“Writing for a Y.A. Audience”: An Asylum for InspirationPosted: December 18, 2019 Filed under: Books, Dark Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Writing for a YA Audience | Tags: Ghost Stories, Hawthorne High, Inspiration, Jordan Elizabeth, Writing for a YA Audience, Writing to be Read 1 Comment
On the way to my parents’ house, I pass an insane asylum. It has all the key characteristics to making it creepy.
Broken windows? Check.
Overgrown, crumbling porch? Check.
Mysterious past? Check.
By “mysterious,” I mean that everyone I talk to has a different story about it. Most people say that one time “long ago,” the inmates rebelled and its been closed ever since. Of course there are stories about those inmates still trapped inside. Not sure how they could still be trapped with broken doors…
Some people tell me they used to sneak inside. Some say evil things happened inside. There is a huge chain-link fence surrounding the rambling building right now, so no one can sneak inside anymore.
When looking it up, there is very little information about the abandoned psychiatric center.
Driving by it so often inspired so many thoughts for a story. Did I want to write about an inmate? Would it be a work of historic fiction or a mystery?
A ghost story took form, and along came HAWTHORNE HIGH. What happens if an old psychiatric center is transformed into a haunted high school? Find out in this young adult novella.
Jordan Elizabeth is a young adult author who is obsessed with history and ghosts. You can connect with Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethBooks.com.
Jordan, This is a great final post for “Writing for a Y. A. Audience”. Writing to be Read appreciates all the experience and inspiration that you have shared with us here. I am sorry to see you go. You will be missed. 😦
Best wishes in all of your future writing endeavors. 🙂