One of the things that has always resonated with me within Wars of Light and Shadow is the philosophy in the treatment of people, animals, and the land.
I've read a number of books by Kathleen and Michael Gear, usually entitled "People of the ..." (http://www.gear-gear.com/index.php/the-books/browse-books) where they theorize what life was like at the dawn of North American civilization.
Recently I've been doing research on the Roma (gypsies) and there is a very similar vibe to how they view the world.
It would seem Athera has some kinship to these philosophies and I was wondering how you (Janny) decided to integrate the philosophy of nature and balance into your stories and what influenced your decisions.
Lots and lots of reading - non fiction, and some obscure metaphysical works, and as you said: life itself. The concepts are far from unique....the real effort was made, here, to separate them from dogma or any one angle of view.
And a lot of it also came from physics, very directly - an angle I've seldom seen discussed.