Southerly’s project was writing a short mystery novel. She was able to begin writing her novel almost immediately at the beginning of her semester in Propel, as she already had a vivid idea of the plot and characters. The novel, titled Vicious Cycle, is aimed at teens and young adults, as it deals with dark subject matter like suicide, murder, and revenge. It features 11 chapters, a cover Southerly designed herself, and character sketches on the inside of the book.
Vicious Cycle is about a young detective girl named K McIntyre, who takes on the case of investigating a missing brother. The investigation turns sideways when she finds out the whole case was a ruse set up by very angry and revengeful ex. The end product of Southerly’s project will be a paperback novel that will be sold online through Amazon.