The sixth year I did NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I attempted to venture away from the characters and storyline of both my Black Earth and Expired Reality series and write a standalone novel that could be included as canon in the Black Earth/Expired Reality universe, but give fans a completely different reading experience.
Eternal Midnight was the name of the project, and it starred a protagonist named Sage who resided in Midnight City – a location in Anaisha wrapped completely in darkness and run by a madman known as Top Hat. Midnight City was flooded with darkness long before the story starts, and now insane, bloodthirsty citizens reside within the city’s many otherwise vacant buildings. They are considered something akin to zombies, and Sage’s intentions are to find a cure for their disease. Eventually, Sage’s adventure has her meeting up with other characters, such as Frost – a young scavenger girl, and Clinker, a young mechanic – and all of them work together to put an end to Midnight City’s perpetual darkness.
Eternal Midnight will eventually see the light of day. I really liked the concept of urban survival in a post-apocalyptic city environment, and Top Hat – the crazed king of Midnight City – simply has to be explored more.
That year, I finished NaNo 7 days early with a 50,100 word count.