Interview with Author Rachelle McCalla1:00 AM
The country of Lydia is based on a real historical figure named Lydia, who we know about from the Bible in Acts 16. I've based the Kingdom of Lydia on the church that met at her house--with the idea that the congregation grew and continued on in a direct line from her time to the present day.
Interestingly enough, there really was a nation called Lydia in ancient times, far before the book of Acts was written. It is in a slightly different location than my kingdom, but the capital of both countries is the city of Sardis.
I think my favorite princess is probably Lillian Bardici, Alec's bride. Their story is also my favorite of the four--although sadly I don't like the cover nearly as well as the other three books.
A little bit. For example, Anastasia's name, and her story, were inspired in part by the Romanov assassination, a fact which I touch on in the "Dear "Reader" letter at the end of the book. However, I've read some reviews that state the books was based on the Russian princess--and that is most certainly not accurate.
Faith is important in sustaining the characters through the trials they endure, and also in knitting together their growing love for one another.
I think the biggest thing I want to impart with my stories is inspiration. We all go through trials--hopefully not the kind of life-or-death situations my characters face--but we all have difficult situations to get through. I hope that my stories encourage people and give them faith and hope.
Thank you so much for having me!