The manuscript I’m working on now has influences from Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Romeo and Juliet. Which seems insane, I know.
I’m not mashing all the plots together or all of the love stories together. I swear, there is no suicide, asps, poisons, cross-dressing, nuns, star-crossed lovers, creepy old men, or jail scenes.
What I do have are four girls who are best friends. One who wants to be in charge and control everything ALL THE TIME. One who is defined by her family name and people telling her what to do. One who believes in all that is just and right, is innocent, and will do anything for the people she loves. And one who is mischievous, fun, and gets into her share of trouble (somehow enticing the other girls to follow.)
There’s also blackmail, secrets, and quite a bit of falling for the wrong guy (who is oh, so right!)
Oh, and there’s kissing. Lots and lots of it.
What’s influenced your wip?