Not long ago on Twitter, I received an awesome question from a reader who really enjoyed both Nightblade and World’s Edge. They were asking where the inspiration for the stories came from. I did my best to answer in 140 characters or less, but felt like it was worth saying a little more.
The first fact to realize is that I’m very much a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Historically, I’ve actually read much, much more science fiction. It’s only in the past few years that I’ve really started to dive deeper into fantasy. Not only do I read a lot, but I’m also interested in movies and television series. It’s probably safe to say that everything I’ve read and watched has had some effect on my writing. The strongest influences directly related to Nightblade are probably Lian Hearn and Takashi Matsuoka. Both are authors that have written stunning books taking place in Japan or a Japan-like culture. I was probably watching too much Rurouni Kenshin at the time too (I wrote the story several years ago, so it’s hard to remember).
When I first started writing the story, Ryuu was the only Point-of-View character. I was interested in writing a story about what happens to a person when they discover they have a great power. I’ve always been fascinated by how people react to being powerful, and I wanted to see how a character would react if they discovered this power at a relatively young age.
From those beginnings a story about the sense was born. As I was writing Ryuu’s encounters with Moriko the monk and Takako the prostitute, I realized I wanted to know them more, and went back and found their stories as well.
I hope that more thoroughly answers the question. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, just let me know in the comments below!