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Terez
06-21-2008, 07:06 AM
NEW INTERVIEW DATABASE (http://www.theoryland.com/wheel-of-time-interview-search.php)


I'll keep this one up for a while, but trust me, the new one is much better.


This database was created by Terez and further researched/developed with Marie Curie, with much thanks to anyone who has given a report over the years!

Direct quote from Brandon, via Twitter and Facebook 18 November 2009 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3102838&op=1&o=user&view=user&subj=230802300561&aid=-1&oid=230802300561&id=642822251#/Mistborn?v=feed&story_fbid=176163157905&ref=mf) :D
You know I love you, Theorylanders. (Even if I sometimes feel like I'm surrounded by a pack of wolves when talking to you.)
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BEWARE OF SPOILERS FOR TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT - THE FULL BOOK! - IN SOME CATEGORIES!!

RJ, BWS & TJ quotes galore (see sources below categories):
(use ctrl-f to search within categories)

Right-click and 'copy link location' for shortened, customized links appropriate for twitter. To shortlink this page, use http://bit.ly/wotidb

New categories:
Future Books (http://bit.ly/wotidbfuturebooks) - Info on A Memory of Light (including wotrr), and also the prequels/outriggers.
Parallels and Influences (http://bit.ly/wotidbsources)
Themes (http://bit.ly/wotidbthemes)
The Fandom (http://bit.ly/wotidbfandom)
RJ on Writing (http://bit.ly/wotidbonwriting1) // Part 2 (http://bit.ly/wotidbonwriting2)
RJ on Life (http://bit.ly/wotidbrjon42)

Aes Sedai, Warders, and the White Tower (http://bit.ly/wotidbaessedai)
The Age of Legends (http://bit.ly/wotidbageoflegends)
Aiel (http://bit.ly/wotidbaiel)
Atha'an Miere and Amayar (http://bit.ly/wotidbseafolk)
Asha'man and the Black Tower (http://bit.ly/wotidbblacktower)
Aviendha (http://bit.ly/wotidbaviendha)
Berelain (http://bit.ly/wotidbberelain)
Cadsuane (http://bit.ly/wotidbcadsuane)
Egwene (http://bit.ly/wotidbegwene)
Elayne (http://bit.ly/wotidbelayne)
Errors real and imagined (http://bit.ly/wotidberrors)
Faile (http://bit.ly/wotidbfaile)
Fain and all things Shadar Logoth (http://bit.ly/wotidbfain)
The 'Finns and the Tower of Ghenjei (http://bit.ly/wotidbfinns)
The Forsaken (http://bit.ly/wotidbforsaken)
--Aginor/Osan'gar/Dashiva (http://bit.ly/wotidbaginor)
--Asmodean (http://bit.ly/wotidbasmodean)
--Balthamel/Aran'gar/Halima (http://bit.ly/wotidbbalthamel)
--Be'lal
(http://bit.ly/wotidbnetweaver) --Demandred
(http://bit.ly/wotidbdemandred) --Graendal
(http://bit.ly/wotidbgraendal) --Ishamael/Moridin
(http://bit.ly/wotidbmoridin) --Lanfear/Cyndane
(http://bit.ly/wotidblanfear) --Mesaana
(http://bit.ly/wotidbmesaana) --Moghedien
(http://bit.ly/wotidbmoghedien) --Rahvin
(http://bit.ly/wotidbrahvin) --Sammael
(http://bit.ly/wotidbsammael) --Semirhage
(http://bit.ly/wotidbsemirhage) Galad (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tvo27SKXNRNGgQqNzoDrxRVsSQDeseYP6g6PiktSgsQ/edit)
Gawyn (http://bit.ly/wotidbgawyn)
The Horn and the Heroes (http://bit.ly/wotidbheroes)
Lan (http://bit.ly/wotidblan)
Mat (http://bit.ly/wotidbmat)
Min and her viewings (http://bit.ly/wotidbmin)
Miscellaneous & some Trivia (http://bit.ly/wotidbmisc)
Moiraine (http://bit.ly/wotidbmoiraine)
Nynaeve (http://bit.ly/wotidbnynaeve)
Ogier, Stedding, and the Ways (http://bit.ly/wotidbogier)
The Old Tongue (http://bit.ly/wotidboldtongue)
One Power, True Power, Channeling, and 'angreal (http://bit.ly/wotidbpower)
Perrin, wolves, and Wolfbrotherness (http://bit.ly/wotidbperrin)
Pronunciation (http://bit.ly/wotidbpronunciation)
Prophecies (and Dreams, viewings, and Foretellings) (http://bit.ly/wotidbprophecy)
RAFO and MAFO (http://bit.ly/wotidbrafo)
Rand, Lews Therin, Dragon Soul (http://bit.ly/wotidbrand)
Seanchan (http://bit.ly/wotidbseanchan)
The Shadow, Darkfriends, and Shadowspawn (http://bit.ly/wotidbshadow)
Slayer (http://bit.ly/wotidbslayer)
Taim (http://bit.ly/wotidbtaim)
Tam and Kari (http://bit.ly/wotidbtam)
Tel'aran'rhiod and Dreamwalkers (http://bit.ly/wotidbtar)
Thom
(http://bit.ly/wotidbthom) Tuon (http://bit.ly/wotidbtuon)
Verin (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-gAx1RvdqIeH0A7Ji8JFD7ClE3Vdf1I0HfOOjzlaIbE/edit)
Whitecloaks (http://bit.ly/wotidbwhitecloaks)
Women and Men (http://bit.ly/wotidbgender)
Workings of the Wheel (ta'veren, souls etc.) (http://bit.ly/wotidbwheel)

These are plot-related RJ/BWS quotes only. For other stuff, see sources:

RJ's blog (http://www.dragonmount.com/RobertJordan/)
TOR Questions of the Week (http://www.wotmania.net/faqtopic.asp?ID=152)
r.a.sf.w-rj (https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#%21forum/rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan)
Thus Spake the Creator
(http://uk.oocities.com/area51/stargate/8513/creator.htm) Emma's RJ page (http://home.casema.nl/e.f.delaat/)
The Path of Daggers Book Tour (http://linuxmafia.com/%7Epam/POD_signings.html#la)
A Crown of Swords Book Tour (http://linuxmafia.com/%7Epam/ACOS_signings.html)
CNN 2000 Chat (http://www.cnn.com/COMMUNITY/transcripts/2000/12/12/jordan/index.html)
2004 USAToday chat (http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20040106007/tscript.htm)
Balticon XXX (http://linuxmafia.com/%7Egarrett/jordan/balticon.html)
DragonCon board (http://theoryland.yuku.com/forums/36)
Wotmania 2004 Interview (http://13depository.blogspot.com/2009/03/wotmania-2004-interview.html)
13th Depository quote collection (http://13depository.blogspot.com/2009/03/plots-characters-and-wheel-of-time.html)
WoT-RJ Wiki (many sources are only found here) (http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Jordan)
Crossroads of Twilight book tour board (http://theoryland.yuku.com/forums/25/t/ARCHIVED-Tour-Stops-03-Crossroads-of-Twilight.html)
Knife of Dreams book tour board (http://theoryland.yuku.com/forums/35)
WoT FAQ (r.a.sf.w-rj) (http://www.steelypips.org/wotfaq/0_admin/0.01_intro.html)
Budapest Q&A April 2003 (https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dcjspjqg_101f6s22v73&hl=en)
The Gathering Storm Book Tour (http://www.theoryland.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=41)
JordanCon 2010 (http://www.theoryland.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=39)
New Spring Correspondence (https://docs.google.com/View?docID=dcjspjqg_1021drvpjmht&revision=_latest)

Email terez27ATgmailDOTcom for the Budapest audio files, or general corrections, omissions, suggestions etc.

Letter to Tom McCormick from RJ - December 1993 (http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/Letter_to_Tom_McCormick_November/December_1993)

One thing -- don't think you've reached bottom in your digging. I tried to make the books fairly simple on the surface, and quite complex underneath. You've dug up a number of points that I thought I had buried well enough that they wouldn't come to light for some time yet (don't expect me to say which ones), and you've also dug up one or two that I never buried in the first place (no hints there, either). Jordan's Law, I think, can better be stated along these lines: "Ah, you think you know how the game goes now? Very good, gentlemen. What say we increase the bets just to make it interesting?"

Crossroads of Twilight tour, San Jose 10 January 2002 - HCFF reporting: (http://theoryland.yuku.com/topic/5660)

Frenzy: While standing in line a group of guys in front of me were talking. One asked about Theoryland, which caught my attention. Another said, 'Yah, that's where all the hard-core fan freaks hang out.' Another said, 'Some of the weirdest sh!t is posted there, it's hard to follow if you're not totally into it.' http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/nerd.gif

Contributing HCFFs other than Terez: Marie, Sarevok, Gonzo, Isabel, Tamyrlin, WinespringBrother, JasonWolfbrother, Matoyak, Frenzy, Yellowbeard

Terez
06-21-2008, 07:07 AM
Though this database is already by far the most comprehensive and organized collection of plot-related RJ and Brandon Sanderson quotes available on the web, it is a work in progress. Updates are being made regularly, with signing reports from Brandon Sanderson, and corrections/additions to the RJ material

All quotes are in reverse chronological order, because the most recent quotes tend to be the most relevant, as older questions have been made moot by revelations in the books, and in recent signings. For the RJ material, this puts the blog and TOR Questions of the Week at the top, but the Brandon Sanderson quotes are above those. Brandon has been slightly less reticent than RJ on signings, so there is some good stuff there, but even the oldest RJ quotes and letters to fans are full of good gems.

Until now, Thus Spake the Creator was the most comprehensive and organized collection of RJ quotes on the web for a long time, despite not having been updated since the release of Winter's Heart. The categories made it easy to find stuff, but nothing was sourced, so if you wanted to know where the quote came from, you had to do some digging, and because the quotes were pieced together from many reports, and neither dated nor identified nor organized by source within each category, it was often confusing to sift through. Thus Spake was derived from various sources from 2001 and before. It is now offline, as it was hosted on geocities.

At this point I still have some stuff with only Thus Spake as a source, or the Wotmania Quote Collection (another unsourced collection, doubling some of Thus Spake's stuff), but a great deal has already been resourced (and deleted from the source headings within each category for Thus Spake and the WQC). I hope that this makes it easy for everyone to determine what is reliable (in my opinion, at least 90% of it is reliable, and probably more).

Also, many of the reports on Theoryland from the Crossroads of Twilight tour, the Knife of Dreams tour, and DragonCon 2005 were transferred by Emma from other sites. Sometimes she linked them, but sometimes she didn't, and even for those she did link, some of the links are broken (I love how Dragonmount tells me that the post has been eaten by a Trolloc, lol). There were a couple that she only linked, and didn't paste over, so for those I don't have the report at all because the links are broken. Anyway, if anyone knows of more original sources for any of that, or names where they are not given, please let me know and I'll fix it. It's easy to see which sources we have and which we don't have from the WoT Wiki index linked above (the ones in red are missing). While some are obviously available (the blog and such - I plan on filling those in soon if no one else does), most of the older red links are simply missing reports.

Feel free to comment in this thread - I will be using this post for any additional information about the database.

Terez
09-24-2009, 10:14 PM
I'm posting to bring this to the top, as it's the most often used of the items in the database board right now, so it makes sense to make it visible from the main index page.

FelixPax
10-08-2009, 12:07 AM
Also, many of the reports on Theoryland from the Crossroads of Twilight tour, the Knife of Dreams tour, and DragonCon 2005 were transferred by Emma from other sites. Sometimes she linked them, but sometimes she didn't, and even for those she did link, some of the links are broken (I love how Dragonmount tells me that the post has been eaten by a Trolloc, lol). There were a couple that she only linked, and didn't paste over, so for those I don't have the report at all because the links are broken.

Terez, did anyone try using the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/index.php) or one of the other online archives to find those missing reports???

Terez
10-08-2009, 01:51 AM
Are you familiar with using that? I've never seen anything like it - just Google cache, which I only know how to use if something comes up in a Google search.

SauceyBlueConfetti
10-08-2009, 11:33 AM
Hey T, I have used the Wayback Machine before, it is pretty easy. I did a quick TL search and got this:

http://web.archive.org/web/20030411130643/theoryland.com/interviews.php

not sure if this is what you are looking for???

SauceyBlueConfetti
10-08-2009, 11:44 AM
I found this too...I don't have time to go through each link and try the wayback on any that are broken, but it could help??

http://web.archive.org/web/20040310070700/www.enee.umd.edu/~dilli/WOT/WOTindex/interview.html

Terez
10-08-2009, 02:32 PM
I have both of those pages already (I remember when I found that second page you linked - it was like solid gold!), and everything in them was documented in the database. There are some broken links on both of those pages, though. I found some of them elsewhere - I need to go back and check - but there are definitely some that I never found. If any of you has the time to do find those broken links, then the Wiki list (which has some red links for interviews we haven't found) would be helpful in seeing which ones we need most. It's linked above under sources.

SauceyBlueConfetti
10-08-2009, 03:55 PM
'K.

I will see what I can peck away at in the next couple of weeks.

FelixPax
10-14-2009, 01:51 AM
If any of you has the time to do find those broken links, then the Wiki list (which has some red links for interviews we haven't found) would be helpful in seeing which ones we need most. It's linked above under sources.

Ah, uh...where is that Wiki list of red links for interviews located again, Terez? I not sure where that is to be found at Theoryland at this moment in time. :(

I have used the Internet Archive many, many times to find old webpages, songs, and software. There's a Tucows Software Library of freeware, shareware archived at www.archive.org (http://www.archive.org) too. If that link is not working, try using their mirror link at archive.bibalex.org (http://archive.bibalex.org) For example, here is a list of all changes to Theoryland's own webpage over the years at the Archive: History of Theoryland (http://web.archive.org/web/*/Theoryland.com)

Terez, what's your "Tar Valon Is Toast (http://web.archive.org/web/20051227092541/www.theoryland.com/factions.php)" faction about exactly?

WinespringBrother
10-14-2009, 04:56 PM
I have about 40 interviews in the searchable database I compiled for Tamyrlin, and at least a couple of the red orphan links on the Wiki page look familiar. I will check them when I get home from work to see if they are in the database.

Edit: I have the following interviews that seem to be missing from the wiki page:
some of these links are listed in your post, but I only cross-referenced with the wiki page...

Amazon.com Interview November 6, 1998 (NEED): http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ts/feature/11690/002-3351439-6304800 (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

1996 AOL chat: http://www.princeton.edu/~abergman/jordan/chat4.txt (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

http://www.scifi.com/transcripts/1998/RobertJordan.html (not listed at least under SciFi.com at all (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

http://www.dragonmount.com/Interviews/2000-11-06.aspx Barnes & Noble 11/6/2000 not listed (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

JAN 7: New York, NY: Barnes and Noble This one is the first signing report I did and is at
http://theoryland.yuku.com/topic/5671?page=1

Cambridge, Mass 1/20/03 http://www.dragonmount.com/Interviews/2003-01-18.aspx not listed (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

http://www.dromen-demonen.nl/luitingh_htdocs/transjordan.html Dutch chat room 4/6/2001 not listed (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

TarValon.net 2/26/03 (no link, not listed on wiki)

John Nowacki D.C.Signing January 23, 2003 http://www.dragonmount.com/Interviews/2003-01-23.aspx (non working link, though I do have the text of the interview)

http://www.dragonmount.com/Interviews/2003-01-27.aspx Toronto 1/27/03 (1 question, not listed, non working link)

http://wiw.org/~seth/RJarticle.html 1995 INTERVIEW BY BREWSTER MILTON ROBERTSON (working link)

http://linuxmafia.com/waygate/no-haunt/jordan.letter Email correspondence from a fan (not listed, link apparently works but is a downloadable document)

http://www.princeton.edu/~abergman/jordan/OTLetter.txt Email not listed (non working link, though I do have the text)

Tor.com weekly Q&A's - I have 3 batches of questions/answers (links don't work, and they are unlisted on the Wiki)

Barnes&Noble, 1/18/03

DragonCon 2005:http://theoryland.yuku.com/topic/9916 Done by TL of course!

Knife of Dreams Oct 11, 2005: http://theoryland.yuku.com/topic/9905 not listed, done by me

Terez
10-15-2009, 12:11 AM
Cool - I actually have a lot of those in my database if not all of them. I'll have to check - I'm having computer issues right now so I haven't had time to do much on the computer as it involves going across the street to the music buildings and only maybe being able to get online there.

I think that I was originally planning on filling in the wiki's gaps with what I had, and when I finished my database, I got lazy about it.

And for Felix - the 'Tar Valon is Toast' faction is about exactly what it says it is about. We believe that Dragonmount will erupt and destroy Tar Valon. ;) It's my favorite wacky theory.

Terez
11-20-2009, 12:12 AM
Hey T, I have used the Wayback Machine before, it is pretty easy. I did a quick TL search and got this:

http://web.archive.org/web/20030411130643/theoryland.com/interviews.php

not sure if this is what you are looking for???
THE WAYBACK MACHINE IS AWESOME.

Just sayin.

There will be huge updates coming to the interview database! :D

Terez
11-23-2009, 03:00 AM
I have made some serious updates to this. If anyone could help me find reports from the Winter's Heart book tour, I would be greatly appreciative. I can't even find a broken link for those. :( It seems most of the stuff that remains under Thus Spake is from that tour.

kcf
11-23-2009, 02:34 PM
At the bottom of this link

http://13depository.blogspot.com/2000/05/index-by-theme.html

You probably have all these already, but there may be something your missing.

Terez
11-23-2009, 02:41 PM
Yeah, they don't have anything I don't have. If they did, Dom would likely tell me, as we had a conversation about it when I went through and changed all the old Wotmania links in the database to link there. I have a pretty good idea of what I have and what I don't have, and the Winter's Heart book tour (if there was such a thing) seems to be the biggest gap. The fandom got relatively apathetic around that time. That's always miffed me, as I joined the internet fandom after Crossroads, and I loved Winter's Heart...

kcf
11-23-2009, 04:29 PM
I was on-line back then, but mostly still lurking (it was the discussion after WH that got me on-line). I remember that there was quite a bit of excitement around WH and the release of its ebook prologue early. But I don't recall if there was a tour. Wotmania did at least one interview about that time - but it's in your database.

Terez
11-23-2009, 06:11 PM
Yeah, the main confusion I have is over all the quotes that remain from Thus Spake the Creator. I've re-sourced all the ones from the tours for books 6, 7, 8, and I got the quotes from the tours for books 10 and 11 mostly from Theoryland, but there are still signing reports left, so that leads me to believe that there was in fact a tour for book 9 (especially since some of the questions in those signings seem to be related to Winter's Heart). I have no idea where the original reports were.

JulietteKlonk
01-06-2010, 02:00 PM
As a Newbie, I am always searching online for stuff that can help me. Thank you for your help.

Terez
01-06-2010, 04:19 PM
No prob...and welcome to Theoryland. :)

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-06-2010, 05:04 PM
Do you have a time frame you think you narrow down for the missing tour?

Terez
01-06-2010, 05:08 PM
Late 2000 and 2001.

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-06-2010, 05:21 PM
I assume you have these letters...but I did a quick search in Aes Sedai to see if the Amyrlin stuff was there from the 4/3/95 letter and I didn't see it.
http://web.archive.org/web/19970426124125/uts.cc.utexas.edu/~moiraine/jordan/rj/table4.htm

Sorry, I need to dig in harder in the database. You have collected SO MUCH it is hard to keep it all straight.

Again, great job.

Terez
03-19-2010, 01:56 AM
I had missed your last post, SBC. I have gotten dependent on the 'unread posts' thing, and I hate that vbulletin is all screwy with it. Anyway, I will do an overhaul on the Fusinato letters probably tomorrow. Too braindead at the moment to try.

FelixPax
04-25-2010, 12:53 AM
Late 2000 and 2001.

Aren't you missing this particular New Zealand interview, Terez?



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Source: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~brunton/Robert%20Jordan.htm

Compiler: AUKON

Interview by: Michael Brunton AUKON_NZ@YAHOO.COM

Notes Collection Named: Michael Brunton, Aukon, .NZ Ė March 2000

Most Current WoT Book at the Time: The Path of Daggers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_Time#Books_in_the_series)

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E-Mail Interview March 2000.

August of last year Robert Jordan was in New Zealand. At that stage I was asked if I wanted an interview with him which I gave a big yes. Trouble was we could not match up for a face to face interview so I went for the next best thing one via e - mail. This interview took place early March.

1)Did you enjoy your time in New Zealand and will you be back?

I enjoyed my visit to New Zealand tremendously, and I certainly hope to return. New Zealand is the most beautiful country Iíve ever seen, and on top of that, I hope to return at the right time of year to do some serious trout fishing.

2) How are the plans for the tele-movie version of Eye of the World coming along?

So far, the contracts have been signed, and I know no more. NBC has purchased an option, and while I hope the series will be made, many more options are purchased than shows see the light of day.

3) Have any actors been cast yet?

Not that I know of.

4) I read a two year old interview on the web which had you say you could not see your series turn into movies; what changed your mind?

The words "mini-series" and "at least four hours and possibly six." I still donít see any way that one of the books could be pared down enough to fit into the usual two-hour theatrical release, but four or six hours makes a difference.

5) When are you hoping this project will be broadcast in the U.S. and will it be released on video/DVD?

I could wish for next week, but if wishes were wings, pigs would fly. I really have no idea as to the answer of either question.

6) Where did the idea of the Wheel of Time come from?

If you mean simply the concept of time as a wheel, that comes from the Hindu religion, though many cultures have or had a cyclical view of the nature of time. If you mean the books, then the idea came from many things. From wondering what it really would be like to be tapped on the shoulder and told, "You were born to save mankind. And, by the way, youíre supposed to die in the end, it seems." I wondered what a world might be like where the feminist movement was never necessary simply because no one is surprised to see a woman as a judge or ruler, a wagon driver or a dock hand. Thereís still some surprise at a woman as a soldier Ė a matter of upper body strength, and weapons that need upper body strength Ė but by and large, the question of a woman not being able to do a job just doesnít arise. I wondered what it wold be like if the "wise outsider" arrived in a village and said, "You must follow me on a great quest," and the people there reacted the way people really react when a stranger shows up and offers to sell them beachfront property at incredibly low prices. I wondered about the source of legends, about how events are distorted by distance Ė either spacial or temporal Ė about how any real events that might have led to legends would probably be completely unrecognizable to us. This is getting entirely too involved, so letís just say that the books grew out of forty-odd years of reading everything I could get my hands on in any and every subject that caught my interest.

7) When are you hoping to have Book Nine released (do you have a title and is it possible to know what it is)? Is it also possible to give us a teaser to what the next book will be about?

The next book will be called WINTERíS HEART. The good lord willing and the creek donít rise, I expect to finish the writing by the end of May 2000, and my American and British publishers are planning to put it out in November 2000. As for teasers, read and find out. Though I expect Tor Books will post the prologue on their website, as they have done for the last few volumes.

8) Is it possible to know how many volumes the Wheel of Time will be?

Sigh! At least three more. I know Iíve said that before, but itís still the case. When I started this, I really believed I could finish it all in four or five books. Maybe six, I said, but I didnít think it would take that long. By the end of THE EYE OF THE WORLD, I was pretty sure it would have to be six, and by the end of THE GREAT HUNT, I knew it would be more. I have known the last scene of the last book since before I began writing, so I know where Iím heading, but as to how long to get there, I am just putting my head down and writing as hard as I can. Two minutes left in the game, four points down, and weíve got the ball on our own five-yard line; theyíve been covering the receivers like a blanket and cutting off the outside like pastrami in a cheap deli, so weíre going to do it the old-fashioned way, straight up the middle, pound it down their throats, and nobody slacks off unless heís been dead a week and can prove it. If you know what I mean. If I can finish it in three more books, I will, but I canít make any promises on that, just that I will reach the end as soon as I can.

9) If and when you start another series of books after the Wheel of Time series will you use some of the characters from that series?

No. Absolutely, positively, never under heaven! I have no plans ever to return to this universe once I reach the end. If I have such a compelling idea one day that I simply must go back, then Iíll shift the story so far in time that it might as will be a different universe. Anything else would be doing the same thing over again. For the next set of books, I will be in a completely different universe with different rules, different cultures, different people. I expect I will examine some of the same issues Ė the clash of cultures, the tide of change, the difficulty men and women alike have in figuring out the rules of the game Ė but I certainly donít expect to chew my cud twice.

10) What inspired you to write?

I decided that I would write one day when I was five. I had finished FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, TOM SAWYER and HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and I stood them up on a table and sat staring at them with my chin on my knees Ė I was rather more limber, back then! Ė and decided that one day I would make stories like that. But by age seven or eight, it seemed to me that writers who made a living from writing all lived in Cuba or Italy or France, and at that age, I wasnít sure about that big a move. I followed my second love, science and math, got my degree in physics and mathematics, and became an engineer. I didnít try writing at fifteen or twenty, because I didnít think I had enough experience; I had nothing to say. At thirty, I was injured, spent a month in the hospital, nearly died, and took four months to recuperate enough to return to my office. I decided it was time to put up or shut up about writing one day, and the rest followed.

11) Have any writers influences you?

Yes, I think so. I believe that the major influences on my writing are Jane Austen, John D. McDonald, Mark Twain, Louis LíAmour and Charles Dickens.

12) Do you read fantasy yourself: and are you aware of the other fantasy writers out there?

Yes, I do. If anyone is looking, I suggest, in no particular order, John M. Ford, Isabelle Allende, Guy Gavriel Kay, C.S.Freidman, Barry Hughart, A.S.Byatt, Robert Holdstock, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, and George R.R.Martin. There really are too many excellent writers to list them all, or even come close, but these names are a start.

13) If so would you want to work with any in the future?

Iíve never really thought of collaborating with anyone. It might happen, I suppose, but it just hasnít occurred to me.

14) Did you expect the Wheel of Series to be as well received as it has been?

Good God, no! Iíve been told I have a healthy ego Ė a necessity for any writer Ė but I would have to be a stone cold egomaniac to have expected anything like what has happened.

15) Do the events of the outside world (i.e. current affairs, politics and the like) affect what you write in your books?

They must filter in, to varying degrees. I follow the world news assiduously, and I canít see how I could keep events in the world from affecting events in the books. But it happens when and as I choose. Refugees in Kosovo, ethnic cleansing, famine in Africa, civil wars, upheavals, floods, whatever Ė you might say I use those events to give authenticity to similar events in the books. I donít like preaching, but I always hope my readers will think a little beyond the story, and I think that acquired authenticity helps.

16) What is the best thing about being Robert Jordan and the worst?

The best thing is that I get to put my daydreams down on paper and make a living from it! Iím not sure there is a downside. I suppose that people always want to know when the next book will be coming out Ė even when they are getting me to sign the latest book, which they have just purchased and havenít even begun yet.

17) What does the future hold for you?

Well, Iíd like to catch a thousand-pound black marlin, a thirty-pound brown trout, and a sixty-pound Atlantic salmon. Iíd like to shoot a twenty-four point whitetail and a perfect round in sporting clays. Iíd like to get another royal Flush in poker Ė I got one, once Ė finally learn how to play go beyond the basics. Iíd like to learn to sky dive, and.... Oh. More writing, certainly, for as long as I can find a way to put words on paper. I used to keep notebooks of story ideas, until I realized that I wold need three or four lifetimes to write just the ideas already had. I would like to do different sorts of writing, too. History, stage-plays. Iíve been noodling around lately with the idea of musical composition, too, something I havenít touched in many years. Given the way medicine advances, I might have lived little more than half my life so far, which means I have a few decades remaining. Not enough to do everything I want to do, but I think I can fill them up.

FelixPax
04-25-2010, 01:07 AM
Late 2000 and 2001.

Not sure you had this information to help narrow down the places to look for additional RJ interviews. Here is the Winter's Heart Book Tour Schedule, which occurred in November-December of 2000:


Source: http://home.earthlink.net/~wwjames/Hour25_Authors_on_Tour.html


Upcoming signings by Robert Jordan for Winter's Heart

• NEW YORK CITY - November 7th
• Borders Books & Music - World Trade Center - 12:30pm
• B. Dalton - Meadow Brook Parkway, Garden City, NY - 7:00pm
• SAN DIEGO - November 8th - Mysterious Galaxy - 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. - 4:00pm
• LOS ANGELES/PASADENA - November 9th - Vromans’s Museum Collection Store - South Lake Ave., Pasadena - 6:00pm
• SAN JOSE/SAN FRANCISCO
• November 10th - Barnes & Noble - 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose - 7:00pm
• November 11th - The Booksmith - 1644 Haight St., San Francisco - 7:00pm
• SEATTLE - November 12th - University Bookstore - 4326 University Way - 2:00pm
• PORTLAND - November 13th - Powell’s - 8725 SW Cascade Ave., Beaverton - 7:00pm
• DENVER - November 15th - Tattered Cover - 1628 16th Street - 7:30pm
• CHICAGO
• November 16th - Stars Our Destination - 705 Main St., Evanston - 6:00pm
• November 18th - Meijer’s - 808 N. Route 59, Aurora - 12:00pm
• SAVOY, IL - November 17th - Pages for All Ages - 1201 Savoy Plaza Lane - 7:00pm
• CLEVELAND - November 19th - Joseph-Beth Booksellers - 13217 Shaker Square - 5:00pm
• CHARLOTTESVILLE/RICHMOND - November 27th
• UVA Bookstore - University of Virginia, Charlottesville - 12:00pm
• Tower Books - 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond - 7:00pm
• RALEIGH - November 28th - Quail Ridge Books - 3522 Wade Avenue - 7:00pm
• CHARLOTTE - November 29th - Little Professor - 4139 Park Road - 7:00pm
• FAYETTEVILLE - November 30th - Waldenbooks - 438 Cross Creek Mall - 7:00pm
• FT. KNOX/FT. CAMPBELL, KY
• December 1st - Ft. Knox Military Base - Main PX, 127 Gold Vault Rd, Ft. Knox, KY - 4:00pm
• December 2nd - Ft. Campbell Military Base - Main PX, Bldg. 2840 Penn. & Ohio Ave. - 11:00am
• BLYTHEVILLE, AR - December 3rd - That Bookstore in Blytheville - 316 West Main St. - 1:30pm
• MEMPHIS - December 4th - Davis-Kidd Booksellers - 387 Perkins Road Extended - 6:30pm
• ATLANTA - December 5th - Chapter 11 - Emory Commons Store - 2091 N. Decatur Rd. - 7:00pm

GonzoTheGreat
04-25-2010, 04:59 AM
I have known the last scene of the last book since before I began writing, so I know where I’m heading, but as to how long to get there, I am just putting my head down and writing as hard as I can.As the Irishman said to the lost traveler: If that’s where you want to go, sir, I wouldn’t start from here.

Terez
04-25-2010, 06:03 AM
Aren't you missing this particular New Zealand interview, Terez?
Not exactly, since it hasn't got anything really plot-relevant in it, and I only concern myself with plot-relevant interview questions. I can add it to the Wikia page later.

As for the tour schedule - that's a good start. Perhaps I can find some actual tour reports from there.

Terez
06-01-2010, 09:17 PM
Marie found the rasfwrj archives, so there have been massive updates to the database. Not too many earth-shaking 'new' questions, but some nice tidbits, these among them:

Winter's Heart book tour 11 November 2000, San Jose - Brandon Downey reporting (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan/browse_thread/thread/62526fb56bb66e16/5176c65d416f6815?lnk=gst&q=signing+2000#5176c65d416f6815)
Q: What happens to an Aes Sedai's Warder bond if she enters a stedding? Can she still detect it?

RJ: No, of course not. An Aes Sedai would still be able to detect her Warder in the stedding.
Q: What if I tie off a weave, and enter a stedding? If the weave vanishes, will it reappear when I leave?
RJ: The weave would go away, and would not come back when you left.

Q: Can shielded/tied channelers such as Asmodean or Liandrin simply enter a stedding to have their shield dissolved?

RJ: No. That's different.


Winter's Heart book tour 12 December 2000, Atlanta Chapter II - Br00se reporting (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan/browse_thread/thread/d99b44e0de71008b/5b5b9ea640011746?lnk=gst&q=signing+2000#5b5b9ea640011746)

The next lady asked some question about one of Min's viewing of Rand with three women. She was confused because Min didn't recognize someone in the viewing that she should have known. RJ had to repeat three or four times that the viewing wasn't clear at the time. He seemed to be stressing that Min's inability to recognize the person didn't mean anything important. Her viewings don't always tell everything. This is only important because it means that you can't use anything that was missing from Min's viewings as proof of anything.

The Path of Daggers book tour 24 October 1998, Palo Alto - Michael Steeves reporting (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan/msg/2f6151716e5849bb)

[adding to Drew Gillmore's report] He also mentioned that Myrddraal aren't sterile, but that they would make a woman sterile.

Lord of Chaos book tour 29 October 1994, Concord, VA - Tom Burke reporting (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan/browse_frm/thread/521bdafebed6dd3b/6464f9626b6e8376?lnk=gst&q=signing#6464f9626b6e8376)
I told him that my feeling was that the number of Darkfriends in Randland were probably between 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000. He replied, "closer to the latter, of course we see more of them because of the Ta'veren." I asked if there were fewer amongst the Aiel than in the great cities. He responded, "Yes, of course." I asked if the Aiel attacks were done by the Shaido and their allies. He responded, "If someone thinks otherwise, they should read the books." I stated that 20 Darkfriends would be a heavy investment to lose all at once. Jordan replied, "Not at all. It's very easy for me to make some more. It is their trustworthiness that is more of a problem."

GonzoTheGreat
06-02-2010, 03:42 AM
I told him that my feeling was that the number of Darkfriends in Randland were probably between 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000. He replied, "closer to the latter, of course we see more of them because of the Ta'veren." ???

That would seem to suggest that the Whitecloaks are on to something after all. Amongst the AS, the proportion is about 20,000 times as high as the norm.

Terez
06-02-2010, 11:27 AM
That's actually not all that surprising, if you think about it.

GonzoTheGreat
06-02-2010, 11:32 AM
That it would be higher, no. That it would be that much higher, yes.

Suppose that the population of Randland is a hundred million. That would then translate into a thousand, or a few thousand, DFs altogether. Having ten to twenty percent of that as full AS is rather surprising, especially considering the fail rates at the Tower.

Terez
06-02-2010, 11:52 AM
The reason I don't think it's odd is because the organization for Darkfriends in the Tower is well-established and also insular. I can't imagine that the regular assortment of Darkfriends across the lands could hold a candle to it, without the Forsaken running around to keep them in line.

ka243
08-16-2010, 03:47 PM
Thanks for making this database, its awesome. Could you make an RSS feed for the updates to it so that we could read them in reverse chronological order?
That would be great.

Terez
08-16-2010, 04:04 PM
That all depends on how much work it would be. It's hard enough keeping up with Brandon's feed right now (not that I am complaining, really...he has given us some good tidbits). Most of the new stuff comes from Brandon's Twitter feed, though.

Marie Curie 7
08-16-2010, 09:16 PM
That all depends on how much work it would be. It's hard enough keeping up with Brandon's feed right now (not that I am complaining, really...he has given us some good tidbits). Most of the new stuff comes from Brandon's Twitter feed, though.

Actually, it doesn't appear that Google Docs support RSS feeds at present. I may be wrong about that, but it looks like something that they perhaps hope to enable in the future.

Also, it's not really clear to me how useful that would be, anyway.

Terez
08-16-2010, 10:06 PM
It would only be useful when we make updates. The point of the database is mostly to keep all the quotes in one place for the purpose finding them easily for WoT discussion. If you want them on-the-minute, follow Brandon on Twitter. I will post on Twitter when I add quotes as well, though that won't include the quotes Marie is adding to Future Books right now, or anything from Brandon's feed. Just other new reports.

GonzoTheGreat
08-17-2010, 04:50 AM
The reason I don't think it's odd is because the organization for Darkfriends in the Tower is well-established and also insular. I can't imagine that the regular assortment of Darkfriends across the lands could hold a candle to it, without the Forsaken running around to keep them in line.That would be like saying "in the real world, perhaps one person in a thousand is a member of the Mafia, but in the Roman Catholic Churc, with its well established insular organisation, one in five is a Mobster". Frankly, I don't think it is really that high, not even in the Italian branches of the Church.

Terez
08-17-2010, 05:13 AM
95% of statistics are made up on the spot. Makes for bad comparisons sometimes.

GonzoTheGreat
08-17-2010, 06:42 AM
I know, but if you have such a large disparity, then it needs more than just a bit of hand waving to make it believable.

Terez
08-17-2010, 06:53 AM
Good thing I gave a good explanation then.

ka243
09-28-2010, 03:06 PM
Did you update with the team jodan answers from the recent 4th age podcast? There wasn't much juicy stuff we didn't know already in it...

WinespringBrother
09-29-2010, 09:30 AM
Did you update with the team jodan answers from the recent 4th age podcast? There wasn't much juicy stuff we didn't know already in it...

Maria did mention that Theorylanders ask scary questions, but we already knew that :D

I'm halfway through listening to the podcast, and while they mostly RAFO'd everything, Alan did give a long answer regading the possibilities for Gaidal Cain's current disposition, including being born and being an infant or small child (despite the time constraints), being ripped out of TAR and alive, being ripped out of TAR and dead, or still lurking around in TAR. Alan also discussed the "Kindle" ter'angreal briefly, saying basically that Elayne would have issues with ease of usage since it holds information in the Old Tongue.

GonzoTheGreat
09-29-2010, 10:35 AM
Alan also discussed the "Kindle" ter'angreal briefly, saying basically that Elayne would have issues with ease of usage since it holds information in the Old Tongue.Mat can handle that. His skill with books is famous.

RDDK
09-29-2010, 03:56 PM
Don't the aiel still speak the old tongue? Seems to make sense that they would seeing that all of the pronouns they use are old tongue, as well as the titles, and that they have been segregated since the breaking. In which case, Ahvienda could probably read it.

Nelal Hurcran
10-03-2010, 03:39 PM
Hey all,

There's a new, easy to remember URL for the Interview Database:

bit.ly/wotinterviews

Use it wisely!

Terez
10-03-2010, 03:52 PM
Thanks! That will be convenient for Twitter.

finnssss
03-15-2011, 12:28 AM
The stand alone link for Moghedien is broken, you can still get to it by going to the Forsaken link and then clicking on the Moghedien link listed there.

Just looks like you did a revision and didn't update the stand alone link.

Terez
04-21-2011, 02:42 AM
The links should be fixed. Let me know if you see any more problems. (I actually fixed them a long time ago but forgot to post.)

Terez
06-27-2012, 11:52 PM
List of Brandon stuff I found in the old database when doing an overhaul:

1. Added this bit (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=36#146) from Luckers (no response from Brandon), found in the Aes Sedai category.
2. Added second entry (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=570#2) from RDDK. (Was in a separate post; found in Aiel category.)
3. Added my note on this entry (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=506#16), found in the Horn/Heroes category.
4. Added this entire report (http://13depository.blogspot.com/2009/11/stormleader-report-barnes-and-noble-ny.html) to Old Salt’s Stormleader report in the database.
5. The second bit of this entry (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=506#26), found in the Lanfear category.
6. Added this single-entry report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=770), found in the Aiel category.
7. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=771), found in the Aiel category.
8. Added this single-entry report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=772), found in the Aiel category.
9. Added this entire report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=773), found in the Asha’man category.
10. Added this entire report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=774), found in the Aviendha category.
11. Found this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=775) on my Black Tower page.
12. Added this entire report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=776), found in the Errors category.
13. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=777), found in the Asmodean category.
14. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=778), found in the Asmodean category. (Check thread for more lost links.)
15. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=779), found in the Demandred category.
16. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=780), found in the Graendal category.
17. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=781), found in the Lanfear category.
18. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=782), found in the Mesaana category.
19. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=783), found in the Horn and the Heroes category.
20. Added the last Q&A about Malkier to this entry (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=2#42), found in the Lan category.
21. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=785), found in the Mat category.
22. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=786), found in the Nynaeve category.
23. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=787), found in the One Power category.
24. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=788), found in the Perrin category.
25. Transcribe this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COr-Rz9f0g8&feature=relmfu)?
26. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=789), found in the Rand category.
27. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=790), found in the Rand category.
28. Added this entry (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=36#195), found in the Shadow category.
29. Added the last Q&A of this entry (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=2#43), found in the Workings of the Wheel category.
30. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=791), found in the Future Books category.
31. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=792), found in the Towers of Midnight category.
32. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=793), found in the Towers of Midnight category.
33. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=794), found in the Towers of Midnight category.
34. Added this report (http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=795), found in the Towers of Midnight category.

I still might find some Twitter bits; there are a few more categories I have to finish up with the Twitter stuff. And then onto RJ stuff.