What does a young photographer who hates having her picture taken, a murdered boy, and an abandoned amusement park have in common?
I'm not sure either, but when I do figure it out, I think I've found my next YA story.
So many of my novels start out this way--with a few central images or phrases. I need to let these simmer, maybe do some free writes and see where it takes me.
I've always loved abandoned and forgotten places and ever since I discovered Julia Solis' work, I've been hoping to find a story to match the intensity of her photographs. Then, Neil Gaiman tweeted a link to an abandoned Six flags park in New Orleans, a casualty of Hurricane Katrina. Well, I haven't been able to get those images out of my head since.
And it reminded me that last Sept, when hubby and I went to Six Flags New England to ride roller coasters for our anniversary, we had brainstormed about a story with ghosts set in an amusement park. So a year later (and what a year it was) I am coming back to the idea.
Still don't have anything more tangible than those few images, but any idea that has the staying power to linger for a year, through loss, pain, and trauma has some serious writing mojo.