Other than The Da Vinci Code, I found some other influences on how I wrote The Gemini Bond. Although I'm not a big follower, the TV series called The Medium, I think, shows its sway in how I portrayed Rissa and her psychic abilities. I wish I could like The Medium more, but every time I watch it, my mind shrieks, "THAT'S NOT HOW PHOENIX LOOKS!" Lush lawns, bright green deciduous trees . . . ? Nope, nope, nope.
I also like the writings of J. A. Jance, especially her novels set in the southwest. Her fast pacing and quick plot turns make her stories a joy to read. I tried to incorporate those qualities in my writing as well.
Finally, I like the spiritual novels of Dan Millman and Paulo Coelho. They both led the way in how to explore spirituality within a novel format. I personally like their first books the best (Millman's Way of the Peaceful Warrior
and Coelho's The Alchemist), and am grateful for their courage to put their spiritual quest out there for all to see. They charted the way, and continue to do so. I am honored to follow in their path.