Monday, 20 January 2020

5 Facts About My Current WIP: This Is How It Ends



5 FACTS ABOUT MY CURRENT WIP: THIS IS HOW IT ENDS
 

As I'm sure you're all aware, I started writing two new projects back in November and I thought that I would continue my series of giving you five facts about them. Starting with the new standalone that I'm working on, which is called: This Is How It Ends.

The story is basically a young adult mystery/thriller, and follows Maggie, almost fifteen, and starting her GCSE year without one of her best friends, who sadly died in an accident the previous May. Delia had been friends with Maggie all throughout schooling, and while Paula and Juliet became part of Maggie's friend group when they all started at secondary school, she does admit that she misses Delia and the closeness they had.

Maggie wasn't on the hike where Delia died, she was supposed to be, but was home sick that day. Up until now, she's always believed what her friends said happened, but then a photo emerges that tells a different story and a caption that implies that Juliet and Paula had something to hide about what really happened that day!

I'm very much loving the story, but before I get into that, let me give you five facts about it!

#1 MAGGIE AND HER FRIENDS ARE ALL LGBTQ
Maggie herself is bi, Juliet is non-binary, using they/them pronouns, and Paula is a lesbian. Delia was the only straight one in the group, and had had a bad reaction to Juliet coming out, but the friends had since patched things up, when Maggie took Delia to one side to tell her how rude she was acting. Maggie has always felt more protective of Juliet because their parents aren't really okay with them being non-binary. It's something Juliet has to be careful talking about.

#2 THERE ARE SECRETS EVERYWHERE
One of the big themes in the book is that secrets have a way of being found out. Maggie doesn't really believe the caption, nor understand where the photo came from since Delia's death was investigated and all photos handed over to the police, and then the coroner when the inquest happened. Maggie wants to believe that her friends wouldn't lie to her, but she's also very aware that there are some things she doesn't know, and while she says she's okay with this, her behaviour kinda implies differently.

#3 IT ALL SEEMS TO GO BACK TO THAT FATEFUL HIKE

As some of the secrets start to be exposed, one thing Maggie is certain of is that the people on the hike, the five other students and the three adults, all had something to hide about how Delia came to fall. Maggie isn't sure if she believes it was anything but an accident, but yet as she unearths more about what actually happened, that belief is called into question a lot.

#4 MAGGIE LOVES A GOOD MYSTERY

A massive reader, Maggie loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book. She doesn't just stick to crime and mystery nor just to young adult. If she likes the sound of it, she'll happily pick it up and give it a read. It's because of this love of trying to guess the ending to a story that gets her caught up in this whole mystery of what really happened to Delia. She followed the police investigation and inquest results religiously, and yet now things are happening that seem to call them all into question.

And finally, #5 SOMEONE OUT THERE WANTS TO EXPOSE EVERYONE
While Maggie has, mostly, held onto the belief that her friends, and the other people on the hike, couldn't have pushed Delia off the ledge, she can't help but wonder what the point of sending her the photo with the caption. It starts out innocent, but quickly becomes something murkier, something scary and terrifying and Maggie isn't all that sure about what to do about it. Because she doesn't know the truth, and sometimes she wonders if she even wants to.

So there we have it, my five facts about This Is How It Ends. I'm loving writing this story and going back a bit into mystery writing. I love telling these kinds of stories and because of how much I read last year, I have a whole sea of ideas to play with!


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