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The World of Liberation’s Vow


Welcome to the Summer Science Fiction Romance Brigade (SFRB) blog hop July 11-15 2016. There’s a sweet giveaway at the bottom of the post! Plus I have my own giveaway that is extra. 🙂

Something I learned while writing Liberation’s Vow is how much I love the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen is famous for his vibrant imagery, technical skill, and incredible execution of dresses that defy reality. Although he is also credited with making low-rise pants popular back in 2001, his exotic outfits composed of feathers, crystals, spray paint, or really odd things like gummy bears and razorback clam shells stand out. These mystifying couture “fantasies” are simultaneously disturbing and beautiful, sticking in your memory long after you’ve turned away.

Unfortunately, he committed suicide in 2010 at the age of forty, so his current work is all we have in the world.

I am not a follower of high fashion, but for book research I get to learn all sorts of neat things! My heroine Resa grew up in the tough, dirty world of mining and obsessively watched the 9000-episode-strong futuristic TV soap opera “Alien Warlords.” She longed for the rich lifestyle, and the alien warlord drama, because it was so different from her origins.

Now reborn as an “emotionless” android, she can’t allow herself to be seduced by beautiful gowns, no matter how strong her craving.

Hero Aris designed dresses before taking on the mantle of planetary governor and future heir to ruling the solar system. He would love nothing more than to reawaken Resa’s old dreams by clothing her in gorgeous, exotic dresses of the richest materials. So, what kinds of crave-able dresses would he design?

For inspiration, I searched Pinterest and discovered some truly amazing designs. However, the gowns I continuously found myself drawn to were all made by one visionary creator: Alexander McQueen. I adapted, remixed, and wrote several of them into scenes of Liberation’s Vow. A particular favorite is a butterfly dress I put on Resa just before she infiltrates Aris’s rival’s stronghold. Another good one is the peacock-feather-and-crystal dress she wears when rescuing Aris from an exploding floating dome.

You can see my favorites on the Liberation’s Vow Pinterest board here:

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6 replies on “The World of Liberation’s Vow”

LOL, thanks! It was super fun to research, since I don’t usually spend much time on Pinterest but it was a gold mine, and I really learned a lot as a result. I liked the “living dresses” in Anne McCaffrey’s The Coelura.

I love Pinterest for helping with story ideas, and for getting visuals to help describe different aspects of our worlds.

I’m currently working on a secret Pinterest board with a fellow author as we try to design a suit of the future. With both of us pitching ideas, it’s been a fun project…and of course has involved lots of pins of guys in suits. 😛

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