My first love in a literary sense was speculative fiction. I can vaguely remember writing a Dr Who story called “Dr Who and the Volcano Men” when I was eight (seriously it was cool, about 4 pages long and illustrated) my mother probably still has it somewhere.
Then it was Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings which I started at age nine and finished about age 13. It was the first time I experienced a strong emotional connection with character. Then it was Weis and Hickman’s Dragonlance Chronicles followed by almost everything written by David Gemmell.
Somewhere between high school and university that love departed, I think reading for study killed the joy that I experienced from reading good fantasy fiction. It was Robin Hobb that brought me back though through her Farseer Trilogy .
Rowena Cory Daniells has just interviewed Robin over at her blog. Said interview has rekindled a bit of nostalgia.
Below is a short interview with Robin snipped from the bottom of Rowena’s post. It has two important lessons for writers – that you can’t protect your lead characters from misfortune and that they must have changed or grown by the end of the tale.
Enjoy and go and read Rowena’s interview. I think that Robin’s answer to the last question is the beast I have read yet.
And for those of you interested in my progress on the novel. It’s sitting at around 25,000 words and I have a short horror story that I hope to finish and sell, nearing completion as well.
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