Q. Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?
Oooh at first glance I thought this might be a hard one but it really isn’t! While I love a lot of authors and a lot of books, my main love will always be fantasy, in particular, epic fantasy. My first two are easy. George R.R. Martin. I’d love to ask him about his writing process because apparently he doesn’t do a whole lot of planning. He knows roughly where he’s heading and just writes, and then he will go back and edit, edit, edit. And he is fantastic.
My second, Patrick Rothfuss. People are always impressed that he started out with this huge, epic trilogy for his first and ask him why he chose to go that way. His answer is always, “*laugh* You assume that I know what I was doing!” And so I’d like to talk to him a little more about that – how he does his writing and such. He’s a funny guy, so I imagine he’d be great company.
My third is a toss up between Brandon Sanderson and Robin Hobb, also both epic fantasy writers that I respect equally. I think I’d go with Robin Hobb, purely because I’ve seen a lot more interviews with Brandon Sanderson recently so I’d be very interested to hear how she goes about her writing style, because her characters and worlds are so alive! She writes first person narrative so perfectly I’m just impressed.
This is, of course, once I found my tongue, because in my head I would be squeeing too much to think.
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Q. What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?
Oh hmm.. I want to say “tie-in novels” but I’m not sure that’s really a genre. I’d like to read the Warcraft novels, the Doctor Who novels, the Buffy novels.. but I just can’t enjoy the writing style. I’ve never picked one up and thought, “Wow, this is really gripping!” It’s always been, “Meh..” So I just don’t bother any more. Except for the Guild Wars 2 novels, I’d like to read those, but shh.
So I guess I’ll go with scifi. I really want to get into scifi, I’ve made a hefty wishlist and I’ve picked a couple of scifi books up, it just doesn’t interest me as a genre as much as I’d like it to. I’ll keep trying, but the “spark” isn’t really there.
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Q. Bookshelf Tour: Where do you keep your books at home? Are they organized?
Okay, so, I haven’t had a new bookshelf since I was about 9 years old. I’m 22 now. I’ve done my best over the years to clear out when I’ve outgrown my books and such but these days, I also happen to have one biggish cardboard box, a smaller cardboard box that I believe is an Amazon box, and a Morrisons bag for life that was going unwanted in the charity shop one day, all full of old books. Some of these I might keep, some I might swap, some I might sell, some I might give to the charity shop. They get money for bags of unwanted books so I’m still helping!
Then we have my bookcase. Thankfully I have a pretty big bookcase. Five shelves, and I can squeeze in a fair few books on each one as you can see, but I’m still overflowing. I’m a bit of an obsessive with keeping my books if I liked them, and it doesn’t help that I haven’t been able to read most either. It’s quite hard on shelf space! My books are sort of organised, at least, they used to be. My fantasy/other speculative fiction are supposed to be on the top 2 shelves, third is historical, fourth is contemporary and classic and the bottom is for my big books like my Shakespeare compilation and such. But having run out of space, the books in front are more in a, “Read these next” bundle of piles. These move around and change weekly, but still. I’m weird. I also have books stacked on top of the bookshelf and the wardrobe. It’s utter chaos!