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  • 1

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    At one point, he looked at me and added (with no prompting or questioning) that no, Mat is not Cyndane. He explained that at another signing, he had a string of ten or so people in a row ask him about Mat, and he got frustrated and belted out, "What if Mat is Cyndane?" He claimed he then recanted, but couldn't tell if the guy he told that to believed that he was joking. I admitted that I had heard the story, but it was okay—we got the joke.

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  • 2

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    He seems to have a half a dozen answers for the question, "Where do you get your ideas?" The one that tickled me was that he sends off to a mail order company from Trenton, New Jersey (I think) for some large amount of money, at three ideas per page.

    John Novak

    I looked askance and remarked that Ellison gave the same answer, except his ideas came from a warehouse in Peoria (which I'm sure I've read somewhere. Think it was Ellison.)

    Robert Jordan

    He shot back, "Yeah, but did you notice that mine are more expensive?"

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  • 3

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Astrocyte

    A basic question.....How do you approach Point of View in your stories?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, I tiptoe up to it, then I grab it by the throat, throw it down, and kick it.

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  • 4

    Interview: 1994

    Grey Culberson

    (question about series genesis)

    Robert Jordan

    RJ responded that the crux of the series was based on a disbelieving boy being told he was the savior of mankind, then that youth reluctantly realizing the truth of the matter but unwilling to admit it, and finally the boy assenting to the savior role and that only left puzzling out what he would do as the savior. When asked why RJ had chosen to go into so much depth and detail so as to confuse and overburden the reader, RJ responded, "It's all right there in front of you. Surely, something I've thought about for fifteen years and written about for nine is something you can work out over a weekend."

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1994

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Pug

    Firstly, I'd like to thank you for my mother's autographed The Fires of Heaven, 10/150 and also, what inspires your deft writing?

    Robert Jordan

    Everything!

    PUG

    Specifically?

    Robert Jordan

    Everything specifically!

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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 20th, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    When a latecomer asked when he intended to "pop out next one", Jordan responded by telling him that he once sat at a table with G. Gordon Liddy, who explained how to kill someone with chopsticks. Having found this fascinating dinner conversation, Jordan was willing to bet he could reproduce the effect with a pen.

    Footnote

    At the time, G. Gordon Liddy (famous for his role in the 1971 Watergate burglary that led to Richard Nixon's resignation) was in the news again due to some controversial statements he'd made about how to kill ATF officers (in case of a misplaced raid).

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  • 7

    Interview: 2010

    Ernie (11 August 2010)

    What is your favorite color?

    Brandon Sanderson (11 August 2010)

    Oh, it depends. I do like deep reds and blacks a lot.

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  • 8

    Interview: Oct 26th, 1994

    Question

    Someone asked him if he was from North or South Carolina (in my experience, most people from these states hate having their state confused with the other).

    Robert Jordan

    RJ replied, "If this were a more civilized time, I'd invite you to North Carolina for pistols for two and coffee for one."

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    lol,
  • 9

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Ha T. Nguyen

    I really like the romance in your stories and I was wondering if you could tell us how and where you met your wife (if it's not too personal) and, also, if she ever pulled a Moiraine/Lan on you, i.e., pouring ice water over you while you slept?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, I met my wife—the actual story is very long and complicated—but I met her because she had come back to Charleston to set up her own publishing company and I was in the process of quitting my engineering job to write. As far as the ice water, no, she has never poured ice water over my head, but she has made motions toward my belly button with a paring knife. She says this is wholly unconscious. I have my doubts.

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  • 10

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Argive000

    Mr. Jordan, I want to inform you that a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame has just completed a thesis on the rebirth of philosophy in literature centered around your Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Jordan

    That's very nice to know. I've had several people send my copies of their master's theses and other undergraduate theses, comparing me to Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. It's enough to swell my head. Luckily, my wife takes care of that little problem. ;)

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  • 11

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Ealgail

    ADMIT IT!!!!!! DASHIVA IS OSAN'GAR111111

    Robert Jordan

    On the advice of my lawyer, I never admit anything. :) Not even to my wife!

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  • 12

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Bela is the Neigh'blis.

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    bela, lol,
  • 13

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    You are truly the master of fantasy Master Jordan. Tolkien is wonderful, but I'm afraid you eclipse him. Although, you do have fifty years of experience on him.

    Robert Jordan

    That sounds like the finest kind of butter to me and if you don't mind, I'll keep one hand on my wallet.

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    How do you come up with all the details in your stories, Tel'aran'rhiod, the details of the kingdoms, and the personal histories and all that?

    Robert Jordan

    A lot of hard work.

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    lol,
  • 15

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Will Gawyn get a brain transplant?

    Robert Jordan

    [evil look] (laugh)

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  • 16

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    How do you get your ideas?

    Robert Jordan

    I opened the closet one day and found three young women, diaphanously clad who had made themselves at home. They had hung up needle point embroidery and otherwise furnished the closet. I had a discipline stick available and beat them. Now, every day, they hand me a list of ten ideas.

    Question

    Have you been arrested for muse abuse?

    Robert Jordan

    They refuse to testify.

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  • 17

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Eligar

    What cultures and societies did you base Saldaea on?

    Robert Jordan

    Saldaea is based, in part, on a number of Middle Eastern cultures and several cultures in countries surrounding the Black Sea. In part.

    Eligar

    And *nervous grin*, is the sa'sara supposed to be a sort of belly-dance? *duck*

    Robert Jordan

    The sa'sara, now... You'll need a certificate from your doctor, a note from your mother and a certificate of health for whoever you intend to dance it for before I can give you any more information beside the name.

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  • 18

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Gurney

    How do you keep a series this complex together in your mind?

    Robert Jordan

    Nothing that any genius couldn't do.

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  • 19

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Dianna from Toronto

    With all the characters and plotlines, how do you keep track?

    Robert Jordan

    I'm a genius? I just do it. I really couldn't say how. I keep it in my head, with the exception of notes on countries, cultures, that sort of thing, but the story is all in my head. It doesn't seem to be particularly difficult to hold it all.

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  • 20

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Jim from Atlanta, GA

    Please, please, please! End it here! Who killed Asmodean? C'mon! Just tell us, and then we will never bother you again! (If you say "read and find out" you will have full responsibility for my suicide and/or damaged psyche.)

    Robert Jordan

    If I take responsibility, can I get photographs?

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Matt from Chicago

    Mr. Jordan, how did you go about coming up with the story line of Wheel of Time? Did you think about it over several years or did you have a set time frame in which you had to develop it? Any advice for someone trying to write fantasy?

    Robert Jordan

    My advice to someone trying to write fantasy is, go see a psychiatrist. As far as how I developed it, I certainly didn't have a deadline set. Many years ago, more than 15, not as many as 20, certain ideas started poking around in my head, rubbing against one another, and this slowly became what is the Wheel of Time. I really don't know that I could explain it any better than that. At least not if I don't go on for hours. For that matter, if I go on for hours, I'm not sure I can explain it any better than that.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Alex Daskas from Cleveland, Texas

    Hi, Mr. Jordan. I'm rereading the Wheel of Time series over, so I can work myself up for The Path of Daggers. My question: Who is the Daughter of the Nine Moons?

    Robert Jordan

    Oh...Oh...Oh! Does the phrase RAFO seem familiar to you at all? Take heart, all will be revealed eventually! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

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  • 23

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    Someone asked about signing multiple books. Jordan said that the rule was that you had to go through the line for every two books, and that he would "enforce the rules with my bullwhip if necessary"; a bookstore employee(?) commented that it was more of a guideline really. General laughter and bullwhip comments ensued, culminating with "Just so no one asks, 'Can I fondle your bullwhip?'" from Jordan.

    Matthew Hunter

    (I didn't catch all of this. I regretted it. Oh well.)

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  • 24

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Psilink

    Is it possible to pass a Warder or any bond to a non-channeler? Or even a latent channeler?

    Robert Jordan

    Read And Find Out. I have grown so used to that answer, that when my wife asks me if I want to go out for dinner this evening, I sometimes say "Read and find out." That's usually when she hits me.

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  • 25

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Question

    Back on Mat again. Could you comment on whether or not he may be able to channel?

    Robert Jordan

    Nope. Not a chance. Can't do it. He can get anyone in the world to dance with him just about but he can't channel worth a darn note.

    Question

    He's still young enough for it not to show up, right?

    Robert Jordan

    No he's not going to be... He can't channel. But if you approach him the right way he will come to your birthday party on a Harley.

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  • 26

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    His wife was in fact a publisher, and it was through RJ's attempts to get published that he met her. He started dating her, and eventually married her. She did in fact offer to publish his book, but RJ realised it was not a good idea to have his wife as his sole source of income, so took it elsewhere. Another detail that I can remember (whoever was in the front row taping the event; could you write up his exact words throughout the session?) is that he used to write for a women's erotic "soft-porn" author, who gave him a headstart in the writing profession. His pronunciation was interesting, and he was humourous (Lady: "How can you deal with all the stress?" RJ: "I am a Warrior-God").

    Footnote

    The verbatim transcript of this question makes it clear RJ actually wrote bodice-rippers for Harriet, otherwise known as the Fallon books, and later Conan. Harriet herself has commented on the 'warrior god' thing. Also, RJ did in fact publish his first book with Harriet, but then they started dating.

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Paul Ward

    Possible question: Who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    I really think that the best suggestion for the murderer of Asmodean was that it was Moiraine acting under Compulsion imposed by Bela. Of course, that is not the answer, but it is the best suggestion from a fan.

    Paul Ward

    I can't remember who suggested that. It's the best suggestion?

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  • 28

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Question

    Was there ever a Purple Ajah?

    Robert Jordan

    They were going to, but they ran off to New Orleans and started up a biker bar instead.

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    lol,
  • 29

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    E.S. from Denver

    How did Kierkegard and Sartre influence your portrayal of Bela and can you discuss how the equus/superequus dichotomy played out in the whole Asmodean murder scene?

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) No, no, neither Sartre or Kierkegard influenced me in the slightest, nor did they influence the development of Bela. My wife thinks that they did influence the development of Bela, but I don't and I'm the one who did it, so there.

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  • 30

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Rob Hill from Cardiff, Wales, U.K.

    Who would win in a sword fight between Lan and Galad? My money's on Lan.

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) Unless you can find someone else to bet with, use your money to buy yourself some beer.

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  • 31

    Interview: Dec, 2000

    Orbit Interview (Verbatim)

    Orbit

    If you had to describe the series in six words, what would they be?

    Robert Jordan

    Sheesh! I've written a few million words so far, and you want me to summarize in six? Well, here goes. Cultures clash, worlds change; cope. I know; only five. But I hate to be wordy.

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  • 32

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Question

    How many books will there be, and when's the next one published? Are you related to Michael Jordan?

    Robert Jordan

    There will be at least three more books. The next book will be in bookstores very shortly after I finish writing it, and Michael Jordan is my kid brother whom I taught to play basketball.

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  • 33

    Interview: Nov 6th, 1998

    Therese Littleton

    So will the male-female duality be resolved? Or is this a "read and find-out" question?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out. What I consider the major story lines will be resolved. There will be a number of minor story lines that will not be resolved, for the simple reason that there is no point to any real world where everything is resolved. That's always something that has irritated me about some novels—that you reach a point at the end of the book, and everyone's problems have now been solved, and all of the world's problems have been solved. I get the feeling I could put these characters and this world on a shelf and put a bell jar over them and go away. There's nothing left there alive.

    That's the way it's going to be. I even intend to set a small hook in the last scene.

    Therese Littleton

    Wow... you're going to drive people crazy!

    Robert Jordan

    I know, I know. I've been thinking about getting some of those Groucho glasses with the mustache.

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  • 34

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Question

    An Asmodean question... [Yup, we really were that far gone. Who cared anyway, we could always get back in line for the next round. Although I now did regret I didn't print out every single question I received from you guys, but only went for one paper with those most important / least likely to get RAFOd questions. Especially because I couldn't remember what went before the 'pepsy monkey' question, so was incapable of making Jordan recall his line of thought there.]

    Robert Jordan

    Van Morrison... [laughter] No..? Oh, okay. I thought that would be a good answer to the Asmodean question. Jimi Hendrix? Or perhaps the... Actually, Mick Jagger for... How else do you explain "Sympathy for the Devil"? Aha. Ha!

    Question

    *finally managing to get the entire question asked* Just using the first five books, is the answer also intuitively obvious?

    Robert Jordan

    I think so. It seemed to me so. It seemed to me that there was no need to go into any more detail. I thought that if I went into any more detail, I was being blatantly obvious, and you know...what do I need to do? Caper around with a sign saying, "Here! Here! There he is, see?"

    I mean, I assumed that the people who read my books are intelligent to a certain degree, have a reasonable level of intelligence, and are able to deduce things that you know...I mean, I don't have to tell them water is wet. They know that. I don't have to tell them that if they fall off the roof, it's gonna hurt when they hit, you know, they know that.

    So I...no, I...At this point, I must tell you: although I will continue to put clues into the books. Again. A bit here and there. If I see a spot where I can put a clue, for those who are slow of wits to catch up...I will not tell you. For the simple reason I am enjoying watching you all try far too much to deprive myself of the pleasure of that.

    Yes...I particularly like, actually, Mick Jagger as answer to that.

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  • 35

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Isabel

    Can you eliminate a few suspects of who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    No. No, I refuse to... Well, I'll tell you this. It wasn't Rand. [Seems he isn't even aware of the idea that Lews Therin Telamon taking over Rand killed Asmodean. Scratch one idea there.] But I have my suspicions about Nynaeve. And I've always thought that Elayne might have been covering up something that was going on at the site.

    Comment

    It was Bela.

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, you're one of those people who believe Bela is a Darkfriend, are you?

    Comment

    No, she's the Creator herself.

    Robert Jordan

    No no, there's a whole body of thought, a whole body of writing on the net, proving that Bela is indeed a Darkfriend, and possibly an avatar of the Dark One himself.

    KuraFire

    We have the proof that Bela is the Creator.

    Robert Jordan

    You'll have to put it on the net then. [*blinks* Jordan isn't aware of Larry Homer's essay? What a pity indeed. Seems like he's still thinking as they did back when the "where was Bela during Lord of Chaos?" contests were held on rasfwr-j.]

    KuraFire

    It is.

    Isabel

    How about the idea that Moridin is the horse of Rand?

    Robert Jordan

    No, actually Moridin is hiding as Nynaeve. [And yes, choosing Nynaeve there was deliberate; poor Isabel.]

    Footnote

    The bit about 'the horse of Rand' is referring to the prophecy in which Rand rides a white horse, the name of which is Death.

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  • 36

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Aan'allein

    Do you ever talk to any other fantasy authors outside of work?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, sometimes... not often. They're a good distance apart. John M. Ford...

    Aan'allein

    Then he looked very closely at the card I had him sign...

    Me: It's supposed to be Graendal.

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah, well, it is...I just never knew that Graendal had nipple-rings, that's all. Now for once, it's just a thing I hadn't realized about a character in my book, that's all.

    I see fantasy writers sometimes at conventions. And no, we don't sit around talking about fantasy. We sit around drinking beer, talking about contracts, mainly. And John M. Ford comes to visit me almost every Christmas, he's a close friend of me, uhm, almost as long as I've been married. [I think that was what he said.] And no, we don't talk about fantasy either. We talk about other writers, and contracts. When...has his book finished, that sort of thing.

    Footnote

    RJ has often said that the common notion of your characters self-developing is a ridiculous notion, which adds a bit of extra humor to this quote.

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  • 37

    Interview: Feb 26th, 2003

    tarvalon.net Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    If I were to open a gateway in front of me that opened behind me, and I balefired myself, what would happen?

    Robert Jordan

    Young lady, you are entirely too obsessed and have far too much time. You need to get some sort of life. I suggest you go have an intense love affair. Doesn't matter with who, be it man, woman, or German Shepherd.

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  • 38

    Interview: Oct 2nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Cooner 1987, I don't think there is any similarity between Hobbits and the Two Rivers folk. The Two Rivers people are based on a lot of country people I have known, and among whom I did a lot of my growing up. I did try to make the first roughly 100 pages of Eye seem somewhat Tolkienesque. I wanted to say, "This is the place you know, guys. Now we're going somewhere else." And then the Trolloc kicked in the farmhouse door. But I didn't take it to the point of trying to make the Two Rivers folk seem like Hobbits. I mean, I love The Lord of the Rings and have read it at least a dozen times, but when you have too many Hobbits together, they can be so bloody cute that I need a stiff drink.

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  • 39

    Interview: Jan 20th, 2003

    Rick Kleffel

    Now your novels have a more personal feel than what is usually called 'epic', yet they are also clearly epics. How do you strike the balance between the personal feel and the closeness you bring to your characters, and the grand epic gestures and battles that you're also talking about?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, I do this by standing on my left foot, closing my right eye, and putting my right foot on top of my head, and then I begin writing. Uh, I don't know how I do it; I just do it!

    Rick Kleffel

    [laughs] Okay.

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  • 40

    Interview: Oct 2nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Flavion, I'm sorry you've had some bad experiences with writers. I think a writer should either make an effort to be pleasant with the fans or else avoid them. Of course.... A fellow once wrote me a long screed, back around The Great Hunt or perhaps The Dragon Reborn, complaining bitterly, and I do mean bitterly, about the complexity of the plots making the books unreadable. I shouldn't have done it, but I wrote back suggesting that he try The Velveteen Rabbit as more his speed. In my defense, I can only say that it was late in the day, and I was tired.

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  • 41

    Interview: Oct 2nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    And last but not least, for Deadsy, there is only one way for you find out whether I wear boxers or briefs, and you wouldn't like Harriet's reaction. Neither would I. Yes, I've begun picking up questions before they reach the blog.

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  • 42

    Interview: Dec 19th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Deadsy, who has a truly incredible lingerie (or is it just underwear in general?) fetish, some people in this word wear silk smallclothes, and some have their sigils embroidered on their smallclothes. Some Aes Sedai do use pigeons to send cake recipes, but only in cipher and only to people they have never met. It's an Aes Sedai thing.

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  • 43

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    You've lived in Charleston all your life. Is there anything here that's affected your novels?

    Robert Jordan

    Trying to call them "palmetto bugs" so as not to terrify the tourists has nearly driven me batty. That's about it.

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  • 44

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    I was curious about your attitude towards women. They have a strong (Aes Sedai for instance) presence in your books. I am glad you break the stereotype of 'women in chains needs Conan type to help her'. When you get writers block, what do you do to get it back into form?

    Robert Jordan

    i'VE NEVER HAD WRITER'S (SORRY) block–but I've sometimes had caps lock.

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  • 45

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Why fantasy as a genre?

    Robert Jordan

    Why a duck? Why not a duck?

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  • 46

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    I would like to become a writer in the future. How do you suggest I get started?

    Robert Jordan

    By writing.

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  • 47

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2010

    Luckers

    You told me that you sometimes lurk on the boards. Have you ever encountered something that for whatever reason made you laugh out loud? If so can you tell us what?

    Maria Simons

    I frequently encounter things that make me laugh out loud. WoT fans are an extremely clever bunch. Once, at Wotmania, someone joined using Harriet's name. That person made a lovely post that included the (false) info that Talmanes was a Darkfriend (I have a crush on Talmanes. Not as big as the Mat crush, but . . .). There have also been many posts regarding Bela that tickled my funnybone (Is she the Creator? A Darkfriend? The Neigh'blis?). And somewhere recently I saw someone aver that it stated flat-out in the text who murdered Asmodean; it had just been transcribed inaccurately. According to this poster, Asmodean didn't say "You? No!"; he said "Uno!" And Leigh Butler's reread posts generally make me laugh out loud as well. It's rare for me to go a-lurking and not lol at some point.

    LUCKERS

    'YouNo' lol. That's brilliant. And I guess it means I don't have to ask the tedious 'who killed Asmodean' question and we can just move on into the fan stuff.

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  • 48

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez

    Is the sky clear above Alanna or only the harem? (Brandon, who was reading from my list of questions, refused to say 'harem' and said 'THE THREE WOMEN' before I cut him off with my uproarious laughter.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Was that yours?

    Terez

    Why is that offensive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What's that?

    Terez

    They are a harem.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

    Terez

    They are!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Noooo! Harem...I don’t know if it really does imply...but a harem implies women who sit around and do nothing...

    Terez

    This is true.

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...until the man, um, wishes...

    Terez

    It’s an affectionate name for them.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. But I have seen that um, that phrase before, and...yes. Is the sky clear above Alanna? I’m going to RAFO Alanna. Alanna’s got an interesting thread still, so...

    Terez

    Yay!

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  • 49

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2011

    Jonathan Levy

    Ask him if he is an amalgamation of several different authors over a 200-year period, edited together after the fall of the northern kingdom. :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    How did they figure it out???

    WETLANDERNW

    (Everyone in earshot cracked up on that one!)

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  • 50

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Question (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Can you personalize this?

    Robert Jordan

    You’ll have to get to the end of the line [it was a rule that sigs would come first, then anyone who wanted personalization would have to wait in line again]. Then he goes on to tell a story about a guy who was the last in line that wanted a personalization.

    RJ: “You’ll have to get in back of the line.”
    Fan: “I AM the back of the line.”
    RJ: “Don’t make me repeat the rule.”
    Fan: *think, think* *walk around in a circle and returns to the table*
    RJ: “Hi! *smile, smile*”

    [Just included this to show how cruel and sadistic he is.]

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  • 51

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2011

    Neth

    For those readers who read Mistborn years ago (or even not at all), what do they need to know before reading The Alloy of Law? Do you think this book is a good introduction to the world of Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I honestly don't think you need to remember that much of the original trilogy, or even need to have read it at all, to enjoy this book. Granted, I drop some bombs on you in the epilogue—the epilogue and near ending of this book are deeply tied to the original trilogy, but the actual story of this book other than those after-the-fact bombs is very self-contained. Allomancy and Feruchemy are reintroduced; readers get some quick explanation of that. I think you can pick this up without having to read or reread the whole trilogy.

    Neth

    High Imperial? And where was Hoid?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will have to look. Hoid is in the book, though his name doesn't appear. But the things happening here during this interim are not of deep interest to Hoid like the things happening in the original trilogy, so he is playing a much smaller role here than he was in the original trilogy.

    Also, High Imperial just cracks me up.

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  • 52

    Interview: 2001

    Rochelle O'Gorman

    Is the Moiraine character going to come back?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Rochelle O'Gorman

    Okay, fine, be that way.

    Robert Jordan

    No, that's all right. It's one of the most frequently asked questions. RAFO (read and find out) is also the one of my most frequently given answer to things. Once Harriet asked me what I wanted for dinner and I told her to read and find out.

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  • 53

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2001

    Reporter

    ... Then my partner and I went to get a bite, thinking we'll make it to the Opening ceremony in time. Wrong. We got back after Martin had spoken. Apparently, Jordan made a short speech when he was introduced. You all should ask Trebla or Gareth to report it, since I wasn't there. But it's funny.....

    .... The interview was held at 2pm on Saturday. We went to that one after lunch. Martin introduced Jordan, and he repaid Jordan for his quip during the opening ceremony. I'll post both parts since Trebla hasn't come on to post yet.

    Robert Jordan

    In the Opening Ceremony, Jordan got up and he started saying that his mother had had some mental illness issues with manic depressive disorder. He went on to say that he had inherited her depressive mood swings and that he's been fighting it on and off for years now. Once in a while, when he's in the depressed mood, he'll write and later on, publish the work under the pseudonym of George R R Martin (because his real name is actually George B B Martin, of course). Hah.

    GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

    So in the interview session, Martin got up and said that it's true that he didn't write the Song of Ice and Fire, that it was actually Jordan who wrote it. That's why Jordan didn't have time to actually write the WoT, and instead, the WoT was written by David Eddings. Muwahahahahah.

    Footnote

    RJ had an opinion on Eddings at least five years before this point. It was probably something he and GRRM had discussed over beer.

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  • 54

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    At the end, Jordan said there's a poll on Motley Fool (not sure if he's making it up or not) asking:

    Which event will take place first?

    1. Robert Jordan finishes WoT series
    2. GRRM finishes Song of Ice and Fire series
    3. Obscure reference I didn't catch
    4. Heat death of the universe

    and the poll has #4 leading 5:1 to all other choices.

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  • 55

    Interview: Oct 27th, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    I told him Asmodean was my favorite character, and he said "Oh, I would have thought Semirhage."

    KEITH CASNER

    Yow! The Creator takes me for an inhumanly cruel guy on first sight—I need to change my image.

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  • 56

    Interview: Jan 15th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    He arrived shortly after Noon, and greeted us all, followed by the 'true pronunciations' the other stops received, and the announcement that pictures were fine, but if you were a guy, keep the clothes on. Because of the location (in aisle 14 next to the toys :), there wasn't room for much of an introduction, so he quickly sat down and began signing. Though I didn't hear the questions, he did spout a couple of his patented RAFO answers to some gentlemen in front of me. As the guy directly in front of me was having his book signed, I snapped a quick photo with my camera. Robert started ranting over people 'snapping shots of the top of my head!' It was all in good humor though. He wondered "what is it about the top of my head that people find so photogenic?" "I'm thinking of selling & bottling some of my hair, calling it Eau'd to Robert Jordan's head!" He said "I love having pictures taken, I'm a camera slut! You can take as many pictures as you want, as long as there are no bunny ears!" A very humorous guy!

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  • 57

    Interview: Jan 15th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    I asked him if he thought he'd finish his series before George R.R. Martin's 'Song of Ice & Fire', and he said absolutely. He then mentioned a poll he had seen online where readers were asked which would happen first - Robert Jordan finishes the WOT series, George R.R. Martin would finish ASOIAF, Stephen King would finish the Dark Tower, or the Universe would be destroyed. D was winning by about 65% last he'd checked.

    Footnote

    RJ also told this story in 2001 at Archon.

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    lol, grrm,
  • 58

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    slyth ()

    Will you please continue to write until they nail your coffin shut, just like RJ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I want, when I die, them to find me sitting in my chair with my face having fallen on the keyboard and having just typed seven thousand pages worth of the letter 'Z.' In this way, I'll have written even after I die.

    demishade

    If you do happen to croak before your time, take care on which letter(s) your face ends up on. The fandom will be overanalyzing your choice for years to come.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah. My kids will probably try to publish it as my final novel...

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  • 59

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    Yserbius ()

    WHO IS HOID?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A character from my books. (/trollface)

    Tags

    hoid, lol,
  • 60

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2011

    Question

    How much time do you spend per day writing and doing other writing-related activities, because you put out more than any other author that I ever… [applause]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thank you for clapping at that, rather than thinking I'm a hack. [laughter] I do this very compulsively. I basically spend—how many hours do I spend?—I basically spend all of them, and when I'm not doing something else. So basically, I usually take two or three hours off with my family, um...so I get up at around noon [laugher], I work until five—yes, I get up at noon. Don't knock it; it's the author's way; I'm an artist—and then, I hang out with my family from about five to eight, and then I go back to work and I work generally to about four. Um...and, if there are other things going on in the evening—you know, going out to dinner or things like that—I'll do them, but my default is to working on my books. And that's been pretty steady for the last few years because the Wheel of Time has been so dominating. I'll probably ease up a little once it's done and, you know, maybe play a few more video games and read a few more Pratchett novels. Yeah, it was really, that joker back there that I pointed out works at Blizzard, Blizzard brought me in today and gave me a whole bunch of games [laughter], “yeah here Diablo 3, you can go play that...”, “agh, don’t do this to me guys”. [laughter]

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  • 61

    Interview: 2012

    Brandon Sanderson (2 December 2011)

    Moved A Memory of Light from 90% done to 92% done on my website progress bar. Getting very close now.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Writing a conversation between two of the Forsaken right now.

    DEL REY SPECTRA

    I read this too quickly and thought you said "writing a conversation between two of the Foreskin right now".

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That would be a VERY different book, eh?

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  • 62

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Andrew Gelos

    One of the questions—and this is a really weird one, at least for me—I was wondering—and obviously we know that if it's pertaining too much to things that are going to be coming out in the books that haven't been released yet, we know that they can't be discussed, and that's completely and totally understandable—but I was really wondering: I've recently started yet another re-read of the series with my wife, and I got to thinking about the Horn of Valere (rhymes with full-AIR)...or Valere (full-EAR)—and once again, I sometimes flip back and forth between the way I originally heard it and the way it probably should be pronounced—but how does the Horn function? Is it actually an old ter'angreal, or is it completely unrelated to the One Power?

    Alan Romanczuk

    Hmm.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Okay...we don't really know. No one really knows. It's an ancient artifact, probably not a ter'angreal.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Excuse me, Maria, I have to interrupt for just a moment. I actually found some notes on this, in the bottom of Jim's desk.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Oh, really?

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    I don't know if anyone's interested.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh yes.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Just a little?

    MARK

    Please, please?

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    The Horn of Valere, as Maria said, it was created by mortals—we know that; Jim has said as much publicly—and the Horn was created in the Age before the Age of Legends, or at least one Age before; it was not known how far back. But I've discovered that the Horn actually was the original Horn played by Dizzy Gillespie. [laughter] It was manufactured by King—it was the silver flare model. And something happened after this Age...there was so much Bebop imbued in this instrument that it took on its own magical qualities, and when it was found during the Age of Legends, the bent bell was refashioned into a curve, and they put in the Old Tongue inscription inside the bell. [laughter]

    ANDREW GELOS

    That is awesome.

    VIRGINIA

    Wow. I never would have guessed that.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Well, it's really obscure. The power of Bebop is unlimited, and it just transformed through the last couple of Ages, to get into Rand's world, with its current...now, originally, when he blew it, musicians would appear.

    VIRGINIA

    AH. Backup band.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    But because of the needs of the time, you know, it suddenly became, Heroes would emerge when it was played. So, that's all we can really say about it. Do you have anything else to add, Maria?

    MARIA SIMONS

    No.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I can't wait until the Theorylanders get ahold of that.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh yeah. So now we know that the Wheel even weaves inanimate objects into the Pattern, and makes use of them as it wishes.

    MARK

    Now, that story I expect to see in the next Great White Book, version two. [laughter]

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  • 63

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Virginia

    Okay, so...my pet peeve is the famous library ter'angreal that was uncovered in Ebou Dar. Why is it that….is all that non-fictional knowledge ever going to come into play, and what's wrong with Elayne that she's not using it to find out some things that they probably desperately need to know? Or I guess she's using it as a doorstop.

    Maria Simons

    Well, 1) we haven't seen Elayne in a whole book; we don't really know what she's doing, and 2) she has problems channeling because of this pregnancy deal, and 3) everything's going to be in the Old Tongue and she's a little busy to sit down and translate documents.

    VIRGINIA

    That's true.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    But you don't understand the significance of that ter'angreal: Jim foreshadowed the creation of the Kindle. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, no!

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Mmhmm, he did. And actually, Elayne—right now as we speak—is in her bed reading fiction on that.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I bet they're dirty romance novels.

    SPENCER POWELL

    I was going to peg her for an urban fantasy fan.

    MARK

    No, no, no, no, no. She loves the Harlequins. Case closed.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, the Harlequins. Yeah.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yes, totally.

    MARK

    Either her or Aviendha, but one of those two is definitely into the Harlequin super-romance.

    VIRGINIA

    How can she get all excited about the cover art of Fabio when she's got Rand? [laughter]

    ANDREW GELOS

    Have you seen the cover of Lord of Chaos?

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah, I'm telling you! No comparison.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah, that one was nicknamed at our house 'Passion of the Aes Sedai'. I actually had to take the dust jacket off of that one when I would take it to school, when I was in high school, because I was like, "I do not want people to think I'm reading some kind of filthy romance novel in class."

    VIRGINIA

    Well, I'm thinking more of, what was it? A Crown of Swords? Where he's got the, uh…all he needs is some baby oil and a little less clothes and he looks like he's posing…

    JENNIFER LIANG

    We love fist-pumping, body-building Rand.

    MARK

    Don't make me get out the water bottle to squirt you ladies. Jeez… [laughter]

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I have a big cardboard cut-out of fist-pumping, baby-oil Rand in my garage right now. I use it as a [decoration] at conventions. [Amusingly, it was stolen at JordanCon 2011, a few months after this interview.]

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, cool.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Is that cool, or is that creepy?

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Well, it's a little insane I think.

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  • 64

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Announcer

    The 4th Age podcast is brought to you by Dragonmount.com. To contact us, visit our website: bit.ly/4thAge.

    AND NOW, FOR YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN...

    Maria Simons

    Want me to tell you about my dreams? I keep dreaming it's the Last Battle, and it's not just, you know, in the book; I'm at the Last Battle, and this is a recurring dream kind of thing, and like, one night was the Last Battle, and Napoleon showed up with his dirigibles to fight the side of the line (?), and we were trying to find out if they were hydrogen or helium, because it, you know, made a big difference.

    VIRGINIA

    Makes a difference, yeah.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    (?) talking to you…

    MARIA SIMONS

    Another night, Darth Vader—the original one, not Whiny Boy [laughter]—showed up to fight for the Dark One…you know, it just keeps going on and on, and it's fun. Sort of. Sometimes it's scary. There was one where we were fighting the Last Battle in a gated community, and Tam al'Thor showed up, and then we realized it wasn't really Tam al'Thor; it was the Dark One, and so we had to escape. And so we did, and then after that, here comes Wilson Grooms! And, you know, I love Wilson! Wilson is one of my favorite people on earth! And then we realized it wasn't really Wilson, and we had to fight him! And I had a sword, and I had to hit Wilson with—what looked like Wilson—with a sword, and it was just really scary! And unpleasant. And I was glad to wake up for that one...but usually they're fun. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    You must be a Dreamer!

    MARIA SIMONS

    Uhh…yeah, yeah; I dream. I had a dream once that...

    MARK

    I want whatever you're on. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah, I was just thinking that. Send it here immediately!

    SPENCER POWELL

    I think it's called Wheel of Time.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah.

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah.

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  • 65

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    HalBrandenburg

    Did you kill Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Twice. WITH MY MIND.

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  • 66

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    At one point, while posing for a picture, he asked if he should appear pensive? Or perhaps Byronic?

    John Novak

    I shot back, "Byronic, or ironic?"

    Robert Jordan

    "I can do ironic, too, but it costs more."

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  • 67

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan (22 November 1998)

    Someone actually asked Jordan whether a hermaphrodite would channel saidin or saidar. Jordan was...non-plussed. "A hermaphrodite?! I dunno. I'd have to sit down and figure that out." He shot the guy a funny look as he walked away, then remarked to the next group of people in line that he put that in the same category as the person who wrote to ask him what Donald Duck would channel.

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  • 68

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    For those that have spent much time wondering about hermaphroditic channelers, RJ doesn't know which part of the Power they use. The things people ask.

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  • 69

    Interview: Nov 23rd, 2011

    Brandon Sanderson

    Then he answered a lot of questions, on what it is to be a writer, how the whole Wheel of Time deal went (including a hilarious description of the day Harriet called him) and so on. Nothing really spoilery or cosmere-related here, but a great hour of fun for all. Also, a guy called Jordan was trolled in the worst way via Brandon himself. He called out through the whole room "Is there a guy called X here?" and when that guy replied, Brandon just shouted "Your friend Adam wants you to know that you just lost the game." Half the room nearly died from geek overdose.

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  • 70

    Interview: Jan, 2012

    Karasi (Reddit.com)

    I just wanted to say ... I like how the main characters are named Wax and Wayne.

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit.com)

    Thanks. In all honesty, I was hesitant about the pun. I liked it, on one hand, but also worried that it was too goofy. By the time I tried changing the character names, however, they were too strongly cemented in my head, so changing them proved too difficult and I just left them as-is.

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  • 71

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    Then he told the story about being in England and a woman brought an 18-month-old baby through a signing line. She wanted the book personalized to the child—Robert Jordan Smith. He said that he waited till after the signing to tell his wife about it. When she heard she asked how old the child was. Upon hearing 18 months, she said that it was OK because she knew where he was 27 months before.

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  • 72

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    After some more stuff I didn't hear very clearly, he told his "I could have writing the last chapter 15 years ago" story.

    The next person asked if he typed, to which Jordan replied, "If I wrote it longhand it would take 8 years between books."

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  • 73

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Br00se

    Several people had photos made with Jordan, he kept looking back to make sure no one was putting up bunny ears.

    Robert Jordan

    He said that he uses his cane to make sure the culprits don't get away because the cane adds 3 feet to his reach.

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  • 74

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Br00se

    The next kid asked about the color of the glow of saidar. There was apparently a bet riding on the answer.

    Robert Jordan

    The answer is white. The kid was very distraught with the answer. Jordan then asked the kid if he was going go back and lie about the answer. He said, "If that's OK". Jordan made some quips about honesty as the kid left the store. It was pretty funny.

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  • 75

    Interview: Jan, 2012

    som1else (Reddit.com)

    So the number 16 is importanton Scadrial, on pg 245, Wax is trying to find out where Miles is going to be next and he writes down the number "35.17" I couldn't help but notice that the 3+5+1+7=16, was that intentional or am I seeing things that aren't really there?

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit.com)

    I slip it in here and there for fun, but it isn't actually important. It is fun when people notice it, though.

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  • 76

    Interview: 2012

    Brandon Sanderson (Wed Feb 08)

    Oh, bureaucracy, you are my bane. It always takes me like five minutes to figure out how to spell that word . . .

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  • 77

    Interview: 2012

    Brandon Sanderson (25 January 2012)

    Saw an ad for a LAN party today, and (I kid you not) my first thought was: "What's Lan doing away from the battlefield?"

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  • 78

    Interview: 2012

    Question (January 2012)

    This book is pretty good...!!!

    Footnote

    This comment is in regard to Infinity Blade: Awakening.

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    Ha. I saw this one the other day, and did a double take myself. For the record (if it needs to be said) I didn't write the review. I assume that a person can input whatever name they wish when writing reviews.

    --Brandon Sanderson

    GOATWARRIOR

    Who cares where it's posted, just buy the book and read it.

    --Brandon Sanderson

    JUSTHADTOSAYTHIS

    Just admit it. You're so proud of it, you decided to put your Brandon it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nice try, Brandon.
    (...somebody was going to say it. Might as well get the sweet, sweet, karma myself.)

    LAYINBRIX

    Brandon has actually perfectly orchestrated this entire thread. They may appear to be separate accounts, with separate account ages, but it's all been designed to fit the marketing strategy. Now, you might need to ask yourself, am I Brandon too...? Or, more importantly, are YOU Brandon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some people said to me, "Brandon, I know a man has to have goals, but you do realize how tough it will be to become ALL OF REDDIT, don't you?"

    I replied that if I could not invent millions of fake accounts on a website and contrive fake conversations between them to give a semblance of life, what kind of writer would I be?

    Honor_Bound

    Then... That would mean that you, Brandon, are concerned about a conspiracy that you started... And that I, also Brandon, am replying to you (me) about my(your) conspiracy that we are all me.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    My initials are B.S.
    Coincidence? We'll let /r/conspiracy decide.

    BRENT2828

    "And on that fateful night, the 'Nice try, Brandon' meme was born."

    JA50N

    And on the morrow, "Nice try, Brandon" was buried in concrete, weighed with heavy things, and thrown in the depths of the ocean, never to be heard from again.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Please, gods of reddit, let it be so. A good meme must be given freedom to die—not forced on in a cruel mockery of life, like the lifeless horrors of Chuck Testa's lab.
    Friends don't let friends end up on Knowyourmeme

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  • 79

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2010

    17th Shard

    (laughing) If you put all the Shardblades and all the Shardplate together in one place, will you create a Voltron?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (laughs)

    17TH SHARD

    (laughs)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    NO

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  • 80

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 1999

    This image is courtesy of Linda Taglieri, and taken years later when Brandon also signed the book. This is the only signing report from Sydney, so here it goes.

    Robert Jordan

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  • 81

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Aubree Pham

    Oh! And we got Brandon to do a WoTized version of Shatner of the Mount.

    Brandon Sanderson

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  • 82

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Eleanor

    First off, I forgot to say yesterday, Jason says hi.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Jason from Dragonmount?

    ELEANOR

    Yes!

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    (Grins)

    Footnote

    Luckers claims this was actually him.

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  • 83

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2012

    Google+ Hangout (Verbatim)

    Will

    The silly question is, who would win in a fight? Vin or Vasher or the Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    And who would win in a fight between Vin and Vasher? It would probably depend on who got the jump on who. Vin's a bit more sneaky so I have the feeling that Vasher would be in trouble if it involved sneaking but Vasher is - he only has to get one little cut on you and you're gone so it's, it would probably- my money would be on Vin.

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  • 84

    Interview: 2012

    MichaelJSullivan (June 2012)

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    Had insomnia tonight, and I decided to fill this out.

    So...uh...I might have skewed your data a little.

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  • 85

    Interview: 2012

    LeisureSuiteLarry (July 2012)

    180 days until A Memory of Light.

    Just six months until this 20+ year journey is finished.

    Brandon Sanderson (July 2012)

    Gah! Don't remind me. (Gets back to editing.)

    QENOPS

    Are you working on it in San Diego? That's dedication!

    PeterAhlstrom

    Yes, he is. Brandon is not a party animal; his idea of relaxing after a hard afternoon at the con is to go back to his hotel room and write for 8 hours.

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  • 86

    Interview: Jul 21st, 2012

    Jennifer Liang

    So, let’s let Brandon be quiet for a minute and let’s ask Joe and Jeff, what kinds of things are you looking forward to seeing in A Memory of Light? And we’ll just kind of watch what Brandon does. (laughter)

    Jeffrey Daniel

    I think one of the biggest things that I’m looking forward to is just having closure on everything. I’ve been reading this book series since I was about twelve years old. It was actually the first book I ever really picked up, was The Eye of the World; before that I read comic books, and I was in a bookstore one day, and I happened to pick it up and of course, Darrell Sweet’s artwork was what really grabbed my attention, and I was standing there and my mom was looking at me, and she said “I bet you can’t read that.” And so I was like, “Oh yeah? Oh, it’s on!” So I read it, and then right when I finished it, I handed it right to her and I said, “I bet you can’t read this.” And so, she’s read the entire series along with me, and it’s been a part of my life since I was twelve, so to have it come to a close is kind of sad in some aspects, and sometimes you don’t want it to end.

    Jennifer Liang

    We were talking about this the other day. Brandon read a little excerpt from the first chapter at ComicCon last weekend, and I haven’t been able to go to tor.com and read that little excerpt, because I’m not ready to start the last book yet. Usually I’m all over preview material, I’m like “Yes! Fresh Wheel of Time!” But I can’t get started yet; I’m not ready.

    Jeffrey Daniel

    I think it's just, I'm looking forward to having closure, but at the same time, I'm not. So I think that overall that's what I'm looking forward to the most.

    Joe O'Hara

    Well, to comment on what you're saying, I kind of feel the same way, but in a way it doesn't even seem real that it's ending yet, 'cause it just hasn't set in, sort of. So, I don't really know how I feel about it, then, but...more specifically, in the text, I guess I'm really excited to see...a lot of reunions are coming, you know, like maybe Moiraine. I don't know...who knows who she's going to be interacting with throughout the book, so it's gonna be really cool to see a lot of characters that have been separated for so many of the books of the series coming back together for the Last Battle.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I kill her in the prologue, sorry. [She] doesn't meet anybody. (laughter)

    Joe O'Hara

    So, I really like Moiraine. (laughter) But that's going to be cool, I think.

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  • 87

    Interview: Apr 21st, 2012

    Matt Hatch

    I just want to prepare myself...Do you plan to reveal anything important in the glossary of A Memory of Light? (wild laughter)

    Harriet McDougal

    If I possibly can!

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  • 88

    Interview: 2012

    Tom H. Brand (14 September 2012)

    Damn it @BrandSanderson Why didn't you finish the book 116 days early, so I could go straight from book 13 to book 14! #wotrr

    Brandon Sanderson (14 September 2012)

    Well, I WAS going to finish earlier,, but then I heard you were reading the books. I wanted you to have a true WoT experience.

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  • 89

    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Question

    How are you so awesome?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, I take an awesome pill every morning, it's prescribed, and it sometimes helps out.

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  • 90

    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Bradley

    [introduces self]

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Bradley. Any questions for me?

    Bradley

    Um, none that I feel won't get RAFO'd. Really, every possible question that I can think of is probably big enough that you're just going to say, "Wait until January." Which kind of hurts me inside, but at the same time, that's the way it's always been.

    Fan

    Ask it anyway.

    Fan

    Or at least for the recorder...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's right. I'm being recorded for this so I can't tell too many secrets.

    Bradley

    That's true. Exactly.

    Fan

    That's the point. [...]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon: Well, the last book is actually...I gave into what I've been wanting to do all along, and I made it a crossover with Twilight. (laughter)

    Bradley

    Yes! See, I've always wanted that moment when it's got Nynaeve being awesome, and then Edward shows up and sparkles at her.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, right, well it's a meeting between Bella and Bela, right?

    Fans

    Ohhhh! (laughter)

    Bradley

    They're also both Darkfriends.

    Fan

    Bella rides on Bela? I can see it now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yep, yep...

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  • 91

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2012

    Michael Cathcart

    Now, as the stories and legends have a kind of reality for us, we sort of believe them and don't believe them; we have a kind of 'nother way of believing, which is different from the way in which we believe in tables and chairs. I wonder how this sits with the fact that you're a Mormon [audible sigh from Brandon] because presumably that's a religion that you hold to be true, and here you are creating essentially another belief system that sits alongside your own belief system.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that's actually been very interesting for me, because my love of fantasy causes me to seek out and create these, like, what we call secondary worlds, and it certainly leads me to a lot of interesting questions about my own faith and my own belief, and what parts of things that I believe are mythology, and what parts of things I believe are hard-core truths, and what is the line between those? Sometimes, do we tell ourselves stories that are meaningful on multiple levels? All of that sort of thing is fascinating to me, and you find me working that out in my fiction where I approach, you know, the nature of truth, and what does it mean...you know, capital T Truth and lower-case t truth. Very fascinating to me. I'm fascinated by religion; I'm fascinated by belief, and what causes us to believe and what causes myself to believe.

    Michael Cathcart

    Alright, and we should mention the scale of your own work because it's prolific. There are four novellas, three standalone novels, four books in the Alcatraz series, four books in your Mistborn series, you've started a new series called The Stormlight Archive....can I just stay on this business of being a Mormon, because it's been pointed out that there are many science fiction and fantasy writers who are Mormons. Do you think that's right, that the Mormon writers are attracted to this as a genre?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, I've actually talked about this a lot with people, and everyone has their pet theory. It may just be that by being part of a kind of distinctive sub-group, we're noticeable, and so people make the connection. We may not have much of a higher percentage than anyone else. That might be true; I don't know if it is. It certainly does seem there's a lot of us. Orson Scott Card, Stephenie Meyer, myself, Shannon Hale....all of these people. We write fantastic stories. I can trace my involvement in it back to the fact that there is an author named Tracy Hickman who wrote Dragonlance and he was Mormon, and I read those books and loved them; I think that's the first time I experienced an LDS fantasy or science fiction author. I went to Brigham Young University, and there was a class there that was started by someone who just loved science fiction and fantasy and was teaching it, and a lot of us who are now writing it took that class, and maybe it's just the class. I don't know; I really don't know what it is. Maybe it's the focus on literacy in LDS culture, and—there is a very high focus on literacy; a lot of readers, a lot of writers—and so you find a lot of Mormon writers in all genres. My own pet theory is, for me, fantasy and science fiction was a safe counterculture. Growing up as a kid who basically wanted to be a good kid but also wanted to rebel a little bit—do something his parents didn't understand—I started playing Dungeons and Dragons. I started reading fantasy novels, and I found myself in them when I read them—something distinctive, something imaginative, something new, but also something a little bit bizarre, and I like being a little bit bizarre.

    Michael Cathcart

    (laughs) Yes, well that's a good thing to be in the world; I think "A Little Bit Bizarre" would be a great thing to put on your coat of arms, really. You know, rather than "Seek the Truth" or, you know, "Be Noble".

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here lies Brandon Sanderson: A Little Bit Bizarre.

    Michael Cathcart

    Yeah.

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  • 92

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Brigitte Reed

    Hello. My name is Brigitte Reed; I'm from Kearns, Utah, and I just wanted to say that I started reading the series when I was thirteen, and I was in the 8th grade, and so I've been reading it over...about fourteen years, and it's the best series I've ever read, and I'm so thankful to you, Harriet, for being willing to give it over to Brandon so that he could finish it for us.

    And I actually have a question for Maria, and this is a question that I asked Brandon in November that he didn't know the answer to. [laughter] So he told me to email him, and he would email you. But I wanted to know if the women in Randland shaved. [laughter]

    Maria Simons

    I thought I had answered this one somewhere along the line. Um...not really. [laughter] This is...I went digging around in the notes, and...basically, in the...the razors the men shave with are just not really good for shaving legs...so, it would be dangerous. Also, we see how they brush their teeth in the Wheel of Time, and we see men shaving, and a lot of things. And I think if they did, at some point Jim would have had a woman with her leg outstretched, shaving.... [laughter] You know? So, I am reasonably certain they did not.

    Brigitte Reed

    Thank you very much.

    Harriet McDougal

    But I think, in the thousands of years since the Breaking, there's been a certain amount of blessed evolution, so that women no longer have hair on their legs. [applause, cheers]

    Maria Simons

    That was my other thought. [laughter]

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  • 93

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Question

    My name is [?] from [?] Utah. This is for you, Brandon. In his book Maphead, your former roommate and Jeopardy! champion [Ken Jennings] said that he liked having you as a roommate because you made him look good for the ladies. Would you like to defend yourself in public? [laughter, applause]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, referencing Ken, the second-most-famous roommate that lived together during that time...[laughter, cheers, applause]...I would have to say that I didn't take any liberties in my books to take public potshots at him, because I'm more secure than that. [laughter, applause] Our other roommate is actually right here filming us—Earl [Cahill], who was our roommate...[?].

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  • 94

    Interview: 2013

    Brent Weeks (8 January 2013)

    I have yet to meet an SFF writer who thinks they could have done a better job finishing the WoT than @BrandSanderson has done.

    Brandon Sanderson (8 January 2013)

    Thanks, Brent. And congrats on making just about everyone's "best books of 2012" list. You deserve it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Jumped on the internet on the plane flight. Thought "I'll check my email quickly." Ten billion new emails. Oh, right. New book out . . .

    Marc Rivera

    Sorry, I was overly excited about the book. My bad.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. No, it makes me feel loved. Thanks! Unless you sent them all. Then you are scaring me.

    Rob Houston

    How do you handle that? Interns? You can't possibly read them all yourself.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I try to at least look all of them over. Most can be answered quickly with a pre-written email.

    John Scalzi

    HUMBLEBRAG SOME MORE, BRANDON.

    Brandon Sanderson

    WHAT DO YOU KNOW? YOU'RE JUST A DIRTY SELL-OUT! SCALZIIIII!!!! :)

    Christopher Turkel

    I am taking bets on the impending @scalzi and @BrandSanderson knife match.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Scalzi writes SF. He'd bring a laser rifle. This is why I only taunt him from 30k feet in the air.

    John Scalzi

    IT'S A COHERENT BEAM, FANTASY BOY. ONLY THE CURVE OF THE EARTH WILL SAVE YOU NOW

    Brandon Sanderson

    . . . Did you just call me your "fantasy boy?" I don't quite know how to take that.

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  • 95

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Kathy

    I don't know if you remember me, but I was a Stormleader for The Gathering Storm...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thank you.

    Kathy

    ...and I got that first RAFO part, which was then answered in this book. And I was wondering if that question that I gave to Robert Jordan so many years ago, and he gave that wonderful answer, was the reason [?] or was it...[?]

    Brandon Sanderson

    (laughs) You're dog girl. Yes, you are! I will say...there's an inside joke here. Once, this wonderful young woman asked Robert Jordan what would happen if you balefired yourself through a gateway, and what exactly did he say?

    Kathy

    He said, "Young woman, I need you to go have an affair—with man, woman, or German Shepherd; it doesn't matter. Either way, you need to get a life." (laughter, applause)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Now, I, uh...(laughter continues)

    Kathy

    I also happened to then, several years later, marry a man who also read, and this is our daughter Aviendha.

    Harriet McDougal

    Awwww! (applause)

    Kathy

    See...[?]. (laughter)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't have one either, and I'm worried...my big question was always about gateways, and when I began reading the series, as soon as I discovered them, I started to think about what would happen, cause I'm a magic system guy, right? And I'm like, "Oooh, what could you do with this? What could you do with this?" In fact, I started taking notes on what I could do, and they sat there in my notes file for years and years because I eventually started moving away from things I had seen done by other authors, and that meant, specifically the few things I was most interested in in the Wheel of Time. I didn't end up ever writing a magic system using. gateways and the World of Dreams, the way Robert Jordan had it. I avoided these things intentionally. And yet I had all these notes of things that I would like to have done, if I ever did a magic system with them.

    Lo and behold, I got that opportunity, and so I found ways to....when I got the project, I didn't want to come in and make any sweeping changes—that wasn't my goal—but there are some places where I felt it appropriate to add some of my touch to the books, and one was with the gateways. I didn't want to be spending a lot of time doing anything with the magic system, you know—inventing a lot of new weaves, or anything like that—but I did want to expand some parts.

    And so I actually....I went to Charleston, and we needed a new viewpoint character, specifically someone in the Black Tower—we hadn't had...we didn't have the right viewpoint character for the Black Tower—so I said, is there an Asha'man you guys think that I could take over, so to speak, and really flesh out and make into a more...you know, elevate a side character to a medium level character, which is something Robert Jordan frequently did in the series, and they came to the decision that Androl was the person that I should take, and I gave him the gateway Talent because I wanted to explore what happens with gateways.

    And so, right there....we are all on the same wavelength; it wasn't necessarily me trying to answer your question. It was me answering questions to myself as a young man reading the series, wondering a lot about gateways. And so, Androl was a lot of fun.

    In fact, there's another story there. At one point, I'm working on the series, and I get in the mail this envelope—it's a manila envelope from Charleston, and in it are a bunch of photocopied pages, and Harriet has written on the front of them: "Jim planned to use this somewhere. Can you fit it in?" And what it was was a detailed explanation from the viewpoint of a leatherworker about how one goes about using leather, and leatherworking. And this is the sort of detail, craftsman-style sort of things that Robert Jordan really liked to find places for that sort of detail in the books, and meanwhile, I've been sitting here trying to build a character for Androl, and I'm like, "Okay! I've got a place for it." And that's how Androl became a leatherworker, is from that stack of pages from Robert Jordan; it was just a photocopy of a leatherworker talking about their work.

    So, there's some Androl stories. And so the answer is, it's half to you, but it's mostly to me (laughter). It's to both of us.

    Footnote

    Kathy met her husband at tarvalon.net

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  • 96

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    At this point, Brandon started signing my books. I recorded the conversation while he was doing it, so from here on out it's transcribed. I always ask for something unique, but this time around bossman insisted the HCFFs should ask for a unique personalization—probably because Brandalization kind of decreases the value of signed books!—so Brandon took it as a matter of course. I asked for Zombie's infamous love pentagram.

    (start transcript)

    ....you have to draw a pentagram....and then, you know, you can start with Moiraine on one tip, and then just follow it around, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh-huh. Okay, yeah, that is...I do remember that. Okay. So.... (draws two lines) Can I even draw a pentagram?

    Terez

    Now, they go up to the middle...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, now they go up like this...

    Terez

    ...right...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...like that, and then across.

    Terez

    (laughs) Yes. It's perfect.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And then Thom...

    Terez

    No, nonononono! Because, like, Moiraine connects to Thom here...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, it goes like that! I see what it is...

    Terez

    Right, right. Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I see.

    Terez

    And then Thom connects to...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...to Morgase.

    Terez

    Right.

    Jennifer Liang

    Is this like the hook-up quadrilateral?

    Terez

    It's a love pentagram. (laughs)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, and then Morgase is not going to be Tallanvor....

    Terez

    Gareth...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Morgase is going to be Gareth Bryne, and then Bryne is going to be Siuan....

    Terez

    And then...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, Siuan and Moiraine, pillow-friends! Right, yeah....

    Terez

    ...and then Siuan comes back to Moiraine! Yeah!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah, okay.

    Terez

    It works perfectly.

    Jennifer Liang

    Yeah, the Wheel of Time is basically one big hook-up chain. (laughter)

    Terez

    Well, I thought this was special, cause it's like...it's not a love triangle; it's a love pentagram.

    Jennifer Liang

    Yep.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, okay. Again, sorry for my handwriting.

    Terez

    And then you have to draw a heart.

    Brandon Sanderson

    (draws heart and sparklies)

    Terez

    (laughs) That's great. Now for the questions!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Alright, now for the questions.

    Terez

    Alright.

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  • 97

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    If you could create your own weave that we haven't seen yet, what would it be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I sure would like some more time to write more books.

    Harriet McDougal

    I would like to destroy the federal deficit.

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  • 98

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Have you heard the rumors about Bela being the Creator?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have indeed, and I find them very amusing.

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  • 99

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Do we know what Moridin was doing in the Town?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm, Define we.

    Question

    Will we know what Moridin was doing in the town?

    QBrandon Sanderson

    That depends on how good you are at guessing.

    Harriet McDougal

    I think he was building a new Westin Hotel.

    QBrandon Sanderson

    That's right.

    (laughter)

    Question

    Sounds reasonable to me.

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  • 100

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kurkistan

    And also to give cats various powers through Hemalurgy, resulting in uber-powerful Catquisitors forming a Caton of Inquisition and taking over the Cosmere (then renamed the Catsmere)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Of course. They'd have to fight the Mistborn Llamas, though.

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  • 101

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    ReaderAt2046

    Could vampires survive on Soulcast blood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes

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  • 102

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mycoltbug

    Could a shard blade holder potential drill a hole through the planet by using his blade like Dalinar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh... I think that you'd hit the core and that would not be a good thing for you.

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  • 103

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Yados

    What's up with those fish in the Pure Lake?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Haven't you always wanted magic fish?

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  • 104

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Thought

    What question do you wish that readers would ask you but that no one has?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Surprisingly, I get this exact question every few months or so. (Mostly in interviews.) I can never come up with something.

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  • 105

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Thought

    And finally, to speak non-canonically, would burning copper mask someone channeling the one power, and would burning bronze allow one to detect when someone was channeling?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh... You should ask Kelsier. He probably tried it when he hung out with Moiraine.

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  • 106

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    joh-wee

    Can male members of the Idrian royal family and or Returned grow out their facial hair at will? If so, can this lead to epic beard competitions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Totally

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  • 107

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    astalduath

    After reading The Way of Kings, I couldn't help but to wonder this: hypothetically if there were two equally skilled combatants in every way, one armed with a Shardblade and the other with a Lightsaber, and take magic and the Force out of the equation (except for the weapons themselves), who would win? And yes, the Shardblade would have already been summoned and the two are just squaring off in a dual. Have fun with it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lightsaber is actually a little more easy to wield than a Shardblade, I would guess. Shardblades were designed to fight something larger than another person; you don't actually need all of that size when fighting someone. So that gives a slight edge to you average Jedi. If it's someone like Szeth, who has a more modestly sized Blade, then I don't honestly know.

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  • 108

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Nesh

    Is Hoid an older Alcatraz Smedry? (This is a joke I know Alcatraz isn't in the Cosmere but with Hoid being present at the Shattering and Alcatraz's Talent being braking things... That could include Gods)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha!

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  • 109

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Nesh

    There's also been a long standing debate on whether an Allomacer could burn the One Ring, stance on that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Burn the One Ring, eh? I think it's such a powerfully invested object that it would be very, very dangerous to try.

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  • 110

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Something that's been a bit of a thing on the chatroom for a while - Since there are Spren of everything on Roshar, is it possible that there is such a thing as a "squeespren"?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    They do exist, however, they would be called by a different name on Roshar.

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  • 111

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    Who was the first Feruchemist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Who was the first Feruchemist? I don't have their name written down. [Laughter] It's fairly ancient of date.

    QUESTION

    Were they born or were they created?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The first Feruchemist, were they born or created? Both. [Laughter] I don't see those two as mutually exclusive. See how good I am at dodging questions, now? I've been dealing with the Wheel of Time fans long enough. They've really whipped me into shape for dodging questions. Anything else? I promise not to dodge all of them

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  • 112

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    If Stephen Leeds read your books would he get you as an aspect or a 17th Sharder?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Definitely a 17th Sharder. Definitely definitely, it'd be one of these guys. [Points to Josh and Mi'ch]

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  • 113

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    If you don’t finish all of your books in the series that you’re in, would you be willing to give that opportunity to someone else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah of course, I’d be a complete hypocrite if I wasn’t, right? [Laughs] Yeah totally, I’ll have like one of these guys write it. [Points to Josh and Mi’ch] We’ll call up Pat Rothfuss, “Hey Pat,” and then you’ll get it in like thirty years.

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  • 114

    Interview: 2013

    sp0ck06 (January 2013)

    Hey Brandon, just wanted to say, thanks for finishing the Wheel of Time. Halfway through A Memory of Light right now and it is fantastic, you really did an incredible job.

    I am sad WoT is finally over...but now we have Stormlight, which is shaping up to be magnificent. Can't wait for the next book!

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    Many thanks. Hope you enjoy the ending.

    Arithered

    I like the part where Rand is really the name of the sled from his childhood.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And Perrin was a ghost all along.

    opsomath

    I just want you to know that I have a job interview on Thursday-Friday and am refusing to get A Memory of Light until Friday evening, because I know I will stay up all night reading and stumble around like a zombie the next day if I get it now.

    Very much looking forward to it, though. In this long time fantasy fan's opinion, your contribution (and, dare I say, reboot) was the best thing to ever happen to WoT.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. Well, good luck with the interview.

    opsomath

    Hey, thanks.

    queentenobia

    Another book?? I cannot wait to delve into it. I started on your books with The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight. Then I picked up Emperor's Soul because the story looked intriguing and omg the cover art was so brilliant, and now am reading The Way of Kings. I have to say I became an instant fan, I cannot wait to read your other books. I love the way you portray your characters. I don't know if you will ever see this but thank you, your book, your writings they filled me with hope.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did see it. Thank you for reading, and for the kind words.

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  • 115

    Interview: 2013

    BryGuyYup (January 2013)

    Wait seriously? Is this actually Sanderson's reddit account or some guy doing the most long-term-troll ever?

    tobyreddit

    It's him, he's done an AMA before :)

    BryGuyYup

    Oh. Wow. Um. Cool.

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    I'm actually his half-formed clone, stuck in the basement with a computer, never allowed to see the light. help....me....

    kemikiao

    If I send you a bucket of fishheads, could you send me a autograph?

    I'm sure hundreds of people have Sanderson's signature... but his half-formed clone? It'd be worth millions.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmm.... Fishheads. Brandon hates them, but WE loves them.

    AvalonBright

    While you're here, I want you to know that you're the reason I finally got into Wheel of Time. Mistborn, Elantris... pretty much everything you've written, including some unpublished bits, have been my favorite fantasy books in a long, long time. I'd tried Wheel of Time but just couldn't get past the opening for the longest time. When I heard you were set to finish it I knew I had to try again, and after finally pushing through the introduction again I love it! I absolutely can't wait to get to your section of the story, even though it means I'll be closing the book (literally!) on what's quickly become another of my favorite epics.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Awesome! Thanks for that.

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  • 116

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    oneangryatheist ()

    Just wanted you to know you nearly gave me a heart attack with your April Fools' prank this year. Thanks for doing the AmA!

    Brandon Sanderson

    :) I almost did something like post, "Seventeen new Wheel of Time novels announced!" But that felt TOO cruel. Also, I didn't want to be getting hundreds of questions about it for the next two decades...

    FerengiKnuckles

    Could someone fill me in? I somehow missed it. :(

    YoGabaGabaGail

    Here you are!

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  • 117

    Interview: 2013

    Kaladin_Stormblessed (April 2013)

    Dreamworks has acquired the film rights for The Way of Kings.

    In an official PR broadcast today, Dreamworks Studios announced the acquisition of film rights for Brandon Sanderson's NYT best-selling fantasy novel, The Way of Kings.

    "We're very excited to bring The Way of Kings to the screen," Dreamworks CEO April Firston says. "We're dedicated to giving this epic story the exposure it deserves, and plan on staying completely true to the book, unlike that hack Peter Jackson."

    Initial reports are that the book will be split into seven 4-hour long animated movies, each to be directed by M. Night Shaylaman. Ben McSweeney, interior artist for the original book, is quoted as saying, "Well, they got the rockbuds right, so that's something, I guess." Brandon Sanderson didn't have time to comment, as he's currently working on fifteen additional tie-in novels taking place over a thousand-year time span in eight different interconnecting worlds.

    Casting is still underway, but Robert Pattinson is rumored to be in talks to voice Kaladin, and Pauly Shore has expressed interest in Hoid. Eighteen musical numbers will be added, including "Why Can't I Just Die," "What the Hell Are These Symbol Headed Things?" and "Livin' La Vida Roshar."

    EDIT: Obviously this was an April Fool's joke. Happy Spring everyone, and stormfather forbid what I've written above should ever come to pass. Thanks to /u/virgiliart and /u/catastrophesnail for brainstorming on ideas.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You got it wrong. I'm not busy because I'm writing other books, I'm working on the licensing deals! Cardboard shardplate! Official Bridge Four loincloths! "There's spren in my poop" toilet paper!

    Rutthed

    Serious question: are there poopspren, and how would they fare in indoor plumbing situations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, it depends on how you're defining spren. In the books, they don't make a distinction, but there are several varieties. At the basic level, everything has an identity—a soul, you might say, but more than that. This is based on how it is viewed, and how long it has been viewed that way. Feces would have this, but wouldn't have a very strong cognitive identity because of its transitional nature.

    Other types of spren, the type that characters see and interact with, are cognitive ideals or concepts which have taken on literal personification over time. These are usually related to forces or emotions, and don't relate to this particular topic.

    And that's far more than I ever expected to say on this...

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  • 118

    Interview: 2013

    bleedscarlet (May 2013)

    I met Brandon Sanderson (/u/mistborn) last night!!!!! I've never felt starstruck until now.

    kurin

    I heard that if he's away from a keyboard for more than fifteen minutes he develops a nervous tick where he starts tapping out rough drafts with his fingers in Morse code. He doesn't even know he's doing it.

    Brandon Sanderson

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    SkyCyril

    Crying from laughing. That's a real passage. You're awesome, Brandon.

    EACH/TIME/YOU/ALLOW/THIS,/AMARAM/SAID,/IT/DRIVES/A/WEDGE/BETWEEN/HIM/AND/THE/THRONE./ AMARAM/TOOK/DALINAR/BY/THE/ARM,/STOPPING/HIM/FROM/CONTINUING/FORWARD./ WE/HAVE/BIGGER/PROBLEMS/THAN/YOU/AND/SADEAS,/MY/FRIEND./ YES,/HE/BETRAYED/YOU./YES,/HE/LIKELY/WILL/AGAIN./BUT/WE/CAN/T/AFFORD/ TO/LET/THE/TWO/OF/YOU/GO/TO/WAR./THE/VOIDBRINGERS/ARE/COMING.

    MosesSiregarIII

    Sitting in the audience at Superstars right now. We miss you this year, man. Tracy Hickman and Joan Johnston have been quite awesome, though.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Say hi to everyone for me!

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