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  • 1

    Interview: Dec 25th, 2010

    Question

    At the end of The Way of Kings, several key characters seem to be converging on the Shattered Plains. The Way of Kings takes place mainly on the Plains and Kharbranth. Do you plan to spend much time in new locations in book 2?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Book 2 will begin with Shallan and Jasnah either very close to or arriving at the Shattered Plains.

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  • 2

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2011

    Question

    Whatís the status of the second book of the Stormlight Archive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will be going right into that as soon as I finish A Memory of Light. I have it outlined, I have decided whose book it will be, each of the Stormlight books will have a focal character who gets flashbacks. Itís going to be Shallanís book. So the first major cycle of the Stormlight Archive is looking like itís going to be Kaladin, Shallan, Szeth, Navani, and Dalinar as the five book arc. And if you havenít heard, Iím doing it in two 5-book arcs, so the first 5 books should wrap a lot of things up and whatnot. And I might even stop then and do like an Elantris sequel and things like that, and then start the second 5-book arc. So I will do that immediately, Iím actually planning to do that and have it out, it probably wonít be next year, itíll probably be the following spring, but itís a little over a year away. Iíve got it all outlined, so it should be...Iíve done a lot of work on it, I just havenít written it.

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  • 3

    Interview: Dec 15th, 2011

    Question

    Quick question I get asked all the time working here at Barnes and Noble. When are you expected general release dates for Stormlight Archive #2 and A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Alright, so this is what I'm doing right now. I am turning in A Memory of Light December 31st. If I don't, Harriet will probably fly to my house and shake me. And so I will start writing Stormlight 2 right then. It's going to be a tough year because I want to get that done as soon as it is reasonable but I also have to edit the wheel of time book. and I will balance those two projects. Wheel of TimeóI will tell you, most likely is October, November. We would like it to be sooner, but we have to wait on Harriet's edits, and beyond that, it's the last book, and she requested extra time to make sure we get everything in it.

    That is my guess right now. Stormlight 2, if I'm on the ball, is March or April of the following year [2013]. That is what I'm really shooting for. The only other release that I have potentially is Tor has been hanging on to my children's books that they haven't yet been sure when they want to release. They actually have a book that is called Scribbler , which has been renamed the Rithmatist, and people see me talk about it. I actually wrote that one back in 2007 I think? Yeah, 2007. They've been hanging on to that one. I keep being noncomittal on that because it needs heavy rewrites.

    So it needs a heavy rewrite. It would take like 2-3 months, and I've not had 2-3 months to dedicate to it. The other book they have of mine is Steelheart, which I've read from at things at signings and whatnot, it's a book I wrote a while ago during one of my breaks. They may release one of those next year, I'm not sure. Probably not The Rithmatist, because I don't have 2-3 months to spare. We may see Steelheart next Summer or next Fall. The thing is, they are in the process of acquiring the Alcatraz books from Scholastic, to repackage them, and they said they probably going to get that deal for sure, so they have them. So they probably want to do an original, like Steelheart, or Rithmatist, before they release the Alcatraz books, so they say "Hey, Tor has Brandon's children's books, now here is a new children's book, and by the way, here are repackaged books." Kind of in tandem in the publicity place. If they were going to do this, Steelheart in September, alongside Alcatraz 1 repackaged in September, and then 2, 3, 4 repackaged in the next months, and then Alcatraz 5.

    So that is what's going on right there. A lot of it depends on how long it takes to write Stormlight 2.

    MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE

    It's okay, we're Wheel of Time fans. We're used to waiting. (laughter)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I want to be more punctual than some authors have been recently in fantasy. (laughter) The thing about it is, we sometimes give Robert Jordan some grief about this but he was really good. There was a book a year for many years and then he went to a book every two years, and it wasnít until late in his career when he was sick that he got a lot slower. He is actually a good model to follow. Iíd like to have a book every year, going forward for as long as I can. Iíd really like to do 2 Stormlight Archives every three years, if possible. Iím not sure if thatís viable or not.

    JOSH

    We would like that too. (laughter)

    Footnote

    Brandon is now shooting for late 2013, early 2014 for the Words of Radiance release date

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  • 4

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2011

    Question

    Whoís going to be the focus for the next Way of Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I spent a long time deliberating this, and eventually, in my plotting, I came upon one of those moments where youíre ďAh, this is what I need to doĒ, so it is going to be Shallan. So the focus for the next book is Shallan, and half of you want it to be Dalinar, and half of you want it to be Shallan, Dalinar will get his book, Shallan will get her book, but thereís a funny story here. In my original outline, I named many of the books, like Dalinarís is named Highprince of War. Shallanís book was actually named after the book that Jasnah gives her, which is very thematically important to her. But then I started telling it to people, and they started laughing, because the book that Jasnah gave her is called the Book of Endless Pages (laughter).

    So, I thought that was a really cool title, but apparently, thatís going to give the reviewers too much fuel. (laughter) So you can pretend in your head that itís called that, but Iíll come up with a different name.

    Footnote

    Brandon has decided to call book 2 "Words of Radiance"

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  • 5

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    cancer_moon

    What's next for you after finishing TWOT? Any new worlds in store, or going back to your other ones?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Next is getting WoT 13&14, along with the final Alcatraz book. After that, The Way of Kings 2. Then, finally, Iíll be able to do some new worlds. Iíve got two in particular I really want to visit.

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  • 6

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Louise

    Are you already decide whether it's Shallan or Dalinar story for book 2 central plot? What about the tentative title?

    Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)

    I keep going back and forth. I'll probably have to sit down and completely write out both of their backstories--their flashback sequences--and after finishing that see which one best fits the theme and the plot of the novel, the story I'm trying to tell. So it's going to take a while to decide that, and it would require enough of my focus that I really need to do A MEMORY OF LIGHT first. So we'll know more after A MEMORY OF LIGHT is finished and I begin writing out their sequences.

    Footnote

    Shallan will be the flashback character for Words of Radiance.

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  • 7

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Gary

    The Way of Kings is certainly a great first book of a series. It does, however, leave one hungry for more. What's the best guess on when for #2? And does it have a name?

    Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)

    I'll try to write it so it can be published in late 2012, but it really depends on how long it takes to write A Memory of Light, since I won't start until after that is finished. As for the title, if it ends up being a Dalinar book it will be titled Highprince of War, but if it ends up a Shallan book it will have a different title.

    Footnote

    He has decided that the second Stormlight Archive book, Words of Radiance, will be Shallan's book.

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  • 8

    Interview: May, 2012

    Nalini Haynes

    What does the future hold for you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Keep writing books, keep telling stories. Now that I have finished the Wheel of Time, I can get back to a bunch of these little side stories that Iíve been wanting to do. This year I am releasing two novellas in published form.

    Nalini Haynes

    Emperor's...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Emperorís Soulóyou wanted to say Emperorís New Groove, didnít you?

    Nalini Haynes

    NO! What I am visualising is the cover of the book, which kind of looks a bit like pen and ink drawing, itís gorgeous. I was going to say Emperorís Ink, getting the artwork and the title confused.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Often when I do a big trip, I kind of try to absorb everything from the culture and spit out a novella. Thatís what I did in Taiwan. The Emperorís Soul came from my trip to Taiwan. I actually have one that Iím absorbing thatís builtógrowingófrom Australia. If I can work drop bears into a book and actually make them not silly I am totally going to do it. These novellas are both ones that I did that for: Legion and The Emperorís Soul. Legion comes out in June, and The Emperorís Soul in November, I think.

    So thatís something I can be releasing since I didnít have time to write a novel. Itís something I can give the readers, so hopefully people will enjoy those. They are both quite goodóI think, if I may say so for myselfóas novellas go.

    Iím not a great short fiction writer; Iím trying to learn how to be a great short fiction writer. A step toward it is to be a novella writer first. I can use those novel writing skills. So those are coming out. From there, I will write the second Stormlight book, and I will write the sequel to Alloy of Law. After that I will probably just let myself do anything. I will take time off and say, ĎBrandon, you donít have to write anything specific, just see where you go,í and Iíll write something crazy. After that Iíll come back and do more of the other stuff Iím supposed to do.

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    Interview: Jul 17th, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon's book release plan for the next five years:

    After A Memory of Light is finished, Brandon's next focus is finishing the next Stormlight Archive book "as soon as possible, hopefully by this time next year." The next book is already intricately plotted out, which is about the halfway point for Brandon, and the rest of the writing "could take as little as 6 to 8 months."

    There are two books that Brandon finished before starting on the final Wheel of Time book but which won't come out until after A Memory of Light, as Brandon wanted to properly support their release, which just isn't possible while finishing The Wheel of Time.

    The first is The Rithmatist, a middle grade coming out from Tor Books next year about Joel, a non-magic kid enrolled in a magic school (his mom's the cleaning lady there) who starts investigating a murder that happens at the school. The magic system is "chalkboard magic," which Brandon likened to playing Starcraft. The kids draw a chalk circle around themselves on the floor then scribble in things that try and chew through the other kids' own chalk circles. Fans of his Alcatraz series will find the same appeal from The Rithmatist, according to the author.

    Next is Steelheart, a post-apocalyptic superhero book where people in our world can only obtain super powers if they're evil. The inspiration for the story occurred to Brandon when he got cut off by another driver one day. "I thought, if I was a supervillain this guy would just be...BOOM." Which got him thinking about a world where people could actually do that.

    In the world of Steelheart, these people are considered "forces of nature" and eventually the most powerful form little fiefdoms. The protagonist is an 18 year old boy whose father was killed by Steelheart, one of the most powerful superpowered villains, who joins an assassination guild in hopes of taking Steelheart down.

    After Stormlight 2, Brandon will probably go straight into the third Stormlight book, although he might take a short break and write the follow-up to The Alloy of Law. And after that? Brandon really wants to write a follow-up to Elantris, as 2015 marks the ten-year anniversary of the publication of the first book.

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  • 10

    Interview: Aug 1st, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    Now I stroll back into my workshop and find that a little bit of dust has gathered. Out of necessity, the Stormlight Archive has been neglected. I am pleased I made the choice to work on A Memory of Light instead of Stormlight 2. However, it is time to pick up that story again and make this series all of the awesome things I've dreamed of it being for some twenty years.

    The stories of Mat, Rand, Egwene, and Perrin are now done. Returning to the stories of Kaladin, Shallan, Jasnah, and Dalinar will be my next major project. You'll also see me doing revisions on both The Rithmatist and Steelheart this fallóas I've made arrangements for both to be published next year or the year after. You'll probably hear more about them in the days to come. And yes, I WILL be doing a sequel to The Alloy of Law.

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    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Question

    Will there be an Alloy of Law 2?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I really enjoyed writing it, and people seem to have enjoyed reading it, so I plan to do more. It was a really fun thing to do. You won't have to wait too long. I have to write the sequel to Way of Kings, which I'm doing right now, and then we'll see where I go.

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  • 12

    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Fan

    I'm so excited for the Way of Kings sequel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, you'll be glad to know that I finished with the first section of it last night; the second book is Shallan's book, so I was writing her flashback sequences.

    Question

    Any new name ideas yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not yet. The name's still the Bad Name. [explains to others]. In my notes it's called The Book of Endless Pages, because that's the book Shallan gets at the end of Book 1, but the problem is that it's kind of a silly title for a book this long.

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    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Question

    So you said that you recently threw away a sequence from Way of Kings 2. How do you know when to throw it out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Practice. Lots of practice. It was much harder to do that early on, but I've had lots of practice, and so I know that when it's not working, I know why it's not working. Sometimes when it's not working it's because I'm just having a bad day. I need to try it the next day. Sometimes when it's not working, Something fundamental is wrong with the book. Sometimes, it's just the scene is in the wrong place or isn't active enough. And this one wasn't active enough. I set it in a way that people were just sitting around too much, and I had to scrap all that rework it so that there would be conflict and motion.

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    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Question

    When is the next Stormlight Archive coming out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Next fall. If I'm on the ball. That's not supposed to rhyme, but it did. Tor said they'd put it out next fall if I turn it in on time.

    Question

    When is turn in time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    April. They said if I get it to them in April, we'll be fine. The trick is, for Michael Whelan to do the cover, I need to give him a cover scene like next month. Because Michael takes his time, because he's the best artist in the business, so you need to turn stuff in early. So I need to decide "What's the cover going to be", and come up with a fantastic cover scene for it.

    Question

    So is it finished? Is the book finished?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can follow on my website, I'm at 7% right now. I have to turn it in in April, so if I can get to 100% by April (or 110% knowing Brandon) we'll be all right. If we can't than it gets a little more sketchy.

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    Is that turning in the first draft?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, we should be able to do it if I turn in the first draft in April.

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    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Zas

    That's it. Oh wait, we can do this ridiculous one. There's this crazy off the wall theory that Parshendi are dead people brought back to life.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Interesting. There will be Parshendi viewpoints in the second book, and you will be able to see a lot more of that.

    Question

    Are Parshendi like a hive mind sort of culture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are not a hive mind. I thought people might assume that.

    Question

    But because of the singing, it seems like...

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a connection. It's more Union than Hivemind. You know about Jung?

    Question

    Not particularly.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Jung's philosophy was that all people are connected.

    Question

    Oh, like the dream psychologist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe that collective unconscious was one of his terms. So it's not hive mind, but there isóthere's something the Parshendi can tap into.

    Question

    With the singing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, like with the singing, where one sings over here, and one sings over there, they are actually in beat with one another even if they start at different times. So there is something there, a connection.

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  • 16

    Interview: Apr 14th, 2012

    Question

    Have you chosen a flashback character for book two of Stormlight Archive yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I have chosen to use Shallan as the flashback character for Stormlight Two. I feel that her narrative is the best one right here, and so I pretty much filled out the first five, 'cause Stormlight's in two five-book narratives, where we're going to anchor it with Kaladin is the first one and Dalinar is the last one, and then we'll use Shallan, Szeth is number three, and then probably Navani is number four. That's the one I haven't nailed down yet. It's either Navani or a character I can't tell you yet.

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  • 17

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Geek's Guide to the Galaxy

    Brandon Sanderson on making videos of your creative process:

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Some artists that I like, they're doing this thing where they'll film themselves painting a piece, and you get this awesome thing where you start with the blank page and then you see in fast motion them painting the whole thing. . . I can't do that with writing. It's not nearly as engaging to watch someone typing as it is to watch someone creating this amazing piece of art out of nothing, but I wanted to try, and see what it was like . . . I do these things called 'interludes' in the Stormlight Archive where I basically write short stories in the world and put them between major sections of the book, and I screen captured myself typing that out . . . The idea is just to put those things up as something fun that people might enjoy, probably sped up a bunch, since it took me six hours to write the scene . . . It totally makes you self-conscious. Mostly it's the spelling. I'll be typing along and I'll see that I've spelled some word wrong, and I'll be like 'Oh man.' . . . It does actually keep you focused, though, because every time your instinct is 'I'm going to go check my e-mail' or 'I'm going to check this browser,' you're like 'Oh, wait a minute. I'm filming. I probably should not do that.'"

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    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    Question

    How are your plans for Stormlight Two doing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am trying to get done for a fall, late fall release this year. Harriet snickers at me when I say that, because she knows that the chances of that actually happening are kind of slim. It could happen. It's more likely that it would be spring the following year, but I'm going to try. I'm going to try very hard. I'm about forty percent of the way through the first draft; the problem is never first draft, though; revisions take a long time on a book this big. Rothfuss once described it as, "It's like ninety percent awesome, but you don't want to release something that's only ninety percent awesome, and that last ten percent is really hard to get to sometimes." So we'll see.

    Harriet McDougal

    And then, production on an enormous book is also very time-consuming, and the way I think of it is, there will be Gelusil on coffee carts at Tor, or other remedies for stomach upsets. They say, "You want this book by when?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tom, who runs Tor, is optimistic, though I noticed he had little stickersóthere's copies of Way of Kings to give out as prizes, and they have a sticker on it that says, "Watch for the sequel in late 2013."

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    Interview: Nov, 2012

    Szabů Dominik

    Would you tell us about your plans for the future? Which of your series would you like to continue?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My immediate goal is to continue the Stormlight Archive with the sequel to The Way of Kings. I'm writing that now, and I plan to finish in April so that it can be published in time for Christmas 2013. We'll see if I'm actually able to do that. Also in 2013 I have two young adult books coming out. The Rithmatist is a gearpunk fantasy about the son of a cleaning lady at a magic schoolóhe can't do the magic himself, but he gets free tuition because his mother works there. Then there's Steelheart, which is a post-apocalyptic book about people who get super powers, but all of them turn out to be evil. The main character is a boy who thinks he saw the one weakness of Steelheart, the emperor of Chicago, and he meets up with a group of assassins that discovers these villains' weaknesses and takes them out.

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  • 20

    Interview: 2013

    Justin Kirklin (10 January 2013)

    Is Kaladin in Stormilight 2?

    Brandon Sanderson (10 January 2013)

    Yes, quite a bit.

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    Interview: Aug 31st, 2012

    Daily Dragon

    What other projects do you have planned or in the works?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My novella Legion just came out from Subterranean Press and I'll do a signing for it at the Missing Volume booth at noon on Saturday; it's a modern-day story about a guy who has something like schizophrenia, but he's a genius. He himself can't do anything special, but all of his hallucinations are experts in their respective fields. People come to him with problems they need solved, and he brings a few of his hallucinations along with him to help solve them.

    In November I have another novella, The Emperor's Soul, coming from Tachyon Publicationsóit's more like my fantasy books, in a world where trained Forgers can change reality, and the main character has to Forge a new soul for the Emperor, who was left brain-dead in an attack.

    Next summer I have two YA books coming out: The Rithmatist, which is about fighting with magical chalk drawings, and Steelheart, which takes place in a world where all the superheroes are evil; the main character is a boy who knows the weakness of the Emperor of Chicago and wants to hook up with a team of assassins to hunt him down.

    Then my next book that will come out after those is the sequel to The Way of Kings, which I'm working on the outline of right now.

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    Interview: May 11th, 2012

    Sean

    On your website, the completion status for the next book in the Stormlight series has been stuck on 0% for too long in my opinion. When do plan to get it written? And is there any hopes that Michael Whelan will do the cover?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I plan to jump right into the next book in the Stormlight Archive series as soon as I finish up with The Wheel of Time. I feel extremely honored that Michael Whelan came out of semi-retirement to do the first cover so I can't rightly expect him to paint the next one but we'll just have to see what happens. It was a dream come true to have him do the cover of one of my books.

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    Interview: 2013

    Brandon Sanderson (28 January 2013)

    I recorded myself writing a chapter from the next Stormlight Archive book. This video is the prewriting. More to come.

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    Interview: Jan 29th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm starting a new weekly bonus content feature for the next few months as a bit of an experiment. Right now I'm writing the sequel to The Way of Kings, and I've recorded my writing process for one chapter using Camtasia (which was provided to me by the folks at TechSmith). The chapter I've recorded is the new interlude featuring Rysn (who was in one of the interludes in the first book). I've split the recording up into multiple videos that I'm uploading to YouTube. The first one is up now, and it covers the prewriting/outlining for the chapter. For now, the videos are in real time, but once they're all uploaded I'll make a high-speed version of the whole chapter for those of you who don't want to sit and watch my normal typing speed.

    Some of you are wondering if this video will have spoilers for Stormlight 2. As an interlude, it takes place away from most of the action of the rest of the book, so you shouldn't see more than hints. This first video has the interlude's outline in it, so it will partially spoil the rest of the videos, but you'll find that the outline is very sparse. It's probably more likely to make you more interested to read more than to spoil you for the rest.

    The main point of these videos is to show you my writing process, which is something I get a lot of questions about. Enjoy. Stormlight 2 should come out before Christmas if I can get the first draft finished in April. I'm working hard on it right now, so we'll see if that happens.

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    Interview: Feb 5th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've uploaded the second video of me writing the Rysn interlude from the sequel to The Way of Kings. If you missed the first video with the prewriting, it's here. This week's video starts the interlude itself.

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    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    The third of my Stormlight Archive 2 writing videos is now up on YouTube. Be sure to watch it in 720p for the best quality. I WILL be posting a sped-up version of the whole chapter once I'm done posting all of the videos; if my typing is too slow for you, don't worry.

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    Interview: Feb 8th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Since many asked this, Stormlight 2 will be out in Christmas 2013 if lucky, otherwise Spring 2014.

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    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Another frequently asked question that I will get a bunch of times in line, so I will answer now: I am working on the second Stormlight book. (applause) Tor thinks it's coming out this fall; I'm hoping to meet their expectations. (laughter) If not, it will be the following spring. A sequel to Alloy of Law would be the next thing I would work on. (applause) Yeah, it's funny how these things happen. One of my favorite stories about Robert Jordan and the series is, you know...I started reading these books in 1990, right? How many people picked it up in 1990, when Great Hunt wasn't out yet? That's...the few the proud, right? 23 years?

    Question

    How many times did you reread it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, and you would reread it every time a new book would come out, right? That's what I did. Until you...at one point, I reread the whole series, and by the time I got done, the next new book was out, and I'm like, "Whoa, this takes a long time!" (laughter) And...there's a lot of questions I had as a fan that I have now been able to get answers to.

    For instance, I went to Tom DohertyóTom Doherty is the publisher at Tor; he started the company, and I don't know if you guys know, Harriet was the first person he hired, as editorial director; she was in charge of editorial, and Harriet edited a lot of wonderful books. One of the books she edited is Ender's Game, if you're familiar with that. (applause) And she did also discover Robert Jordan, and then she married him. (laughter) I've always noted that's a great way to make sure your editorial advice gets taken, right? (laughter)

    And so I went to Tom, and I said, "Tom, really...how many books was it?" When you hear this talk of, "Oh, we expect it to be this long," "We expect it to be this long..." And Tom sat me down and said, "Okay, let me tell you Brandon. Robert Jordan came in, and he had this pitch for me, and he gave me this big, long description of this awesome book. He said in the first book...the first book ends with our hero taking a sword that's not a sword from a stone that's not a stone. That's where the first book ends. And from there, we have two more books; it's a trilogy." This is what Tom Doherty said, exactly. And then Tom said, "Jim,"óRobert Jordan's real name was Jim Rigneyó"Jim, I know how you are. Why don't we sign you for six books?" (laughter) And Jim said, "Well, I don't need six books. This is a trilogy." And Tom said, "Well, if you think you don't need that, we can do something else. You know, let's just sign you for six books in the series." Tom looked me right in the eyes, and he said, "Brandon, I thought I was so smart." (laughter) "I thought I was buying that whole series for sure." And here we are on book fourteen.

    And so, yeah; this has been quite the experience; quite the ride, quite the journey of 23 years, and it's been amazing to be part of it.

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    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Anna Hornbostel

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Brandon told a fan that the Alloy sequel will be called Shadows of Self. I then asked about the title for the next Stormlight book and Brandon laughed and said "Don't ask me that" so I guess we will have to wait on that!

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    Interview: Feb 19th, 2013

    Rob B

    The Q&A session then began, much of which involved questions about The Wheel of Time and Brandon's experience working in it.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He also noted that the second Stormlight Archive book is tentatively set for the fall/November 2013, and he hopes he can make that date. (So do we all Brandon!) Brandon also stated, unasked, that the film rights are with Universal and that questions this evening should avoid potential spoilers for A Memory of Light.

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    Interview: Feb 18th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the fourth of my Stormlight Archive volume two writing videos, two of the included songs are the actual songs I listened to while writing. I've been able to include them in the video thanks to the artists, Ray Lynch and Incendio. This might help you feel even more like you're looking over my shoulder while I write.

    "Her Knees Deep in Your Mind" by Ray Lynch. © ℗ Ray Lynch Productions/BMI/1994 Music can be found on his website, Facebook, Amazon, and iTunes.

    Incendio, "Temple of the Sun" ℗ 2003 Incendio Music Music can be found on Facebook, Amazon, and iTunes.

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  • 32

    Interview: Jul, 2012

    John Hartness

    I really appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your revisions for us. We'll look forward to book fourteenóThe Memory . . .

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Memory of Light.

    John Hartness

    A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yep.

    John Hartness

    And is there maybe another Mistborn book coming soon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will be doing some of my own stuff. The second Stormlight book is what I'll be doing next, which is the sequel to Way of Kings.

    John Hartness

    Cool. Sequel to Way of Kingsódon't drop it on your chihuahua.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's right. It will kill him.

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    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    When is the next Way of Kings book coming out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tor has it scheduled for November, we'll see if I manage that or not. But November until told otherwise.

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    Interview: May 21st, 2012

    jackmurphy

    Brandon I'm not sure if you have ever visited. But please come to Ireland on a tour or even for holidays get a pint of Guinness with me and a game of Magic.

    I'm sure you've answered this a million times but i don't lurk the internet that much, second Stormlight Archive? I'm guessing 2013? First one blew my mind, Now listening to Elantris and reading the Final Empire.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I will do my best to get to Ireland on tour. I only just made it to England and Scotland on tour for the first time, so I will really try to expand next time. I get a lot of requests from Ireland.

    Second Stormlight book is scheduled (by me) for fall of 2013. That really depends on me getting it finished by December of this year, at least in first draft form. That's possible, but I can't tell you how possible or not until I get the WoT done right. That will take as much, or as little, time as needed.

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    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Satsuoni ()

    Are bound spren like Syl individuals? What happens to their consciousness when their symbiont die?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Words of Radiance has some clues on this one.

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    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    samwisevimes ()

    I'm rereading Way of Kings and I had a question about the Parshendi, do they have a negotiating form? I ask because it seems that they must have shifted forms before/just after the betrayal and are now stuck in war form, but if they had the ability to negotiate before why not now?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More of this will be answered in book two. They aren't 'stuck' in warform, but do have limited options.

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    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    DrDont007 ()

    I was wondering something about the Stormlight Archive. You have said before that an upcoming book will be The Highprince of War. Will this definitely be Dalinar's book, or could this be referring to a subsequent Highprince of War (like Dalinar's sons?). And a quick side question: how is book 2 coming along? Can we still hope for a late 2013 release?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Book two has been renamed Words of Radiance, as it's Shallan's book. Dalinar's book will be Book Five. (Though I haven't promised he will survive that long. I reserve the right to do flashbacks for someone in a book after they have died.)

    It WILL be Dalinar's book, however, not one of his sons.

    Late 2013 is still possible. I'm about 2/3 of the way done.

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    Interview: May 17th, 2013

    Kogiopsis

    How much control does he have over the Words of Radiance cover?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some, by dint of being fairly well-known in the industry, but he's really fond of Whelan's work and more likely to pick a direction from concept sketches than push Whelan somewhere entirely new.

    Kogiopsis

    (I asked if he could, for instance, hold firm for epicanthic folds on Rosharan characters; he said probably yes, but most of Whelan's cover work has been figures in the distance for now so that isn't likely to be an issue. I didn't feel comfortable asking the same question over again re: skin color.)

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  • 39

    Interview: May 22nd, 2013

    StormAtlas

    I live in South America but while on vacation here in the states got a chance to see Brandon Sanderson at his signing in Albuquerque, NM. He said it was his last stop on the tour so apologized ahead of time if he started ranting. However, he did an excellent presentation and admitted to having gotten a chance to edit a chapter from Words of Radiance just before the signing.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    As has been mentioned before, Sanderson has said that he hopes to have Words of Radiance out in November, but couldn't promise anything. He also mentioned, though, that they were talking about a January release, which would be a year from the day that A Memory of Light was released. Then he cracked an awesome joke about New Mexicans being use to waiting anyway, so we will be fine (because G.R.R Martin lives in NM).

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  • 40

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Satsuoni

    Tell us something new about Cognitive Realm, please

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will get plenty in the next Stormlight book. But more than one type of spren live there

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  • 41

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Nemuri

    How has writing Shallan as the focus character been compared to Kaladin in the last book? Easier? More difficult?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So far, I've only done her flashback sequence--but this was a little easier than Kaladin's, as I've been kind of chomping at the bit to tell her story.

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  • 42

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Nemuri

    Will the point of view characters be the same as Way of Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Main viewpoint characters will be the same, with a touch more Navani. We will have a glimpse from a few side characters as well, including a sequence of Parshendi viewpoints.

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  • 43

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Lightflame

    When Shallan is appealing Jasnah, Jasnah reveals that she has heard about Shallan's step-mother, Malise Gevelmar. Has Malise Gevelmar ever met Jasnah or one of her associates (excluding Shallan)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, she has not. You'll learn more about Malise in Book Two. She really is just a rural lighteyes of not much consequence. Shallan's mother, however...

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  • 44

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Robospawn

    How extensively do you outline?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Depends on the book. Alloy of Law had a few pages. The Way of Kings had hundreds of worldbuilding notes. The outline for Book two sits open on my computer right now at...12 pages single spaced. It's maybe 2/3 done.

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  • 45

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mcalton2

    Can we expect to see a fight between a Windrunner, an Awakener, and an Allomancer in one of the Stormlight books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've said before that it's unlikely that the Stormlight books will ever delve strongly into the connections between worlds. There will be some cool things happening for the cosmere-literate, but this series isn't focused on those concepts. I want it to maintain its plot cohesion for those who aren't aware of all of the behind-the-scenes stories. Epilogue to Book Two should excite you, though.

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  • 46

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    moochboy

    The Way of Kings was named after an in story book, as is the would be Shallan's book if you don't change like you siad you might "The Book of Endless Pages", do you plan on naming all the books in the Stormlight Archive with in world literature?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was the original plan.

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  • 47

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    E. Hyde

    Will we see illustrations of Shardplate and/or blades in the next Stormlight Archive book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shallan will likely be doing some sketches from dueling grounds where Sharbearers fight.

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  • 48

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    XFER

    And I saw on facebook about the discussion about the name of the second book. This is more like a request, please, keep the name of it being The Book Of Endless Pages. That title is awesome! Oh and another suggestion, please, keep making huge books! Now, after reading your books, I expect books to be at least 600 pages, so you can see I get disappointed quite often lol

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will keep the books, in this series at least, long. It's what the story demands. As for title...it does have a certain charm, but I worry that it just feels wrong to too many people. Three out of four laugh when I mention it. That doesn't bode well...

    Footnote

    Brandon has since renamed the second book of the Stormlight Archive to, "Words of Radiance."

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  • 49

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Arcanist

    1.A few years ago you posted a long post about your future plans on your website: Do you plan a post like this again or could you perhaps describe the current version of your plans right here?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sure.

    BOOKS YOU WILL SEE SOON: (The books that are done.)

    AMOL: January

    The Rithmatist (once named Scribbler): Summer 2013

    Steelheart: Fall 2013 or spring 2014.

    BOOKS YOU WILL SEE SOMEWHAT SOON: (Working on right now.)

    Stormlight 2: Hopefully Fall 2013.

    Shadows of Self (New Wax and Wayne): 2014

    OTHER:

    Alcatraz 5: I own the rights again now, and hope to write this book sometime in the near future.

    Stormlight 3: Goal is to write this soon after Stormlight 2

    Steelheart and Rithmatist Sequels: I will probably try to do one of each of these between Stormlight 2 and 3.

    MAYBE MAYBE:

    Elantris 2: I'd still love to do a sequel for 2015, the 10th anniversary of the book's release.

    Warbreaker 2: Long ways off.

    STALLED PROJECTS

    Dark One: Unlikely any time soon.

    The King's Necromancer: Unlikely any time soon.

    I Hate Dragons: Unlikely any time soon.

    Death By Pizza: Turned out mediocre. Won't be released anytime soon.

    The Silence Divine: Will be written someday.

    White Sand: Will be written someday.

    Mistborn modern trilogy: Will be written during the gap between Stormlight 5 and 6.

    The Liar of Partinel Didn't turn out well. Scraped.

    Dragonsteel: Won't be written until Stormlight is done.

    Not a lot of changes from back then, except that Steelheart got finished and Rithmatist got a release date for certain.

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  • 50

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    How are people with two different eye colours treated on Roshar?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO - this will be explored in one of Shallan's flashback sequences in Stormlight 2, and is already written.

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  • 51

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    I was just wondering, how Stormlight 2 is coming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    How is Stormlight 2 going? It's going pretty well. This whole being trapped in a hotel during the storm thing was not actually as conducive as you might think. Cause I sat down and I worked on it for a bit but being away from home, being, you know, annoyed that I'm trapped in a hotel and things like that I actually ended up writing a short story I owed somebody instead, just to kind of further clear the plate.

    I owe Charlaine Harris a story. Charlaine's a friend and she's been a dear to me and she keeps trying to get me into one of her anthologies. And I'm like "Charlaine, this isn't really my thing," but she keeps asking so I finally said yes to one of them because the concept sounds fun, it was called Games Dead People Play. So I wrote her a story for her Games Dead People Play anthology. So we'll see about that.

    It was actually four thousand words; you can be impressed now. I don't write things very short very often, if you can't tell. My short stories are as long as the book you're holding in your hand usually. So that's how that tends to go. So four thousand words is really short for me; it's only like 20 pages or something, it's tiny. Anyway, Stormlight 2 is coming along well. Hopefully next Christmas-time is when it should be coming out. I'm supposed to be turning in a new title this week and a cover concept by the end of the month, so that Michael Whelan can paint one. So we will see if I'm able to keep these deadlines.

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  • 52

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    Where is Alcatraz situated?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did not like how they were treated by the publisher. And this has got a lot of different arguments and reasons for it. I lost my editor after the first book and I didn't feel like the new editor really got the books. And the second cover was awful and the sales on the series after the first book were mediocre. Anyway I bought the books back from my publisher, from Scholastic.

    They got a sell-off period and I actually found out that it isn't until January 1st that their sell-off period ends, or I guess December 31st. So as of January 1st, I own the rights again. The UK is releasing an omnibus edition of all four together. And then I will eventually write the fifth book, at some future date, maybe this year after I finish with Stormlight 2. I really got to keep my eye on Stormlight 2 for a while. So, the answer is, kind of- stuff might happen. I mean, we will probably will, at least, release ebooks of them in the early part of next year, so they can be found. And there's also the omnibus edition, which I told the UK they could sell over here if they wanted to, so you can order it and things like that.

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  • 53

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    I enjoy Way of Kings, it seems like thatís the one where everyoneís coming together. I was reading online about Galladon and Demoux being in it. I enjoyed that. Is that going to happen more often?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In that book- that series, yes. There will be more crossover. Itís kinda one of the core stories, along with the things happening on the Mistborn world and things like that. And so, thereís going to be a lot more crossover. Most of itís still kind of subtle stuff, but if you keep your eyes open thereíll be some real zingers in the next two books.

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    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    So, is it next year, 2013 that [Stormlight 2] will come out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    2013, itíll be next year.

    QUESTION

    At the end of the- like the fall?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yep, I am a quarter of the way through it, and as long as I turn in an early draft by April theyíll be able to do it by the fall.

    Footnote

    The release date is currently scheduled at March 4, 2014. It is still subject to change.

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  • 55

    Interview: Apr 4th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Tor.com has also started a reread of The Way of Kings in preparation for the release of the sequel, Words of Radiance, hopefully later this year. Two reread posts have gone up so far, the first one covering the prelude and the second talking about the prologue. And the ebook of Kings is still $2.99 for the next week or so.

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  • 56

    Interview: Apr 4th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    And here's the newest video of me writing a chapter from Words of Radiance.

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  • 57

    Interview: Apr 11th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tor.com is continuing its reread of The Way of Kings. This week's article covers chapters 1 and 2, which include Kaladin's introduction.

    And here's the newest video of me writing a chapter from Words of Radiance. This is the climax, but there are two short videos after this. I'll upload the sped-up version of the chapter the same day I upload the final video.

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  • 58

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tor.com has put up another two chapters of their reread of The Way of Kings: chapters 3 and 4. This covers Shallan's introduction and Kaladin's arrival at the Shattered Plains.

    If you missed my AMA at Reddit, you can find my answers here.

    I've finished uploading the videos of me writing one of the interludes from Words of Radiance, the sequel to The Way of Kings. I've also made a high-speed version of all of the writing, which you can see below, if the real-time version was too slow for you. There's a playlist of all of the real-time videos here, and the final video (if you were keeping up already) is here.

    This has been a bit of an experiment, to show my writing process. Now that it's all done, what have you thought about the experiment?

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  • 59

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    The_Vikachu ()

    Is Kaladin naturally stronger than Szeth in using Stormlight? Szeth can only hold onto it for a few minutes, but Kaladin has been shown to hold onto it for much longer. Or does it have to do with Kaladin having a spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, so you all noticed that, did you. :) Glad you did. I have like a dozen things I nearly posted here, but all of them spoil a scene in Words of Radiance. So I'll just zip it for now.

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  • 60

    Interview: Feb 12th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíve got three names, and you can tell me what you think. Peter wants ďKnights RadiantĒ; Moshe, my editor, wants ďLightweaverĒ; and I want ďThe Words of Radiance.Ē For the second Stormlight book.

    (general chaotic discussion of names, pros and cons)

    Harriet:

    I donít like yours, itís too long.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They like ďLightweaverĒ Ė Iím worried, having a book called ďA Memory of LightĒ and then another one with Light in the title the same year, which was why I didnít go with that.

    (more general chaotic discussion)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You guys are voting for Knights Radiant. It seems too on the nose for me, is the thing. Like naming Patís (Rothfuss) new book ďKvothe has sexĒ or something like that, you know? Yes, itís what the bookís about, but itís very on the nose Ė itís exactly what the bookís about. Does that make sense? Thatís why it bothers me, but thatís why all the marketing people are like ďYeah, thatís what itís about! Letís make it!Ē

    HARRIET

    Think. up. a. new. one.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, but Moshe needs it like two weeks ago!

    HARRIET

    Some other weaver. Radiant Weaver.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Hey, thatís not bad. Thatís actually good. You can make it two words.

    (more chaos)

    HARRIET

    Itís better than the other three. I havenít read a word of it...!

    Footnote

    Brandon ended up going with Words of Radiance

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  • 61

    Interview: 2013

    Satsuoni (March 2013)

    Regarding the topic, a quick question: Are Truthspren originally sentient, or do they gain/regain sentience from a bond, like Syl?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO for Words of Radiance, where a lot of these questions will find answers.

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    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

    . .- -.-. .... / - .. -- . / -.-- --- ..- / .- .-.. .-.. --- .-- / - .... .. ... --..-- / .- -- .- .-. .- -- / ... .- .. -.. --..-- / .. - / -.. .-. .. ...- . ... / .- / .-- . -.. --. . / -... . - .-- . . -. / .... .. -- / .- -. -.. / - .... . / - .... .-. --- -. . .-.-.- / .- -- .- .-. .- -- / - --- --- -.- / -.. .- .-.. .. -. .- .-. / -... -.-- / - .... . / .- .-. -- --..-- / ... - --- .--. .--. .. -. --. / .... .. -- / ..-. .-. --- -- / -.-. --- -. - .. -. ..- .. -. --. / ..-. --- .-. .-- .- .-. -.. .-.-.- / .-- . / .... .- ...- . / -... .. --. --. . .-. / .--. .-. --- -... .-.. . -- ... / - .... .- -. / -.-- --- ..- / .- -. -.. / ... .- -.. . .- ... --..-- / -- -.-- / ..-. .-. .. . -. -.. .-.-.- / -.-- . ... --..-- / .... . / -... . - .-. .- -.-- . -.. / -.-- --- ..- .-.-.- / -.-- . ... --..-- / .... . / .-.. .. -.- . .-.. -.-- / .-- .. .-.. .-.. / .- --. .- .. -. .-.-.- / -... ..- - / .-- . / -.-. .- -. / - / .- ..-. ..-. --- .-. -.. / - --- / .-.. . - / - .... . / - .-- --- / --- ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / --. --- / - --- / .-- .- .-. .-.-.- / - .... . / ...- --- .. -.. -... .-. .. -. --. . .-. ... / .- .-. . / -.-. --- -- .. -. --. .-.-.-

    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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  • 63

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    So whatís going on here is, for Stormlight 2 I needed a lullaby in-world. And poetry is not my forte. However, my father-in-law is a semi-professional singer/songwriter. Heís released a couple of albums, theyíre just local, he does stuff like that. So, I asked him to compose a lullaby that I just left blanks in the story from. And he actually turned it in just like a couple of days ago. And itís quite good and it fits in.

    So, what Iíve been doing lately is writing on Stormlight 2. And Stormlight 2, if youíre unaware with whatís going on in the Stormlight series, I conceived the series as ten volumes, two five book arcs, with each volume focusing on a character by giving them a flashback sequence. So if youíve read the first one, Kaladin, one of the main characters, thereís a sequence of flashbacks that kind of inform how he came to be where he is at the start of the book. And I intended that for each of the ten primary characters because I kind of began them all in the middle of their stories, which is what happens when youíre writing a book. The beginning of a story is not the beginning of a book. Itís impossible to tell the beginning of a story because thereís always something more that could come before. So you start with people who have passions, who have lives, who have things going on and then I wanted to use these sequences to bring you back up to where they were when they started.

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  • 64

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    This was a method I thought I would use in order to help divide each book and help me envision each book as a stand-alone volume in the series. Because one of the challenges of writing a big series like this is you donít want them all to blend together. You want them each to feel distinct, to have their own climaxes and their own story because when they start to blend together it can be detrimental to the series in the long run. So in my original outline, I spent a lot of time figuring out what everyoneís story was going to be but I didnít actually have to do them in a certain order because they all are flashbacks I didnít have to have the flashbacks in certain parts. And so I wasnít sure whether I was going to do Dalinar or Shallan for the second book, I always knew I was going to do Kaladin for the first book. And I ended up deciding on Shallan, in part because I want to get into her story because of things that are happening in the plot but also because I wanted Dalinarís sequence to come later.

    Now, Iím not promising that characters all survive that long. Itís entirely possible, just so you know, that I would kill someone off and still show their flashback sequence. Because the flashbacks arenít them having a flashback, the flashbacks are- itís not them sitting there and remembering that, it is simply a non-linear way of telling their story. So just so you know, that doesnít necessarily mean that Dalinar survives til book five.

    Shallan Flashback

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  • 65

    Interview: Mar 17th, 2012

    Question

    A question related to that. Thereís an idea going around that all the spren that can Nahel Bond, all Knight Radiant spren are called honorspren, and then Nohadon talks specifically about honorspren. Is that the case? You know, is it just the Windrunner spren, or is it all the spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím going to deal with this in the next book. So Iíll just go ahead and let it be a literal RAFO. It is coming.

    (interruption, leading Brandon to lose his train of thought)

    So what we are dealing with here is that all Spren are indeed all pieces of the one who has gone, so those spren are all- except the Windrunner spren, the spren like Syl, have certain umm.

    ZAS

    Nohadon mentioned that "All the spren arenít as discerning as honorspren."

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    So there has been dissension among them about who gets to call themselves honorspren, if that makes sense, and there is some disagreement among scholars about which ones are really, you know "This is what defines an honorspren".

    But the spren you are running into are all (something) of either Honor or Cultivation, or some mixture between them. And you can usually tell the ones that are more Honor, and the ones that are more Cultivation. That should be able to be (something).

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  • 66

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2013

    Question

    You've been described as "insanely prolific," and with all of your recent releases that's an apt descriptor. How do you find the time to write so much, and more importantly, how do you keep the stories and characters fresh?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will write something big, like one of the Wheel of Time books or Words of Radiance, and once I'm done with it I'll need a break. But the thing I find most fun in the world is writing—I don't want to go do something else, I want to write something—but I want to write something I don't have to write. So a lot of these side projects you're seeing—this is where The Rithmatist and Steelheart came from—are from me taking a break from the big epics to do something a little different, to have a change of pace.

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  • 67

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2013

    Question

    Going back to characters: Stormlight Archive is very character driven—each book essentially focuses on one character. Who will we learn more about in Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the second book Shallan becomes the focus, though I would honestly say there is as much Kaladin in in the second book as there is in the first book. In the first book the things Shallan was doing were important and fun, but at the same time her plot line was intentionally disjointed because I was setting up what's happening in this book.

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    Interview: Aug 31st, 2013

    WorldCon Flash AMA (Verbatim)

    Question (read by Brandon)

    How is it going with Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, yeah. It's going. It will meet the March deadline, this one. The reason it got delayed just was a couple of things, mostly that this year has been so busy for me. I wanted to give the book the time it needed, we needed time on the art. I just turned in the first chunk of the next draft to my editor. It looks our deadline to turn it in is November 1st, and that's what weíre going to want to do, is bring the last draft to be copy edited then. So it's going all right.

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  • 69

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2013

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    What are some characteristics of and how many other wordhoppers are there that we have seen excluding Hoid, Demoux, and Galladon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You gave me really good wiggle room on that one. Obviously the other person with Galladon and Demoux.

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    Right, the one from a future book.

    Brandon Sanderson

    His characteristics areÖ What is he like? Some people have read his book so they know what he's likeÖ

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    Which book is he from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He's from White Sand.

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    Okay, that's one I have but have not gotten to.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's only mediocre so don't worry about it. Let's see what other worldhoppers I want to give you clues aboutÖ Thereís a Terriswoman running around, if you keep your eyes open.

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    I have to read it, everything.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Who else do I want to talk aboutÖ Words of Radiance has a couple good ones, that will be pretty obvious.

    Footnote

    The Terriswoman worldhopper was later revealed to be in Warbreaker though her identity is still unknown.

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  • 70

    Interview: Mar 24th, 2014

    Question

    The Way of Kings has been referred to as one of the finest Fantasy books released in the past decade (many would suggest much longer than that). Can you give readers a sense of how the story progresses in Words of Radiance and how you feel it compares to the first in terms of the reading experience it offers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Boy, big question. Living up to a really successful book is always hard. As writers, you get in this mindset where you read through something that you've done, and you think, how did that even happen? How did it come together? You're always surprised, and there's always a sense of, "Well, I can never do that again." Right? But that happens consistently as you work on things. I've had that same sense for Words of Radiance. It turned out wonderfully. So where does it go? It expands the world and the characters. It shows off a new magic. It has Wit being himself. It involves more depth into the understanding of Realmatic Theory and the cosmere. It lets several of the characters really come into their own. It moves at a fast pace, and things where you may have been thinking, "Oh, it's not going to go there at least for a few more books," happen immediately instead of taking forever. This is all part of my desire and goal for the series. I wrote a really big essay for Tor.com about how I envisioned these books going, where I look at each one as being more than book, where I'm playing with the idea of what it means to be an epic. Words of Radiance went very well in that regard. I plotted it like a trilogy, and wrote it as this one book made of three books. Anyway, I'm just super excited about how it turned out. I'm trying to talk around giving any spoilers, but it's also very humbling that people have enjoyed the series so much.

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  • 71

    Interview: Mar 24th, 2014

    Question

    The Way of Kings was around 1000 pages. Words of Radiance is almost 1100. I've done the calculations and using extrapolation book 10 will be 280,000 pages long (assuming geometric growth). Of course, that is only really a problem for the printers (who have to find a way to bind them), but do you think there are any limits as to how long a book should be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, in some ways The Wheel of Time is a single novel, and can be read that way, and is actually eligible for some awards this year as a single completed novel. If there is an upper limit, it's longer than The Wheel of Time was. I don't think I'm likely to hit it with The Stormlight Archive. On a more serious note, when creating a book of this length, what I have to ask myself is, what is the purpose of the length? Why am I doing what I'm doing? I like to be conscious as a writer. In this case, as I mentioned earlier, I do view each book in The Stormlight Archive as multiple books unto itself. You can pick up The Way of Kings and read it with break points at certain places to make it into a trilogy of books. In Words of Radiance, they're even more distinct. It's like you're picking up a collection, an omnibus that is called Words of Radiance, that is really three books, plus a short story collection, plus an art book. For me, length is a way that I can tell you these smaller stories are all connected in a larger story, which is in turn connected in a larger story. It allows me to create a type of art that I can't create in the shorter form. Yes, I'm sure there is a boundary. I would personally think it's far beyond what I'm capable of achieving in my lifetime.

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  • 72

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Nicrosil

    Just got back, asked a few questions. Please note that these are super paraphrased, but I did see someone's IPhone on the table, so we hopefully have a transcript!

    Question

    Have we seen another Lightweaver?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The power? Yes. The Order? No.

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  • 73

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Nicrosil

    Would any of the Orders be okay with one being an assassin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Nicrosil

    Please note that a family member decided to drop in at this point, so I may have heard wrong. Woops.

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  • 74

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Nicrosil

    Is Liss a Surgebinder?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO!

    Nicrosil

    Omagawsh it's an actual card this is so cool...

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  • 75

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Nicrosil

    Will we ever see more of Stick?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *Laughs* Everyone loves Stick. But no, there aren't any plans to have more Stick.

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  • 76

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Question

    Why does the shardbearer — when they're dueling with Adolin and Renarin — why does the shardbearer freak out when Kaladin grabs the sword — like, he screams, and shouts "I didn't kill you!" and ran away?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Why does he do that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because when Kaladin was there and they were touching it, they actually heard the spren that was inside of it.

    Question

    So it wasn't Syl that he heard, it was —

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was the sword's spren. That Kaladin was touching it — when a Knight Radiant touches it — you'll see when other Knights Radiant pick up sword, they can hear the screaming.

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  • 77

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Question

    How did Shallan rescue Kaladin when they fell in the chasm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She did not, it was actually Syl. But he was in the process of breaking the bond, and so she was able to get some stormlight to him, but that is what really — Like you can imagine, this bond was really a strain for her to use at that point, so it was her, but doing what she did just about destroyed her, which is why you don't hear from her after that.

    Question

    Is healing a universal stormlight power then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, within reason. Some are better at it, but it is a universal power.

    Question

    With Dalinar, as a bondsmith, what does that mean his power-?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a good question! That is going to be an [RAFO card].

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  • 78

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Question

    Do we ever get to see a good banter between Wit and Shallan?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She is not quite ready yet to be on his level. And if you watch through the series, her use of humor will mature. And in fact you should be able to notice a difference between these two even [Way of Kings and Words of Radiance]. By later books she will be able to stand a little bit better. Right now he would rip her to shreds.

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  • 79

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Brandon Sanderson

    Anyone else have questions or books that they need signed?

    Question

    I have a question. You gave me one of these little Szeth cards. I noticed on the back it looks like a game.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah it does, doesnít it?

    Question

    Whatís the story with that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Those—that was just like randomly printed there.

    Herowannabe

    [in a stage whisper] I donít think heís telling the truth.

    Brandon Sanderson

    We just got them back and we were like, "Wow, those random collection of letters look surprisingly like words from my books. How did that happen?"

    Question

    [inaudible ]Ö look forward to that?

    Aradel

    Heís not allowed to say.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís not a ďNot allowed to say,Ē itís that this is a fun little thing that may become something in the distant future.

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  • 80

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    macros

    Based on what we know currently about the ten heartbeats, why does Szeth require ten heartbeats to bring forth his Honorblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perception is a very important part of how these things all work, and remember, the Honorblades work differently from everything else. Everything was based upon them. Why donít you read and find out whatís going on there, but remember, the charactersí perception is very important.

    macros

    So then thatís why at one point Shallan requires ten heartbeats and now she doesnít.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, just like—itís the exact same reason why Kaladinís forehead wounds donít heal, because he views himself as need—as having those, somewhere deep inside of him, and that canít heal until that goes away. And itís the same reason why in Warbreaker, when you bring something to life your intention, rather than really what you say, is what matters. Itís all about perception.

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  • 81

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    macros

    I finally asked if he could write anything in my book that we did not already know about the Skybreakers. I will upload the picture when I get home but it is the second oath of the Skybreakers which says:

    Brandon Sanderson

    "I will put the law before all else."

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  • 82

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    If Taravangian made the Diagram, and telling the future is of the Voidbringers, is that a bad sign?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on if you're speaking culturally or actually magically.

    Question

    Magically, I guess.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because he would claim to you that he did it all with strength of mind and no magical influence other than enhanced mind. That's what he would tell you. And so in that case it would not beóculturally they'd look very weirdly at it, but spiritually he would say it's not of the Voidbringers.

    Question

    Right. He would say that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh-huh.

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  • 83

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    We were talking that it's kind of a shame that Dalinar doesn't have his own "real" spren. I think it's an upgrade, is there a way I should think of this? Is it a cool thing or a bad thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a cool thing, it's also a very dangerous thing.

    Question

    Well [the Stormfather] controls the highstorms ... follow-up question: if he dies, does that affect the spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Dying, as long as the oaths are not broken, does not affect the spren in a very terrible way. There are effects.

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  • 84

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Sweetness

    What would the Willshapers think about Adolin killing Sadeas?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Willshapers would probably be ok with that.

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  • 85

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    Kaladin in the second book seemed to be a different Kaladin than at the end of the first book.

    Brandon Sanderson

    What way?

    Question

    Angrier, and my question is, why did you write him that way?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has always been angry. In the first book, he is focused on saving his men and now that his men are safe, all of those emotionsóif you go look at him from the first nine chapters of Way of Kings, he's that way there, it's when he becomes focused on saving his men he has something to drive him and it kind of subsumes these things, but once they're safe all these things he hasn't dealt with came back out.

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  • 86

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2014

    Ant

    The Stormlight Archive already has that feeling of an "epic" tale, not just in the size of the novels and the rich world building but the story too. Do you have any idea how long the book series might go on for?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I conceived The Stormlight Archive as a series dealing with ten characters, where each book took one of the characters and delved deeply into their past and their psychology. Granted, the other characters will appear, as Kaladin is a big part of Words of Radiance even though this volume could be described as Shallan's book. Since I have those ten characters, and there are ten orders of Knights Radiant, I built a ten-book series with two five-book arcs: five books and then a break, followed by another five books.

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  • 87

    Interview: Mar 18th, 2014

    Graeme Flory

    1. On a scale of flashlight to floodlight, how radiant are the words in Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say at least 300 broams' worth, if not more. Full broams.

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  • 88

    Interview: Mar 17th, 2014

    SFFWorld

    1. So: Book 2. How does this book differ from Book 1?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Living up to a really successful book is always hard. The second book expands the world and the characters. It shows off a new magic. It has Wit being himself. It involves more depth into the understanding of Realmatic theory and the Cosmere. It lets several of the characters really come into their own. It moves at a fast pace, and things where you may have been thinking, "Oh, it's not going to go there at least for a few more books," happen immediately instead of taking forever. This is all part of my desire and goal for the series. I wrote a really big essay for Tor.com about how I envisioned these books going, where I look at each one as being more than book, where I'm playing with the idea of what it means to be an epic. Words of Radiance went very well in that regard. I plotted it like a trilogy, and wrote it as this one book made of three books. Anyway, I'm just super excited about how it turned out. The major difference between this book and the first book is that Shallan comes more to the forefront. Kaladin's presence in the second book is about the same as it was in the first book. But this one is more Shallan and has a little less Dalinar than the first one.

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  • 89

    Interview: Mar 17th, 2014

    SFFWorld

    2. Will we learn more about the character currently known as Hoid in Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, you will. Watch for a story told at a bar.

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  • 90

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2013

    Question

    Are you going to do a new pin for Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh yah, I should do something like that. I wasn't thinking I should do one, but I really should.

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  • 91

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2013

    Question

    Will Hoid be making a reappearance in Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    I also heard he was part of your unpublished Dragonsteel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is.

    Question

    And is that a series you are going to be publishing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will eventually rewrite it, it is not up to my current standards. I consider the events that happen in it basically to be canon. With some exceptions, like for instance when I originally wrote Dragonsteel the Shattered Plains were there and Dalinar was there and I split off Way of Kings into its own book. I took half of what had been Dragonsteel and made it into the Stormlight Archive and I split half of it off onto a separate planet. If you were to read it, you can check it out from BYU, half of it will be a less well-written version of the Shattered Plains sequence of Way of Kings and the other half is Hoid's story. And Hoid's story stuff is still kind of canon but the rest...

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  • 92

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2014

    Question

    In the chapter 84 code, does the sequence 111 denote a special character such as a space between words

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do not believe there is a 111 to separate words unless it was added by Peter when I wasn't looking.

    Is this a question from the 17th Shard?

    Question

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will say this, the key is in another epigraph.

    Footnote

    The code in question was decoded by Darmad of the 17th Shard

    17rh Shard

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  • 93

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    Why did you gloss over [audio obscured]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because Jasnah, that was not going to happen in this book. In the initial plot it didn't happen, and Shallan was unable to, in the initial scenes I wrote, come into her own and so I had to make major revisions to the plot for this outline, the biggest thing I did was that.

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  • 94

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    At the very end of Words of Radiance, Dalinar touches a Shardblade and it screams at him. Should that particular Blade have been safe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No it should not have. It's a clue that something has happened. There are other clues that something is wrong with what the story you've been told is.

    Question

    Because Option 2 is that it's unsafe to touch an honorblade, but there's no evidence of that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is no evidence of that. There's much stronger evidence that something else is going on.

    Question

    Did Hoid switch out the blades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid did not switch out the blades, but good question.

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  • 95

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    There is certain type of chicken that makes two appearances in Words of Radiance, is that chicken an Aviar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but good question.

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  • 96

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    QUESTION

    How deep are you going into Shadesmar in WoR?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Not terribly deep in WoR. We're going to have to wait until Jasnah or Shallan are exploring it more.

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  • 97

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2014

    Jean Marie Ward

    Are you going through the five stages of grief?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know. I had such a long time to prepare for it. It's not like getting hit with the five stages of grief in the same way, since I knew this was only going to be a short thing. But there is a sense of regret. At the same time, being able to write the Stormlight Archive is awesome.

    I had been planning this series for many years and being able to share with people these stories that I've wanted to tell for such a long time is very gratifying. Words of Radiance, the second book, this has scenes in it that I initially sketched out to write some eight, nine years ago that I'd been planning.

    They came out just as I'd been planning them and it was really exciting that people can now read those.

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  • 98

    Interview: Mar 8th, 2014

    Ness

    Any hints on the chapter 84 code?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a key in the book.

    Footnote

    http://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/6762-chapter-84-decoded-epigraph-message/ - this was a puzzle that was decoded. The chapter 84 epigraph: 1118251011127124915121010111410215117112101112171344831110715142541434109161491493412122541010125127101519101112341255115251215755111234101112915121061534 decoded as: Hold the secret that broke the Knights Radiant. You may need it to destroy the new Orders when they return.

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  • 99

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    What was the tweak you wanted to put in the end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    At the end of the day, I kind of wish that I had had Kaladin decide not to kill Szeth. But him killing Szeth is what the outline calls for and it's going to send the book in some interesting ways but I kinda wish I hadn't done that. Forcing him to live with what he'd done instead. Taking his blade and forcing him to live with what he'd done, I'd kind of wish that's what I'd done.

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  • 100

    Interview: Mar 12th, 2015

    AGRooster (Reddit)

    Highprince Sando,

    Thank you for the hundreds of hours of entertainment you've provided me with your works. I am currently fascinated by your decision to alter the ending to WoR. I understand it was especially necessary for you considering how intent and self realization are inherently tied to the surgebinding magic system. It must have been a tough decision to move forward with a mass change like this nonetheless. What are the logistical implications? Do you know the time frame or if it will be possible at all to change the audiobooks? I'd think at the earliest those wouldn't be possible until the third book comes out (since Michael Kramer and Kate Reading will already be in the booth) but I'm just guessing at this point. How will the roll out of WoR 2.0 proceed?

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit)

    Thanks!

    It was a tough decision. I think Lucas has ruined doing things like this for a lot of people, and I was certain many readers would dislike it. (Turns out, there have been fewer voices against it than I'd assumed.)

    One of the things I'll be doing is making sure Book Three works with either version of the ending. I consider the changes minor. The big reason I made the swap, however, was that (I hope) these books will be read for years to come, and I wanted to get the right ending.

    It shouldn't be TOO bad logistically. Remember, the changes shouldn't matter too much for the story as a whole. We will be changing the audiobooks if we can, however, but you're probably right--book three will be when it happens.

    I don't plan this to be a common occurrence, but at the same time, I was increasingly certain I wanted this tweak made. So I did it for my own peace of mind, though I figured the majority of fans would rather I not.

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  • 101

    Interview: Mar 12th, 2015

    potterhead42 (Reddit)

    Hi, Brandon, I read Mistborn last year and now you're my favorite author. Thanks for writing books that make me go "hell yeah this is awesome!". Also, your video lectures are great. I have no writing aspirations myself, but it is really cool to know all that inside info on the craft and the publishing industry. So, the questions...

    1. You recently changed up the text of Elantris and Words of Radiance. Do you feel like you need to change something about the Mistborn trilogy? I think it's perfect
    2. Will we ever see you write a series with a non-rigid magic system? Not that there's anything wrong with allomancy etc. (they're pretty cool to be honest), but I would be really interested in seeing you handle something vague.
    3. On Scadrial, humans were created as the result of deal between Ruin and Preservation. But what about the rest of the humans on the other worlds of the Cosmere?
    4. Do you think Kelsier could defeat Miles one on one?
    5. I recently started the Wheel of Time (2 books down), and it is quite fun. What would you say is your favorite book a. among the ones written by Mr. Jordan? b. Among the ones written by you?
    6. What can you tell us about your new book, Rampart? ;)

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit)

    1) I've expressed that my one regret with Mistborn is the climax of Book One, where I think I bring in drawing upon the mists too early in the series without enough foreshadowing. That said, I'm not planning to revise it, even if we do a 10th anniversary edition like with Elantris. The problems with Elantris created continuity issues; the problem with Mistborn is more of an artistic choice, making it similar to the problem in WoR. The difference here is that I'm still working on Stormlight, so it is considered to be an open book in my head--while Mistborn is done, and it's time to leave it alone.
    2) I understand exactly what you mean, and I've played with some, but they don't work as well in the Cosmere. I think I might be able to slip one in, or, do something non-Cosmere.
    3) It's split. Some predate the shattering; others were created. The humans that existed before were always a model, which is why they're so similar to one another.

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