4. The first draft of WITHIN was written in three days.
It’s true! As part of the 3 Day Novel Contest, I wrote it all on Labour Day weekend, September 2010, and then set it aside for a while. Winning the 3 Day Novel Contest is not about getting published by them–it’s about having a manuscript by the end of the weekend that you can polish later!
3. The villain’s name was originally BALDAR and he was going to have mob connections.
During my three-day frenzy, I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on names. I chose Baldar because I remembered how sauve and good-looking Dr. Baldar was from Battlestar Galactica, and wanted some of his charm to ooze into my character.
Deciding how my villain would be a villain was one of the toughest parts of writing Within. I knew he had to have some sort of supernatural element to offset Trinity’s divinity. In my outline, I had him down as a mobster, with a large interconnected network that he would use to eventually take over the city. Somehow that didn’t quite make it into the manuscript—probably I thought it was too cliche, too obvious, and not quite as thrilling as writing about a man who has an almost-sexual enjoyment for murder.
2. I intended WITHIN to be a screenplay, not a novel.
When I first wrote down the idea, I thought it would be a great movie, and I considered writing it for some screenplay writing contest. Unfortunately, that never came about because I was still in university and didn’t have a lot of time to do my own writing.
1. No matter how many times you ask, the answer won’t change: WITHIN will never have a sequel.
Sometimes people ask. I always say no. Some characters only have one major event that’s worth telling, and for Trinity, Ellie, and Zack, this is it. Sorry!
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