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November, 12 2005
OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.
A while back, Imhiriel wrote: Recently I read some of the Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey, and there's a character that reminded me in many aspects of Andrahar: Weaponsmaster Alberich. I was wondering if you read those books, too, and if Alberich was an inspiration for Andrahar's character.
Sorry, Imhiriel-I knew I'd missed one. Yes, I've read Lackey, and yes, I have to give Alberich credit-he was in the back of my mind when I first wrote Andrahar. I've not read her book that is specifically about him, however, and don't intend to, since there is a connection and I don't want to make it worse.
Related to that question, another, more general one: What inspires you for your characters, plots, stories?
That's a harder one. All sorts of things, really. I think most writers have a mish-mash of bits they enjoyed from other peoples' works floating in their heads. Other literary influences-well, I've already said that Amrothos is my tribute to Sherlock Holmes, albeit a much better adjusted one. And I like Lois McMaster Bujold's books, though there's no direct connection to any characters of hers. There are probably a lot more that I just can't think of right now. Heth herself was based upon an ICE Middle-Earth Roleplaying Game I was in briefly. I had a Ranger/Archer character, a big girl, not particularly pretty, who was very young, and who, I decided, had a hopeless unrequited love thing happening for Faramir. I didn't play her long enough to really get an idea of her character, but when the idea for Captain came to me, the convenient template was there at hand.
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