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FOCUS Interview

Here's the latest interview with Yours Truly, from Focus on New Mexico KNME.

(I must have done a hundred interviews in San Diego, but this one was done earlier, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe).



Aug. 2nd, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm actually watching this one right now (about 10 min in).

A good interview indeed! Enjoy your weekend (if you get them...?) Ser!
Aug. 2nd, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
Finally an interview that goes deeper than "are you worried the show is going to surpass the books?". I like this interview. I also loved the one I heard on the radio last year with 2 funny guys, maybe it was a comic con?
Aug. 2nd, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
I've generally enjoyed your interviews. You've done so many now that for a long time fan they tend to be somewhat boring because of the necessary repetitions. I feel for you.
Your conversation felt fresh even when some of the questions seemed to be trying to corral your direction. I'll chalk it up to the magic of the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Thanks for taking the time.
Aug. 2nd, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
I just love when you talk about being a "successful" writer vs a "Celebrity" writer. salt of the earth, authenticity is so rare and when it presents itself for me, the way it does from you, it makes me hopeful for the world, like it's not going to be so bad with your legacy in it. :)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
Good Interview.
Hello Your Grace, a great interview. I appreciate they way you think of historical and modern events. Looking forward to Winds. Your Grace.
Aug. 2nd, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
They suckled the devil every night under the dark of the moon
Aug. 2nd, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
Great interview, George
I've seen and heard a lot of interviews, but this one stands out for some reason. A lot of great intimate thoughts on fiction in a compact time.

I had a question I was curious about if you have a moment. Some readers who have reread the books so many times over by now, experimented and did a combined version of Feast/Dance (they interleave the chapters based on a rough chronology). Do you have any opinion on that, is it a good idea for an umpteenth reread? Or is it silly to reverse your original editing decision?

Edited at 2014-08-02 06:30 am (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
Great interview!

It's also great that you guys have managed to raise so much money for the wolf sanctuary. The idea that wolves are terrible creatures seems to be a fairly prevalent belief but it's awesome that there are people helping to save such noble and misunderstood animals. Thank you for helping to do exactly that. :)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
Robin Hobb
Hi George any teaser you want to give for your session with Robin Hobb (I'm tempted to call it another "interview", to stay on topic, but don't think that's fair, even calling it a dual interview
AmirAshkan Semyary
Aug. 2nd, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
Best series ever!!
Aug. 2nd, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
You have said earlier that you might return to Westeros from time to time after A Song of Ice and Fire is completed, but restricting yourself to shorter stories. But since A Song of Ice and Fire was also originally intended to be a much shorter work, is it possible that what you think will just be another short story could end up as a whole novel instead?

And about religions; when introduced to the world is Westeros, doesn't it all take place in a post-magic world, where all the miracles belongs to the past and people like Tyrion believes it's all fairytales and superstition (I suppose the long summers and winters are not considered magic but simply accepted as part of nature). Then the white walkers and dragons returns, and magic is "brought back into the world".

If people in the past followed those who could perform miracles, is it their absence the last centuries that has caused the rise of the "new gods" and new religions? And could the number of religions decrease in numbers now when magic has returned once more?

And now when you have become a celebrity writer; has it ever happened that you have been chased by a horde of screaming female fans?

Edited at 2014-08-10 03:03 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
Thank you a lot!
Arne T-mann
Aug. 2nd, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
Well done!
Well, this one was the best interview so far. No typical questions, no senseless questions. I don't know what you have to say about that thesis, but I really hope this one isn't just a coincidence, you know ;)
Bernhard Vienna
Aug. 2nd, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
Who keeps the books in the cellar?
That books-in-the-cellar-theory is awesome.

That could be a whole new book.

Let's just assume there is a secret society (maybe the evil league of evil from Dr. Horrible) that makes geeks suffer.
those are the guys who cancelled Firefly.
And they forced George to kill Ned and Robb and that is the reason why Winds of Winter will never come out.

They only invite George to Comic-Con and all those events to keep him from writing.
Why? Because they are evil!
Or the geeks work harder at their day jobs if they suffer in their nerd hobbies. So someone has to make them suffer. And that's the job of the evil league of evil.
Aug. 2nd, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
In my opinion, one of your best interviews, George.

Mary Ellen Wofford
Aug. 2nd, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
Really nice interview
And your interviewer obviously had done her homework!

It's interesting to hear you talk about your old TV writer days. I was a huge Beauty and the Beast fan back then. At least the first couple of seasons. Some of those episodes were wonderful and the world under the city with Father and Mouse et al was beautifully conceived.

And it's sad to hear you're not going to write an episode for the upcoming season of GoT but also made me smile to think of you working away on book 6. One can never have everything one wants, can one?

(what is it Sheldon Cooper said on The Big Bang Theory? Something like one can get beat up for referring to one's self as one...)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Great interview, thank you, sir!!!
Aug. 2nd, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Musings on the reins of power
I found A Dance With Dragons very interesting, mostly because of this subject. It shows the true nature of trying to be a good ruler in the face of opposition and conflict. It makes us wonder what is in store for Meereen and, more particularly, Yunkai in The Winds of Winter. Dany will be confronted with new decisions as to how she should deal with threats. The classic Medieval response to those shown mercy who respond with war and treachery was merciless destruction; but, Dany is a young woman who knows little of war. LOL
Aug. 2nd, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Musings on the reins of power
It's always interesting to sense the personality of a good ruler/person in charge. So far in the series most rulers have not been good, maybe with the exception of Ned Stark. Outside the Westeros universe, I like Commander Adama (Olmos) from Battlestar Galactica, and captain Horpach in the novel The Invincible by Stanisław Lem, which I read not long ago.
Eve Giesin
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
The Ice Dragon
I'm looking forward to the new version of The Ice Dragon and I can't wait to receive my copy of Skin Trade. I hope you get to rest up after Comic-Con!
Bobby Skelton
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your sense of perspective, and I think it is one of the qualities that makes your stories great. Towards the end of the interview when you talked about being constantly hounded by the public, you were able to step outside of the situation. You can see that though your 15 minutes is longer than most, it will die down significantly at some point when the show/book series is over, so you might as well try and enjoy the ride.

I think J.K. Rowling could probably board a plane/ dine in public these days without much fuss, but I can't think of a bigger celebrity author or literary phenomenon than Harry Potter while it was ongoing.

Perspective is important, and it's one of the reasons your stories maintain a strong sense of realism along with the intrigue.

Edited at 2014-08-03 03:34 pm (UTC)
Mark Hatlestad
Aug. 5th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Great interview
Just wanted to say that I enjoyed the interview... it's nice to see that despite being a press-barraged celebrity author that you are still willing to give such down to earth and insightful interviews.
Aug. 5th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
Did you base Zollo the fat on Jabba the hutt? Of course Zollo can move around on a zorse, but they are both criminals by nature.
Aug. 5th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Zollo
Aug. 6th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
When you said you use the synapses of your brain, that other people would use to remember real people, to remember your characters, it got me thinking - who's to say your characters aren't real? Just because we'll never meet them in person doesn't mean they can't affect our lives just as well as real people can. So for all intents and purposes... your characters might as well be real.

Sorry, I may have had too much coffee. :)
Aug. 7th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
The Wars of the Roses
I can see where this info has provided a great deal of inspiration for your tale, George. I read about it long ago and just revisited the information. A veritable treasure trove of Medieval villainy. Lots of treachery and allegiance swapping. I don't recall any smart-assed dwarfs. Gotta love Tyrion. My family words are: Si sit prudentia, if there be but prudence.

Edited at 2014-08-07 04:26 pm (UTC)
Aug. 13th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
This was a great interview! I actually watched the whole thing! :)


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