Monday, April 1, 2013
She came to me in November 2011 during NaNoWriMo, all in a fog.
In a fog for two reasons.
First she had amnesia, no idea where she hailed from, who she was really, where her family was, and more importantly what her family was.
Second, I was writing off the cuff without any outline. Running blind so to speak. Ariana Storm is my novel's protagonist.
As to where her family was, they were all very near (yet, so very far) all the time: on Zym, one of the worlds parallel to the Earth. My first draft recorded her adventures in the magical world of Zym. And an adventure it was, with her battles with several demons, within and without. As I wrote my second draft, however I discovered her deepest fears and dreams. An artist, she was a vulnerable girl, afraid to hurt anything and a soul seeped in empathy. I realized that the novel is basically about her discovering herself, her past and what her family is.
Its during this journey that Ariana comes face to face with the catastrophe that awaits her.
If she doesn't regain her memory in mere weeks, not just her family but the entire Zym would be plunged into a murky night that meant the destruction of goodness in all worlds. Because, for all her weaknesses and her soft nature, she and only she possesses the weapon against the eternal darkness hurled by evil Sepiroth.