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  • 1

    Interview: 2010

    HBFFerreira (18 July 2010)

    Was the attempt on Rand at the end of The Path of Daggers caused by Torval learning his plan to cleanse the taint? Did Moridin order it?

    Brandon Sanderson (19 July 2010)

    RAFO, though that is the best theory I read before I became involved in this. It's very credible.

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  • 2

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Question

    There were two plot related questions in the Q&A, both were RAFO'd: Did Aviendha's gateway in beginning of The Path of Daggers go back in time?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 3

    Interview: Jun 21st, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    He can be reached either by either email or snail mail through Tor in about the same amount of time. Tor prints out his emails and sends him the hard copies about every fortnight. They also send his snail mail biweekly. He does respond to them, but he gets backlogged at the end of writing a book.

    Here is the rough time schedule for book eight. The manuscript should be turned in sometime in fall of 1997. Expect it to go on sale in spring of 1998. He worked 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week for 20 months, except for a couple days for each Thanksgiving and Christmas and a few single vacation days, to write A Crown of Swords. PNH, his wife, and everyone he knows told him he needs to slow down so he doesn't kill himself. Thus, PNH gave him 18 months to do the manuscript.

    His wife said he is the only author she allows to submit partial manuscripts for editing. She also does Morgan Llewelyn, the Bears and David Drake among others. She said she was starting to reduce the number of authors she edits since she is overloaded. She edited one of RJ's books before they ever dated, so their professional relationship was already established before they married. She feels that mutual respect for the other's work is what keeps the two relationships from interfering with each other.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    David Berenthal

    Considering all the work you've been through already, you'll probably hate this question, but when can we expect the next book, and how many more do you expect?

    Will you be writing any other books that are similar fantasy/fiction?

    Robert Jordan

    First, I expect to deliver the next book in the fall of next year, which means that it will probably be published in the spring of 1998.

    I do not know how many more books there will be. There will be at least ten total, probably more...but the safest way to say that is to say "there will be a few more, not too many, and please god not as many as have already been written!"

    Other books? Not until I finish the Wheel of Time. I am already working in my head on what I'll do after that. It is indeed a fantasy series. I have a long gestation period for my books. The Wheel of Time gestated for at least ten years before it appeared on paper, and Shipwreck seems to be doing at least that.

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  • 5

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Gaul Aiel

    Will the next book take as long as A Crown of Swords to be released?

    Robert Jordan

    Probably...I am due to deliver it in the fall of next year which means it will come out probably in the spring of the year following that. I decided writing the books more slowly was better than falling over dead. :)

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  • 6

    Interview: Aug 4th, 1996

    Question

    What is the title of the next book?

    Robert Jordan

    I don't know that yet. I don't really come up with a title until about half way through the book. As of right now it has a working title of "Book Eight".

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  • 7

    Interview: Aug 4th, 1996

    Question

    When is the next book coming out?

    Robert Jordan

    As of right now I am supposed to deliver it in November of '97. However, it might not get released until January or February of '98. (looks like another long run fellas/gals.)

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  • 8

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    The next book isn't going to come out until 1998 because RJ is "a sadistic SOB" (his words, not mine).

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  • 9

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    I heard the name of book 8 in the WOT series is "The Tower of Ravens." Is there any truth to that?

    Robert Jordan

    There is no title for Book 8. Not yet. My working title is "Book 8" and will probably remain that until I am, oh, 2/3 of the way through the book.

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    When is Book 8 going to come out?

    Robert Jordan

    Probably in January or February of 1998. I am scheduled to hand it to the publisher in November of 1997. I have slowed down a little bit in order to stay alive to the end of the series. My wife, my publisher and some other people convinced me that I was killing myself maintaining my old work schedule.

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  • 11

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Who was the one who is no more? The innkeeper or the guy on the barrel?

    Robert Jordan

    [an amused look] RAFO.

    QUESTION

    Is the innkeeper an ex-Aes Sedai?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    RAFO.

    Footnote

    This refers to a dream shared by Amys, Melaine, and Bair referenced in Lord of Chaos. We get a clue in The Path of Daggers that Setalle Anan was Martine Janata—an Aes Sedai who burned out while studying ter'angreal—and it's near-confirmed in Knife of Dreams when Setalle takes a particular interest in Mat's medallion. Thus she was 'the one who is no longer [Aes Sedai]', and she was the key to finding the Bowl. The guy on the barrel was Jain Farstrider (Noal Charin).

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  • 12

    Interview: Jan 14th, 1997

    Thomas Howard

    A couple weeks after A Crown of Swords was released, I decided to write to Robert Jordan to clarify some of the issues that had come up in the newsgroup and some questions of my own. Well, today, I finally got a response. Apparently his publisher has been somewhat slow in getting his mail to him.

    Robert Jordan

    Now, before I get to the questions I asked and the answers he gave, I'd like to mention that in the letter, Mr. Jordan stated that he is due to turn the manuscript in this coming fall, and that the book is not yet titled. Of course, the letter from him is dated Jan 14th, 1997, so it may have a title by this time.

    THOMAS HOWARD

    OK, on to good stuff. Below are the questions I asked (paraphrased), and his answers, if given. Any direct quotes from Mr. Jordan are placed inside quotation marks, sensibly enough.

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  • 13

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Do you have a name for book 8 yet, if so what?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 14

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Ishamael

    Is it true that the 8th book may be released as early as November '97?

    Robert Jordan

    No. The 8th book will be finished sometime this fall, and published next spring. The title will be The Path of Daggers.

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  • 15

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Kjell

    Mr. Jordan, does the name of Book 8 refer to an actual situation in the books or is it a metaphor?

    Robert Jordan

    Metaphor.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1997

    Robert from Nebraska

    Robert, I'd love to meet you sometime. I love your books with a passion and think you are an incredible writer. Do you ever go to conventions or have any plans on touring to promote your next book?

    Robert Jordan

    I believe my publisher intends for me to tour for The Path of Daggers. But I have no idea which cities will be included. As far as conventions go, I attend far fewer than I would like to because three days at a con are three days I'm not writing.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1997

    Matt from Ohio

    I know this is a tough question, but which character in the Wheel of Time is your favorite, and which character is most like you? I'm also eagerly awaiting The Path of Daggers; is there anything specific you can tell us about the plot?

    Robert Jordan

    About The Path of Daggers—Nothing. Read and Find Out (RAFO). As far as who I like best, it's whoever I happen to be writing at the moment. I try to get inside the skin of the point of view character, whether it's Rand or Nynaeve or Semirhage. As to who I am most like, I think I am probably a combination of Rand, Mat, and Perrin. On the other hand, I'm afraid my wife says that I am Loial.

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  • 18

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Moderator

    Good evening, Robert Jordan, and welcome to the Auditorium! The questions have been pouring in nonstop all day. Before we begin, do you have any opening comments for your online audience?

    Robert Jordan

    It's great to have the book done, guys. Hi!

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  • 19

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Gretchen from NY

    When is the next book coming out? Just kidding! How easy/hard was it to write "New Spring"? Is another short story from the Wheel of Time possible? Or likely? Offhand, what character or background plotline would you most like to explore as you did in "New Spring"?

    Robert Jordan

    The answer is it will be in the stores tomorrow! I don't really know whether another short story is possible. "New Spring" took longer than I thought it would to write, and was more difficult to do, in part because I had to leave out a few things I wanted to put in. It was beginning to turn into a 100,000-word short story. If I do write another novella or short, I don't know what area I might look at.

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  • 20

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Aaron E. Austin from Vermillion, South Dakota

    When will The Path of Daggers be in stores?

    Robert Jordan

    The Path of Daggers will be in stores on October 20th—mere hours from now! Even as we speak, the book is being stacked, I have no doubt, on the shelves of stores all over the country! So, if you go to your bookstore tomorrow, I am certain you won't be disappointed.

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    AOL_VBT_Tav from Indianapolis

    The TOR page says that The Path of Daggers will go into how the Asha'man are going insane. Could you possibly elaborate or give us some insight (things to note when reading) for those of us that can't wait a few days?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, you don't have to wait a few days...all you have to wait is a few hours! And, no, I'm not going to give you any special insights. You may have come across an acronym—RAFO. Need I say more?

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Tempest from xtempestx@msn.com

    Do you feel that the cover for The Path of Daggers is accurate or inaccurate of the things inside, considering some of the past work?

    Robert Jordan

    I think it's much more accurate than most of the previous covers.

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  • 23

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Only me from Texas

    I realize books take a long time to write, but why did it take 2.5 years to write this and then leave out Mat? Will the next book take as long?

    Robert Jordan

    I hope the next book will not take as long. "New Spring" took several months to write, and I also spent several months working on the illustrated guide. So those, between the two of them, took a lot more time than I thought it was going to. That delayed this book considerably.

    Footnote

    Although this was the night before the release, it's typical for some fans to get early copies (in various ways) and to leak certain tidbits on the web in the week or two before everyone else gets it.

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  • 24

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Julia from wotism.org

    How many books long do you think the Wheel of Time series will end up being? Do you have any idea how long it will take to finish writing the series?

    Robert Jordan

    I'm not really clear. When I finished A Crown of Swords, I said it would take me at least three books more to finish. Now that I have completed The Path of Daggers, it looks like it will take me at least three more books to finish. Believe me, guys, I'm trying as hard as I can to get there as fast as I can.

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  • 25

    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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  • 26

    Interview: Oct 20th, 1998

    Aaron Bergman

    Anyways, after scaring the people around me for a little bit, I went up to the books and decided to ask Jordan about Asmodean. In particular, I asked whether "death" was just a pun on "Moridin".

    Robert Jordan

    He said "oh, god no" quite disgustedly. This made me feel much better and should hopefully put the issue to rest. He also said that by the end of this book, it should be obvious who killed Asmodean and that it is definitely possible to figure it out the instant he dies.

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  • 27

    Interview: Oct 24th, 1998

    Drew Gillmore

    I don't remember most of the other questions. A couple of interesting things I do remember, however:

    Robert Jordan

    The first is that the reason The Path of Daggers seems short is that Jordan could not go any farther without writing a whole lot more. The stage it seems, is once again set. Another interesting thing was Jordan asking Hawk if she was into leather, and if she was "top, bottom, or switch".

    Dirty old man, indeed.

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 24th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    Then I asked about Elayne's Rod of Pleasure, and got a RAFO with the explicit warning that we might not ever get to the FO part.

    Footnote

    RJ managed to slip the 'FO' into the next book. A careful reading of 'A Lily in Winter' answers the question of what Elayne was doing when she was blacked out.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct 24th, 1998

    Drew Gillmore

    The popular "are you sure we should be able to figure out who killed Asmodean" question used up my second trip through the line. Next time through I asked about the chronology of Eharon and Shiota, since Bashere describes statues from Eharon as being much older than the Shiotan statue put on the cover. We know Deane was born in the village of Salidar in Eharon (Glossary from Lord of Chaos, IIRC), yet part of Bashere's lecture mentioned that Shiota also was pre-Hawkwing.

    Robert Jordan

    It turns out there is a textual inconsistency here. RJ couldn't remember which comes first (apparently historical details aren't as engrossing for him as for me), but one was part of the Ten Nations, and the other covered the same area (Illian + Altara) between the Trolloc Wars and Hawkwing. He said the Guide has the correct order, though since I don't have the Guide I don't know what that order is. A minor error, really; either that statue was from Eharon and Bashere mentioned much older Shiotan statues, or Deane was Shiotan and the statues were as written.

    Footnote

    This glossary entry was corrected in later editions.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1998

    Question

    Somebody finally summoned the courage to asking him outright, "What happened to Mat?"

    Robert Jordan

    He replied, "He had a brick wall fall on him!"

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  • 31

    Interview: Oct 31st, 1998

    Lara Beaton

    I asked at the signing on Saturday. The exchange went something like this:

    What happened with Elayne and that warm ter'angreal?

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) What do you think happened?

    LARA BEATON

    We figured it must be some sort of One Power sex toy.

    ROBERT JORDAN

    (laughing harder) I may write something about that in a later book.

    LARA BEATON

    RAFO, right?

    Robert Jordan

    Exactly.

    Footnote

    This was clarified further in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'.

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  • 32

    Interview: Oct, 1998

    Sense of Wonder

    Can you give us a hint about anything new and exciting readers might learn in The Path of Daggers?

    Robert Jordan

    You wouldn't want me to spoil things for you. Would you? I have to fall back on that useful Web acronym, RAFO. READ AND FIND OUT. But I suggest you watch your back if Bela happens to be around.

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  • 33

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Gangorn

    Why have you changed your writing style for the past two books?

    Robert Jordan

    I haven't. The last two books are more concentrated in time than the previous books, but since the first book, there has been a narrowing of the time frame. So that by A Crown Of Swords, the book covered only about eleven days and we're now beginning to widen out again.

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  • 34

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1998

    Talisein

    You've said before that the reason Perrin wasn't in...that one book, excuse my ignorance, was because he wasn't doing anything of importance besides running the Two Rivers. I hope I don't spoil anyone present when I note that Mat was not in The Path of Daggers. Was this because he was doing nothing of note, or you simply wanted to make us cry? ;)

    Robert Jordan

    C'mon guys....Mat had half a building fall on him! Give the man a little rest! If he's alive, which I will neither confirm or deny (I could probably do very well in Washington!)....but you don't have half a building fall on you without a few ill effects!

    Talisein

    Hey, he IS ta'veren. The blocks could have formed a neat little cave around him.

    Robert Jordan

    That would be pushing the laws of coincidence, if you wish to call them that, a bit far. What a ta'veren does, remember, in effect, is unwittingly bend the laws of chance to favor himself, and to affect other lives. What would happen one time in a million without him there will happen because he IS there. But there really are limits.

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  • 35

    Interview: Nov 15th, 1998

    Scott Cantor

    When I reached the signing table, I asked him if he had a better idea now how many novels there would be than he might have had previously, knowing it was a lame question, but he answered it politely.

    Robert Jordan

    He said he knew there would be at least three more, and that he generally finds himself with twice as much planned for a novel as he can pull off in 700 pages, which happened with the new one. This suggested to me that 5-6 more books would not be surprising.

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  • 36

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    John Hamby

    A few things not mentioned but learned at the signing.

    Robert Jordan

    Jordan has not replied to any fan letters in the last year. I am not sure if he said he would be tackling the old letters or whether he would be answering any from now on. He did say he apologized for not being able to get to them. I think he said he was basically involved in writing something. (duh)

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    There was the usual mention of how many books. I heard three or so but then he said something else which I missed. It seemed to create a bit of buzz but I have no idea what it was.

    He said he had no idea what the title of the next book was yet. Once again I did not hear the rest of what he said. I think though he said that once the title was firmly established he will let us know. Which is what he did with The Path of Daggers.

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  • 38

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    The Path of Daggers was finished August 25th, and published in less than 60 days.

    The usual "at least three more books" was mentioned several times in an increasingly loud voice.

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  • 39

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    The Path of Daggers could have been longer, but he had to take out events he had intended to include because including them would have required another month of Randland time, and that would have made the book "twice as fat."

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  • 40

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Rothaar

    The general consensus seems to be that the Bowl of Winds caused the weirdness in the Power around Ebou Dar. Do we know enough at this time to determine the true cause or do we have to RAFO more info?

    Robert Jordan

    I think you know enough by this point. It is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer. I always hated it when my math professors said that.

    Footnote

    RJ explained further here.

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  • 41

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Silent

    Do you tend to edit your writing often or is your preference to not even look at it again once it is written?

    Robert Jordan

    I rewrite constantly while I am writing the book. For example, the prologue of The Path of Daggers had fifteen to eighteen rewrites...I don't remember, because I constantly change things as I go along. But towards the end there are fewer rewrites, so the last chapters may have only three or four or five each. When I have finished the book, I go through it one last time and then I cut off, because I realize that I could constantly improve each book.

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  • 42

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Question

    On the subject of websites, there's quite a large discussion group within the newsgroups about some of your ideas and where they're going to go. Obviously you're not going to give away a lot there. One of the large points of discussion is Mat Cauthon's absence from The Path of Daggers.

    Robert Jordan

    I'd like to point out, you know... Boy, spoilers here. A certain thing happened to Mat in the previous book. If you've read it you know what I'm talking about. Something very subtle and very surprising and remember the thought, "What the hell happened to my luck?" or something like that. This book [The Path of Daggers] starts before that occurs. Now think about what happened to him and you might realize why he might want to rest up somewhere and have a few beers and just sit this one out.

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  • 43

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    He refused to give any plot details (RAFO) that were to be used in the next books. He did explain why Mat was not in The Path of Daggers: Mat was in trouble last time we saw him, and the The Path of Daggers begins before that.

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  • 44

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Paul Colquhoun

    RJ was obviously being careful to limit his answers to material in the already published books. He paused several times before answering, and was very non-committal in places (RAFO).

    Robert Jordan

    In answer to a question about the absence of Mat from the last book, RJ pointed out that Mat had just had a wall dropped on him and deserved some time off to rest and recover. At least one person in the front row was taping the Q&A session on a dictaphone, so there may be a transcript somewhere. I lost track of them during the signing afterwards, so I couldn't ask them if they were planning to put it on the net.

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  • 45

    Interview: Sep 20th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    I asked about Ishamael's bit in the book 8 prologue, but got two RAFOs so we won't know whether it is set before hand, or (the first question I asked) if the nine mentioned were all Forsaken.

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  • 46

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    The first book took four years. The next five books took, on average, 14 months. I finished Lord of Chaos in August 1994, handed the manuscript in, and in October, two months later, I was on tour for that book. I came back and said, 'There isn't time. I cannot write a book for you in time for you to publish it next fall.' I convinced them I couldn't do it, and it's lucky I did, because it turned out A Crown of Swords took almost two years, and so did The Path of Daggers.

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  • 47

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Question

    What was the use of Elayne's "rod" in The Path of Daggers?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO and he's surprised at the imaginations of some of the female fans who mail him—their imaginations are quite vivid.

    Footnote

    This was explained in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'.

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  • 48

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Pam Korda from Chicago

    What exactly is the "hot" ter'angreal played with so enthusiastically by Elayne and when will we see it actually put into use?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out, Pam. You're experienced enough at this to know that I wouldn't give that answer, I think!

    Footnote

    This was explained in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'.

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  • 49

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Brandon Fincher from Abilene, TX

    Mr. Jordan—What rough percentage is devoted to Mat and Perrin in this book? I must admit I was disappointed Mat wasn't in The Path of Daggers more.

    Robert Jordan

    In The Path of Daggers, you have to remember that Mat had a building fall on top of him. I personally don't think that Mat lying around in a bed with bandages and splints is very entertaining, and it certainly wouldn't have done anything to advance the story. Mat does have an encounter with pink ribbons that some of you might find amusing in this book.

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  • 50

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Jahar

    Mr Jordan. I was a bit disappointed in Winter's Heart. The last chapter in The Path of Daggers has the Salidar Aes Sedai stepping through a gateway in eyesight of Dragonmount. In Winter's Heart, you have them still in Murandy. Did they get too cold to stay??

    Robert Jordan

    No. Winter's Heart overlaps the ending of the last book.

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  • 51

    Interview: Dec, 2000

    Orbit Interview (Verbatim)

    Orbit

    A number of fans have asked us why Mat did not appear in The Path of Daggers. Was this a conscious decision to delay his story until a more dramatic moment?

    Robert Jordan

    The man had a building fall on top of him. A building! Frankly, I didn't think Mat lying in bed in splints and bandages was very interesting.

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  • 52

    Interview: Jul 22nd, 2004

    Jason Denzel

    Earlier that weekend, Melissa had been amazed when Brad and I told her what the "warm" ter'angreal really was. If you don't know what I'm talking about...go look around on the Internet. If you're over 18 that is. Anyway, Melissa was so shocked by this that she asked RJ flat out if it was true. (*Smacks forehead* So much for being dignified with our VIP guests!)

    Robert Jordan

    I was sitting right next to RJ and I saw his tiny smile behind his beard. He just said "Read and Find Out".

    Jason Denzel

    In my mind that translates to: "Go do a search on one of those WoT sites and they'll tell ya".

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  • 53

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    NaClH2O

    There seem to be some time discrepancies surrounding the incident where Elayne and company Traveled to the Kin farm. Did the gateway Aviendha opened to the countryside near the Kin farm at the beginning of The Path of Daggers allow Elayne's party to travel forward or backward in time?

    Robert Jordan

    He chuckled for a brief moment and then said "RAFO."

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  • 54

    Interview: Mar 12th, 2008

    Brandon Sanderson

    Two things to note on this book in specific. First off, I love how the sections with Rand push him into his wild attack against the Seanchan. It shows how powerful and dangerous Rand is, yet at the same time gets across that he's still vulnerable and capable of being defeated. I've been waiting and waiting for him to use Callandor again and it was very fulfilling to see him pull it here, then have trouble using it. This is, as I recall, the first book which ends by Rand suffering a defeat. (Even if the Seanchan don't think they won either.)

    Secondly, I'm reminded of how annoying the Sea Folk are. They seem to be a burr in the side of pretty much every group of major characters from here to Book Eleven. That's nice, in a frustrating way. It's less that they themselves are annoying and that they represent a kind of impotence to the White Tower. I'm a little bit sad, personally, to see the Aes Sedai growing less and less in control as all of these other groups of channeling women show up and seem to have it together far more than the White Tower. (However, I wonder if this is just due to the fact that we see a lot more through Aes Sedai viewpoints. Perhaps the other groups wouldn't seem so 'together' if we saw as much from their eyes.) It also presents a lot more room for growth, which is nice for the narrative. The Aes Sedai have to pull themselves together and become what they were in lore in order to face the dark days that are coming. I just wish that so many of my favorite characters weren't getting bullied so often by the Sea Folk or the Kin.

    (Or, maybe this is all due to the fact that I think the Sea Folk totally took advantage of the whole Bowl of Winds thing. If they hadn't helped, the entire world might have starved and dried up. But instead of doing the honorable thing and helping in order to fight the Dark One and save lives, they insisted on an outrageous deal. They got to keep one of the most powerful artifacts in the world, AND got a whole bunch of privileges over the White Tower. They should be ashamed of themselves. Of course, on their side, if you CAN get away with it, then why not?)

    Also, one more note. I was really glad to read Winter's Heart and get Mat back! (If you're following along, I've actually finished Winter's Heart and am now reading Crossroads. I hope to finish both that and New Spring by the end of the week.)

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    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez

    Will we ever learn what went wrong when Narishma went to fetch Callandor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um...perhaps. (Terez laughs.) Was that one of yours?

    Terez

    Yes, that was.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I didn’t answer it, but I didn’t RAFO it.

    Terez

    Yeah. It’s all good.

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    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Question (Timing of events in the series)

    [Regarding the flow of time in books]

    Robert Jordan

    Books 1 through 9 cover (very roughly) about four years [made a point of roughly, as I doubt even he could whip out a precise answer on the spot] Most of the books overlap with each other. Some of the events in early Winter's Heart, for example, overlap with late The Path of Daggers.

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    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Br00se

    The signing was finished by the point with only a few people wandering in late to get some signed. He signed some store stock copies, and chatted a little bit more.

    Robert Jordan

    He told a few more stories from other signings. He explained that there was overlapping periods from the last two books and would be for the next one as well. When he said something about the next two signing dates in Columbia, SC and in Charleston, SC, I told him that the Tor website didn't have them listed. He seemed a little concerned about that. He told the story about getting his hat in Montana. And about how the current one was a replacement for one that walked away from for a signing.

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    Interview: Feb 26th, 2012

    sleepinghour (@322)

    Question for those in the know: is the written content in the WoT ARCs or galley copies any different from the retail version? Any changed lines or new/missing parts?

    I own a few ARCs of other books, and they don't seem any different from the retail version (as far as I can tell), but reviewers were asked to make sure any quoted text matched with the final version.

    Kafmerchant (@323)

    For the various versions that I have of this series, the results are all over the place; here are few examples:

    A lot of the pre-publication versions I have such as The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Fires of Heaven, Winter's Heart and Knife of Dreams have no obvious noticeable differences from the retail versions (although I haven't read through each in great detail so as to not damage them).

    The galley for The Shadow Rising has a prologue of approximately 1.5 pages that was integrated into the first chapter of the finished book.

    The advance version (2-book set) for Lord of Chaos has line edits, handwritten notes including some chapter titles written in and notes of what icon is to be used for certain chapters.

    For The Path of Daggers, the book I have is labeled as an advance uncorrected bound manuscript that includes tons of changes: many, many line edits, actual chapter revision numbers, and in one spot, a chapter was moved to a different sequence in the book, and that's just what I noticed scanning through it quickly a few years ago.

    My intention always has been, if/whenever I get the time to do a detailed review of each book, but that maybe just a pipe dream as I own a small business that consumes my life.

    I started discussing some of this with Bob Kluttz of Encyclopaedia-Wot a few years ago in order to try get some info posted on-line, but I don't have the time to do the work nor the space or skills to post the info.

    Hope this helps a little.

    JD

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    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Aidan Moher

    One of the perks associated with finishing The Wheel of Time is that you've read all of Robert Jordan's notes. Now that you know all the secrets (including stuff that won't even appear in the novels), how has your appreciation for the series changed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's been an interesting experience. So far as I know, I'm the only person in the world to have ever read through—beginning to end—the Wheel of Time, starting with Book One and continuing through until I reached the final scenes Robert Jordan wrote before he passed away. (Maria might have done it, but I don't think so—she pretty much has the books memorized by now, and seems to spot-read more than she reads straight through.)

    This is an experience others will start having in the coming years, and perhaps they'll agree with me that it DOES change the series. First off, you gain a better appreciation for Robert Jordan's ability to foreshadow. Second, the slow parts don't seem so slow any longer, particularly as you see books seven through fourteen as being one large novel.

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    Interview: Mar 5th, 1997

    Robert Jordan

    Dear Leslie,

    Thank you for your letter. I am glad you like The Wheel of Time, and hope that you will enjoy the future volumes, too. I am currently at work on book eight, which does not yet have a title, and I am scheduled to deliver it to my publisher in the fall of 1997. Both my editor and my publisher feel that I have been working much too hard over the past ten years—especially the last six—and that I need to slow down if I am not to fall over.

    Thanks again for writing.

    With best wishes,

    I am,

    Sincerely,

    Robert Jordan

    RJ: mls [<—this means Maria put it together... hehe!]

    cc: files

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    Interview: Oct 24th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    I had two questions for him. The first was if we were going to be moving to more of a "short timespan, lotsa action" format, since the past couple of books seemed to have fit this format (disclaimer: it's been a couple of years since I've read A Crown of Swords, much less Lord of Chaos, so my sense of book-time may be off slightly), at which point he replied that he didn't deliberately plan the book to be in that format, but if he continued the book would be another 600 pages in length.

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