I read a lot and even if I have carefully made sure that my own book is original, I have of course taken inspiration from my favorites, among others.
I have taken bits of inspiration from many books and series, these are some of them.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses
- I am Number Four
- Maze Runner
- Carve the Mark
- Harry Potter
The same goes the other way too. I have read some books and told myself to stay away from certain things that I didn’t like. For example, A Court of Thorns and Roses included both sides to that inspiration actually. As well as Carve the Mark.
For example, my heroine is not going to be a stubborn pain in the ass who pushes away everyone in her surroundings just because she thinks that she can do everything by herself, she will be a stubborn realist and ask for help when she needs it.
She is also not going to be perfect and master any potential gifts and skills she may or may not be given.
Neither will there be any romantic relationships involved. I don’t understand why that always have to be a part of every story. Forbidden love and all of that. It can get tiresome.
I am not going to write very complex, it removes the focus from the actual story. I think I actually also might write both Swedish and English simultaneously to make sure that I capture everything I want the reader to feel from both languages. Since the beginning of 2013, I have only written in English (through school and this blog and living in California for two years), so writing in English is natural for me right now. But Swedish is my native language so there might be some word combinations that come easier in Swedish.