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Behind the Scenes of the House of Matchsticks Series, #1

To celebrate the publication of Night of Matchsticks, here’s some behind the scenes of the House of Matchsticks series! πŸ“œπŸ–€

This will be the first instalment of what I hope will be lots of posts about my writing, story development, and editing processes. Enjoy!

A little collage ...

This is a little collage of story/world development from 2011. Yes … ten years ago. πŸ˜… I had the idea for HoM in 2009 and worked on the story intermittently until 2011. After that, I shelved the idea while I was studying at university and doing a lot of academic writing (but some part of me always knew I would return to creative writing when I was ready). In 2019 I picked HoM back up and started working on the books you can read today!

πŸͺ‘ Top left: A moment from π˜•π˜ͺ𝘨𝘩𝘡 𝘰𝘧 π˜”π˜’π˜΅π˜€π˜©π˜΄π˜΅π˜ͺ𝘀𝘬𝘴 that has remained largely the same from a decade ago. Except Jack has become a little less grumpy. A little. 😎

πŸ—Ί Center: The working title for the first part of the HoM series was “The Matchstick House”. I changed it to the more YA-sounding 𝘏𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 π˜”π˜’π˜΅π˜€π˜©π˜΄π˜΅π˜ͺ𝘀𝘬𝘴 during drafting. Below that, you can see part of a map of Benemourne my teenage self drew (the rumors are true … my drawing has not improved lol). It includes Ar, Vision (which later became Sunrest), and the Caves of Passage (later, the Shute).

πŸ— Bottom right: A 2011 excerpt from a semi-deleted scene in π˜•π˜ͺ𝘨𝘩𝘡 𝘰𝘧 π˜”π˜’π˜΅π˜€π˜©π˜΄π˜΅π˜ͺ𝘀𝘬𝘴 where Jame takes Isaline thieving. Parts of it may or may not show up later in NoM πŸ˜‰

πŸŒƒ Scattered: My teenage self’s sketches of Ar, the mountain city you’ll encounter in π˜•π˜ͺ𝘨𝘩𝘡 𝘰𝘧 π˜”π˜’π˜΅π˜€π˜©π˜΄π˜΅π˜ͺ𝘀𝘬𝘴 and throughout the whole series. If you zoom in, you can see teeny tiny stick figures of Isaline and Jame standing atop a building (this was before Isaline’s debilitating fear of heights). Scene ideas from these exercises roughly translated into Isaline and Nalissa’s rooftop hangouts in HoM.

It's been a long journey, but it's so good to be finally here.

To learn more about the House of Matchsticks series, click here to go to my library.

Happy reading!

-Elisa

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