Behind the scenes of The Sentinel Trilogy book 2: Arbiter.

Zekk’s song

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:20+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Arbiter, Behind the Scenes, Sage|

Occasionally I'll hear a song and think it will fit one of my characters really well. In this case, I Feel So Alive by Capital Kings just suits Zekk Sorrowsong perfectly. Like, scary perfectly. WARNING: If you have not finished reading Arbiter, this will contain spoilers for you.  Like the song? Support the artists and [...]

Inspiration for the setting of Malaan

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:23+00:00 January 9th, 2015|Arbiter, Behind the Scenes|

My husband Keanan and I went on a cheap cruise to Mexico for our 5th anniversary in December 2013. It was our first 'real' vacation that we worked hard to save up for! I was captivated by the guacamole-loving iguanas, prolific reefs, and the ancient cenote of Dzibilchaltun... along with oppressive heat, mosquitoes, and foul [...]

The inspiration for Altair

By | 2018-03-09T21:40:44+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|Arbiter, Behind the Scenes, Sentinel, Vanguard|

Maroon Bells National Forest, Colorado When I was a kid, we would visit Colorado to skiing every year until my little sister was diagnosed with leukemia (she was miraculously healed and is now one of the greatest joys in my life). One year we went to Aspen, Colorado, and I immediately decided that aspens [...]

Jet black? Jet fuel? Jet-puffed marshmallows?

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:26+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Arbiter, Behind the Scenes, Sage, Sentinel, Vanguard|

What is Jet Valinor named after? A color? A plane? Ooey gooey s'more deliciousness? Ignoring the fact that I just like the name, Jet's name refers to two things: his black hair and eye color, and his dark personality. However, there's nothing special about having black hair and eyes in Valinor; almost everyone does. There's [...]

What’s a Sorvashti?

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:27+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Arbiter, Behind the Scenes, Sage, Sentinel, Vanguard|

Sorvashti's name came about one summer when I worked as a photographer at a camp called Kanakuk. (By the way, the design of Jade Glen Serran Academy is based on the layout of the KAA3 campus—Kids Across America.) Another camp staff member named Vashti was part of the medical staff. Every time I went to [...]

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