I have begun work on a new series of dark young adult fantasy called Lexicon Chase. I wanted to try something different, both with my target audience as well as in genre. Although I wrote a young adult fantasy before, ‘By Any Other Name’ never went anywhere, and that was haunting me. Moreover, I didn’t see much in the way of young adult fiction that was dark.
I think the last Harry Potter novel by J.K. Rowling’s was the last dark young adult I read, and it was great. Dark as it was with the deaths–and lets not forget the torture scene–I didn’t here much complaining from parents or readers. And, we all know how successful that book was. With video games and internet and texting… J.K. Rowling made kids read, and read a bunch of massive tomes.
Anyway, my little bit of star worshipping aside now, I decided to take ‘By Any Other Name’ and rewrite it. I didn’t want to do that same ole “heroic little person goes on an impossible quest to find some evil thing or destroy something evil,” I began plotting the storyline and realized there was no way it would fit in a single book, more or less two books. So I have laid the plot across three titles.
The first title will focus on the acclamation and relationships that develop for our protagonist, Lexicon. However, she will find something wrong, and go seeking the solution to this problem from the great minds of her world. Quest? You betcha, but not in the same manor as I have described above. This is a quest for knowledge, for learning, and Lexicon has to use her brain to resolve the problem. No great and ancient magic sword, no evil ring… knowledge.
The titles so far are:
- Lexicon Chase and the Scrolls of the Harlequin
- Lexicon Chase and the Riddle Song
- Lexicon Chase and the Gnarled Mystic
As anyone who writes knows, there is a pretty good chance the plot will bloat, become pregnant with story and require an additional title or two. The opposite could happen too. We will see. I am excited to get the first one done and see how well a dark young adult novel will be received. I’m going to shoot for the sixteen and older crowed, so it wont be too dark.
If you are interested in reading an advanced copy, please leave a comment. I am always willing to supply reviewers with copies of any of my titles.