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The Viper and the Urchin is a remarkable book. My memories of what I read in that book are still quite vibrant, even six months after reading the last page. This post about the influences that went into building the city of Damsport is really wonderful!

Celine Jeanjean's Blog: Down the Rabbit Hole

orchid_promoVery excitingly, The Black Orchid, book 2 in the Rory and Longinus saga, is now available to pre-order. To celebrate, I thought I’d let you take a peek behind the curtain of Damsport’s creation. I’ve been interviewing authors about their research for a little while but I have yet to put myself under the microscope, as it were. Now I won’t interview myself because that’s just too meta, but I thought I’d share the inspirations that went into creating Damsport.

Picasso famously said: “Good artists borrow; great artists steal.” I won’t go as far as to say that I’m a great artist, but one of the things I love to do is to steal — and I steal a great deal, from all over the place. It’ll come as no surprise that I stole from Victorian London, and I purposefully gave a little nod to Dickens in creating…

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