I’ve always enjoyed “choose your own adventure” books. The very first one I read was a Goosebumps story – ages ago – which featured a mummy. I found it fascinating, flipping between the pages to all the different endings (I think there were six of them?) that featured death, destruction, mayhem and mummification. Fun times!

Now that I’ve been commissioned to write an interactive fiction story of my own, the circle feels complete.

My story, Trust me, I’m lying is part of Trust Fall, a collection of digital artworks presented at the Digital Writers’ Festival 2018.

Happening in hyperspace from Oct 30-Nov 3 2018, #DWF18 is an online-first writers’ festival dedicated to celebrating the work of writers from Australia and across the world.

Trust Fall examines the concept of trust in relation to user interaction. With advances in digital technology raising concerns over privacy, safety, and authenticity, audience members are encouraged to play with the concept of trust in the digital form.

Trust me, I’m lying is an interactive experience that explores the theme of trust in the digital age. Are people on the internet ever who they say they are?

 

Set in a cyberpunk world where technology has advanced but the quality of life has faded, connections between humans are fleeting and rare. With dangers lurking around every dark corner on the internet, the choice to trust can have deadly consequences.

As with all interactive fiction, the choices the reader makes during the story affects the outcome of the narrative. The reader’s decisions to trust, betray, lie or tell the truth during the course of the story will affect the way things play out.

 

Are you ready to start?