Goodreads asked Mark Saha:

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

Mark Saha Like most of my ideas, Lady Joe evolved over time from solitary walks, but its elements have diverse sources. The characters, frankly, were inspired by high school friends in Texas years ago. The plot was in part from an old failed screenplay idea that took off in a different direction when I dropped my high school experiences into the mix. I also attended a lot of cuttings and accumulated a new body of experience to draw from there. I was amazed at how tightly it all shook out in the end.

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