So, where did it all start?

The Fairy Wars Trilogy, I mean…

 

The Fairy Wars Trilogy, the first book of which is Broken Silences followed by Wages of War (currently in progress) started with a sketch. It was a fairy in a flower holding a mystical orb. One of my students in a summer program I was running saw it in my sketchbook and commented, “I wonder how these things gestate?” That sent a spark of imagination swirling around my brain like a maelstrom of creativity. Science and art, two of the things I love, suddenly started to play with each other in my head. A third participant in the party joined in – history.

Taking my three favorite subjects and combining them into one was an inspiration. I started with Dr. Hermius Anstruther Fa.D. The man who theorized that fairies were more than mindless primates good for pest control and as caged pets. From there, I began to configure the growth pattern of fairies from egg to adult. I wanted to figure out the evolutionary path that led to 10 limbs on a primate. I had determined that it was a cross of arachnid with primate that would allow for this.

Last, I began anatomical sketches explaining the various parts of fairy anatomy so that it would be plausible. I must admit the whole process has taken up a gigantic portion of my brain for over three years now. The next book in the series Wages of War is in progress. How the story came about is something entirely different which I will go into in my next blog…

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