Friday, July 26, 2013

Lucas Heath – Things You Didn’t Know About BoX

Things You Didn’t Know About BoX

  • Could I write a story that takes place in a single location, such as a cube, and keep the reader drawn to the story? When I began to write BoX, I pushed myself to meet this challenge. What do my readers think? Why not let me know!
  • BoX started with a simple plan: 27 cubes in a box. Each cube was assigned to a specific location in that box and enclosed one person. Each person had a name and subject number. Whether the life and story of any particular subject would become known to the reader or whether they would live or die hadn’t yet been determined. The story would unfold with each stroke on the keyboard.
  • Some of my characters’ first names were inspired by people I have known socially or as work colleagues.
  • Originally intended to be a short story of approximately ten pages in length, BoX grew with each word into a novella.
  • As the story developed and I got to know the characters, I was able to create an outline for the second half of the book.
  • BoX has reminded some readers of the cult horror movie Cube. I’ve seen all three Cube movies; aside from the setting of a cube, the stories are quite different. While the premise of the movies is shock and horror through very gruesome deaths, they have no other purpose. BoX, however, is written with a meaning, a message, and a purpose in mind.
  • When I began writing BoX, I wanted the focus of the story to be about revealing both the good and bad aspects human nature.
  • Readers have commented that the ending of BoX left them wanting more; that’s not a bad thing. Though some people suggested the ending seemed rushed and abrupt, it ended as intended. My aim is to entertain, draw people into my world, and why not keep the reader guessing? Predictable stories are for other people to write.

The X in BoX is capitalized as it represents the Greek letter Chi. I am currently writing a set of three books called The Midas Trilogy. Each book has its own Greek symbol, Phi, Psi, or Omega. The letter Chi falls in between Phi and Psi, making BoX the story that transitions between the first book in the trilogy and the second.


How far would you go to save yourself? Would you compromise your religion, morals, or integrity to avoid death?

Twenty-seven people wake up to discover they are imprisoned in isolation cubes. They are forced to endure multiple trials in an experiment designed to test the limits of human nature.

In each cube is a pistol. During any test an individual can use the gun to end the torment and take their own life. In doing so, they believe the test would immediately end for everyone and potentially save the lives of others.

Would you lay down your life to save another? Would you pass the tests?

It’s the ultimate trial for human nature and the will to stay alive.

Would you survive the experiment?

This story is a novella, at around 100 pages, or 26000 words.

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Genre –  Thriller / SciFi

Rating – PG13

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