My Story "The Blue Room" in Daily Science Fiction

My full-length short story "The Blue Room" will be published this Friday, April 1st, in Daily Science Fiction.The story is a non-traditional fantasy set on the Great Plains. To read the story you'll need to subscribe for free at DSF; if you do so before Friday the story will be emailed to you. If you don't subscribe, you'll have to wait a week before DSF posts the story on their website.

And while the story is not a humorous one, in light of its April Fools' Day publication I've decided to run a light-hearted contest. The first person to figure out who and what inspired the story will receive an autographed copy of Interzone 231. Simply email or message me your answers. All the clues you need are in the story.