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Goodreads asked J.B. North:

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

J.B. North A few years ago, I was reading a book called "Hawksong" by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and fell in love with the idea of people shifting form. After the first book ended, I wanted to keep the idea fresh in my mind, so I began to think of another world with people who could shift form. It really inspired me when I saw how young the author was, so I knew I would be able to do it, too.

And from there, Ivy Oliver and The Five Kingdoms were born.

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