Alone, it is a book I worked very hard on for a long time, it took me a year of writing, rewrites, editing, reading, checking and falling in love with it over and over again. The first thing that helped me get my idea was the Video Game ‘The Last of us’ its brilliant storyline, characters and emotional torment throughout the game helped pave the way for my idea. Video games might seem a little weird like I shouldn’t be playing I should be working hard and writing but they are great for getting me in a certain mood and mind set, the lonely and creepy atmosphere in ‘The last of us’ makes me see my world as empty, scary and alone. Anyway ‘Alone’ came about because I was dreaming one night after playing the game and the main character Stacie came to me, she was running away from the creatures and looking for her sister, the fear that rocked her world made me freak out when I woke up until I found my pen and note pad and ferociously wrote it all down and wrote the first chapter that night. So all I had to do was figure out where to set it, I thought hard about this, most Zombie type novels are set in America so I wanted one more close to home, too close in fact…In Sunny old Eastbourne.
So I looked about to see where to start it and I decided in the old town which I had grown up in until around 7. I knew Gildredge Park and I could see in my minds eye that in a post apocalyptic world the park could be over grown and could hide my main character long enough to throw off the creatures so she could move on to her main destination of Brighton. She then travels over the downs and through East Dean, onto Seaford and Newhaven and then onto Brighton and encounters many places I have personally been, I have heard the saying of Write what you know. So I did and I found the story came so naturally to me.
In the first chapter Stacie has to run up some stone steps in Gildredge park and duck into a pond full of duck weed so the creatures lose her scent. Here is a picture of the park and the pond and some other pictures.
The spooky looking building goes in great with the worn torn, post pandemic world which is over run by blood thirsty creatures.
I also draw a lot to try and imagine the Characters more and the scenery, my drawing isn’t the best but all helps me. Two example’s of my drawings are at the top of the page, I prefer drawing in pen and using full colour felt tips, I’m a sucker for Comic book type colour and scenes and like my drawings to be that way. I also keep a note book which if I have idea’s I scribble them down in, I also cut out people from magazines that I feel resemble my characters best to put a face to a name I think.
What really helps me when writing is listening to music, I tend to have to listen to the same CD over and over but that CD will belong only to that certain story. For ‘Alone’ the CD I listened to millions of times was ‘1,000 forms of fear by Sia’, her spooky sounding album was very inspirational and really got me in the mind set to write. One of her songs when I first heard it really freaked me out, ‘Elastic heart’ the back ground tune to me sounded like one of my zombie/ creatures calling out and howling. Certain songs also triggered different scenes that played out and I have actually wrote that all down in the back of ‘Alone’ about which songs went with which chapters. Music helps the story play out like a film in my mind and I can see it all play out. I even see the credits rolling down the screen when I finish the first, second, third and so many other drafts, at each time I think it’s ended but then you must edit and so on so the credits keep rolling.
I hope you all enjoyed finding out a little bit about me and how my brain works in creating my stories. xxxx