I am writing this blog so disheartened authors might take heart from my story. Sometimes it can take a decade or two before a novel finally emerges into the public eye. I think the concept for ‘Cybertricks’ began at least fifteen years ago, long before the subject of Climate Change became the focus of so much controversy.
My idea for this older children’s novel was to have four kids from a very distant future return to a time some fifty years from now to see the results havoc climate change have wrought. The other was that these children could only communicate via their avatars, and therefore had to learn how to behave in normal circumstances.
No publisher was interested. Climate Change hadn’t as yet hit any headlines and science fiction for young readers tended to be fantasy. Also, it is true that this novel needed a lot more work. After a number of rewrites www/fivesenseseducation.com.au the company that has published three of my other novels: eSide, Neptunia, The Youngest Cameleer, was happy to take it on. But then they produced a cover I honestly hated. When nothing much happened and the book was shoved aside, and it seemed as if it might never come out, I finally said ok to the previous cover. Then a week later did a rethink. The immensely talented artist Aaron Pocock had achieved a wonderful cover for In Hades: A verse novel. I approached him with the idea and right now he is working on it.
If anyone is wondering why this cover could be difficult to tackle because the story is very complex, this is what it’s about:
“In a far flung future Pya, Zumi, Jafet and Trist, live in tiny Cells cared for by tutor-holos, and only communicate through their avatars. Pya narrates how the giant computer ComCen sends them back to 2043 A.D where they meet Rio and Charlie. But to survive in an increasingly dangerous world, six quarrelsome youngsters must come together as a team.”
Right now I am looking forward to Aaron’s final result. If you are interested in this amazingly talented artist who exhibits widely, why not google him?