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I Wonder…

April 27, 2010

…if my decision to set the majority of this book on a pirate ship owes anything to my disproportionate, heart-swelling enjoyment of the HP Power Trio‘s time in 12 Grimmauld Place during Deathly Hallows. Okay, okay — I realize they’re terrified, isolated, and hiding from Death Eaters…but it just seems so cozy in there!

I guess I’ve always had an odd affinity for enclosed spaces (i.e. the nest I once made myself in a closet), though I rapidly become unnerved if the genre is pushed to extremes (i.e. the increasingly claustrophobic stairs ascending St. Paul’s Cathedral). Something about the idea of everything and everyone — good or bad, delightful or unbearable — existing within arm’s reach is intriguing. It also, particularly in writing, lays the foundation for all manner of potential conflict, action, and emotional exploration. The addition of something preventing exit or escape, whether it’s Death Eaters or immense swaths of ocean, only heightens these stakes.

Of course, this could all just be one giant justification for my habit of falling asleep to the Harry Potter audiobooks every night. Then again, a not-insignificant portion of the online world seems more than happy to chime in with their support in that arena. (The ostensible and ever-frustrating need to defend one’s love of YA literature is a rant for another day. Or another blog.)

Do you find yourself inspired by unexpected things, or without even realizing it?

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