Goodreads asked L.E. Modesitt Jr.:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

L.E. Modesitt Jr. The ideas from every book I've written come from the life I've lived, what I've learned, and the desire to do something just a little bit different -- and sometimes a great deal more different. For me, at least, usually the key to each book is looking at some aspect of the world, history, or the universe in a different way.

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