After the Bombs Fell (Author Interview)

After the bombs fell looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

For sure! After the bombs fell is a dystopian fiction novel, taking place after a nuclear war wiped out most of the planet. A large surviving colony of humans is the Nation, a city where the human race tries to survive by any means necessary. This includes the main character, Ve Klein.


What can you tell us about Ve?

Ve is a young woman living in the Nation who has always been on her own. She lost her parents at a young age and whereas all  but a few women get assigned a husband she never married a husband through the Nation regime. As the days pass by through a horrible nuclear winter, Ve's future drastically changes when somebody close to her comes to an unexpected decision. She is forced to choose between the only people she has ever called family before or a new, prosperous life within the Nation.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes, there is a sequel to the book already out on amazon called After the train left and a third and final book is in the works! There have been some delays due to the pandemic and my personal life, but I hope to get the third book out early next year!


How long did it take you to write After the bombs fell?

The first draft was written in 2017, so in total it took two years to end from an idea into a completed book.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The cover was made by an Ukranian artist called Oliviaprodesign! She also made the cover for my second book and I hope we can work together again for the third and final book as she managed to put my ideas into these amazing covers so quickly!


What motivated you to become a writer?

Since I was a little kid I have always enjoyed reading and writing stories. I handwrote my first little novel when I was seven years old. Unfortunately our local library would not take it, haha!

Although I never thought I would be doing it as a fulltime job, I never stopped writing from that moment on and After the bombs fell is the first time I felt comfortable and proud sharing my writing with the world.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in After the bombs fell?

I studied in the UK at the time and lived across from a row of Tower Blocks that I looked at from the desk of my dorm room. Apocalyptic stories have always intrigued me and the very rugged style of the Tower Blocks – very sorry to the city of Dundee – kinda lead me into how the city should look and from there a world, story and characters began to grow!


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing After the bombs fell?

English is not my first language, as I am from the Netherlands. I started writing in English years before writing After the bombs fell but even then writing in a second language can be challenging! Luckily I got a lot of great help from some amazing people.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I work in IT and spend a lot of time on and off the clock tinkering with computers and studying up on the latest trends in technology. Besides that I stay active by running and hiking and I love traveling all over the world. Now that the world is opening up again I hope to see many more amazing places in the next few years!


Where can readers find out more about your work?

I have a Facebook page (Elyzabeth Johanna) and an account on Instagram (@ElyzabethJohannaWriter) where I post all updates on my books!