Once someone hears that I'm writing a novel, their first question is, "What's it about?" Their second question is, "Where'd you get that idea?"
I am an avid reader who, over the course of 2014 and 2015, read four stories that I believe influenced me in dreaming up and writing Argent Glass; "The Martian" by Andy Weir, "Warm Bodies" by Isaac Marion, "The Dog Stars" by Peter Weller, and "Wool" by Hugh Howey. Loving post-apocalyptic survivalist stories, I digested them long after the devouring process was complete, turning the characters and their trials over and over in my mind.
While reading "The Martian," a terribly romantic vision came to me of a girl trapped inside a dome, staring out vacantly as a wounded boy stumbled up and collapsed outside the glass at her feet. As the imagery poked around inside my brain, I wondered if I might be able to turn it into some modern day Romeo and Juliet akin to "Warm Bodies." From there, I began to formulate my tale asking myself some pointed questions. Why would someone be trapped in a dome? Would it be here on earth or some distant planet like "The Martian?" Would there have been some catastrophic event like in "Wool" that forced the inhabitants inside? Or would the world go on turning, just a little more devoid of human beings like "The Dog Stars?"
Blending some of the same science of "The Martian" with the youth of "Warm Bodies," and the drama of "Wool" with the tough characters of "The Dog Stars," I came up with Argent Glass. I can only hope to have captured my story as well as Weir, Marion, Well and Howey have captured theirs.