I could backtrack a long ways to get to "the" origin of SAVAGE ANGELS, but let's set our marker down here:
SERENITY started life as a monthly magazine concept; each issue would have a 45-page Serenity story, a couple of short stand alone stories, and an ongoing serial.
HITS & MISSES was supposed to be the first of those serials, Savage Angels was to be a follow-up.
Well, things changed. Magazine publishing plunged into the toilet just as I started looking for partners so, finding no takers for a monthly mag, I went the original gn route.
...but that's another story for another time.
Savage Angels came about during a long idea generating period where I was trying to come up with as many ideas as I could for the tween-to-teen / YA market (Angels is just the tip of the iceberg; wait till you see what we have on deck!).
I've always enjoyed shipwrecked-on-a-desert-island stories. As a child, my grandmother and aunt gave me a wonderful slipcover edition of Swiss Family Robinson; I still have that book even though I almost read it to shreds while growing up.
And of course there's the great-granddaddy of them all, Robinson Crusoe.
And even Gilligan's Island.
And, probably most importantly re the origin of Savage Angels, Lord Of The Flies.
William Golding's book is a harrowing tale of young boys stranded on an island descending into naked feral savagery. It's a kill-or-be-killed tale, and it does not offer a comforting view of humanity.
So I wondered, would the story have been any different if it was a group of girls, not boys?
...and the gears started turning.
(to be continued)