Stephen R. Donaldson
I respect my limitations, but I don't use them as an excuse.
Everything dies, from the smallest blade of grass to the biggest galaxy.
I may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are starting to have an awful lot in common.
I had no intention of pursuing either the characters or the setting further.
Of the authors published under Ballantine's Adult Fantasy logo, only Evangeline Walton 'spoke' to me.
For a variety of reasons, my books struck the marketplace like a thunderclap; and one of those reasons was that there were so few alternatives available. Readers who loved Tolkien, and who were not satisfied by Terry Brooks, had nowhere else to turn.
The portal structure is simply a technique: it is neither necessary nor unnecessary, except as the writer and the story make it so. In the case of 'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant,' it was absolutely necessary to my intentions.