Labyrinth of Souls is one of those stories that you don't intend to write, and then you realize you are doing it.
While I was working on the back stories for several characters and groups, I just started writing more and more about them and their back stories. At a certain point, I realized, I was really making an outline for a series about them and their history. It had all of the drama and twists and turns I like to put into a story, so I asked, why don't I just write this real quick?
It hasn't been easy to set Dragon in the Snow aside while I write this novella, but they will both benefit from the project.
With Labyrinth of Souls, I'm testing out a few new ideas about how to tell the story and especially how I want to get into the characters themselves. The result has thrilled me, and I hope you enjoy it too.
Jodhaa is one of those characters who has wandered around in the back of my head for years. I've tried to find her story for all that time. When I started work on Dragon in the Snow, I knew this was the story for her.
So Why write Labyrinth of Souls?
Raih and Jodhaa are such fresh characters for me. They each have qualities I admire, and that scare me a little. Most importantly, I haven't read anything with characters like them. They are more vulnerable than the typical fantasy character, and have such different personal histories. That makes them even more interesting together.
My biggest concern about writing this story is that I cannot stop comparing Sunsuulyn Academy to Hogwarts, and since I am making those connections, I know other people will too. Magic in Ash Dancer is so different from Harry Potter, as is the history of the world. That makes these two magic schools so different from one another. That comparison falls apart quickly.
The real reason I chose to write Labyrinth of Souls is that I love to write, and I want this world to be so much bigger than just a novel, or series of novels. So many stories are swirling around in my head, and I want to tell them all. That isn't realistic, but I want to tell as many as I can.
This world is so full of life, I only hope I can do it justice and bring it to life in a way that people will enjoy reading. Welcome to the world inside my head. Let's have some fun.
You can read Labyrinth of Souls as I write it on Wattpad.