Goodreads asked Pat Powers:

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

Pat Powers My most recently published book (to completion) is Riverbeast. I think the seeds of it were planted when I read Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi." It was an incredible read. Several months after I read it, this voice started up in my head, telling the story. All I had to do was write it down. I recognized the voice, it was what I perceived as the histrionic tone of writers from the 1800s. I've read a fair amount of stuff written by Victorian writers, and it was a very, easy natural voice. I wanted to combine the romance and adventure of Mississippi steamboat times with powerful sexual bondage erotica, so the story of an innocent woman kidnapped and enslaved by a riverboatman because her father had cheated the riverboatman in a business deal worked out beautifully. I did a fair amount of research on riverboat days on the Web in addition to reading "Life on the Mississippi." The initial incident ... the kidnapping ... came straight from the voice, then I built the plot around it.

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