Silly question, but how did you become so...learned? Your imagination and world-building abilities obviously explode off of the pages, but all of that is combined tidbits of super obscure (at least to me!) real-world stuff. Like supernatural strychnine poisoning? WHAT the HECK
I’m a 36 year old nerd, Anon! I listen to debates for fun, I frequently become obsessed with topics (Occultism, tall ship seamanship, opera, alt-langs, Jonestown, recently robotics) and read about them exhaustively, most of my favourite books are classics of literature featuring obscure allusions that a modern reader must research to understand, and I once binge-watched QI for like two months ;)
Don’t let me fool you, I’m just a garbage dilettante with too much time on her hands.