After examining several native art and artifacts in Kauai, I noticed a pair of monkey skulls, which can be seen in this picture. Upon examining the feral and somewhat ferocious structure of the skulls, I developed the idea for one of the races for the fantasy world Tinisha came from. However, I have not decided the name of this race or what their culture or customs would be like or whether they are good or evil. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
Another inspirational sight I found on Kauai was a cave that was stationed not far from the beach. As I went inside, I thought it would be the perfect lair for a beast like a dragon, troll, or something else entirely. When I continue writing Tinisha’s origin story, I am thinking of including a cave that is this vast and ominous.
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.