What would you be surprised if people didnâ€™t know about you?
How well do you know your FR Authors? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can expect an update to the author roundtable, featuring many of our best Forgotten Realms authorsâ€™ answers to the worldâ€™s most important questions, right here on this blog. Submissions for new questions welcome through private message.Â
Ed Greenwood (author of The Sword Never Sleeps): That I like worldbuilding, and gaming, and fantasy. If theyâ€™ve heard of me at all, itâ€™s probably in one of those contexts. I like to keep my career as an exotic dancer secrâ€”oops.
Philip Athans (author of A Readerâ€™s Guide to R.A. Salvatoreâ€™s Legend of Drizzt): That I started playing D&D the summer of 1978 and have been playing ever since. I came into the Book Department at TSR in September 1995 as the departmentâ€™s â€śresident gamer,â€ť if you can believe that.
Jak Koke (author of The Edge of Chaos): That I wrote a series of Shadowrun novels in the 90s . . . That for many years I was the managing editor for Per Aspera Press (where a certain soon-to-be famous fellow Forgotten Realms author and Eberron line editor got her start in editing.) That I go to Norwescon every year . . .
Jenna Helland (author of The Fanged Crown): I love books with pictures: kidsâ€™ books, graphic novels, illustrated encyclopedias (the more specific the better), how-to books in Gaelic. . . as long as there are illustrations, Iâ€™m happy.
Erin Evans (author of The God Catcher): I donâ€™t write the way I talk. A long time ago I gave up worrying about how I sound in casual conversationâ€”I like slang too much! I reflexively pepper my speech with â€śtotallyâ€ť and â€ślike.â€ť And when I get going (and I get going fast), there is no stopping the string of invented adjectives and adverbs. Sometimes the only difference between a one-dimensional teen stereotypeâ€™s dialogue and mine is that I can use â€śfewerâ€ť and â€ślessâ€ť correctly. The only things that my speech has in common with my writing are that it flows very quickly, and I am insanely fond of metaphorical language in both.
Christopher Rowe (author of a story in Realms of the Dead): Iâ€™d be surprised if people didnâ€™t know Iâ€™m from the South. Wait, I mean that Iâ€™d be surprised if people whoâ€™d met me in person didnâ€™t know Iâ€™m from the South.
Erik Scott de Bie (author of Downshadow): It surprises meÂ when people donâ€™t know that Iâ€™m really tall, but it doesnâ€™t surprise me at allÂ when people donâ€™t really have a sense of that height until they actually meet me. Then the eyes widen.
Jaleigh Johnson (author of Mistshore): Most people who know me should know that Iâ€™m terrified of spiders and large insects, especially grasshoppers. Salvador Dali had the right ideaâ€”you canâ€™t trust those twitchy little buggers.
Richard Baker (author of Avenger): Iâ€™d be surprised if people didnâ€™t know I was a Phillies fan. Iâ€™ve mentioned it in my author bios for like twelve years now. When I started doing it the Phillies were really pretty wretched. Now theyâ€™ve been one of the best teams in baseball for four or five years, and Iâ€™m a little worried that new readers might regard me as a fair-weather phan. Trust me, I paid my dues.
James P. DavisÂ (author of Circle of Skulls): Why do you ask? Do you know something about me? Something surprising? Was that you I saw nosing around that old shed in my backyard? Well, just to be safe, I suppose now Iâ€™ll have to kill you too . . .