Interviews

Through my work with Fantasy Book Review I have been lucky enough to interview a few authors. Below are some links of all my interviews with authors to date.

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July 2011 – Tim Marquitz

“I’ve always been interested in dark subjects. I played a lot of role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and have listened to heavy metal music since I was young. The whole atmosphere of 80’s burgeoning metal scene was really dark and horror influenced and that just all felt so natural.”

“I’m pretty boring these days. I work full time for a local school district and go to school full time in an effort to finish my sociology degree. I’ve a beautiful wife and daughter who keep me on my toes, and I spend the majority of my time writing or editing in an effort to forge a career in publishing.”

October 2011 – Moses Siregar III

“I knew I wanted to tell epic stories after the Robotech cartoon inspired me as a kid. What made me move toward writing rather than making movies was: 1) many people have told me I have a gift for writing (after awhile, I considered that they might not be totally wrong), and 2) making films would require more time away from my family and probably cost more money. So I started writing and loved it. Words are wonderful playthings.”

“I had done a decent amount of writing in non-fiction contexts, so I had worked on my writing. I even had a literary agent for a non-fiction book in the early 00’s, though that book never went to print. But fiction is a different ballgame with new facets, problems, and opportunities. I think that’s why I’m so happy being a writer: it’s essentially impossible to write a ‘perfect’ book, so you can always try to do better.”

October 2011 – Mary Victoria

“Peter Jackson would sometimes come and sit beside the animators and look at their work, particularly during the first movie. After that he had less time to ‘make the rounds’ but commented on our work in daily viewing sessions. I don’t know whether he started growing hair on his feet, but I do have this abiding memory of looking out of the window after a rainstorm to see him hopping out of a car onto the sidewalk, barefoot and dressed in shorts and a tee-shirt. Now when I say rainstorm, you have to picture typical Wellington weather, which includes gale force winds and our trademark circular rain.”

“To be honest I was always writing. Even during a decade of animating for film and television, that’s all I could think about. I was a closet writer. I’d write after hours, shamefaced, with the curtains drawn. I wrote short stories that were too obscure to publish and well, yes, poetry. I was a writer who happened to like animating, too. And animating paid the bills.”

January 2012 – Myke Cole

“I would argue that Joe Abercrombie, Sam Sykes and Scott Lynch *are* working in those traditional modes. So is Peter V. Brett. All they are doing is spinning the swords/magic/quest angle to filter in a lot more realism and the kinds of tough questions our more cynical generation has grown accustomed to. With so many AMAZING fantasists at work now, it wouldn’t surprise me if later readers look back at this decade as a golden age.”

“Maintaining an optimistic outlook and confidence in the future. The publishing industry is going through some changes, to put it mildly, and nobody knows what the future looks like for anyone. Add that to a living that’s *already* uncertain and you’re in for some stress. It’s ironic that you ask this question, I just TODAY did a blog post on this very topic. http://mykecole.com/blog/2012/01/how-i-make-it-work

February 2012 – Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes

” The reason morality should be presented as multifaceted is because the story’s aim should be to explore those moralities and how those moralities affect the characters. You could make the argument that you could do a pure good vs evil conflict, but it would be largely an exploration of how good vs evil works or how good and evil affect characters, which is a foregone conclusion.”

” If the non-humans have  different way of looking at things, can justify their viewpoints, have logic behind their motives, are they wrong because they aren’t human? It’s that question that enhances the characters and the world at the same time. So, yes, non-human characters are capable of multifaceted morality. Their culture should be represented and explored.”

February 2012 – Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J Sullivan

“During the ten years I wasn’t writing, ideas for stories kept filling my head, and when I eventually relented, I decided I would do so on one condition…that I wouldn’t be concerned about publishing. I decided to write books I wanted to read, and the only audience would be my friends and family. Ironically it was those books that actually ended up getting published.”

“I don’t think print books will completely disappear, but I do think they will continue to lose ground. In the future I’m sure print books will be a subsidiary right and the majority of a books income will be made from the ebooks. The reason for this is simple…convenience. When it’s 2:00 in the morning and you’ve just finished a fantastic book, you don’t want to make a mental note to look for that author the next time you are at the bookstore. The instant gratification of having that book in your hands in just a few seconds can’t be beat, especially for a genre like fantasy where series are so popular.”

March 2012 – Adam Christopher

Adam Christopher

“I’m quite a big fan of letting people work stuff out for themselves, so there is a lot in Empire State that is either unexplained or left hanging. The characters in the book don’t have a complete grasp of the situation, so it seems reasonable that there is a limit to what the reader can find out. But I wrote the book between six months and two years prior to the idea of Worldbuilder even being discussed, so it was just the way I wanted to write it.”

“It was mostly a job actually, although we’d wanted to move to the UK for a while so it was too good an opportunity to pass up. New Zealand is a wonderful place but it’s an awful long way from anywhere else. Being in the UK has obvious advantages as there are a lot of big publishers suddenly in the same time zone as you are, and the time difference to somewhere like New York – again, another publishing centre – is a lot better.”

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