A World of Dreams
This is how Crossworlds started to form on paper. It was my pretend world based on wishes, dreams, and imaginary friends. I always wanted a twin sister. I wanted to live in a mansion, and always had dreams about exploring mansions. I’ve always loved the idea of other worlds being real. Magic being real. Everything existing, somewhere. I'd pretend I could talk to Ellie and Savannah though the mirror on my dresser.
Once I started putting these ideas in notebooks, I started to think I could form a story out of them. And that’s where more elements came in. How about we just take some common elements from fantasy books and just flip them upside-down? Normally we’ve got an old man mentor character. I’ll give you June, the queen of the East who is actually hundreds of years old, but in the body of an eight-year-old girl.
I wanted to build the world I wanted to live in. Write the book I wanted to read. I took the seeds of everything I loved and planted them across the shadow cave. I knew to have a real story things couldn't be beautiful all the time, so I had to wait for those seeds to grow. Include other parts of my life that weren't so lighthearted. But the dreams seemed a good place to start.