John Scalzi Interviews Matthew Stover

May 30, 2013 at 7:26 am | Posted in Books, eBooks, Fantasy, Interview, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Orbit Books has posted a cool interview done by John Scalzi with renown author Matthew Stover.

John Scalzi:Heroes Die, the first book in the Caine series, in many ways presaged the current wave of “grimdark” fantasy – those works with lots of unapologetic action and violence threaded into their tales. At the time you were writing the book, were you aware you were slashing a new path through that particular jungle? Or were you just focused on writing a story you wanted to tell?

Matthew Stover: I wasn’t trying to do something new. I was only trying to do something good.

I started writing the story that eventually became Heroes Die when I was seventeen. A variety of versions were submitted to, and summarily rejected by, a variety of publishers over the course of the next eighteen years. I tried every approach I could think of to make the story appealing to editors, but nothing worked. Finally – in despair – I said to myself, “Screw this shit. If it’s going to fail anyway, write the goddamn thing exactly how you want it to be. At least you’ll have that.” So I did. And here we are.

This is why my first advice to younger writers is to write the book you wish somebody else would write so you could read it.

Click here to read the full interview.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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