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Posted by: eriksdb on Aug 18, 2011 at 05:38:06 PM
Hail and well met,
I conducted an interview recently with Ed Greenwood regarding his new novel, BURY ELMINSTER DEEP. Check it out!
(A forenote to Matt James: I gave you the scoop, but not the exclusive. If people want to read the original posting of this interview, check it out on Loremaster!)
Words from the Scribes: Bury Elminster Deep
Ed Greenwood is the legendary creator of the panoramic Forgotten Realms campaign setting, which has spawned hundreds of game products and even more hundreds of novels.
His latest novel, Bury Elminster Deep (sequel to the very accurately named Elminster Must Die) features one of his most beloved, iconic characters, who started the novel, well . . . dead. The great sage sat down with me recently to assess a seemingly dire situation....
Posted by: eriksdb on Jun 20, 2011 at 08:55:39 PM
READER: “How do you write dialogue and make it sound real?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): Avoid anachronisms and anamundisms, first and foremost (no medieval-era characters saying, “Cool” or “Yep”). Then, keep it as simple and unpolished (except for truly formal moments, with pedantic speakers) as real conversation usually is. Then, read it over for pace and flow; it shouldn’t sound abrupt or halting unless the situation warrants.
Erin Evans (author of The God Catcher): My favorite part of writing! I think what makes the biggest difference is LISTENING. Eavesdrop on everyone, frankly, and get really used to the patterns of people’s speech. If you’re getting all your speech patterns from movies,...
Posted by: eriksdb on May 24, 2011 at 07:26:28 AM
READER: “In a fantasy story, what historical inaccuracy has most made you grind your teeth?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): An inaccuracy I’ve read several times, from different modern American writers, who in their various medieval-era castles, swords, and dragons settings, have had things bought and sold (and assassination contracts arranged) in . . . DOLLARS. Presumably good old greenbacks. Wince.
Erin Evans (author of The God Catcher): I’ll mostly swallow historical innacuracies—it’s a fantasy world; I can buy that they have language/tech/culture that real world medieval societies didn’t---but anthropological illogicalities drive me bonkers. Cultural decisions have repercussions. Landscape and resources...
Posted by: eriksdb on May 17, 2011 at 07:06:22 PM
READER: “What sport do you follow? Or which sport at least holds some interest for you?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): Football (both North American kinds, plus “Australian rules”), hockey, polo, and cricket. Plus “Huntdown/Dangerous Game” (the sort of across-bush-country manhunt seen these days in such television shows as MANTRACKER), if you consider that a sport. Caving/spelunking, which I did a lot of in my younger days, if you count that as a sport.
Erin Evans (author of The God Catcher): Football. I don’t really watch it regularly, but it’s the only sport I know all the rules for and I can watch without getting bored. It’s like ritualized warfare. (Friend Erin)
Christopher Rowe (author...
Posted by: eriksdb on May 10, 2011 at 08:10:20 AM
READER: “What other author(s) do you most seek to emulate and how?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): Wodehouse for humor, Pratchett for satire, Zelazny for style (when appropriate), Kay and May for breadth of vision and making the setting seem real, and McKillip and McKinley for focus.
Erin Evans (author of The God Catcher): For an assignment once, I had to bring in examples of three authors I just love and would give anything to write like . After a lot of consideration, I showed up with The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon, and The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan (this being the only Amy Tan book I apparently owned). Willis, I brought for her flow—I cannot put her books...
Posted by: eriksdb on May 4, 2011 at 07:58:01 AM
READER: “If you were the DM and I was a PC, what could I expect in our adventure?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): It depends on the context (tournament adventure or for charity at a convention, or my own “home” campaign). I always encourage ham acting, and “playing out” conversations and confrontations in-character. In a tournament adventure, there’s usually going to be a linear plot (task/mission to be done), but in the original Realms, with my original players, it’s all about intrigue and the unfolding of endless complex subplots, not monster-bashing.
Posted by: eriksdb on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:26:10 PM
How well do you know your FR Authors? Every week you can expect an update to the author roundtable, featuring many of our best Forgotten Realms authors’ answers to the world’s most important questions, right here on this blog. Submissions for new questions welcome through private message.
READER: “What sort of characters are your favorite to write, and which ones challenge you?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): In serious scenes, I most like timid, unsure, naïve, or young characters “coming into their own,” stepping forward under pressure to become themselves or blossom into heroes. In comedy, I like giving comeuppances to arrogant characters who misuse authority. Challenges for me are characters who change...
Posted by: eriksdb on Apr 11, 2011 at 09:24:15 PM
READER: “Do you go to any Cons? Which is your favorite?”
How well do you know your FR Authors? Every Monday you can expect an update to the author roundtable, featuring many of our best Forgotten Realms authors’ answers to the world’s most important questions, right here on this blog. Submissions for new questions welcome through private message.
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): I go to half a dozen cons in a given year, these days (in my younger, more globetrotting days, the annual number was higher). I love a lot of cons for different reasons, but my most frequent favorite, year in and year out, is GenCon. I get to visit with most of my gaming friends there, once a year.
Posted by: eriksdb on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:35:03 PM
READER: “What naughty little writer habit do you have that you try to get rid of but just can’t?”
Ed Greenwood (author of Elminster Must Die): Not saying “No.” Taking on endless projects, all at once, and not writing with the blazing speed I once did, to do justice to them all. I begin to understand the lure of lichdom; I will have to live forever to get around to all the things I want to do or write.
Mark Sehestedt (author...