That’s right! Today’s the day! Happy Book Birthday to Head Case!
“Nothing happens. No searing pain or fire burning on my skin the way I imagine the bite of a sword might feel. Gasps rise from the crowd. Is this like a video game? Do I get more lives?”
I’m so excited to share Head Case with you all. I wrote Head Case after a particularly bad bout of sleep paralysis and I wondered what it would feel like to be in a coma and hear everything going on around you, but never be able to tell anyone what’s going on.
Head Case also incorporates my love of anime and Alice In Wonderland. I loved being able to create a Wonderland-like world and sort of play with it as if it were part of a Japanese anime. Chester the cat has to be one of my favorite characters in the book because he is so cat-like. I also enjoyed writing Aishwarya. There is a bit of Bollywood in the book, and while I don’t have a ton of experience with Hindi, I tried my best to research and incorporate what I learned. It also has a very If I Stay and Black Mirror vibe as you read it. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book and who your favorite character is.
Allyson has been in a coma for the last nine months. What’s worse, she can hear everything the doctors say. She knows they’re keeping her in a coma and that she’s at the mercy of the hospitals First In Human trial. A VR system implanted in her brain for a second chance at life, but Ally doesn’t want to leave her family behind.
Attached to the VR, Ally discovers worlds unlike home. There, she can do whatever she wants. But she misses her parents. Using hacking skills, Ally emails her mom in hopes that she’ll free her. When the emails don’t work, Ally learns to astral project. With help from Harrison, a rabbit-eared boy, they work together to free themselves from Aishwarya, the mad queen of the world. But when Harrison wakes up and doesn’t come for Ally, she’ll split her soul to the brink of death to save herself.