I started writing the first book of The Maze Runner in 2005, and it didn’t hit bookshelves until 2009. Then came several years of the sequels, the development of the movie, the growth of my fan base. So I’m approaching 9 years of Thomas and the Gladers being a part of my life, and hopefully it will continue on for many years to come. Like with my wife and kids, I can’t really remember life before them or without them.
But, having said all that, I’m beyond thrilled to move on to my new series, The Mortality Doctrine, beginning with The Eye of Minds. This story and world already means a lot to me because it’s been gelling for a long time in my head. (Most of my life takes place up in the old brain, which can be a very scary place.) The very first spark of an idea came to me when I saw The Matrix in the late 90s. I kept expecting a twist that never happened, and that never left me. So I like to joke that I stole this book from something that never existed in a movie.
Some people may think that writing a book gets easier the more you do it. I’m not so sure that’s true. The first book of Maze Runner went through a billion drafts before it saw the light of a bookstore, and The Eye of Minds was almost as tough. I spent weeks outlining, something on which I’d never spent so much time before because I’m usually too excited to get on with the writing part. I wrote the original draft in first person, working very hard to craft it as best as possible. However, my editor, in probably one of my biggest challenges and disappointments, felt strongly that the point of view wasn’t working. I rewrote the whole thing, this time in third person. And from there, much recrafting, rewriting, reworking.
In the end, I feel strongly that I’ve created something of which I can be proud. The Eye of Minds is the result of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and I hope that my readers will have a fantastic time giving it a go.
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