While Prey and Tombstone are both out on submission, it is time to turn my attention to other works. I’m working on two other novels for young adults: I have a first draft of Albatross, while Not Dead is in the planning stages.
Albatross began life during Nanowrimo 2012. http://www.nanowrimo.org (Nanowrimo: novel writing in a month. It’s a great way of getting going with a new project. If you’ve not participated before, do give it a go this year!) I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book exploring gender identity for some time, and it seemed to me that this is a great theme for a young adult book.. Perhaps it was a sign of those particular times, but when I was a teenager, it was a pretty crucial topic. You know, are girls born or made? How do we acquire our sexuality? What makes one person very feminine, and another person overly butch?
I’ve also always fancied writing some sci fi, but without the “sci” if possible. Not too many space ships, but lots of alternative possibilities. And the other issue I’m very interested in is identity – how unique are we? Which brings me to the subject of both clones and identical twins. Albatross has got them all – gender identity, clones, twins, teens and an alternative world. Probably too much – especially when you’ve got world building too – what will they actually be wearing/ eating… how are they getting around, what do they eat, do they have the wheel, domestic animals, what do their houses look like, etc. not because I want to put all that boring detail in, but because you need to have it in your mind in order to write authentically. But it is the most fun you can have sitting still.
Not Dead. I love time travel books, but I can’t really bring myself to believe time travel is possible. But being frozen and woken up in the future – yes that could definitely happen. What would the lived experience be like? That’s what Not Dead is all about.
This article was written by Caroline