Goodreads asked Robert DeFrank:

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

Robert DeFrank From an early, almost-discarded draft from one of the novellas in my first book. A character in our world glimpses a distorted, alien realm under a dying sun, with hints of a rich but ancient history written in the dust and a the remains of an exultant but fallen culture. Ghouls and mutant abominations prowl in the darkness. The territory of masters like Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, and Stephen King’s Gunslinger series, and I wanted to explore it as a kind of outland for my first book. SWaD is a superficially mundane world with fantastic forces just under the surface. This current one is full-on sword and sorcery.

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