Each book of The Progenitor Chronicles is a little different. Books one and three lean fantasy, while book 2 leans sci-fi. It all comes down to what was going on in my life and what inspired me to write these books.
What inspired me to write a book about intergalactic superheroes in space?
When I lost my job, I had time on my hands. I learned a variety of new skills and binged a lot of old shows, Star Trek being one of them. The inspiration for a star system with six inhabited planets was the Xindi from Star Trek: Enterprise. If you’ve never watched these Star Trek episodes, the Xindi were six different species originating from one planet. Does that sound familiar?
My twist to this inspiration was that instead of being six different species, they wielded six different powers.
Xardenora = Life or earth powers
Regvand = Water powers
Desdemona = Fire powers
Ja’Frysta = Ice powers
Texveda = Light or technology powers
Rhyolite = Mineral powers
Only one person every 7,000 years can wield all the powers and alter time and space called the Progenitor.
Instead of having a United Federation of Planets, I changed it to a monarchy government with multiple levels of royals and dignitaries.
Book 1–The Progenitor
What inspired the Progenitor?
Once I had my basic idea, I drew upon some of my favorite books, which happen to be epic fantasy and fairy tale retellings.
The elves of Lord of the Rings inspired Xardenora. Their love for balance and nature are at the planet’s foundation. I try to bring that out when Acacia finds trees, but with a lot more exuberance. Most of her mannerisms comes from Ce’Nedra in The Belgariad by David Eddings.
The basic love story in the Progenitor comes from reading Camile Peters’ and Melanie Cellier’s books. They write clean fairytales retellings and similar unique fantasy romances. I love their stories because they are adventurous, exciting, and clean, which was important to me when writing The Progenitor.
Book 2–The Equinox
What inspired The Equinox?
When I finally published the first book, I had read hundreds of sci-fi books, trying to find a book similar to mine. I basically wrote a fantasy in a space setting with futuristic technology, so this wasn’t exactly easy. In the end, I narrowed my book down to Star Wars, The Last Lumenian series, Star Bandits: Uprising series, and The Starship’s Mage series.
I asked myself what these books have in common. They all contain some type of “magical” person explained away by some vague scientific explanation (i.e., aliens, midichlorians, etc.), bounty hunters, space flight, and a cantina (because you have to find the scruffy, scoundrels of the Universe somewhere). I included these elements in The Equinox.
Book 3-The Ancients
What inspired The Ancients?
One word: Grief. I wrote the first two chapters of the Ancients while my mother-in-law was dying. I didn’t know she was dying, but I knew something was very wrong. With all my stress of caring for her, moving, and doctor’s appointments, writing was a way to escape. One thing that helped me through that time was the main character, Xendara.
At the beginning of the series, she is unsure of herself. She’s led a very sheltered life and wasn’t prepared to take on the role within her star system. By the time this book was written, Xendara had overcome that handicap and she did so full of positive energy and hope. Because of my grief and the problems she faces in the second book, I took away her hopeful nature. I asked: How does she get hope back?
After my mother-in-law died, I wrote a majority of the book a month later. Then my aunt died. Then I took a break from the book. I finished my copyediting certificate, took some marketing classes, binged Gilmore Girls, watched Wheel of Time, and read some books.
A few months later, I came back to the Ancients. I’m glad I did that because the book would have been too dark had I written the ending while completely devastated. One thing that I love about The Progenitor Chronicles is its hopeful nature. I really want to keep positive messaging.
Here are some books that I read that likely inspired the third book.
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The Progenitor by Sara Wright
Peace was all Xendara desired, but her enemies hunger for her power. Princess Xendara is the heir to the throne, but her life is turned upside-down when a mysterious spaceship attacks. She learns her father had secrets. With his untimely demise, she must uncover them before her enemies remove her from power. In her quest to keep peace within the Six Systems, she discovers a power she didn’t know she had; a power that everyone is looking to exploit. With the help of her childhood friend Darijus, she unlocks long lost memories of her past, only to find his destiny is intertwined with her own. A prophecy guides her choices to the correct timeline. But can she trust a prophecy that foretells the death of a loved one? With the destiny of the Universe on the line, who she chooses to trust will divide a galaxy.
With powers her enemies aim to exploit, will she risk galactic war?
Sara Wright is a science fantasy author who loves to add dash of sweet romance to her books.
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Time Crystal by Sara Wright
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Time Crystals are forbidden for a reason, but King Oren must use one to save a civilization.
King Oren’s only goal was to be a peaceful caretaker of the galaxy. But when a girl falls through a portal into his courtyard clutching a forbidden Time Crystal, his life changes.
With a cataclysmic event imminent, he must lead a group from his home system to the opposite side of the galaxy. Everyone looks to their seemingly immortal race for aid, but even with their elemental powers, they are far from perfect.
Armed with the Time Crystal, they seek to stop an exploding star from decimating an entire population. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to use the crystal. Even worse, he might die trying.
Will King Oren stop the star from exploding? Or will time unravel?
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