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#1 2009-07-23 21:05:56

strangeshe
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Interviews

New interview with Tad and Deb on Talking with Tim

O’Shea: Is there anything about Dragons of Ordinary Farm you’d like to discuss that I neglected to ask you about?

Williams: One of the fun things is you can read it as a straightforward adventure, but some of the ideas are going to be quite big. Like, what is the long-term meaning of the fault line… Because it isn’t going to stay static. There’s an idea about evolution at work, and an idea about parallel universes. There will be time-travel paradoxes too.

Beale: I just think it’s a gorgeous great jewel chest stuffed with ideas. Ideas are like jewels I think: they thrill me and sometimes they’re beautiful.

 

#2 2009-07-29 11:03:34

Olaf
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Re: Interviews

Excerpts from the interviews with Tad & Deborah are now online at locusmag.com

Tad Williams: Things Go Away, Things Come Back

“The other reason my books tend to be long is that I have my own ideas about how you make people immerse themselves in an environment, and one of the ways is that you have to give the environment a certain amount of credibility in itself, and that means you have to spend a certain amount of time introducing it and acquainting people with it as you go along.

Deborah Beale: The Arc of Life

“When I got into publishing, I had a brief period (thankfully) when I wanted to work with literary fiction. I read for Sonny Mehta when was the head of Pan, and when he was acquiring for the Picador list, and I quickly learned that not very good literary fiction is just really bad fiction, and that by contrast, I was really interested in stuff like young adult fiction and popular fiction. I was the lowliest of a number of editors working on So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish, and that was a trip. It was actually the first Douglas Adams I'd read, and I literally fell out of my seat laughing, and then all these anxious sales people, plus Sonny, came to cross-examine me about how funny was it really, and was it truly going to work.”


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Writing books, especially long books, is a careful balance between laziness and masochism.
Tad Williams

 

#3 2009-08-02 14:13:40

Olaf
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Re: Interviews


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Writing books, especially long books, is a careful balance between laziness and masochism.
Tad Williams

 

#4 2009-08-05 14:42:33

strangeshe
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Re: Interviews

Thanks for posting both of these, Olaf.

(Meant to tell you earlier that I used the same passages you quoted from the Locus interviews when posting about it on the News page.)

 

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