The Details about The Viscount of Sternboard
After a conversation with my PA, I realized I have not talked about “Viscount of Sternboard” on my blog before.
Today, I wanted to talk about what inspired that particular story.
If you have read The Viscount of Sternboard, you are already aware that it takes place in Edwardian England on The Realm of the Light, my fantasy world where The United & Denizens Among Us take place.
My first inspiration for Viscount was the setting. For as long as I can recall, I have been interested in the sinking of the Titanic. The dream that originally inspired “Viscount” was about a noble man who takes a pleasure cruise on the fatal voyage with his girlfriend, and both of them die when the ship hit the iceberg. From there, the story grew. The nobleman was eventually named Viscount Cyrus McCreed, and “The Viscount of Sternboard” is coincidentally about his back story; the events that led Cyrus and his wife to board the vessel.
The second inspiration is the side-romance Cyrus has Amyrith Hunter. To fully understand the inspiration, let me remind you that Eponine Thenardier from ‘Les Miserables’ by Victor Hugo is my absolute favorite literary character. Amyrith Hunter’s original personality was loosely based on Eponine’s personality. Amyrith and Cyrus’s relationship was strongly influenced by Eponine’s relationship with Marius Pontmercy.
The Smiths of No Relation? I don’t really remember what inspired that organization. I needed a villain that was stronger and larger than a single individual Cyrus could kill. So, I created a powerful American-based organization that heavily influenced international policies for their own good. Right now I am thinking of writing a side-story set in the Realm of the Light that delves more fully into the workings and members of the Smiths of No Relation. So stay tuned for that.