Earlier this month, author Linden Forster released his debut novel, Divine Invention.
Here Linden tells us what inspired him to write the first novel in his The Hero’s Arc series.
Why bother writing a book? There are so many books out there for people to read. More books being written now than ever before. Stories being written that you couldn’t write half as well. But, none of the legions of writers out there could write your stories as well as you either (or so I like to believe). So I think most writers write, because they have something that only they can say or a story only they can tell.
I started writing because I wanted to make people laugh. That was the beginning. When I started, the story was almost an afterthought. I just needed a world with some events and some characters to play with. I wanted to pull and bend concepts and reality in a way that meant it needed to be set in another world. So I knew I wanted to write fantasy. I just needed a place to start, and sitting at the back of a classroom I was thinking about how things get their names (specifically how the first boat got its name) and I noticed if you took half of float and the b from buoyancy you could make boat. So in my world, when the world’s first boat gets invented it took the other letters to make its name (but I dropped the ‘u’ because I preferred how floyancy looked on the page).
I don’t think it is a huge surprise that I chose an island community to be the origin of the world’s first boat. Writers love islands. It is a simple solution for creating an isolated set of characters and rules that the writer can get to grips with, and then when the characters need to leave, all you have to d o is give them a floyancy. I didn’t consider that when I first started writing though, I just thought it logical that the peoples who invented the boat should be from an island. I also didn’t realise that the island I was writing about was a metaphor for our planet. The invention of the boat is a necessity for them as with overpopulation they have all but exhausted their natural resources.
Although the first boat has only recently been invented, the rest of the world’s technologies are in a more advanced state. Forges exist, castles too and reading and writing are common. That’s because no one had ever needed a boat before. I found myself writing about a world where it is more commonplace for the pressures on human advancement to be related to what is needed rather than what is wanted. I think in the real world, we are guilty of losing sight of that.
On the surface, Divine Invention is a light-hearted story, but beneath it all, I do feel that I’m writing about real issues, real people and real humanity, and that’s why I write.
Divine Invention is available to buy on Amazon now.