Behind the Scenes
The inspiration for the Fallen World trilogy, as with all of my books, came from a variety of sources.
If you're curious about other books that helped inspire the story, and how they did, check out this series of blog posts:
To see how I imagined the main characters look, I posted some photos here:
If you'd like to know more about my research on viruses, and why I designed the virus in the novel the way I did, I discuss that here:
When the Fallen World trilogy sold, I took a trip to Nova Scotia (where The Way We Fall is set) to make sure I was capturing the environment and atmosphere accurately. Kaelyn's island home is made-up—I didn't want to inflict even a fictitious deadly epidemic on an actual community, and it allowed me more flexibility in how I set up the town—but I hoped to make it feel like a real Maritime community. Here are some of the sights I drew on when I was revising the book after the trip:
A beach like the one Kaelyn, Mackenzie, and Rachel walk on at the start of The Way We Fall.
Cliffs overlooking the ocean, like the one Kaelyn likes to climb to.
I figured Kaelyn's house might look something like this.
A harbor in a small Nova Scotia town.
A ferry that travels from the Nova Scotia mainland to an island (the one for Kaelyn's island would be a little smaller).
Storage buildings by a harbor, like the one Gav initially uses to store the extra food.
Hospital on the outskirts of another small Nova Scotia town.