I was vacationing in Hawaii on the island of Kauai and I realized I was surrounded by countless inspirational sights. The sights I saw gave me numerous ideas regarding my writing, specifically the planned origin story of the female lead of my series and last of the high elves, Tinisha Dolaira. For the longest time, I wondered how unique her home world would be. When I look at the following picture, I see the coastline of a fantasy world that has a somewhat tropical and exotic feel to it. While viewing numerous aspects of the island, I drew inspiration for the landscape, plants, animals, races, and cultures of the fantasy world Tinisha came from.
After experiencing countless science fiction stories and films, I came to realize that nanotechnology is one of my favorite concept regarding robotics. Originally designed to cure cancer cells and strengthen organic material, I noticed that nanites could be used for other applications such as combat or manipulating matter on a molecular level. By itself, a single nanite is insignificant, but in sheer numbers, nanites are very malleable, versatile and could reform their collective shape with ease. Nanotechnology will play a significant role in my fourth volume as well as some of my planned prequels.
At WonderCon of 2014, I encountered Dan Parsons, who was one of the people responsible for the Star Wars Legacy Comics, which are some of my most favorite Star Wars graphic novels. When I found out who he was, I felt a jolt of excitement because I have dreamed of meeting one of the masterminds behind Star Wars Legacy. It was basically like shaking hands with one of my personal heroes. I enjoyed meeting another storyteller and artist who possessed as much passion in their work as I do and it is a moment that I will forever treasure until the end of my days.
While I mainly get my inspirations for my writing through daydreams, there are some cases in which I gain inspiration from actual dreams that I remember after waking up. One of the most vivid dreams I remember is being able to fly. In those dreams, it felt as though I could float over my neighborhood by will alone with as much ease as a balloon drifting into the stratosphere. As I delved deeper and deeper into that dream, I could see all of my neighbors watching me glide over them and I was given a chance to embrace a sense of freedom I never would had when I am awake. After reliving the same dream multiple times, I was able to gather the inspiration I needed to illustrate the abilities of flight for three of my main characters. Two of them, Joshua and Cynthia, are able to fly with the use of wings while Gregory flies through the use of telekinesis. While the methods of flight vary, the overall concept is the same. Flight has been depicted in many forms of fiction and is widely considered the most prominent and popular superhuman ability ever imagined. With that in mind, I decided that a few of my characters should possess this ability.