Goodreads asked J.P. Ashman:

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

J.P. Ashman There was no sudden idea, or event that created the idea for Black Cross. It was more a combination of many different things that gradually built the story. My imagination is the biggest part of it, of course, but all sorts of other topics/interests/experiences all take part in my story/world building.

Everything from my love of history to the daily news and my own life experiences play a part. I wanted this series to have a gritty realism to it, but also that fantastic fantasy feel I so love, and I think I've achieved that.

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