Before the inklings of Divide Then Conquer, and before the first thoughts of the Zombie Company Crusade iOS mobile game, there was the political thriller author Vince Flynn. After several recommendations from my sister to pick up Flynn’s books I finally took the plunge and I never looked back.
In late 2012 I found myself inspired to write my own story about the realities of the deep political divisions that make up the mentality of the United States today. In this story, I wanted to divide the country in a way that it would fracture our infrastructure along ideological lines so we would all be forced to survive within a system which is created of geographical and homogenous beliefs.
Shortly after my mother suddenly passed away in November of 2012 I decided to take the road less traveled and took a job offer providing anti-piracy security for ships off the coast of Africa. This position was easily obtained due to my background as a Marine Recon Scout Sniper. Off the coast of Africa I began playing mobile games in my spare time. One of which was Clash of Clans. This was reminiscent of the original World of Warcraft games from my childhood. It was then that I decided I wanted to build a mobile video game that improved on the flaws I found in these new mobile games. I drew up all of the sketches I needed in order to start this new venture and started building it immediately when I returned home.
Fast forward 2 years when I was out on a jog in Fort Collins, CO with the video game near completion. I started to think about the story I had once imagined and realized I had a catalyst. ZOMBIES! Thus the creation of Divide Then Conquer, but wait, I’m not a writer… so I called my close friend and author J. L. Koszarek (www.jlkoszarek.com) and pitched her my idea. Before we knew it we were starting to formulate our story.
I would like to take one moment to commend J. L. Koszarek for her dedication and hard work. From the very beginning I knew she was the perfect fit for me with this project. I gave her an idea and she gave the world a cohesive piece of art. She is the glue which connects me with the dream I once had, to become a writer.
Last but certainly not the least, Jason Swarr, a close friend and brother of mine has provided so much to my projects while asking for nothing in return. I hope that I will one day be able to repay him for his help making my dreams come true. His work is stunning and I highly recommend you take a moment to look at his website: www.straight8photography.com You can also view his latest project at: www.red-bloods.com
Divide Then Conquer expands my initial idea of a divided American political thought. This explores how these thoughts and ideas would be applied and experienced as their own reform of governmental structure. We are hoping to further deepen the understanding of the strong differences that persist among the citizens of the United States. Therefore examining how the country has persevered through diverging ideologies and whether or not it can continue to sustain.