With the NATO summit, Trump arriving and Britain in Brexit meltdown, what is the role of fiction in real-life unfolding dramas. I’m heading to a thriller writers conference in New York to discuss exactly this. Great fiction can define pivotal events and embed itself in our minds far more than its non-fiction counterpart. George Orwell’s 1984 gave us a dystopian world of total surveillance and never-ending wars in far-away places, some of which envelops us now. Tom Clancy’s Hunt for Red October showed us submarine warfare and the moral choices. Leon Uris through his historical novel Exodus opened the doors to millions on the harrowing creation of Israel. John Le Carre has defined the shadowy betrayals of espionage. Netflix and its counterparts have set up a rival platform with their on demand series. It is easier on the mind to watch than read and imagine. And the election of Trump and the political somersaults in Britain would lead any book reviewer to accuse the fiction writer of straining credibility. The fiction, non-fiction debate also takes an added dimension with the current trend of ‘fake news.’ My thriller, Man on Ice, tells of a fictional confrontation on the isolated US-Russian border which might or might not happen. The unforgiving environment in which its set is very real and non-fiction. All this for discussion and more @thrillerwriters conference. My publisher Severn House is kindly running a giveaway competition while I am there. If you have a moment follow them @severnhouse and retweet one of their messages about the giveaway.