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Interviews: Brandon Sanderson Book Signing at JordanCon 8

Summary:

Entries

48

Date

Apr 24th, 2016

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Atlanta, GA

TourCon

JordanCon 8

Bookstore

Atlanta Marriott Perimeter

Reporter

Various (Ted, Deana, Others)

  • 1

    Melissa

    Do Scadrians have a piece of Harmony?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yup.

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  • 2

    Melissa

    Could a Rosharan be hemalurgically spiked with a gem or fabrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 3

    Ted

    Does Khrissala know about the red haze and was she trying to clue Wax in on what was going on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Khriss knows too much for me to share. (text written as personalization)

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  • 4

    Ted

    What happened to the ministries?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Ministries, being a legacy at the time of the Lord Rulerís rule, there are trappings of them left but they donít use any of the same names or anything like that. There are cities you can go to where there are more echoes of that. In Elendel you can barely even find the trappings anymore, but you can find some of them. You canít go in there and find the Ministry of this-and-that, because it was run by Kelsierís crew, most of that did not make the transition. Though there were notable Obligators who made it through and so they have left their mark. You have to search for it though.

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  • 5

    Ted

    Does Lift's metabolic waste include crem?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Laughs] Thatís an excellent question. Iím not going to answer that, but itís an excellent question.

    Ted

    Wow, youíre RAFOing that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You got a laugh. I didnít say RAFO, I said Iím not going to answer that, which could be considered two different answers.

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  • 6

    Ted

    What happened in the Cognitive realm during the Catacendre?

    Brandon Sanderson

    UmÖ so, um, the Cognitive realm for the Catacendre in Secret History, thatís some things that happened. Its like saying Ďwhat happened on Earth in 1960-yeah [Ö] what you see is what you get.

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  • 7

    Question

    Will Dalinar have Shardplate in Stormlight Archive book #3? (asking for cosplay)

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 8

    Question

    Can spren be put back together through the Bondsmith? Like Shards can be combined?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They can be combined, but I wonít say if the Bondsmith is the method.

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  • 9

    Question

    I wanted to know your stance on gods were? If you have a message about god.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not really. What Iím fascinated by ends up in the books. I am fascinated by religions. But even in something like the SA, I still donít necessarily want there to be a definitive answer. There are god (lower case) gods. Weather there is a GOD (capital case), is still, in my opinion left to the interpretation of the reader. Iím not trying to say anything specific. Iím trying to say what the different characters say. Does that make since? Jashnah doesnít speak my belief, but neither does Dalinar. They speak their belief, and I respect their belief the best I can. Itís more trying to be true to the characters.

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  • 10

    Question

    Does Hoid learn the languages magically? Or is he just a gifted linguist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is learning them magically. Heís decent with languages, but he has to speak as if he were a local in order to pass as he does. And no matter how gifted you are, doing that across multiple tongues, thatís really hard.

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  • 11

    Question

    When will we find out what the Nightwatcher looks like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Dalinar in the past visited the Nightwather. The next book , Oathbringer, will be visiting important parts of his [past]. You can postulate that one of those important events might be his visit to the Nightwatcher. I would really like to see a NW costume.

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  • 12

    Question

    Is Dalinar forgetting his wife the curse orÖ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís a RAFO. You know that was coming.

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  • 13

    Question

    So because the MB: Era 3 is going to be Coinshots doing ear piercings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Youíll have to see.
  • 14

    Question

    Am I going to see any Dark Oculators in book 5?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will see at least one DO in the 5th book.

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  • 15

    Question

    When did you start writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    First book was around 15. It was terrible.

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  • 16

    Question

    What is your favorite book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My favorite is Dragonsí Bane by Barbara Hambly. It may not be the best, but itís my favorite since it made me want to be a fantasy writer.

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  • 17

    Deana

    Vivennaís breaths Ė If she were to put all but 5 breaths into her shawl, could she then give the remaining 5 to someone else? Then she retrieves her shawl breaths.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Summary Ė itís talked about in book. The hack can work.

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  • 18

    Question

    In Secret history, itís stated that uhm, Kelsier expanded his soul.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Expansion of the soul. What do you mean by that?

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    Itís stated that Ö Kelsier, that expanding the soul Ö world hopping?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What do you mean does world hopping involve expanding the soul? Iím trying to get you to be a little more specific. Ö. Iím going to say sometimes. And you get a RAFO.

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  • 19

    Question

    Has Wax seen the influence of Shard other than Preservation, Ruin and Harmony?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. He has seen the influence of another Shard.

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    Might that Shard be Autonomy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It might.

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  • 20

    Question

    Did Odium originally have a planet he was Invested in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    UhmÖSo Odiumís plan always involved not getting stuck on one.

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  • 21

    Question

    Can you clarify the structure you are planning for Dragonsteel? For some reason I have stuck in my head seven.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. It was originally going to be seven. Right now I have cut out so much of the books, it will probably be at three.

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  • 22

    Question

    As of Era 2 is Bavadin still alive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    silenceÖ UhmÖ Iím pretty sure Iíve answered this, but just in case I havenít, Iím going to RAFO this.

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  • 23

    Question

    Written down question

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kind of a little, but not completely. More along the little than the completely.

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    A pet theory is that whatever the 4th Shard that Odium shattered, people who founded Serenity.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So you should read Khrissí introduction to the Cosmere collection.

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    Oh! I cannot wait for that.

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  • 24

    Question

    Have Hoid and Sazed (as Harmony) interacted?

    Brandon Sanderson

    UhmÖ yes, that has happened.

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    Was it meaningful?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid considers everything meaningful. [laughter]

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    Would Sazed consider it meaningful?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sazed considers every individual meaningful. [more laughter from fans]

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    Are we ever going to get an official Cosmere timeline.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Were getting really close to releasing it. Iím not sure when we will. The real trick is now that we are locking down White Sand it is close. The novel wasnít canon, but once itís out we will be real close to locking everything down. The trick is where is it? Like Sixth of the Dusk, weíre not sure exactly where it is.

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    So is it actually canon that MB:Era 2 takes place between SA first & second half?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well I havenít written second half so it depend on when I take a break. Maybe it takes place after 5, maybe after 7. Weíll just see how it goes when I get there. The timing there is a little more tight.

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    So they are much closer in the timeline.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Exactly. So thatís why I have to be a little more doggy on those. Mostly because they are a similar timeline.

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  • 25

    Question

    How bad was the famine after Stormwind dies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Breath intake. YeahÖ well.

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    Depressing, but you set it up. And is salt Atlanta still growing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So.., itís a whole bunch of good and not so good events took place, as a result of events in the last book. Letís just leave it at that. And letís just leave it at that.

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  • 26

    Question

    What is Sylís favorite form?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Syl is kind of ephemeral. So her favorite changes quite often. I would say, she probably likes being in human form the most because she gets the best reaction from the people around her that she is interacting with. But that has not always been the case. But she is responding to those around her.

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    I hope to see more of her and Kaladin in the future.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They have some fun times.

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  • 27

    Question

    Iím a huge Dalinar fan. But are you going to have more of Lift and [Ash?] and some of the interlude characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lift you are going to see the most of in the later books. Sheís set up to be one of the main characters in the second 5. I have already written two scenes with her in them, but I havenít written one with her view point yet. But the Cosmere collection which is on my short list will have a new Lift novella in it and that will have an audio edition.

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  • 28

    Question

    So I know that basically Wax and Wayne are basically 1.5, has it turned into 2?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wish I had called it 1.5. We just have to call it Era 2 now for consistently and clarity sake. If Iíd called it 1.5 from the beginning I would have liked that to prevent slips of the tongue myself. If I called the other one Era 2 (meaning 3), Iíve thought of it like that so long it happens. Now we just have to live with it.

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  • 29

    Question

    Does the size of a piece of metal determine the amount of Feruchemical charge that can be stored in it? So how does it scale, in terms of volume?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It does. So Iíve talked about this before. It does not scale as logically as people would think. There are certain thresholds.

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  • 30

    Question

    There wonít be a weird love triangle between Kaladin / Shallan / Adolin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will do my best not to be weird.

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  • 31

    Question

    Are there more places I should look for Felt? [The hidden world hopper she asked about in the Q&A session]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Felt has been around, letís just say. There are more places you should look for him. Whether you find him or not is another matter. There are things he said in Mistborn that are relevant in minor ways.

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    Question

    What character is the most fun for you to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Most fun is usually Wayne.
  • 33

    Question

    There is a scope (scale) of unreliability: some because of Ö or intent. of intent in unreliable narrator.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid can be very intentionally unreliable. There are not many 3rd person viewpoint Cosmere stories. So when we are in the characterís POV, like Kelsier is unreliable in that he doesnít go into his plan, which is technically by intent, but more because heís like ďI canít think about thisĒ than design. It also is him lying to the reader a bit.

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    Are there any characters that you see yourself more in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a bit of me in every character. There is something very different than me in every character. The something that is and something that is not me, helps make each character. Nobody is me. The closest we get is my mom claims that Alcatraz speaks in my voice. So she laughs and likes those books the best. Heís wayÖ a super caricature of me.

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  • 35

    Question

    The man speaking with Nale in WoR when talking about Ash getting worse. Which is he? A Herald or a Squire?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is not a squire.

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  • 36

    Question

    Did Kelsier fill copperminds for any reason other than sharing knowledge? Would he want to forget certain memories?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes and Yes. Those may not be causally related. You asked two separate questions and got two separate answers.

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  • 37

    Question

    Is Austre, Endowment by a different name?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 38

    Question

    Has TenSoon ever left Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More RAFO. I believe I have said there are Kandra on other worlds, but I have not said if one was TenSoon.

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  • 39

    Question

    [A very technical Rhythmatist question about the ellipses. She had drawings to go with the questions, Iím not translating.]

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a lot they donít know. And it has been reinforced over time. They have made assumptions they should not have made. Size of circle is not a relevant as perfection of circle and thickness of line.

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  • 40

    Question

    What is your favorite class to play? [had 5th Edition handbook]

    Brandon Sanderson

    I like to play hyper wizard. An Illusionist. I love Illusionist if you canít tell from my books.

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  • 41

    Question

    Whose part are you working on right this moment?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am writing Lift for the novella. Before that I was writing about Dalinar.

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  • 42

    Question

    Can you give me any writing advice?

    Ben McSweeney

    Writing advice? No. I strictly do illustrations. The best advice I can give for drawing or writing is to keep practicing.

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    Jimmy Liang

    Are we going to see Thaidakar in the next Stormlight book?[Oathbringer]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You might, but itís not guaranteed. Next book does not have major Ö stuff.

    Jimmy

    Okay, so more Ghostblood stuff. Iíll wait.

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    Deana

    Elkonarís queen, is she being influenced by Odium? Because for her to be that stupid and for Navani to go off away and say ďEh, the queen got itĒ seems weird.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are, um, thinking along proper lines.

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  • 45

    Question

    Have you read the Deathgate Cycle?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have read it. Rose of the Prophet is my favorite of theirs, but I did enjoy the Deathgate Cycle. Itís definitely among the Weis & Hickman classics.

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  • 46

    Question

    What color are Kelsierís eyes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Blue.

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    Really?

    Ben

    Gold or Blue?

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    Itís never been specify described.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Peter knows.

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    He said to ask you.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said to ask me?

    Ben

    ďlaughingĒ

    Brandon Sanderson

    This may be the first time you ever hear it. Is it in the books? Itís not in the book. Letís say Hazel. Sound good to you Peter? ďsureĒ Sounds good.

    Ben

    The only way it will matter is if he travels to Roshar and something happens.

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  • 47

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    How effective would Pewter Allomancy and Iron Feruchemy be as a Twinborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would do some really cool stuff. Some really cool stuff.

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  • 48

    Question

    [I wrote ďHas Kelsier ever physically been on Sel?Ē in my book, to which he wrote:

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO!

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