The Seven Deadly Sins
One of the big inspirations behind this story are the seven deadly sins and their counter virtues.
I have six main characters all who find each other in one way or another. They help one another out on their individual journeys though not lightly in the beginning. Each character was inspired by one of the seven deadly sins.
I only used five of the sins thought – I took out gluttony and lust. Yes, I do have six characters, but I’ll tell you the math in a minute.
The virtues that act as counterparts to the sins are listed in the same order as they are above:
Again, I only used five taking away abstinence and chastity since those are the counterparts to gluttony and wrath.
Each one of my characters represents sin and a virtue that is not the counterpart to their sin. They all, in a way, balance each other out. They learn from each other and, over time will inadvertently learn about their counterpart through one of their companions. Thus, becoming better people and la-dee-dah.
(Oh, and I use five out of the seven instead of six because of the characters doesn’t pertain to any of that. But, you’ll see when you read it.)
How did I come up with this?
Accidentally. I had started writing my characters and as I had learned more about their background, motives for their own goals as to why they’re helping the other characters, I realized they sort of fit into their own categories. Somehow, I thought of the deadly sins and there we go. It was a huge inspiration for their motives and story goals.
It’s been a lot of fun to write, actually. Novels tend to have a certain theme that goes along with the plot and a lot of it has to do with my characters’ choices, whether they’re right or wrong.
There are two more things that inspired Crossroads. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can check out the post I made about it on my Patreon page.