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Interviews: TGS Signing Report - Meg Lurvey

Summary:

Entries

30

Date

Nov 7th, 2009

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Milford, NH

TourCon

The Gathering Storm Book Tour

Bookstore

Toadstool Book Shop

Reporter

Meg Lurvery

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  • 1

    Question

    Regarding the Mistborn books, do you think you will ever write a prequel trilogy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon is hesitant to do so. He has considered it though. He [Brandon] "loves epic fantasy" and the "hero's journey, like Rand's journey at the beginning of the Wheel of Time". When writing the Mistborn books, he knew Robert Jordan had done epic fantasy the best it could be done, so thought to himself, 'what hasn’t been done?' The answer he came to was 'what if the hero [e.g.] Rand/Harry Potter/Frodo lost?' The idea was a good one, but that would make a "downer of a book".

    Meg Lurvey

    (The fans, myself included, chuckled slightly horrified at the idea of the Dark One winning, and one fan made a reference to the Star Wars prequels, which also amused the crowd, and Brandon alike.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon went on to say that he wrote Mistborn as 1000 years after the heroes lost, and he is more strongly considering a sequel trilogy that would take place about 600 years after Mistborn.

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    Domani Lass ()

    After Knife of Dreams came out, Robert Jordan had said he was writing two more prequels...will you [Brandon] do them and what's the status on them now?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are notes for two prequels, one based around Tam's story, and the other about Moiraine and Lan before they went to the Two Rivers. There are also notes for three additional books, outriggers, which take place in the Wheel of Time world.

    Brandon equates being handed the Wheel of Time series with being handed the One Ring—the longer you hold onto it, the harder it gets to let go. He doesn't want to ruin Robert Jordan's world; Robert Jordan and the series deserve to be allowed to rest. However, Tom Doherty wants them to be written, though the decision is ultimately up to Harriet—if she decides they should be written, he'll do it, but his gut says 'no', they won't be. At this, he was met with an "aaawwww!" from the fans, and nodding, he said that it is with a heavy heart but he feels it would be best. The last he heard, Harriet was leaning towards 'no'. If he does write them though, he feels there should be no more after this, "it would be nice to have a will" so no more can be made. He admitted that this is a half answer, but concluded with "Robert Jordan's legacy is more important."

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    Question

    Are you ticked you know the ending? (The fans, Brandon, and all of us Storm Leaders laughed!)

    Brandon Sanderson

    "I'm excited." Brandon, in having Robert Jordan's notes on the whole series, has even seen the "handwritten note of who killed Asmodean" [I didn't know Robert Jordan knew my name!] A moment with a somewhat quizzical look on his face, Brandon went on to say that he does feel a "sense of loss that I didn't get to read a new Wheel of Time book last week."

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    Question

    Which character's point of view is your favorite to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Whoever I'm writing at that moment", they're the most important. With some characters it was easier than others, as "Cadsuane already believes she's the most important." [I think I laughed the loudest at that remark.] He also said that the notes on Egwene were the most extensive and she was a pleasure to write. He also enjoys having more Aviendha viewpoints, as he missed her, and commented that writing Rand is both dramatic and draining.

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    Question

    Has Mesaana's alter ego been seen yet "on stage"? [I suspect the fan that asked this is one of the Blues I mentioned earlier, though she may be a Brown, too.]

    Brandon Sanderson

    "I'm afraid I'm going to have to RAFO [read and find out] that." Any yes/no would set all the fans, especially on the message boards and fans into figuring it out by process of elimination. The crowd pressed him for hints, and he did confirm that she is still in the White Tower. This statement was met with speculative "oohhh"'s and pensive looks as new theories were born then and there.

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    Question

    Will there be any sequels to Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In 2015, the 10th anniversary of the series, he intends to release Dragonriders, three books based on side characters. They will take place 10 years after events, in the city of Dhakor.

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    Question

    Will we see anywhere in the world a visual representation of The Wheel of Time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A video game is pretty likely. The executive option was bought for full rights as well, and screen plays are being written. Jason Denzel and Maria are consulting. If the films get made, they will be full feature films. There are also comic books put out by the Dabel brothers that are accurate, but they may not continue–the Dabel brothers have "visual genius and financial troubles." [We raffled off three of the comic books to excited fans!]

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    Meg Lurvey

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    Question

    Several fans asked whether there would be a sequel to Warbreaker.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said it was planned as two books, and Nightblood will be released after the Wheel of Time.

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  • 10

    Question

    "So...A Memory of Light was supposed to be book 12 and the last book...will you split them up again?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon, to the wide smiles of all who heard, said definitively, "Fourteen is it!"

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    Question

    Do you have new stuff, or new ideas?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes—one is The Silence Divine, a world like ours where you gain magic by diseases; another is a world where the only superheroes are all evil super villains and a group of regular people called the Executioners gather to hunt them down and take them out.

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    Question

    Which character did you perceive yourself as?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perrin. Quiet, a little bigger than my friends... "I always felt a lot like Perrin." Eventually, his favorite shifted to Mat.

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    Question

    Do you have plans to write a longer series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, The Way of Kings will come out next year.

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    Question

    There's a lot of female influence in the Wheel of Time, was it hard to write from their perspective?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In my early years writing, it was hard. I finally got it right in Elantris. It was harder to write from other cultures, especially Aviendha and Tuon. It took three tries to get Aviendha right..."Aiel are weird."

    Brandon describes Mat dealing with Tuon leaving as Mat having his feet knocked out from under him and says that in Robert Jordan's notes it says specifically that "Mat refuses to become husbandly".

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    Meg Lurvey

    Generally interesting notes and anecdotes:

    Brandon Sanderson

    Two fans in a row met Brandon this past year at JordanCon.
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    Brandon Sanderson

    When Brandon signed any of the Alcatraz books for new young fans, he'd write something in them then tell the child conspiratorially, "that will make sense once you read the book".

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Robert Jordan's signature on the title page is there at Brandon's request.

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    Meg Lurvey

    I enjoyed one fan's request to have his book addressed to himself as "The Old Wolf".

    One fan, a woman, has been reading the Wheel of Time from when her son was in diapers. He's of drinking age now!

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Even Brandon had moments of "Aaaah! I knew it!" He also has had the "wait, really?" moments and often, while going through notes, has said, "Ah, that group is right!" [Referring to groups on the message boards.] He also confided that there is one thing that isn't being discussed on any of the forums yet that will blow our minds when we read it. Yay!

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon recommends his favorite books as a kid, Three Investigators, to a young reader.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon relates Tam to Bilbo and Rand to Frodo.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Robert Jordan never really intended to clarify about whether Rand is hearing Lews Therin because he's insane or if he's really there.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon finished The Dresden Files on the plane this morning. Brandon recommends the Patrick Rothfuss trilogy; the first book is The Name of the Wind.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    If you're trying to get Brandon to make an appearance at your event, contact PeterATBrandonSandersonDOTcom.
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    Brandon Sanderson

    While Brandon likes all the characters, he said that even he got annoyed at Faile while she was traveling with Perrin through the Ways. He did assure us that he does like her though!

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Quite a few fans commented how much they appreciate how Brandon has replied to their emails.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Secretively, Brandon wrote who killed Asmodean on someone's Kindle. Later he revealed the answer to the Storm Leaders, and at the risk of giving away too much, I'm willing to tell you. Ready? It was.........ROBERT JORDAN.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon likes having single volume epics out because he remembers being annoyed at having to wait on even though he didn't like the author, but just to get to the ending.

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    Meg Lurvey

    Geoff, his wife, and his young son Luke drove seven hours from Ottawa, Canada to get their books signed.
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    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon's advice to writers:
    —Network. Go to where the editors are, learn names. He describes himself as gregarious.
    —Write compulsively. Be able to send things out constantly, not every editor will like everything you write.
    —His advice isn't a "silver bullet" of getting published, but he says to "keep at it."

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