Goodreads asked Cassandra Clark:

How do you get inspired to write?

Cassandra Clark I go to the places where the story is to be set and then I walk around and get a feel for what it would have been like in the fourteenth century. Place is very important to me. We're lucky to have so many wild and beautiful locations which Hildegard could have visited. Sadly, the once great and famous Abbey of Meaux exists no longer but its location, beside a small river in the middle of a marsh, is still there much as it would have been in Abbot de Courcy's day. I also listen to music that Hildegard might have heard - that of HIldegard of Bingen, for instance, or one of the early music groups like the Dufay Collective. You can hear some dance music called a salterello on my website.

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