11/08/2012

The birth of Young Fighters

I started to create and write the story of Young Fighters in June 2004. At the time I was eleven years old and I didn't have a hunch how much my life would be changed by writing. I had been dreaming about writing a book since I was eight and I knew I would do it some day – but what I really didn't know was how quickly I would start to write and that an idea would grow so fast. Soon I started to create a long book series and discovered that the secrets of Young Fighters would reach beyond decades.  

I remember brightly the day when the first pieces of the story snapped in the right places. I was on holiday with my mom in Crete, it was Wednesday and the clock was ticking few minutes after 11 a.m. According to my memories it was third day of our trip and I was yearning to write something.  

Eventually my burning desire to write lead to the point where I could see the protagonist of the story, Amy, in my mind. The name just came to my mind without having any big sessions with my brains. It was the right name for this character and it was also obvious for me that she is American. So the most of the story would be set in the United States. I know it is an unusual choice for a book that will be written by a Finnish girl, but there are many good reasons to do it. On of them was that a story like Young Fighters doesn't fit Finland -  I guess it wouldn't be that credible

Soon you'll undestand, why.

I took a note book and started to develop the character of Amy. I used her as a narrator and wrote short texts from her view. I got some inspiration from myself: the colour of the hair, the clothes Amy likes to wear, hobbies, parts of personality... Amy is quite different from me after all. It's important to remember that she reminds others of me but is not me. I think it's easier to write about the character you've made up totally yourself when the protagonist has something familiar to writer. I think that's the reason why many writers get inspiration from their own personality.

After Amy I discovered her friends and some other people who are important to her. In Crete I got an idea of a big family that has a place in Amy's heart. In the summer I wrote a lot and made plans for the plot. I wanted to create something different, something interesting and new. Piece by piece the heart of the story came to my mind.

 Young Fighters is about this:

Amy's life changes when she gets a legacy from her grandfather. Her grandfather left her a mysterious, powerful computer chip that is chased by an unknown criminal organization. Amy should keep it safe and find out what kind of secrets are hidden in it.  Amy confronts danger with her friends when finding out the history of the chip and the answers to her questions. She has to rebuild her life and find the people who helped to make the chip. Only they can tell how the chip works. There are also few romances in the first book - and of course conflicts between the characters.

What is Amy's destiny? What happens to the computer chip? Who wins? 

Read my blog and find out!

Booklover.

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