It's Clara who's desperate to enter the labyrinth and it's Clara who's bright, strong and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It's no surprise when she's chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.
How I approach the writing of a novel
My novel-writing approach has evolved really quickly. I used to try writing whatever idea popped into my head, but as I’ve gotten older and had less time to dedicate to my creative writing (thanks part-time jobs and university) I’ve learned how to make better use of my time. I still go through dozens of novel ideas in my head, but I don’t write all of them. Instead it turns into a battle royal of ideas. Which has the most interesting protagonist(s)? Which has the most intriguing approach? Which has the most katanas? Once one idea has slaughtered the rest (which may later be resurrected) I get to writing. I like to have a solid idea for the start of the novel, and for my main characters, but only a vague idea for the rest of the series. This way, it’s like I’m reading the story as I’m writing it. It gets to the point where I have no idea what’s going to happen next, and that’s exhilarating. I just put my faith in my characters. They have yet to lead me astray (as in they have yet to lead me into anything that heavy edits can’t fix).
My newest novel, Children of Icarus, was a lot of fun to write because I was able to get even deeper into the mind of my protagonist than usual. I didn’t always like her or agree with her, but I always loved her. It was fascinating for me to feel how her mind worked, especially given the setting. The protagonist enters a labyrinth with a group of other youths, with the promise of paradise on the other side. But the labyrinth isn’t a kind place, and soon enough a battle for survival is underway. It doesn’t help matters that—unlike with my dead ideas—there aren’t any resurrections waiting around the corner.