"Destined for the Tower" was written for the Darkover anthology published in 1993. The idea came from a remark made to Diotima Ridenow in SHARRA'S EXILE: "I had thought you destined for the Tower..."
So once Marion decided on TOWERS OF DARKOVER for the anthology's title, the story of why Dio was not in a Tower was a natural choice. I collaborated on this story with Deborah J. Ross during a visit to her home in Southern California. Deborah's first novel also came out in 1993, so her daughters were used to seeing Mother write. What they were not used to was watching the process happen outside of her head. Listening to the two of us toss ideas back and forth until we agreed on a coherent story gave them a very different view of the creative process.
"Destined for the Tower" is available for Kindle and Nook.