5 Inspirations Behind Seeking Sorrow by Zen Dipietro
Inspiration can come from so many places. A book is a tapestry of imaginings and inspirations, tossed together and stirred around. For every book ever written, I’d bet there is a completely different set of inspirations. Here’s a look at what inspired Seeking Sorrow.
The big, important scenes of this book each were written with a specific song in mind. Actually, the songs often played on a loop while I was writing.
Beautiful imagery like the forest in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Shire in Lord of the Rings served well for imagining Terath, which is lush and verdant. Also, the dark imagery of The Battle at Helm’s Deep in LOTR reminded me of the grimness I wanted to portray.
Not in a copycat way, but imagination begets more imagination. When you let a story in, it can change you. You find some little bit of something that resonates and turn it around in your mind until it evolves into something unique. There’s a reason that writers are also avid readers.
I found pictures that represented my characters and saved them as a background on my computer so I could look at them and really imagine them talking, laughing, and existing as real people.
The old adage is “write what you know.” Every single day is an opportunity to find some moment, some idea, that is the seed that can grow into something wonderful. There are pieces of things I love in this book, from a favorite childhood doll to a love of dance.
Inspirations can be inside a single moment, such as a gesture or a facial expression. What’s inspired you lately?
An earth-like world of high-tech humans faces the reality that their world is not as safe as they thought it was. Five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of an unfathomable mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the powerful minority with the ability to harness and manipulate mana.The resulting cataclysmwould decimate the population and tear apart the foundation of society.
The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted in order to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed. Love will be denied, badassery will be unleashed, and Terath will never be the same.
Even success comes at a price.
Available for pre-order: March 18 (or sooner) 2015
Release date: March 25, 2015
Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, Star Trek, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.womenofbadassery.com. Very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.