First, the Wonders. One of the great highlights of my honeymoon in Greece was a romantic dinner on the harbor in Rhodes. Of course, everyone there points out the location of the ancient Colossus astride the entrance, but I realized it would have been physically impossible to have built a monument of that size. I began becoming interested in the Seven Wonders—how were they built, why were they so wonderful, why seven? etc. but never thought of myself as a nonfiction writer.
Second, Atlantis. While in Crete, we heard stories of the sunken island, which the Cretans believe existed off their northern coast. Well, there are many areas in the world that claim Atlantis, and all my life I was fascinated by the story. But thousands of people had tackled that topic! What could I possibly add to it?
Third, years ago I tried hard to pitch a series based on the idea of The Prisoner, a sixties-era TV series about a man trapped against his will on a mysterious island as part of a scientific/political experiment. I wanted to involve a group of kids – but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why on earth they would be there. So I put that aside too.
One day, somehow I put these three things together—and everything clicked. Seven Wonders is about a team of four kids with a powerful genetic condition inherited from a prince who escaped the sinking of Atlantis—a condition that promises to magnify each kid’s greatest talent into a superpower, but also kill them by the age of 14. They find themselves on the secret island home of an institute that has found a cure: if these kids can return to the island seven magic relics stolen centuries ago from Atlantis and hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, they will be cured. And, unbeknownst to them, they will also save the world from destruction.
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