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Offline Overlord

5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:39:17 AM »
Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be interviewing Brandon Sanderson again shortly and I wanted to ask your help coming up with questions again. I last interviewed Sanderson way back in 2011 and we got to ask him a ton of really great questions that members of this forum helped me come up with.

A very nervous me interviewing the fantasy master here:
http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/brandon-sanderson-interview

It would be good if your questions could revolve around The Stormlight Archive series and his new book, Words of Radiance, but we could ask him some non-book-specific questions too if you come up with some good ones.

So, if you could ask Mr Sanderson 5 questions, what would they be?

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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 12:04:33 PM »
- Do you work at one project at a time? Or do you get up in the morning and think 'I like to work on that project today' and work on that one, and the next day a completely different one?
- How do you come up with names like Vin, Kelsier, Kaladin, Dalinar etc.? Do their names have a hidden meaning?
- Do you already know how you want The Stormlight Archive to end?

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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 12:23:55 PM »
My son is reading the Rithmatist right now, and my daughter loves to write, what do you feel is important to help hook children into reading and possibly a future in writing, and do you have any more ya/childrens books planned.
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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 09:03:01 PM »


What's your favourite biscuit/cookie?
I'd like to say I'm a writer, but that would occasionally require product. As it stands, I'm just a dreamer with a big mouth and poor time management.

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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 12:26:51 AM »
Is writing longer books than Pat Rothfuss and GRR Martin a matter of pride for you?


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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 04:14:20 AM »
After Stormlight is finished, will their be any stand-alones or sequels set in the same world?

You said that the third trilogy of the Mistborn series would involve them crossing over to other worlds via spaceship, how is this going to effect the worlds we have already visited in your other books.

What was the most enjoyable scene you ever wrote, whether in Words of Radiance or any of your previous stories; and what was the hardest thing you ever wrote?

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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 11:27:17 AM »
Any news on a sequel to elantris!??
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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 02:30:32 PM »
Will there be any stand alone novels set in the same world or sequels to The Emperors Soul?

Offline Overlord

Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2014, 01:23:41 PM »
Hey guys, just got the questions from Brandon Sanderson back, I'll be posting them up next week. Just to tease you a little though, here are the ones he choose to answer. Oh, and, he said 'great question!' and Excellent question!' more than once, so congratulations to you all :)

Questions

The Way of Kings has been referred to as one of the finest Fantasy books released in the past decade (many would suggest much longer than that). Can you give readers a sense of how the story progresses in Words of Radiance and how you feel it compares to the first in terms of the reading experience it offers?
 
Every one over at Fantasy-Faction appreciates the amount of writing you are able to put out each year. At this point of your career, does writing feel like work or play to you?
 
Is there a big difference in this for The Stormlight Archive versus projects like Steelheart?
 
I'm curious as to whether committing to a 10 book series ever feels daunting.
 
Someone from Earth is about to be sent off to the Cosmere. They've read your first Stormlight book, but they've never really taken time to really dig deep and find out about how it sits in the overall 'Cosmere', so they're totally unprepared. What basic concepts regarding shards, magic systems and world hopping do you think are most important?
 
Way of Kings was around 1000 pages. Words of Radiance is almost 1100. I've done the calculations and using extrapolation book 10 will be 280,000 pages long (assuming geometric growth). Of course, that is only really a problem for the printers (who have to find a way to bind them), but do you think there are any limits as to how long a book should be?
 
And, if the convention of printing books disappeared tomorrow and every one began reading ebooks only do you think the way you write books would change (i.e. being able to disregard wordcounts or even being able to consider serialising a book)?
 
If all your protagonists had an epic all out brawl, who would win?

 
In The Way of Kings, when Shallan zones out and draws a picture of a dead noble at a dinner table, was she drawing her own father after she killed him with her shardblade?
 
Is Hoid drawn to novel-worthy plots? Or does he ever just show up in a completely "normal" time/place, with no ramifications on the cosmere, shards, etc.?
 
Could any type of spren bond with a person (even if the results wouldn't be a Knight radiant)? Or only the ones associated with a branch of the Knights?
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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2014, 09:50:47 PM »
Ooooh, I like these questions! Having just finished Words of Radiance (which I'd consider his finest work to date), I'm experiencing a bit of "Sanderson withdrawal", and am looking forward to seeing his responses.

Especially the one about the cosmere - I don't have the tenacity to go trawling around the 17th Shard for answers to my questions, so I often feel like I'm fumbling around in the dark with regards to the cosmere.
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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2014, 09:37:50 AM »
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Re: 5 Questions with Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2014, 09:58:07 AM »
Very cool, thanks!

(Btw, it's Kelsier not Kelsior - you may want to correct this. :) )
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