What were your constraints in writing this work? What limits did you set for yourself?
I set limits to the character plot. I did not to give significant quotes or actions to characters that did not have bearing within the biblical context.
I also did not want to be held back by common opinions. If the facts are there, that is the direction I would move. For instance, regarding the disparity between Darius in the book of Daniel, and Ahasuerus in the book of Esther; Ahasuerus meaning the mighty or venerable king, was a title of certain Persian kings. The name Darius is therefore regarded as a given name.
While secular history postulates, that the Hebrew name Ahasuerus is equivalent to the Greek name Xerxes, and the Old Persian name, Khshayarsha. The Dake’s Annotated argues that the Ahasuerus in the book of Esther could not be the same as Xerxes, as the events of the book of Esther had to take place, much earlier than Xerxes’s reign.