I have so many! Anyone who has read The Bond will see that a major inspiration is Octavia Bulter. 12, the hyba cross, is a version of Iorek, the armored bear from Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series. Although the books are nothing alike, I was inspired to write a human rights theme by Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief. And I can only dream of writing a book as brilliant as M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts.