The second year of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) found me penning the fourth book in my young adult series, Expired Reality. This manuscript was tentatively titled Hidden Sanctuary, yet almost none of the story has seen the light of day. One reason for this is that the third book in the Expired Reality series (talked about a bit in yesterday’s NaNo post) hasn’t been finished/published yet. The other reason that Hidden Sanctuary hasn’t wound up in book format yet is because of the fact that the story doesn’t coincide with where the rewrites of Books 1 and 2 in the series venture.
Most of Hidden Sanctuary takes place within Carrie Green’s memories. Carrie is the main protagonist’s love interest in my young adult series, and at the time of penning Hidden Sanctuary, Carrie had fallen comatose due to Legion possessing her mind. At least half of the novel is dedicated to Carrie’s journey through her own spirit where she battles her inner demons and overcomes many of her darkest memories in order to purge herself of Legion’s presence.
The concept was something new I decided to try out, and I may very well use some of the manuscript in upcoming novels in the series, but for the most part, it was a NaNo novel that may never see the light of day. Hidden Sanctuary won me the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2006 with a total word count of 50,135.