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Interviews: AOL Chat 2

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Date

Jun 27th, 1996

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  • 1

    JVoegele

    Mr. Jordan. were you rushed by publisher deadlines?

    Robert Jordan

    In a way. Not with the last book, certainly but The Eye of the World took four years to write. Each of the other books took 13 or 14 months but the publisher brought out the second book 10 months after the first and the following books at 12-month intervals. You can see there's a law of diminishing returns there. For this last book, I simply told them I could not do it again. A Crown of Swords took about 20 months to write, in fact. That's why the book didn't come out last fall or earlier in the spring.

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    Jaw 707

    What did you think about those folks arguing with you about YOUR characters?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, I'm sort of used to it. It's been going on for a long time now.

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    Ealgail

    ADMIT IT!!!!!! DASHIVA IS OSAN'GAR111111

    Robert Jordan

    On the advice of my lawyer, I never admit anything. :) Not even to my wife!

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    MRHowley

    How old where you when you started writing?

    Robert Jordan

    I was 30 when I started writing. Maybe 29. I'd have to sit down and figure it out. It was a while ago.

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  • 5

    Anastin BW

    Mr. Jordan, any idea who will be doing the art for the companion book?

    Robert Jordan

    An artist named Todd Hamilton is doing the work for the illustrated guide.

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  • 6

    Sheriam

    Mr. Jordan? If I may? How did you develop the language?

    Robert Jordan

    The words come partly from Gaelic, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese. The grammar and syntax I believe I invented myself although it's possible that another language uses the same. Of course, just as with English, I have deliberately put in some very illogical inconsistencies.

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    Gaul Aiel

    MR. JORDAN: Do you realize what you are putting us through with the time between books?

    Robert Jordan

    You guys get to sit around with your feet up between books! :) I bust my hump writing them.

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  • 8

    DayTripr1

    And also is the Dark One the only source of the True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, the Dark One is the only source of the True Power.

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    OpenStone

    How difficult is it to get a major publisher like TOR to publish a novel, Mr. Jordan?

    Robert Jordan

    I forgot who asked this, but it wasn't difficult to get Tor to publish my first novel. Tom Doherty liked what I write. I've been writing for 20 years and I told him that I had an idea for a multi-volume book. I didn't know how many books and probably any other publishers would have thrown me out of his office but Tom said OK!

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    Anastin BW

    Mr Jordan, do you have any personal thoughts about people Role Playing in the world you have given us?

    Robert Jordan

    I have a standard letter that I send to people when they ask for permission to do role-playing, in which I grant them very limited permission to do this. It says, in effect, that you have permission to do it in this instance as long as you don't try to make a profit off of it.

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  • 11

    Robert Jordan

    I'm afraid I need to go now. Thanks to everyone for your interest!