Over the years, I have gone on vacation to Hawaii with my family. While I was there, I was fascinated by how the local plants all intertwined with one another, creating a thick jungle that is difficult to navigate. I later learned that a number of the plants were not even native to the islands and that the local and foreign plants were trying to envelope one another. This is what resulted in the tangled wilderness in Hawaii’s jungles. One time, I learned that one of our guides was the son of the original Shazam/Captain Marvel actor from the 1970s television show. That revelation made me geek out! While writing The Kaligen Experiment, I drew heavy inspiration from the tangled rainforests of Hawaii when depicting the primeval wilderness.