Writing Gamers’ Quest
Ford Street Publishing. Australian, Junior, Young Adult. Paperback RRP $16.95
How did my teen science fiction novel, Gamers’ Quest, come into being?
It all started with a call from Paul Collins at Ford Street Publishing. He was putting together a short story anthology called Trust Me! and wanted to know if I would contribute a story. Of course, I said YES!
Then I sat down in front of the television and started channel surfing. No, I wasn’t procrastinating… I was conducting research. I ended up watching a doco on the ABC about online computer gaming. By the time I had finished watching the programme, I knew what my story would be.
It took me several weeks and numerous re-writes before I had an outline that I was happy with. Then I wrote the first four chapters, and emailed them to Paul with the outline. Two days later I had an email with feedback and a contract. Nine full drafts later, I had a novel.