Goodreads asked Tom Atkinson:

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

Tom Atkinson I plucked it out of nowhere. I was waiting for a train and it just kind of came to me. There was nothing that sparked it, just a new, fresh but raw idea. Over time, the story changed and evolved into what it became but there was no real inspiration for 'When the Eagle Rules in the Place of the Yew Trees' (WERPOYT).

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