Usually I do a “Music Video Monday” post, but I have been receiving so many questions about my book release that I’ve decided to switch over to answering questions on Mondays. Now I just have to think of a catchy title for that…
The first question in the series was sent to me by a friend via text! Although I sent her an answer, it was such a great question that I wanted it to be the first in this series:
Where did the idea for Ethereal come from?
The basic outline for Ethereal came from just a question I randomly thought of: What if you absolutely had to kill in order to live? How would that change the whole outlook of life?
Originally I was thinking that all of the citizens in my story would have to kill someone in order to enter society. However, that just seemed so unbelievable. Why would a functioning society order its citizens to kill another person? What’s the point? Besides, where would they get the people that would be killed? It just seemed so far-fetched.
Then I read the epic about Gilgamesh. I didn’t read it just for fun — it was for a class. From reading that and the Ramayana (also for class), I somehow decided to incorporate trades and a caste society in the story. That’s when I combined the idea for trades with a violent initiation for only certain members of society.
At the time I wasn’t thinking about writing a book. I just played around with the different ideas.
Do you have a question? Tweet it to me @kdaugh1992 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!