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Goodreads asked Douglas Thompson:

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

Douglas Thompson It may never get published. I lived it and it nearly killed me. Fantasy is easy compared to writing about real life. To describe real life usefully, we must re-imagine it as fantasy, which is no mean feat. Always remember your subject is real life as we live it and experience it, here and now. That's always the answer, no matter what complex media and filters you choose to create the lens of your work. It's always about life, or it has no value at all. Everyone thinks they know ordinary life every day, but no one does, because no one can see what is so forcefully in front of us. Everyone is blindfold. The writer knows how to take that blindfold off for a second.

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