Goodreads asked Christine Blackthorn:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Christine Blackthorn I do not really get ideas per se - in my mind there are constant stories developing. It is as if I tell myself a story all the time; and sometimes I write them down. My characters are like old friends I glimpse from the corner of my eye - there and too fast gone again, but always close.

Though, I have to admit that "By My Side..." did have an inspiration - or the orcs did. I admit that when I saw Lord of the Rings, the Uruk-hai, I was wondering what would happen if that race of slaves ever found a home. After all, history is written by the winners, so who is to say that they are evil?

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