People often ask me what inspired me to write THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN. The storyline has been tumbling through my mind for many years, an idea first born when I read passages from THE DESIRE OF AGES, a book by Ellen G. White and author held in high esteem by the Seventh-Day Adventist church. Her telling of the passion of Christ, the moment of death on the cross, and explanation for why the sacrifice was necessary awakened my imagination. Her imagery of the very moment that God turned his back on Jesus and the resulting reaction from the heavenly host and nature itself left a lasting impression on me. It was here that I began to think about the interaction between good and evil in the universe, what had happened to the bad angels, and whether good angels still influenced the world. The concept of the great controversy took root and the seed for THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN was planted.
More recently I have watched two television shows that influenced my thinking, the first being SUPERNATURAL and the second the British serial HEX. SUPERNATURAL relies upon horror to drive suspense and takes more liberties with scripture than I ever would, but the general concept ran parallel to plotlines I found intriguing. There was a prophecy, good and bad angels, and hell hounds, each a significant aspect of my book. HEX took a more social approach to illustrate how a teen girl would interact with a fallen angel. It was very intriguing in the beginning, then the main character was killed off and the entire plotline changed enough that I lost interest. Both shows reminded me of my own book idea and I told myself that I needed to start writing before another show stole my idea entirely!