In his spare time, when he’s not helping clients with their businesses or writing, Peter and his family teach taekwondo to children with special needs and enjoy outings to Disney World and Universal.
The Story Behind the Story (by Peter Schoemann)
Act on Inspiration
Since the moment I met her, my wife has taught me if you want something go for it. If you’re inspired by something, act on it. This philosophy has served our family well. Acting on inspiration doesn’t ensure success. But you can’t succeed if you don’t act. That’s why, when the inspiration for Project RM struck me, I immediately began writing.
During lunch one day in February 2010, I sat at my desk reading a sports or some other news article. Suddenly, a thought popped into my head. What if an extinction level event were to occur? This is not my regular thought process, but a story began to form.
What if in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis the government had created a secret society of Renaissance men and women who could maintain civilization if such an event could not be prevented? Without them, any survivors likely would lose many advances we consider essential-power, medicine, food and water distribution, security, etc. They’d be thrown back into the dark ages.
A story about the son of two of these RMs flowed through my head. I knew immediately this was a story that had to be written. I took several years to transform my legal writing into novel writing. David and Ava eventually joined me and added a great deal to the story, including interesting plot twists and important perspective. We hope you enjoy the final product in the initial trilogy and prequel series and look forward to expanding the story (with more than twenty free flash fictions sent through our monthly newsletter, The Monthly RM, and with new novels in the works).