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A Few Questions for Scott posted 17 January 2005 in Author Q & AA Few Questions for Scott by BankytheHack, Commoner

Scott,

First off let me say that I absolutely LOVE what you have done with PoN so far. It's been far too long since I've read fantasy with such realistic characters as your bring to the table. You have mad writing skilllz.

Not sure if these questions have been posed yet, but I'll throw them out just in case.

-I know that PoN is only your first entry into the world of Earwa, so is PoN, in terms of size and scope, your "Hobbit" or "Lord of the Rings"?

-One of my favorite things about the PoN books is how you keep the villians (Consult, etc.) almost a complete mystery. Too many times in fantasy novels writer completely ruin the feeling of dread around their villians by making them complete buffoons or turning them into second-rate Bond villians. Any insight on how you approached your "bad guys" would be swell. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


A Few Questions for Scott posted 17 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA Few Questions for Scott by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Damn good question. After so many years working on this thing, I'd fooled myself into thinking I'd over-analyzed every aspect that could be analyzed. Here's another example of something obvious I just never considered...

I think the way I've been approaching the villains has just fallen into the 'deepening layers' tactic I've used for so many other aspects of the story. After workshopping drafts of the book, I became painfully conscious of the amount of detail I used - and ultimately decided to put the reader on 'need-to-know' basis, only adding detail for 'textural purposes' to conjure the illusion of authentic depth, and only when necessary to advance the detail. I think the baddies just naturally fell into the 'striptease' M.O. view post


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