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Interviews: West Jordan Signing Report - Josh & Mi'ch

Summary:

Entries

34

Date

Dec 6th, 2012

Type

Verbatim

Location

West Jordan, UT

Bookstore

Barnes & Noble

Reporter

Josh & Mi'ch

  • 1

    Question

    [Josh and Miích] were kind of explaining that your books were all in different worlds and Hoid can jump from world to world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, theyíre all in the same universe. And there are some characters who have appeared in multiple books. Hoid, for instance, has appeared in all of them so far.

    QUESTION

    Yeah is he going to have his own book?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He will eventually have his own book series.

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  • 2

    Question

    With the Wheel of Time, whoís your favorite character to read about, and then your favorite one to write about?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My favorite one to read- during the early parts of the series it was Perrin and during the later parts of the series it was Mat. And my favorite one to write was probably Perrin because- historically, like when I was a young guy reading the books, he was my favorite, he was the one I identified with.

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    Question

    I enjoy Way of Kings, it seems like thatís the one where everyoneís coming together. I was reading online about Galladon and Demoux being in it. I enjoyed that. Is that going to happen more often?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In that book- that series, yes. There will be more crossover. Itís kinda one of the core stories, along with the things happening on the Mistborn world and things like that. And so, thereís going to be a lot more crossover. Most of itís still kind of subtle stuff, but if you keep your eyes open thereíll be some real zingers in the next two books.

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    Question

    What time period do they all fit in, do they all fit in time- at the same time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, like for instance, Way of Kings and Alloy of Law are pretty close to one another but Elantris is fairly far before them. So far Iíve written them chronologically basically, except Iíve skipped certain stories, like thereís a series called White Sand which is in the middle there somewhere which will actually be a jump back in time when I end up doing it and some things like that. And Dragonsteel is like way at the beginning which Iíll eventually do but Iíve done them chronologically so far.

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  • 5

    Question

    So, is it next year, 2013 that [Stormlight 2] will come out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    2013, itíll be next year.

    QUESTION

    At the end of the- like the fall?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yep, I am a quarter of the way through it, and as long as I turn in an early draft by April theyíll be able to do it by the fall.

    Footnote

    The release date is currently scheduled at March 4, 2014. It is still subject to change.

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  • 6

    Question

    So why is Shallan so whiny? No Iím just kidding...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shallan is very young and has gone through a lot in her life.

    QUESTION

    And does she have a Shardblade?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    She does have a Shardblade.

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  • 7

    Question

    Just wanted to ask how you come up with all your different universes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, itís hard to say where specifically where they come from. You can point to certain ones and say, Mistborn, Mistborn came from me driving through a fog bank at 80 miles an hour and saying, ďWow that looks cool, can I use that?Ē And you can point at Warbreaker with me saying, ďIíve done this whole world of ash and I need to do something colorful, letís build a color based magic system.Ē Way of Kings is definitely influenced by tidal pools and things like that. And so, each oneís different, itís just things I see that I think will make interesting stories and settings.

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  • 8

    Question

    When are we going to find out about how Elhokar can see like the symbols in the mirror and stuff like that. He can Soulcast then, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Youíll have to see, youíll have to see...

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  • 9

    Question

    And so like the Windrunners, theyíre just one Order of the Knights Radiant, arenít they?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes they are, in fact they are- every order is a grouping of one of these [points to the large symbols on the Radiant tables] and two of these [points at the smaller symbols], these are the Surges. So these are the ten, sort of forces. And so Windrunning is pressure and gravitation, which are those two. But the Skybreakers are right there [points to gold symbol in the upper middle], with a different combination and each of these different groupings would make one order of the Knights Radiant. And that is the symbol of the Windrunners, right there on the cover. [Points at the swordgylph under the dust jacket]. So, fun little easter-egg type things there.

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  • 10

    Question

    So I was reading the Alloy of Law, and at the end I read through the Ars Arcanum. And I got confused because itís written in first person, but it refers to Harmony in third person. I thought he was writing it, so who writes that part?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís a good question for you to be asking, one which people have been curious about, and I have not yet answered who writes all of the Ars Arcanum, but they are in-world, somebody's writing them. If you ever read The Way of Kings, itís written in first-person too.

    QUESTION

    Are they all written by the same person?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Ah, have I answered that yet?

    JOSH

    You should.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I should? They are all written by the same person.

    QUESTION

    Because it sounds like theyíre written by Hoid, I think.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They are all written by the same person.

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  • 11

    Question

    Do you get carpal tunnel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nope, I donít. Good question though. Who got carpal tunnel- Dan got carpal tunnel? One of my writer friends got carpal tunnel.

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  • 12

    Question

    So, are you planning on doing anything else with Elantris or Warbreaker universes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am. I donít know if you read Emperorís Soul but itís in the Elantris universe. Itís set on a different continent, so you have to keep your eyes open to see the connections but the magic systems are working on the same fundamental formula. You will enjoy that one if you liked Elantris and Warbreaker I will get back to eventually.

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  • 13

    Question

    Oh, my question was does Perrin lose a body part in the book, since Mat has lost one, Rand has lost one, does Perrin lose one next?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perrinís body part was the knee, where he got shot through the leg with the arrow. Because the mythological symbolism is with Mat- itís the Odin mythology, and Odin lost an eye. Perrin is actually the blacksmith mythology, which if youíve read in Hephaestus and Perun and of the various blacksmiths, they usually have a bad leg. I wasnít going to chop off his leg. I had that wound, and he kind of feels a phantom wound, if youíll read in the last book there are several times where his leg aches even though he was healed. Thatís the symbolism there.

    QUESTION

    So, did you just decide to [inaudible] or was that..?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    No, Robert Jordan had done that, that was him.

    QUESTION

    I wasnít sure if I was just coming up with a fantasy or not.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Though I knew he had to be wounded in the leg, I didnít know how or how badly so I kind of came up with how it happened.

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    Brandon's Dad

    Brandon started reading Robert Jordan when he was nine and ten, and he used to get under the covers with a candle. And his mother liked to stay up, heís a night owl, so his mother would stay up til one or two in the morning. And so then heíd blow the candle out before sheíd come up. So what I did was I got him a flashlight so he could read better, but I got him a great big one like this. [guestures] So sheíd holler up and say, ďAre you still up there Brandon,Ē and heíd say, ďNo!Ē. So, when he was little he was reading these books, Robert Jordanís books, he read every single one. Iíd take him down and heíd play pinball or go over and write books. And then when he got into junior high it was cards, Dungeons and Dragons, that kind of stuff. So thatís a true story you can put that on your website. Almost burned the house down a couple of times.

  • 15

    Question

    If you make a Feruchemical storage and you burn it, can you put the excess back into a Feruchemical storage?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Question

    Brandon, have we seen a point of view chapter from the character who writes the Ars Arcanum?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím not gonna tell you that. That would be way too much giving away.

    QUESTION

    Is the character who writes the Ars Arcanum from Sel originally?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Iím not gonna tell you anything about the character who writes the Ars Arcanum.

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    Question

    Is the city that the Parshendi are in Urithiru?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the Way of Kings, Jasnah tells Shallan that Urithiru is not on the Shattered Plains. So either Jasnah is incorrect or that is not Urithiru.

    QUESTION

    In other words, youíre not going to tell me?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Iím just clarifying for you so that you have all the information you need in order to make judgements and ask questions.

    Footnote

    Brandon pronounced Urithiru like "You-rith-ir-oo".

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  • 18

    Question

    Is it possible to build a city that only exists in Shadesmar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    QUESTION

    Do people inhabit Shadesmar, like normal people?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Define normal.

    QUESTION

    Letís rephrase that, describe the people that inhabit Shadesmar.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Well, you have seen people who inhabit Shadesmar.

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    Question

    The next question I have is does Odium have to recover after Shattering a Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a difficult process that is very taxing.

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    Question

    What is the technology level of the singular society that existed when Adonalsium Shattered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What was the technology level of the society that existed when Adonalsium Shattered? It was less than our own.

    QUESTION

    Are you going to give us anything more specific than that?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Less than our own.

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    As Yolen was the first planet with people, this is likely the society that is referred to.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Adonalsium is not Shattered in Dragonsteel.

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  • 22

    Question

    Do you have any more Legion? Is there anywhere to find it or is a limited print run?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, Legion had a limited print run, but we are in discussions that- enough people are asking that that I think weíre going to do a paperback thatíll come out. So, eventually we should be releasing a little paperback of that that you can get. At the very least you should be able to get it on my website eventually. This is the first time Iíd done something that small and we didnít know about the limited edition and things so we just wanted to do- we were very cautious about it and it sold out very quickly. So hopefully weíll be able to do some more.

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  • 23

    Question

    Can Cadsuaneís Aes Sedai, Merise, Corele, and Beldeine, use the bond to compel their Ashaíman?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wow. Oh boy. Iím going to have such trouble with her questions. I have trouble with her questions when Iím steeped in the Wheel of Time lore and working on the notes every day, and now that I havenít even looked at them in like ten months...

    QUESTION

    Tell her to ask Maria?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    But thatís one I should know, is the thing. Itís not a hard question. Itís just one where Iím... I donít think they can. But, you should really ask Maria. But I donít think they can. I should know that one, you can tell her I should know that one, but I donít think they can. I knew it at one point.

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    Question

    Will we find out what happened to Taren Ferry in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm, Iíll tell people if they canít infer it, eventually what happened.

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    Question

    Have Elayneís axe and red-hot iron been fulfilled?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Axe and red-hot iron been fulfilled? You can ask Maria but I believe they have.

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    Question

    Approximately how old are the scabbard and hilt of Randís new sword?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 27

    Question

    Does Nicolaís Foretelling represent a single moment in time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Which one is she talking about?

    QUESTION

    Three on the boat, and he who is dead yet lives. The great battle done, but the world not done with battle. The land divided by the return, and the guardians balance the servants. The future teeters on the edge of a blade

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    MAFO. Iím gonna MAFO that one. I think I know that one, but I donít think I want to touch it.

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  • 28

    Mi'ch

    Was the Reod natural?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Reod natural? [Laughs]

    MI'CH

    Hereís the thing, youíve answered this question for us already, we just need it on audio.

    JOSH

    It wasnít the Reod that was the question it was was the earthquake natural?

    MI'CH

    No, Ericís asking if the Reod was natural.

    JOSH

    To heck with Eric, we donít care about him.

    MI'CH

    Youíve told us that the earthquake was not caused by natural events.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, itís a complicated question because the earthquake was not caused by natural but the Reod was a natural effect of the earthquake, then... does that make sense? So the Reod is natural, a natural result of... does that make sense? Thatís why it was a tricky question.

    QUESTION

    But the earthquake was not natural.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    No, it was not.

    AARON

    So the Reod is a natural reaction to an unnatural occurrence.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes.

    JOSH

    And wasnít it because there was like magical strain on the land?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That is certainly part of what was going on.

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    Question

    People will be making your books into movies soon, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím hoping, weíre trying.

    QUESTION

    Which one first?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Mistborn, weíre working very hard to try and get it made. I canít promise but weíre trying.

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    Question

    Who do you want to be like Vin and Elend?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I donít really cast people in my head. And so I would rather let the director decide that and the casting director and things. Itís not one of my things, is to cast people.

    For a while, I really- I was kind of hopeful for Ellen Page, but I donít think thatís viable now, I think that sheís too old now.

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    Question

    When is the timeline for the sequel to Alloy of Law?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sequel for Alloy of Law? Probably not next year but the year after. Iím pretty dominated by finishing the second Stormlight book right now. So once I do that, then things will open up a little bit more for what I might do. I do actually have half a sequel for Alloy of Law written but I donít have time to finish it right now.

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    Question

    If you slash somebody with a Shardblade, kill them, and then cut them again, will the Shardblade make them bleed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Just like a chasmfiend once it dies, they are chopping it apart with Shardblades.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    So whatís going on here is, for Stormlight 2 I needed a lullaby in-world. And poetry is not my forte. However, my father-in-law is a semi-professional singer/songwriter. Heís released a couple of albums, theyíre just local, he does stuff like that. So, I asked him to compose a lullaby that I just left blanks in the story from. And he actually turned it in just like a couple of days ago. And itís quite good and it fits in.

    So, what Iíve been doing lately is writing on Stormlight 2. And Stormlight 2, if youíre unaware with whatís going on in the Stormlight series, I conceived the series as ten volumes, two five book arcs, with each volume focusing on a character by giving them a flashback sequence. So if youíve read the first one, Kaladin, one of the main characters, thereís a sequence of flashbacks that kind of inform how he came to be where he is at the start of the book. And I intended that for each of the ten primary characters because I kind of began them all in the middle of their stories, which is what happens when youíre writing a book. The beginning of a story is not the beginning of a book. Itís impossible to tell the beginning of a story because thereís always something more that could come before. So you start with people who have passions, who have lives, who have things going on and then I wanted to use these sequences to bring you back up to where they were when they started.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    This was a method I thought I would use in order to help divide each book and help me envision each book as a stand-alone volume in the series. Because one of the challenges of writing a big series like this is you donít want them all to blend together. You want them each to feel distinct, to have their own climaxes and their own story because when they start to blend together it can be detrimental to the series in the long run. So in my original outline, I spent a lot of time figuring out what everyoneís story was going to be but I didnít actually have to do them in a certain order because they all are flashbacks I didnít have to have the flashbacks in certain parts. And so I wasnít sure whether I was going to do Dalinar or Shallan for the second book, I always knew I was going to do Kaladin for the first book. And I ended up deciding on Shallan, in part because I want to get into her story because of things that are happening in the plot but also because I wanted Dalinarís sequence to come later.

    Now, Iím not promising that characters all survive that long. Itís entirely possible, just so you know, that I would kill someone off and still show their flashback sequence. Because the flashbacks arenít them having a flashback, the flashbacks are- itís not them sitting there and remembering that, it is simply a non-linear way of telling their story. So just so you know, that doesnít necessarily mean that Dalinar survives til book five.

    Shallan Flashback

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