Teenager writes science fiction novel


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Jaidyn Schortzman poses with her book Inception. "Writing for me is kind of an escape into my own world where I control what's going on, and I know what's going to happen next,” Jaidyn Schortzman 12 said.

Laura Bird, Ranger Review Reporter

Jaidyn Schortzman 12, started a book called Inception in 2015 and published it in the summer of 2019. Many people know about the movie Inception, a film about a man that can see into other peoples’ dreams. However, Schortzman’s book is quite different.

“The book is called Inception,” Jaidyn Schortzman 12 said. ”I didn’t know that there was a movie called Inception before I picked the name, but it’s definitely just as confusing as the movie.” 

The book is based as if the rapture were to happen, where according to the Holy Bible, all believers, living and nonliving, are taken up into heaven by God. 

“It’s when God comes down and takes all the Christians up and leaves everyone else behind.” Schortzman said.” And then chaos is just running rampant, because people just disappear. But it’s not exactly the rapture, because believers keep reappearing in different places at different times.”

Some characters in her book are raptured, while others are not.

“But the main character, Taylor, wakes up in a car to realize that and she doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. She doesn’t even know whose clothes she’s wearing,” Jaidyn said. “They’re not hers, and she’s really confused. She just starts walking around, and then she runs into her friend, and he’s on fire. They woke up in this new world and the year’s 2376.”

The book also includes characters with special abilities and many plot twists. The concept of the rapture is very paradoxical, however Schortzman uses it in a very abstract manner.

“Your sibling could have reappeared three years before you. And if they were two years younger, now they’re three years older, they could be older than you. Then new things start happening, they start getting strange abilities, and people are hunting them.”

She started the book with a couple friends and they began working on it together. It started as a collaboration. She started writing the book with her friend Bruce, whom she gave credit to, because they both liked to write.

“Me and one of my best friends and another friend, we were talking in a group discussion, and we called it the triangle of trust, because there were three of us. And I was like, oh, that would be a really cool book. I don’t know why I thought that. But then I just started writing a book. And then we started working on it together, just chapter by chapter.”

Schortzman enjoys writing and does it often for fun. She likes using writing as a form of self-expression.

“Writing for me is kind of an escape into my own world where I control what’s going on. Even if it’s a ton of crap situations, I control it. And I know what’s going to happen next. And I know everything’s gonna be okay. So writing’s kind of my own little fantasy world.”

Schortzman is going to continue the series and continue writing Tayor’s story. Each book is going to be dedicated to each member of the White family, including Bruce, who passed away two years ago.

“He made up the story with me, so the first book is dedicated to him. There’s going to be at least five, but I don’t know, I’ll see where it goes and see if there’s going to be more.”

The main character, Taylor, is written to be very similar to Schortzman’s view of herself. Each of her characters are based off of someone significant in her life.

“Everyone in my book is based off of someone that I know in real life. For example, Taylor is based off of me. So I guess that relates to me, because I want to see the best in the world just like Taylor does. But she soon comes to realize that sometimes seeing the best in the world isn’t what is best, because you need to be able to tell what’s good from bad.”

For more information on the book or the author, visit this link: http://inceptionseries.com/