Last blog tour, I listed inspirations for Time Captives. However, I had to cut it off because I was running into stories that specifically inspired The Crossways. Now it’s time to list those inspirations.
Dragons of Starlight by Bryan Davis. This series is what convinced me that it would be okay to throw a little sci-fi into my fantasy. It’s primarily a fantasy story, but there are a few elements that have more of a science fiction feel. Also, the stardrops provided the visual inspiration for the Bremsi and the Redona. They have completely and totally different properties and purposes, though.
The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson. Good dragons. Previously, my experience with fantasy dragons had consisted primarily of dragon Eustace and Smaug, so I didn’t know how awesome it would be to have dragons who were actually good.
Ilyon Chronicles Facebook posts by Jaye L. Knight. The very awesome main guy of Ilyon Chronicles, Jace, is a former gladiator, so Jaye would often post things about gladiators on the series Facebook page. Seeing all that, I was inspired to throw a little Ancient Rome into my worldbuilding in the form of gladiators.
Doctor Who Series 2, most specifically “School Reunion.” Tuck Everlasting did a really good and thorough job of exploring the downside of immortality in this life, but still, certain implications didn’t hit me until the Doctor said to Rose, “You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mine with you.” And since there are several couples in Time Captives that I shipped as soon as they met, this certainly came into play. And honestly, the outcome is worse than “Doomsday.” At least “Doomsday” had “Journey’s End” to come, for Rose, anyway. Poor Doctor. Now I want to cry for him, just thinking about it. :(
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. This is one I didn’t realize until later. Leah E. Good used a line from the book for her “Guess a Quote” game, and so I flipped through the book, reliving this awesome story. All of a sudden, it hit me that there are quite a few similarities in personality between Adriel and Daniel. They’re both stubborn and angry and rebellious and resentful, hating the oppressors of their people and struggling with doubts about their faith. There’s a pretty big difference between them, though. Daniel’s relationship with his sister Leah is strained at best, while Adriel’s sister Rae is the most important thing in the world to him.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. This is principally because I couldn’t really find any books on sailing. I looked to this exciting and mysterious book for tips on writing a sea story. The Crossways is completely different, but the shipboard scenes probably have a slight Charlotte Doyle flavor to them, that and Pirates & Faith.
So there you have the primary stories that influenced The Crossways. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and check out the rest of the blog tour!