I can say with all honesty, there were people who thought the Young Inventors Guild was just too weird to get published. There are no magic wands or flying broomsticks- not that I don’t love a well-placed wand and a good spell. But everyone warned that magic wands were in and everything else wasn’t. Well, The Young Inventors Guild forced my hand, so to speak. It was a story that grew and grew in my head and out came The Atomic Weight of Secrets… before I could stop it. I didn’t believe that a story could really grow to such proportions inside my brain. I remember hearing J K Rowling say that Harry Potter came out fully formed and the whole story was right there. It seemed unreal. Impossible. Until it happened to me, ladies and gentlemen.
It was like dropping colour into water- the idea, like the colour, soon permeated everything and the whole picture became clear. Each character bloomed into someone I have come to know and love (or fear, or both!) and the history behind it stretched far into the past… As I began to write, everything and everyone sort of took their places naturally. And once characters are formed, they will not allow themselves to be bullied into doing things that are not in their nature. Their voices come out and writing their story is almost like reporting on something observed. Filling in the details- no small task- is where the final picture takes form. I spent hours in the library and hours looking up everything to be clear on times and places of things. Historic work requires lots of research to be sure that the facts within the fiction are accurate. The Young Inventors Guild has so many parts that I have, with my editor’s help, laid out a timeline and (gulp) I put down the map of the whole story within the trilogy. This was hard to actually put to paper because then it was vulnerable and out there in the world. But it was really good to do and helped with connecting everything together.
And, to me, the story is full of magic. A different kind of magic. The magic we can do and feel and see all around us in this amazing world. It broke my heart that people thought kids wouldn’t be interested in invention. Really! So far, we are proving them wrong. Underestimating the power of creativity and the inspiration of inventiveness is just plain foolish. Kids are brilliant. And if we can all harness the spark of ingenuity that we all had as kids, we’d never be too tired to do something amazing.
I have always been fascinated with creating something from bits of other things. I love figuring out how things work and making them work differently. We are big on science projects and experiments in our house. It’s like finding pieces to a puzzle that you invent along the way.
|Eden riding on a camel.|
Thank you so much for this wonderful post, Eden! It was so nice of you to stop by here at Escape In A Book.