Do you like Star Trek? I’m a big fan and my favourite character is Deanna Troi from the Next Generation because she is telepathic. I’d love that skill and often wonder what it would be like to read people's minds.
If I can’t be telepathic then at least I can write about it. That Truthful Place is a novel about children who develop telepathy.
I wanted to create a utopian society of children from many different back-grounds. I wanted to show that it doesn’t matter what race you are. Everyone will find similarities allowing them to work together to create a perfect society.
Their 13th birthday seemed the best time for the children to be given telepathy since that time is such a big deal in most religions. I needed a moment when the children are most impressionable. Most children have a big party for their 13th birthday so it seemed like a good time for the change.
All the children had to be from North America because I wanted them to be proficient in English. But, they also had to speak a second language and understand a different culture. I love learning about new cultures so incorporated that into the novel.
I hope That Truthful Place portrays these elements and that the message is clear. I don’t believe an utopian society is possible but I like to write about them. You’ll find that theme running through my novels.