From a young age Harriet adored fantasy novels, and she knew Tolkien’s hobbits and elves well, Lewis’s Pevensies, and Arthurian tales in many forms. Certainly these stories helped to shape her character, but there is one thing which bothered her more and more as the years progressed.
When Harriet was ready to write her own book, she did not include military glory. In fact, she situated her protagonist in a world where war has never been a concept. It is important to document our history, of course, and, so far, we are a warlike species. But if we focus on fighting and killing as the entertainment factor in our sci-fi and fantasy stories, how will we ever learn peace?