To celebrate the publication of The Children of Icarus, I am pleased to welcome author, Caighlan Smith, onto the blog to tell us about the books she would take to a desert island with her.
If I were trapped on a desert island and could miraculously have a water-proof suitcase full of books wash up on said island, these would be the books within said water-proof suitcase: Lord of the Flies, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, and In Search of Castaways. There would also be an inflatable raft and back-up jetpack within said suitcase, but that’s beside the point. Despite the fact I have an English Literature degree and am, you know, a writer, I’m woefully behind on my reading of the classics. Hence my book choices. Plus maybe their content might have some practical usage on a desert island? Like a fan, perhaps, provided I could find a way to fan myself with the pages without cracking the spine (because THAT would be sacrilege).
To be honest, I’ve read Lord of the Flies, and it remains one of my favourite books to date. I was fascinated by the concept of a youth society, where young people have to create their own law and figure out how to survive without any adults. When I was writing my novel Children of Icarus, one of the things I had in mind was to explore youth societies. Children of Icarus is about a girl who enters a labyrinth, believing it will lead to paradise. Instead she ends up trapped with a bunch of other kids, and is forced to face the horrors of the labyrinth if she wants to survive. Unfortunately, she does not have a waterproof miracle suitcase to help her.
Published by Curious Fox in July 2016
It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.
About the Author
Caighlan Smith wrote her first novel, Hallow Hour, in her final year of high school in St. John's. Inspired by her love of fantasy and the supernatural, Smith's work combines the fun and action of video games with the urgency of post-apocalyptic survival. She is studying English at Memorial University of
Hallow Hour, the first book in the Surreality series, was signed with a publisher when she turned 19. To date, she has written 14 novels and one novella. Her great loves are reading, gaming and, of course, writing.
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