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Interviews: COT Signing Report - David Funke

Summary:

Entries

12

Date

Jan 7th, 2003

Type

Verbatim

Location

New York, NY

TourCon

Crossroads of Twilight Book Tour

Bookstore

Barnes & Noble

Reporter

David Funke

Links

Dragonmount

  • 1

    Host

    Our guest tonight has said that fantasy is a form of literature that remains very much alive because it touches something deep in people: their dreams.

    Along the way to becoming the writer he is today, our guest graduated from The Citadel, earned a degree in physics, and became a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He began his writing career, first with historical novels, [inaudible] sequels to the Conan the Barbarian series, through ten volumes in the Wheel of Time series. The man who [inaudible] these works of fantasy is said to have first shown an interest in literature at the age of four, teaching himself to read, and then reading Mark Twain and another author with a fantastic imagination, Jules Verne. Tonight, our guest is here to talk about his latest volume in the Wheel of Time series, the tenth installment, Crossroads of Twilight. Please join me in welcoming Robert Jordan.

    [THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE, INCLUDING HOOTS, WHISTLES, AND POSSIBLY CATCALLS]

    Robert Jordan

    You must be like me, here to see the Justin Timberlake/Britney Spears reunion.

    Audience

    [LAUGHS]

    Robert Jordan

    You people are all crazy!

    Audience

    [LAUGHS]
  • 2

    Robert Jordan

    [inaudible] Well, I donít know what Iím supposed to say, so I think I will start off by giving you some pronunciations.

    Audience

    [LAUGHS, CHEERS]

    Robert Jordan

    [inaudible] ...use pronunciations that Iím not quite sure where they came from. Itís Nynaeve AlíMeara and Siuan Sanche. Aiel, Aiel, not ale. Ale is a drink. Egwene alíVere. That seems to be a fairly obvious one to me, but...itís one I labored over the most, because I knew exactly how I wanted it to sound. I used [inaudible] in the first draft spelled, 14 different spellings of her name...I thought it was obvious to even the most casual observer [slightly inaudible, but same phrase as heís used with Asmodean] everyone will see this and know exactly how to pronounce this name...but I was wrong. [More like this] Mazrim Taim, Moridin, Moghedien, Semirhage (donít forget her. If you forget her, she gets very upset), Baíalzamon.

    Audience

    Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    (The pronunciation of) Asmodean is quite correct.

    Audience

    Who killed him? [LAUGHS]

    Robert Jordan

    I no longer have to worry about that, because someone has actually deduced who killed him, using the evidence that was available two books ago, perhaps three books ago. And Iíd said that that evidence should have been sufficient to tell us who killed Asmodean and so someone has posted it.

    Audience

    Where?

    Robert Jordan

    Itís out there. The evidence is there. [inaudible. Apparently, an audience member asked, ďWas it Bela?Ē] Bela has an alibi. A shaky alibi, yeah. OK, I will take just a few questions, because then weíre gonna have to get all of you guys to here (point to table), to sign your books.

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  • 3

    Question

    The question is, with Rand and Lews Therin, do they have one soul or two souls in the body?

    Robert Jordan

    They have one soul with two personalities. The reincarnation of souls does not mean reincarnation of personalities. The personality develops with each reincarnation of the soul. This is the cosmology that I have cobbled together.

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    Question

    How did you know when youíd done enough world building to start? When did you decide it was a fully realized world?

    Robert Jordan

    Iíve never thought that. Iím still coming up with things as I go. As for when to start...flip a coin. I read a book on the history of salt. Because of a particular purpose, I thought it would be useful. Also, I used a good number of articles downloaded off the net. Historical uses, production of salt, every scrap I could find, and in the end I used about six words of it. I didnít need it, I had it in my head. I could have brought the story to a salt-producing town, and I wouldnít have had to go into many details, and you still would have known it was a salt town.

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  • 5

    Question

    In The Dragon Reborn, how did the other sisters find Moraine in the Mountains of Mist?

    Robert Jordan

    Sheíd been putting out feelers. All she had to do in this case was make the first contact herself with an agent of her Ajah, and word would begin to spread. Things are already winding down, so she became a focal point. You might say that the communication networks realigned themselves.

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    Question

    If Rand is the reincarnation of Lews Therin, why does he have no contact with personalities before Lews Therin?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    FOOTNOTE—JASON DENZEL

    Ahh, the year's first "RAFO". I was wondering how long it would take.

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    Question

    How did Taim track Rand down for the battle of Dumaiís Wells?

    Robert Jordan

    That ones easy, son! Címon. At that point, Taim was trying to find him like the devil. He knew pretty much what had happened from the beginning. Things were happening. The Aes Sedai disappeared from Cairhien. Perrin disappeared. Rand disappeared. Taim had an idea that something very bad was going on, and when you can Travel it becomes easier to start tracking out where did these Aes Sedai go and Bingo, we got something very bad going on down here, and Iím gonna come and tear the house down. Itís very easy.

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  • 8

    Question

    Moiraine. Is she coming back?

    Audience

    [LAUGHS]

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO, RAFO.

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  • 9

    Question

    When you first started, did you know how it was gonna turn out?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes I did, yes I did. But did I plan every single detail? No! I knew the last scene of the last book. It hasnít changed in 18 years. I know where Iím headed. Itís been difficult to get as much story into any book that I thought I could. Itís why this has not been five books. I told Tom Doherty it would be, back when I got the idea: I donít think it will be more than five, at most six. I know the major things, and I know them from the beginning, but how I get from A to Z, and the minor things that will happen along the way, I donít plan in detail before. Itís much more organic that way. I think it would become very wooden if I planned every detail. Sometimes the main thing that happens is not a battle. Sometimes itís that two people meet, and history changes. History changes because these two people met, and now the future will go a different way than if they did not meet.

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    Robert Jordan

    OK, one more question, then weíd better get to the signing.

    Question

    [inaudible]

    Robert Jordan

    Youíre just gonna have to RAFO. I mean, if I told you guys everything that was gonna happen, youíd just read and go, ďOh yeah, I knew that. Oh, I knew that too. Man, heís really lost it, hasnít he?Ē

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  • 11

    David Funke

    When RJ signed my copies of Winter's Heart and Crossroads of Twilight, I asked him a question. Because of wording he uses when describing the Finn and their meeting with Mat, I thought that maybe Minís viewings had some relation to them. RJ describes the Finn as looking, not at Mat, but at the air around Matís head. I thought this was similar to the way Min sees her viewings. Are they related, I asked him?

    Robert Jordan

    No, he said flatly.

    David Funke

    Shucks, I said to his assistant. I was so sure!

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  • 12

    David Funke

    Then I wished him a pleasant book-signing tour, and he thanked me for it. RJ, if you read this, thank YOU! A note to all: At this particular signing, we were limited: Heíd only sign two hardcover books per person, and no softcovers. He DID sign my friendís hardcover copy of the Illustrated Guide, though.

    I did this because over the past few weeks, I've been visiting Dragonmount almost daily. Also, I've examined a good portion of the WoTFAQ. I wanted to give something back to community, even something as small as this. I hope everyone enjoys this! And Thanks. You do a great job with Dragonmount.com.