October 22, 2013 by Heidi
Today I am super excited to have the lovely Gennifer Albin visiting to share some of her inspiration for Altered, the second book in her genre-bending, fiber-crafting, mind-twisting dystopian series, Crewel. I really enjoyed book one last year, it hit me at just the right time, and while I’m only halfway through Altered atm I can say that it’s a horse of an entirely different color. There’s so many completely unexpected (and delightfully disturbing) revelations, and I’m happy to say–more kissing–so please join us as Gennifer takes us through a tour of Kinkaid’s down on earth. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
A Tour of Kincaid’s
One of the cool things about writing Altered was that I could use actual places in the book, and my favorite location is Kincaid’s estate. Early on in the novel, Adelice and the boys fall in with Kincaid, a powerful man who traffics solar energy to the survivors and refugees on Earth. As a Sunrunner, Kincaid has a lot of power and influence, so I knew he needed to live somewhere extravagant. I chose Hearst Castle. Not only is it aggressively grandiose, it’s a literal playground for the characters.
Hearst castle is known to have a secret elevator hidden by wood paneling. I took it a step further and built secret passages throughout the house. There’s rumors that there are such passages in the estate, but I took it to the extreme. The hidden entrance is located in the Assembly Room.
During their stay on the estate, I wanted Adelice to be close to the boys while still having a separate room. I placed her in the Doge’s Suite, which is two rooms adjoined by a sitting area. It’s a bit lavish to say the least.
Erik grew up near the sea in Arras, so it’s no surprise that he likes to swim. He reveals something very important to Adelice while taking a dip in the Roman Pool, and we also learn Adelice can’t swim!
The castle also provides Kincaid with a way to show the group films about The Cypress Project, the top secret initiative that created Arras. Adelice and the crew watch the film in the Theater.
There are quite a few more spots on the Hearst Castle grounds that made it into Altered. Let me know if you spot one.
I don’t know about you, but seeing these images completely altered how I was imagining the world in Altered. You can visit Gennifer at her website, Twitter, or Facebook page, and don’t miss seeing her as part of the Fierce Reads tour when it stops near you! Finally, check out the rest of the stops on the Altered Blog Tour in order to find out more about the book, the author, and for more chances to win.
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