How do I come up with material for my stories?

My own experiences definitely influence the plots of my stories. Since I’ve lived abroad, my characters often come from different places, and bring new ‘norms’ and perspectives with them. I also like to include a little science, and create believable situations, if not for a few fantastical elements like, say, vampires or mermaids.

Undoubtedly, the Submerged series grew out my love for the ocean and fantasy adventure stories — think, Indiana Jones & Lord of the Rings. A degree in marine biology, and plenty of bottom time while scuba diving also help me form ideas.

If you consider the number of vampire novels I’ve read over the years (hail to Anne Rice), I think it was only a matter of time before I wrote one myself. In this case, The Decided Ones was inspired by the city in which it takes place.