I’m currently writing a middle grade science fiction novel, which I am referring to on this blog as HYBRID. This particular project started out as a rewrite of a short story I wrote in high school, but then I decided to expand it.

HYBRID will be the first in a series of three books. None of those books will follow the same set of characters, though, so I’m not totally sure what to call them altogether (a series? a trilogy? a companionate set of books?). Anyway. HYBRID is not the first book I’ve ever written, but it will be the first book in this set of related books. I’m done rambling now.

I don’t like to post about the plot of anything I’m working on, but some of my sources of inspiration for this project include the following:

  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Gabriel García Márquez’s “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings”
  • the myth of Icarus and Daedalus from Greek mythology
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling
  • Studio Ghibli’s “On Your Mark”
  • Half-Human, compiled by Bruce Coville
  • other bits of folklore from Japan and South America

Whenever I look at the reading I did for research and inspiration before I started writing this, I realize that I have some pretty eclectic tastes! But it’s been so fun to bring elements from all those things together to tell a new story.

I’ll be documenting my progress on this manuscript through weekly writing updates, which I’ll post on this blog. To see the latest updates for this project, click here.