Hi Janet!Don't alter your book to include the pandemic. We're too close to current events right now to have any kind of perspective.
I hope you're well and keeping your spirits pieced together during this very weird time. On the phone with my son this morning:
Me: So, since this is Friday --
Sam: Thursday. Today is Thursday.
Me: Wait, are you sure?
Sam: I'm sure.
Me: I'll just google it.
I have been wondering if you are getting questions from writers about incorporating the pandemic in stories set in the present time.
I am on the new novel now, and can go in a few directions. But I wondered what your thoughts are about including/excluding such a massively influential time in life.
Stay safe, and keep your sense of humor where you grab it easily.
P.S. I checked and it's definitely Thursday.
Given the glacial nature of publishing, you'll have a chance to revise later if your editor thinks it's a good idea.
But look back at books set in the early 60s. Not all of them mention Sputnik, and that was a real game-changer (1957).
Not all books set in the 80s mention AIDS. And that was cataclysmic beyond measure, particularly in the arts.
On the other hand, am I the only one who thinks we're due for a resurgence of country house murders in the coming months? Locked in, no where to go!