The Inspiration Behind Elusion...

The reason we fell in love with reading books when we were kids is the same reason we started writing them as adults: we craved escapism. And we still do. Whether the story takes us on an adventure that leads us far from the world we know, or simply introduces us to the lives of interesting strangers, books allow us to do something no other medium can quite accomplish: travel to another place, or another time, completely within the confines of our own minds.

But the world is rapidly changing, technology becoming an even bigger part of our lives. We’re increasingly dependent on our devices. Where will this path lead us? And how will we escape in the future?

Elusion is set in the near future, where people work twelve hours shifts, every day of the week, and the natural beauty of our country is threatened by booming industries. The desire to escape is greater than ever before, and now a new app called Elusion can make it easier to get away from it all. With the help of a device that uses a special kind of hypnosis, Elusion can take users to a perfect virtual reality, one seemingly preferable to the real world, and replaces all their fears and worries with serenity.

However, there is a dark side to Elusion, and there is only one person brave enough to bring it to light—the daughter of the man who invented it, and died mysteriously before his project was released to the public. Her quest is to uncover the secrets buried inside Elusion, following clues she believes her father left her, which includes an old copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

(In our version of the future, everything traces back to the original escape: books.)

We hope when you read Elusion, you’re as swept up with the story as we were writing it. 

Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam