Remnants Blog Tour Stop #14: Inspiration Behind the Locale — Zanzibar

Posted April 16, 2014 by sophie in Author Guest Post, Blog, Uncategorized / 15 Comments

You guys know how much we loved Lisa’s River of Time series and her Grand Tour series, so we’re truly excited to see what she does with a dystopian-fantasy world, with a Remnant and a Knight Protector?!?

Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must fine a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything…

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I’ve been blessed to travel in the Middle East (Israel and Egypt) and here in the USA, in the Southwest. So Zanzibar, the horrible, evil city the Remnants first encounter, became a cross between a pueblo:

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…And an adobe, walled city. I had a bit of Jericho (a seemingly impenetrable ancient city) in my mind, as well as this city from the movie “Sahara,” which I think was a scene shot in Morocco.

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I wanted the city to feel very primal, exotic, as if we’d gone back in time and perhaps even to a different land. Given that REMNANTS: SEASON OF WONDER is futuristic, after a terrible plague and world war, and has returned to a medieval sort of society in which warlords rule only the land directly about them, I thought it fit. The city had been a sort of refuge for others who have left other war-ravaged towns and huddled together. They bring together the last vestiges of haves-and have-nots. And in the novel, it’s a rough place. Every citizen is tattooed with a symbol that identifies them as a Zanzibarian. Half the men are seeking a bride and contribute to human trafficking because every couple is only allowed one child, and the girls are routinely killed. It’s a dark, dark place, and ultimately, a place that will cry out for redemption…

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What’s YOUR favorite locale from a movie or book? Why? Comment below!

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim ( Tim’s a worship leader, graphic designer and duck-sculptor. They have three kids–Olivia (18), Emma (15) and Jack (10).

The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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15 responses to “Remnants Blog Tour Stop #14: Inspiration Behind the Locale — Zanzibar

  1. My favorite locale isn't a specific place. I love when an author uses description to bring me into the story. It doesn't matter whether it is a city, a town, a dilapidated building. As long as I feel like I am there.

  2. I fell in love with Florence, Italy while reading the book, The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner, and even more so after reading the River of Time series. So if I could take a trip anywhere, I think Italy would be my first stop.

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