"There's a tremendous amount of pressure. Sometimes you feel like there are millions of people looking over your shoulder [laughs], and some of them are very, very impatient.... But Winds of Winter will come out.
"I fully expect that the day after it comes out, I will get the first email that says, 'So when is A Dream of Spring coming out?'"
Game of Thrones is back, folks. But that's not what George R.R. Martin came to talk about. When Amazon editor Adrian Liang sat down to chat with the creator of the Song of Ice and Fire series (via telephone, as you will hear), the topics at hand were his new graphic novel, Starport, and Wild Cards, a rapidly expanding shared-world series pitting the superhuman Aces against their evil counterparts, the Jokers--in a battle for the fate of civilization. But a little GoT talk is unavoidable.
Listen below, or if you're more of a reader, you may enjoy the transcribed version of our conversation. Discover more author interviews and book-talk in our podcast archive, and you can subscribe via iTunes or TuneIn.
1:48 - Writing for television vs. novels, and a career that pre-dates Game of Thrones by decades
5:44 - The novel writing process, and the not-so-modern tools he uses
6:37 - Role playing games and the origins of Wild Cards
10:45 - Winds of Winter and the burden of fan expectations
13:12 - A personal history of the "Hugo Losers Party"
16:05 - The changing—or changed—world of book awards
18:15 - Favorite recent reads, and the books that made him a science fiction and fantasy fan
20:40 - On his recent graphic novel, Starport
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