Theron Langhorne is brand new to the writing scene. He was born in Inglewood, CA in 1975 and was raised in Rancho Cucamonga, CA for most of his life. He loves to read young adult novels such as The Heroes of Olympus, Harry Potter, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. With a Bachelor's Degree in Illustration from the Laguna College of Art, Theron still wishes to bring wonder and imagination to the world through theme park design and actually wishes to build his own theme park someday. It is a very far-fetched dream, but not at all impossible. Stranger things have happened, like completing a novel.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California. it was middle class suburbia in a developing community miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Our neighborhood was quiet and comfortable and very spread out. I had a lot of friends in middle school and elementary school. I would mostly draw but I liked to read a lot. I mean, A LOT. My mom would drive my sister and I to the local library about twice a month and I would check out at least 30 books on every visit. And I would read every single one. I wrote here and there, but my story ideas were mostly for theme park rides because I wanted to build my own theme park. I still do!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember the first story I ever wrote, but I do remember writing squiggle stories back in fourth grade. My teacher was Mrs. Skidmore and she had us do a squiggle story every week. A squiggle story consisted of a random squiggly mark she made on a piece of paper. She then asked us to draw something out of the squiggle and make a story out of it. I would always overdo the drawing because I loved to draw and then I'd make a long story out of it that consisted of 1-2 pages, sometimes 3. At the end of the week, everyone would read their stories in front of the class. People would always clap at the end of my story cause they enjoyed it so much. I felt I had a little spark back then.
An alien vessel invades a high school and abducts Jarvis Johnson and five other students and brings them to a strange planet called Zuu, a world where alien species from all over the galaxy are held captive in an intergalactic zoo. They are thrown into a dangerous struggle for survival and discover that being human makes it almost impossible to return home.