7.11.2012

A battle in the USA

As you know, Young Fighters is set in the United States. I've mentioned it on a post once (The birth of Young Fighters) and now I think it's time to explain why a Finnish girl writes a book series that is set in USA. Thank you, Jouneezeh, for giving me the idea for this post! And thank you, Virtuefiction, for inspiring me to write more in English! It's great to hear that someone is looking forward to my posts.

So, why USA? It's definitely because of the story. The first thing about Young Fighters I saw in my mind was the protagonist. I just saw her in my mind and knew she is American and that her name is Amy. There were also three other things I found out  immediately. First: Amy loves her friends; second: Amy's grandfather got murdered and third: the legacy of Amy's grandfather is a computer chip.

The basic idea of Young Fighters made it clear that the story couldn't be set in Finland. Our country is too small. It's also difficult to imagine that someone would inherit a computer chip in Finland. It's a very powerful device that is chased by unknown criminal organization. That doesn't fit Finland. 

The USA has inspired me a lot from the start. It's a huge society that has it's own rules. I've been interested in the United States for several years so it's been amazing and interesting to build a world around the country. In Young Fighters I describe 1) crimes that brake state lines and 2) how the crimes affect Amy and her friends and the people who have no idea of what is really happening in their country. Young Fighters is pretty much about a big battle between the criminal organization and the people who protect the chip - and also a battle between privacy and publicity. This is one of the reasons why I write about American people instead Finnish. The villains of the series are really bad and their crimes are really shocking - they need a strong adversary. The media and the policy, for example, have much more power in the USA than in Finland. Many countries don't have the kind of enemies that the USA could have.

In the beginning of Young Fighters the villains are a threat only to Amy and her friends. Amy is "nobody" and the center of the battle at the same time. What happens when the threat becomes real to everyone? How will the USA react? Who will survive? Will the chip stay safe? These are fascinating questions to answer. 


When I plotted Young Fighters, I wanted to create something different. Almost every Finnish writer writes about Finnish people, Finnish culture, Finnish nature and so on. I didn't want to do that. It's ordinary. Amy's life definitely isn't ordinary.

3 kommenttia:

  1. Thank you for this post! I really wanted to know a more about the story you have been pouring your heart into for such a long time.

    Amy's story sounds amazing. The scale on which it is set is huge! The U.S. government, the media and the underworld. I hope I can be one of the first to get my hands on an ARC if it ever gets published! I love the title "Young Fighters" too, while it appears very simple, it is something I don't think an American writer would think of. Good job!

    I think more people would read your blog, if they could understand how to post comments. On my screen, everything is in Finnish (which I don't understand!) but I manage to navigate my way through anyway because it is worth giving you some positive feedback. Maybe you could start a sister blog in English to this one, and have the two of them linked together?

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I'm glad you liked it! Sometimes it's hard to believe I've been working on Young Fighters over eight years.

      Thank you for your comment! Reading it really made my day. Great that you find Young Fighters interesting. It would be amazing if people outside Finland could read it some day. You will be one of the first to know if it will be translated in English!

      The title is something I like very much myself. One of the secrets of the series is what the title really means - I can't wait to write scenes that give clues of it.

      Good point! I guess I can change the language. And the idea of a sister blog is great!

      Poista
    2. Here is the link to the sister blog: http://youngfighters-in-english.blogspot.fi/

      Thank you , Virtuefiction, for the idea!

      Poista