For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.
The first book of ‘The Other World’ is rife with what the protagonist believes are hallucinations. They begin when she receives the gift from the nurse, and combined with her feelings about her parents’ deaths, she begins to believe that she is losing her mind.
The hallucinations begin as simple, strange moments that she can’t quite explain. She hears things that no one else seems to hear, sees quick flashes of things that no one else seems to see. Then things star to get more serious. She starts to see full-blown visions of places she never been, and peoples’ faces begin to change before her very eyes. She comes as close as possible to having a nervous breakdown.
By the time we get into the real bulk of the story, our protagonist has a hard time believing anything that is happening around her. She finds herself in a strange place, with strange people and creatures that she never could have imagined on her own, and she’s quite certain at this point that she is hallucinating. She even imagines that perhaps she’s had a mental break, landed herself in an asylum, and is currently strapped to a bed somewhere while her mind runs amok.
This attitude prevails for quite some time as talking beasts begin to appear in her life and a disembodied voice begins to shriek at her in her dreams. In truth, it’s entirely possible that she will never truly shake the belief that everything that is happening to her is in her head. It would certainly be a difficult feeling to shake when your entire world is being turned on its end.
I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!