Since the inspiration for my first novel came from a safari I did a couple of years ago, I decided to use my travels for inspiration for future novels. With this in mind, I made sure that Granada was on the itinerary of a recent trip I took to Spain. For ever since reading Philippa Gregory’s The Constant Princess, I have wanted to see the Moorish palace that she describes in the first few pages of that novel. The Alhambra was everything I had dreamed of but even as I walked through the rooms, I had a niggling feeling that what I was seeing was but a ghost of its former splendor. This sensation combined with a fortuitous visit to Seville’s Real Alcazar, which though not as grand as the Alhambra, is better preserved, gave me the idea for my current novel. Though the plot line has been laid out, the editing demands of my first novel and my inability to multitask, leaves me chomping at the bit to get down to the business of weaving my next story.