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7

Date

Sep 21st, 2010

Type

Verbatim

Bookstore

Boomtron.com

Reporter

Voidus

Links

Boomtron Video

  • 1

    Lexie

    Iím here today with Brandon Sanderson, the best selling author of the Way of kings and the continuing author for the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.

  • 2

    Lexie

    In reading the Way of Kings a very Ben Hur vibe can be felt from Kaladin., was this intentional and what other genres were your inspiration?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wouldnít say that I was specifically shooting for that vibe, certainly I am influenced by all the things around me, I was just looking to tell a really great story, and this is the story that came out. It was Kaladin's story in specific, it was - the genesis of the story was actually the Shattered Plains themselves, the area. I write fantasy and one of the reasons that I write fantasy is I want to tell stories about places that donít exist, that maybe couldnít exist in our world and so the geography of the shattered plains is sort of what appealed to me. Iíd actually been planning this for many years and extrapolated from there, how would warfare be like in this place and then I extrapolated from there, what are they going to need, what types of troops. And Kaladin as a person was growing separately, and I just wanted the best place to put in- the place of most conflict and it ended up being that.

    Plot-wise to be perfectly honest I was looking more at- when I was building this plot- underdog sports narratives. To be perfectly honest, I like to, when I look for inspiration in plotting sequences I like to look far afield to try and take things and pull them into my books so that we arenít getting some of the same repeated dealings over and over again. But certainly historical works like the ones you mentioned are a big part of my make up as well.

    Footnote

    Shattered Plains came from the original Dragonsteel book.

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  • 3

    Lexie

    Was Kaladin supposed to be Originally with the bridge crew or was that something that just built from while you were writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís actually built at the planning, it was not originally, in fact I did an entire draft of the Way of Kings, in 2003, so seven years ago, the version of the Way of Kings I wrote then didnít have him as a member of the bridge crews at all. In fact the Shattered Plains werenít even in Roshar at that point. They were something Iíd been developing for another series and when it came time to do this version of this draft I hadnít exactly been pleased with the one I wrote in 2003, I wanted to do the book again, actually tossed all that and started from scratch.

    I was looking for a really strong visual setting location for Kaladin's story to take place. I was building him separately as the soldier, and the surgeon, with both two sides of him warring within him at this part. This part of this book for me is about the contrast between the sides of, different sides of people, people who have different things pulling on their insides trying to wreck them, so I was looking for a great setting location and the Shattered Plains through various- actually doing artwork, some of the concept art for the world. I was working with an artist, just to give myself a better visual handle on things. The Shattered Plains appealed to me, it worked and so I built it in and it all kinda came together.

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  • 4

    Lexie

    Will there be other crossover characters like Hoid?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There already have been.

    LEXIE

    Really?

    BRANDON SANDERSONM

    Yes.

    LEXIE

    Can you tell?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I cannot say more than that, I think that theyíre placed quite obviously, they were not very obvious before this book, they do exist, other crossovers do exist. But none so obvious as Hoid. I think there are several obvious ones in this novel, no one has yet found them that I know, but I think once they see them- once you look closely theyíre there

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    Lexie

    Will we be seeing any more worlds from the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are other word-worlds you will see, there are several I havenít visited yet at all. White Sand, the world of that book which was one of my earlier novels I never published. I intend to eventually do that series, it may not have the same title or anything but I do intend to do that series, there will be a sequel trilogy to Mistborn, eventually. Iím actually in the middle of working on a short story for that world right now to release online and there will be sequels to elantris but the sequels to elantris will deal with new characters they wonít they wonít, theyíll take place the second book will take place 10 years after the first book.

    Footnote

    This "short story" ends up becoming Alloy of Law, at 336 pages.

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  • 6

    Lexie

    How many magic systems did you go through before deciding on the one in the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Building the magic for a world is not something Iíve simply been able to drop in, usually. I generally am working on lots of different themes and ideas in my head *laughter* When Iím planning a novel and the magic will fit a certain story and influence how it goes and I will do a lot of building and practice to see if thatís working and do a lot of, Iíll do a lot of pre-writing and see how the magic influences the plot, influences the setting. If these things are also intertwined then itís not a drag and drop so to speak and usually even if I pull out a magic, Iíll really be pulling out parts of it and replacing it with other parts.

    For instance with the Mistborn books Allomancy was in one form there from the beginning and yet what the powers that Allomancy could do often I was ripping out and adding new ones in, in order to better fit the novel and the narrative Iím shooting for. So for Way of Kings Iíve kind of taken a—the series Iíve been working on for quite a while, people have read the online interviews and things like that. I generally took a Ďmore is awesome' approach to the magic systems and yet because of that I didnít want the first book to be overrun by them, it would be very easy for my books to simply become interesting gimmicks about a magic rather than a story about characters and the story that happens to them, and so I was actually very careful to not overwhelm with the magic in this book. Which is actually somewhat ironic because this book, I built into it somewhere around thirty magic systems and yet I didnít want to overwhelm and so the first book, there are only hints of any of them but generally when I was world building this I came up with a great idea, I worked it into the magic system rather than saying "Oh, letís do this instead."

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  • 7

    Lexie

    Are the symbols going to be further explained throughout the series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, you want me to- let me open this up *opens WoK* what sheís talking about are the symbols right here, this does relate to the magic and to the Knights Radiant. I will eventually explain what it is but for right now itís just there to be interesting and to look at. It should be telling that one of them ended up on the front of the book, this is actually the same symbol as one of these, just done in a slightly different style. This is what we call in the books the glyphs, the writing system, they actually can be read phonetically, but they are also partially art.

    The inspiration for these that I gave to the artist was the Arabic writing, where people actually, often take words and will do them as designs and these beautiful works of art, changing the words, and thatís what happened with the-you probably canít see that very well- the embossing on this but thatís what happens with the writing system on this world and so the glyphs will usually will write them in the shape of something and thatís one of the glyphs written in the shape of a sword. So that will be explained eventually, it is something for the entire series, every book will have the same end pages like this so slowly over time you will understand that and I havenít said anything at all about the one in the back, and I donít intend to for quite a while.

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