I started writing my book as a science fiction story about an other-worldly being that wants to inhabit the souls of students at a public school.
But something just wasn’t right. There was no connection between the being and why he was interested in the students.
My cousin, a bookstore owner, suggested I take a mythological approach and apply it to the novel’s theme.
I digested this…Mythology, to me, has always been intriguing because of the magic and the strange and fascinating characters that come with it. Mythology is captivating because it relates perfectly to a writer’s life. It reveals that we are all writers: creators of our own history.
Mythology first made an impact on me when, as a teenager, I worked as a counsellor at a summer camp. The camp based its philosophy on the traditions and lifestyles of the Huron native peoples in Canada. Huron mythology was told in the campfire stories, including my favourite, how the world was created on the shell of the great snapping turtle.
Mythology appeals to me, regardless of its country of origin. I could have chosen a tale from any country; however, the Norse myth of Iduna’s apples fit in perfectly with my novel. Iduna was a woman whose apples provided immortality to all the gods and when the apples are stolen by Thiassi, chaos reigns.
So now picture what happens in my book and the connection is apparent: the students represent youth and energy and their principal, Mr. Theisen, wants to steal those things so he can become immortal.