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Kassy Tayler | The birth of a book ~ Comment to Win
Author Guest / November 17, 2012

A lot of authors are asked, where do you get your ideas? My answer is a lot of little things contribute and come together to make a story. But then again, sometimes the story surprises you. ASHES OF TWILIGHT certainly surprised me. The decision to write steampunk came about naturally. I write historicals as Cindy Holby and sci/fi as Colby Hodge so combining the two made a lot of sense when I was searching for a way to break back into the market place. The dome came from an old Star Trek episode that stayed with me all these years. “For The World is Hollow and I have Touched The Sky” is the name of the episode, and the line that haunted me. From this memory, came Wren, my heroine, and a vision of her lying on her back, staring up at a glass sky and wondering what was beyond it. But it wasn’t enough for Wren to be trapped in the dome; I took it a step further and made her part of a people who are trapped underground. She became a coal miner that provided fuel for the dome. This idea came from my history. Both of my…