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Veronica Therrien

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  7. Story Statement 15-year-old Whitney Graham finds herself on Ésperin; an island that provides an utopian home to those with tragic pasts. It welcomes new citizens with stones that allow them to control an element. Though a fantasy nerd, she's stunned to be on a magical island in real life. Not only does she try to comprehend the island itself, but two voices suddenly speak in her head and guide her in opposite directions on how to live her new, bizarre life. On top of all of this, she's proclaimed as the supposed Chosen One, one who'll lead Ésperin into continued peace, as the first person to ever control Water. Plus, a shunned girl also wants revenge on Whitney for stealing everything she wanted. With her life flipped upside down, she's determined to understand more of Ésperin, why two voices conflict against each other, and what they and she have for their fates to intertwine with the island. Antagonist Vega is a supernatural voice who speaks to Whitney ever since she arrived to Ésperin. She claims she is commanded by God to watch over Whitney since she's the Chosen One, but not only manipulates her, but also holds a deeper grip on Ésperin and everyone in it, including Carnelia. Carnelia Brown is one of the thousands of lucky survivors to enter Ésperin, who was physical and verbally abused by school bullies and her own mother and sister. She only wanted to be loved in her old life. Arriving there, she was finally accepted and respected by others, especially when they assumed she was the awaited Chosen One. But once people mysteriously treat her similarly to the bullies and her family back home, the flashbacks were too real and she goes on a killing spree, causing her banishment from Ésperin. Living on a cavernous cliff, Vega also talks to Carnelia, but tricks her into thinking Whitney is the Chosen One and stole the acceptance Carnelia always wanted. After all this happened, her soft side hardens and will harm anyone who tries to hurt her again. Breakout Title Mystic Shadows - current title Shadows of Ésperin Wander Lost Comparables The Magicians by Lev Grossman - the main character is a big fantasy nerd and finds himself in a magic world, but there's a secret darkness that lies in his new world and realizes it's not what he hoped it to be. Mirror X by Karri Thompson - the main character enters a new world, discovers new lifestyles, both good and bad, of others, and she is a similar Chosen One who only she can save the world, or so she is told. Core Wound and Primary Conflict A shy, introverted girl who escapes in fantasy books finds herself on an unrealistic, hidden magical island, but her anxiety is challenged when she's proclaimed as the awaited Chosen One. Two opposing voices also speak in her head who guide her into this new life. Other Matters of Conflict Whitney must confront her anxiety by being the highest recognized person in Ésperin, along with leading and protecting the entire society from any conflicts. The secondary conflict are Shadow and Vega, the two voices who speak to Whitney saying they were sent by God to watch over her. Shadow guides her on one path, but Vega warns her not to trust him, and vice versa. She's not only stuck between the two, but she also crosses paths with Carnelia, who only hears Vega and is misguided to hate Whitney for stealing her fate. Setting Ésperin is an island unknown to the world who bring people to it through mysterious scenarios, taking them away from their tragic lives and giving them a fresh one. And Ésperin gifts every citizen with a stone that can control an element from nature. Whitney not only is the first person to control Water, but she's the only person to hear Shadow and Vega. She learns more about both Ésperin, Shadow, and Vega, but slowly realizes there's more to both them and their purpose to Ésperin.
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