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Interviews: TGS Signing Report - Tiffany Franklin

Summary:

Entries

13

Date

Nov 13th, 2009

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Norcross, GA

TourCon

The Gathering Storm Book Tour

Bookstore

Norcross Cultural Arts Center

Reporter

Tiffany Franklin

Links

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  • 1

    Question

    Who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Harriet, you want to do the honors?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    You want to live?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We have our first RAFO of the night. I know, Harriet knows, and he told us to put it in the book somewhere.

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  • 2

    Question

    Were you a part of any of the WoT online communities?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Usenet for RJ my first day on the internet. I was a member of Dragonmount and Wotmania, but never posted." He'd go to Dragonmount to check blogs. He'd drop by Wotmania, but they were kinda mean (aggressive about their viewpoints).

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  • 3

    Question

    Why a pseudonym? Why not his real name?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    He wanted to write everything there was when he was beginning. In the first place, he said he wanted to save his real name for his history of South Carolina. Then his Vietnam novel.

    In youth he loved Louis L'Amour's Westerns. He bought a new Louis L'Amour book one time and when he read it, it wasn't a Western, it was a mystery! So, he thought he'd have a name for every genre to keep this from happening to his fans. "Robert Jordan" had nothing to do with For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    Reference to a post from a Dragonmounter: The post was from a woman who started reading the series 12 years ago. She had small children, not enough money for drugs or alcohol. A friend gave her The Eye of the World. And it worked! Now her son is reading them and when he picked up The Gathering Storm answered the question of why he didn't use his own name: "Why of course he did! He's a superhero! You don't think Batman's real name is Batman, do you?"

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    Tiffany Franklin

    I can't tell you the question, but I think the answer was insightful, so I'm editing out the spoilers to give you this:

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll notice that the prologues fulfill a purpose. Most of the prologues are written likean epilogue to the book before. [This Prologue] was more of an epilogue to the [end of] Knife of Dreams. Brandon believes that RJ liked giving his fans something to talk about and then answer it in the prologue of the next book. Brandon: "I can't speak for what Robert Jordan was thinking."

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    To which Harriet responded, "Even Robert Jordan couldn't speak for what Robert Jordan was thinking."

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    Question

    How's Towers of Midnight coming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Towers of Midnight is 70% done.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Harriet's answer: "If I can quote Robert Jordan, I can assure you without fear of contradiction, that Towers of Midnight will be on the shelves very shortly after Brandon finishes writing it."

    Brandon Sanderson

    "This is a very, very...there's a lot of work involved. People assume that when I was given the outline, I was given a point by point outline. RJ wasn't like that. He wouldn't show it to Harriet until he'd done twelve drafts. We got this in a state of incompleteness. The creative process isn't as neat and orderly. Things were in dozens of files."

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Brandon would say "what order do you want it in?" and I would say "Brandon, you're the writer. It's foolish for the editor to take over the part of the writer. And vice versa."

    Brandon Sanderson

    He dictated some and the assistants transferred it into notes, scoured their memory for anything he'd said and put that in the notes. And then all the files... "this was all handed to me and told 'ok, let's write a book.'"

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    Question

    Was it difficult for you to find any of the characters' voices?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aviendha—the Aiel way of thinking is so different and I think like Two Rivers folk. It was easy to write the Two Rivers. And when I started writing Aviendha, I was writing like a Two Rivers-er.

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    Question

    I am struck by how alike this is to Tolkien. Have you ever talked to Chris Tolkien (since he took over for his father using his notes)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but I'd like to.

    We're in a little better shape. Jim actually finished scenes. We have a lot more to work with. He wrote the end himself! He left landmarks to follow from here to the end. Not specific details, just "strong stuff" to get us to the end.

    "There are no characters that we don't know how they end up."

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  • 8

    Tiffany Franklin

    Some other little tidbits you might be interested in:
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    Brandon Sanderson

    Aviendha is Brandon's favorite female of the series.

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  • 10

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon's favorite color is maroon. Green shirt says so!

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  • 11

    Brandon Sanderson

    He's planning another stand-alone story about a world where virus and germs have evolved and possess magic powers. So if you catch a cold you can fly, when you get over it, you can't any more.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    He really likes carrot cake, and he likes Key lime pie, too. "And you know, a good brownie, with ice cream and... that's really good, too."

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    Brandon Sanderson

    For NaNoWriMo, he participated for four years, but couldn't "win" since he never wrote anything FOR NaNo. He just continued with what he was already writing. It usually came out to another 70 or 80 thousand words, though!

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