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Goodreads asked Sarah Wallace:

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

Sarah Wallace I was inspired by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's "Sorcery & Cecilia" book trilogy. After finishing the third book, all I wanted to do was reread them! So, I decided to focus that excitement into writing. I loved the alternate history with magic so I started with that; I liked the mystery plot line so I thought in terms of mystery; I liked the type of magic they used which is a lot of theory and physics and studying, so I used that. With those jumping off points, I pulled from different ideas I had been toying with: I'd been wanting to do a fairy tale in a unique time period. After a bit of brainstorming, I latched onto the idea of using The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I was so excited about the project I wrote the rough draft in a week!

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