I first had the inspiration to write this book when I heard the old classic song "Scarborough Fair." I thought a story centering on the theme of the song would be amazing, but I couldn't get very far with it. It didn't have enough specific details for me to retell it in the form of a book, but then I found something that did. As I was browsing around the internet reading myths and folklore (As I often do) I found another song, one that was like a different version of "Scarborough Fair." It was called the "Elfin Knight." This is was the birth of "A Rokian's Curse."
My new idea went through many changes of course. Since I wanted the song to greatly inspire the story, I built the land to resemble Scotland. No, it was actually Scotland when I started. My first idea was to tell the story in a medieval Scotland where there was no magic or elves. That was the conflict, you see. Blair was an ordinary girl living in a non-magical world until Queriven came along. It remained this way for quite a while before I decided to change it into a fantasy world.
As I was working, I had some concepts and ideas I wanted to use that would be more fitting if it was already set in a fictional world. I decided to make the change, and I knew I make the right decision because everything fell in place. Queriven's heritage became normal in the lore of the world, but he was still a mystery outside of Aven Forest, and Blair's perspective of what was happening around her made more sense. Overall, I felt there was a stronger story in the end because of it. The characters began to tell me how the story needed to be told and any questions I had came out like the sun after my first draft.
This isn't the first story I've written, but I would consider it to be the best by far. It was the longest I ever worked on one, and I learned so much from the independent characters and fresh settings.