Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Espionage Inspirations

I always enjoy seeing where other authors get their inspiration from. It’s neat to be able to put the pieces together and see what shaped a book. I can’t promise many sources of inspiration for Espionage, but I’ll see what I can come up with.

The primary inspiration for Espionage was a dream. You can read all about it here.

I can’t separate the opening scene from The Hunger Games. Something about a girl hunting in the woods with a bow and arrows. And, come to think of it, the involvement of the father is important to both. (I’m talking book here, I don’t recall the movies ever mentioning that Katniss went hunting with her father.)

My own Time Captives was definitely inspiration. Set in the same world at the same time with the promise of tying in to the third book.

Vannie, Kate, and Mandie were partially inspired by me and my sisters.

Vannie’s tendency to modify statements with a “Well,” comes from the Doctor of Doctor Who.

The chapter header pictures were inspired by the Caroline Little House books.

“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”

“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”

As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.

When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.

Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control?

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  1. I always love it when I can read it where author's got their book inspirations, so I can make little connections that I wouldn't otherwise! :)

  2. Oooh! A tie in with third Time Captives? Now I'm REALLY excited!


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