercises. ÂLast Saturday, I biked 40 kilometers and ran five,Â said Mitchell. ÂThe next day, I was going to run 10 kilometers, but my legs had other ideas. I ran five.Â
Deron Douglas from Double Dragon Publishing Â MitchellÂs publisher Â said, ÂWe donÂt normally ask our writers to risk their lives selling their books, but after looking at BiffÂs sales figures for this month, weÂve given him the green light.Â
ÂI love publishers with a sense of humor,Â said Mitchell. ÂI think thatÂs why I prefer the independents.Â
Mitchell is guarded about the name of his sequel. ÂItÂs the perfect name for this particular novel and IÂm afraid that if I even say it out loud, some other writer will pick up on it and use it.Â
This October, the trade paperback version of "The War Bug" will premiere throughout North America. In the United States, bookstores and libraries can order the title from Ingram or Baker & Taylor, or in Canada from Double Dragon Publishing. Mitchell plans to finish the sequel sometime in 2006.
Details on the triathlon, along with pictures of the route, will be posted at http://www.biffmitchell.com over the next few weeks. HeÂs also begun posting daily training entries on his blog at http://biffmitchelldotblog.blogspot.com.
About Biff Mitchell
Biff Mitchell is the author of the worldÂs first laundromance, "Heavy Load" (biffmitchell.com). His second novel, "Team Player" (coming from Double Dragon Publishing in 2006), is a spoof on the IT industry, based largely on his own work experience. He has two novellas, "The Baton" and "Smoke Break," published as Dollar Downloads by Echelon Press.
Web Site: http://www.biffmitchell.com
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