Written Interviews

Written Interviews

After conducting recorded, audio interviews for a few years, Bookbanter changed to written interviews, which began in 2010.  To read the interview click on the title link or the READ link.

Brandon Sanderson (November, 2008): In this interview, Brandon Sanderson talks about how he got into writing, some of the books he’s written, how he got chosen to complete the Wheel of Time Series, and what he’s working on next . . . READ

Peter Straub (March, 2010): In this interview, Peter Straub talks about how he got started writing, who he likes to read, how he met and co-authored books with Stephen King, what his writing process is like, and what he may do in the future . . . READ

Mira Grant (April 2010, June 2011): In this interview Mira Grant talks about zombies, where she got the idea for Feed, what she thinks of George Romero, and most importantly what Seanan McGuire thinks of Mira Grant . . . READ #1, READ #2

Dash Shaw (May, 2010): Dash Shaw is a graphic novel artist and graphic novel writer; a perfect combination to make great works of art; he’s also not scared to use color . . . lots of it. He’s created and published Love Eats Brains, GardenHead, The Mother’s Mouth, and Bottomless Belly Button. His most recent publication is the unusual and interesting BodyWorld involving some very unusual characters, telepathy and lots of the color orange . . . READ

Brian Wood (June, 2010) : Brian Wood is a graphic novel writer and illustrator of such popular series as DMZ and Northlanders. In this interview he talks about how he got started with writing and illustrating graphic novels, where he got the idea for Northlanders, as well as how much research it requires, and what he’s currently working on . . . READ

Gardner Dozois (September, 2010): Gardner Dozois is a published author, co-author of Hunter’s Run, but primarily known as the editor of many different publications, including The Years Best Science Fiction series, and has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards.  One of his more recent anthologies is Warriors . . . READ

Naomi Novik (September, 2010): Nomi Novik is the author of the bestselling Temeraire series. In this article/interview — “Dancing With Dragons: An Interview With Naomi Novik” — she talks about what got her into writing, where Temeraire came from, some of the other projects she’s working on, and what she likes to do in her spare time. Her latest book is the sixth in the series, Tongues of Serpents . . . READ

Brian Fagan (Decewmber, 2010): Brian Fagan is the professor emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of numerous books, including Chaco Canyon, From Stonehenge to Samarkand, The Great Warming, and most recently Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans . . . READ

Justin Cronin (December, 2010): Justin Cronin is the author of The Summer Guest and Mary and O’Neil, and the first book in a epic trilogy about vampires and a post-apocalyptic world called The Passage. In the interview, Justin talks about how he got started writing, where the ideas and storylines for The Passage came from (totally worth hearing), why he began writing The Passage, who some of his influences are, and how he feels readers should handle dealing with an almost 800 page book . . . READ

Salman Rushdie (December, 2010): Salman Rushdie is an author that most people know in one way or another.  He is the winner of the Booker Prize (what has been called the British equivalent of the Pulitzer), he has been appointed a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II, and has had a fatwā issued against him for his book The Satanic Verses.  His latest book is Luka and the Fire of Life, a fantasy tale about a boy whose father is sick and it is necessary for the boy – Luka – to travel into a fantasy world and capture some of this “fire of life” to cure his father; but he is up against unbeatable odds: no one has ever made through this fantasy world and survived; no one has ever managed to capture the fire of life; and no one has ever made it back to the real world with the fire of life.  The book was written for his second son, after he originally wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories, for his first son; they’d each asked for a story they could read and enjoy . . . READ

Sina Grace (February, 2011): Sina Grace is the illustrator for the book Among the Ghosts, written by Amber Benson. In this interview he talks about how he became an artist, who his art style is, what it was like working with Amber Benson, and what he’s working on next . . . READ

Andrew Gross (February, 2011): Andrew Gross is the bestselling author of Reckless, Don’t Look Twice, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. He has also co-authored a number of bestsellers with thriller-writing machine, James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard . . . READ

Patrick Rothfuss (March, 2011): Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Name of the Wind, the first book in the great Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy. Now, in the great follow-up, Wise Man’s Fear, he continues to incredible adventures of Kvothe the arcanist. In the interview he talks about how he became a writer, how long it took him to write The Name of the Wind, whether he will be writing more in this world beyond the trilogy, and who he would be if he could live in his world . . . READ

Robert J. Sawyer (April, 2011): Robert J. Sawyer has won just about every award there is in the genre of science fiction. He is the author of the novel Flashforward, which the TV series was based on, and has just completed his WWW trilogy with Wonder .Robert was first interviewed on BookBanter on July 11, 2009 shortly after the release of Wake . . . HERE

Robert M. Durling (April, 2011): Robert M. Durling is Professor Emeritus at University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his Ph D. from Harvard and taught at Haverford College, Cornell University, and University of California at Santa Cruz. He is most known for his incredibly detailed, accurate and literal translation and editing of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy with Ronald L. Martinez. In the interview, Durling talks about what he likes most about teaching, how he learned Italian, why he decided to translate The Divine Comedy, and more importantly how. He also reveals what he likes to do in his spare time, who he likes to read, and whether he’s done with Dante’s opus . . . HERE

Kat Falls (May, 2011): Kat Falls received her MFA from Northwestern University and now teaches there. She is the author of Dark Life, the first in a great new series set in the near future where climate change has caused the seas to rise, and her characters live in underwater towns, except some of those who were born underwater and know only of this ocean world seem to have developed some unusual abilities. In the interview, Kat Falls talks about how she got started writing, where she got the idea for Dark Life, what sort of research it required, how many books there will be in the series, what she likes to do in her spare time and more . . . HERE

John Joseph Adams (May, 2011): John Joseph Adams has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble.com, and has published such great and bestselling anthologies as Brave New Worlds, Living Dead, Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, and many more. He has been nominated for the 2011 Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Award. He is the editor for Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine. He is also the co-host for the podcast, The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the interview he talks about how he got started as an editor, how the whole process works, some forthcoming projects he’s working on, as well as what his “dream anthology” would be . . . HERE

James Rollins (June, 2011): James Rollins is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Excavation, Amazonia, and his popular Sigma series, including Black Order, and The Doomsday Key. In this interview, he talks about the story behind The Devil Colony, what research it required, how much traveling he did for the locations mentioned in the book, as well as when we might be getting some answers about who The Guild really are . . HERE

Simon Pegg (July, 2011): Simon Pegg needs little introduction. Known for the TV show Spaced, the hugely successful zombie flick Shaun of the Dead, the hilarious Hot Fuzz, as well as playing the part of Scotty on J. J. Abram’s Star Trek, and most recently in Paul.. He is also the author of the very entertaining biography, Nerd do Well. In this interview, Pegg talks about a wide range of things both interesting and unsual, but ultimately hilarious! It is up to you to decipher which are factual and which are Simon Pegg doing what he does best . . . HERE

George R. R. Martin (August, 2011): George R. R. Martin needs little introduction after the recent success of the HBO show Game of Thrones, as well as his internationally bestselling epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. At a recent signing Kaye Cloutman and I had the chance to interview the great man himself and find out what he has to say on matters like his strength and weakness as a writer, what he likes to do in San Francisco, what he thinks about eBooks and the end of Borders, and whether he’s know how the series ends . . . HERE

Genevieve Valentine (September, 2011): Genevieve Valentine, in addition to publishing a number of short stories, is the author of the interesting dark fantasy, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. In this interview, she talks about where the idea for Mechanique came from, what sort of research it required, as well as how she created the characters. She also talks about things like who she likes to read and what she likes to do for fun . . . HERE

Cameron Stracher (September, 2011): Cameron Stracher has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the young adult dystopian novel, The Water Wars. In this interview, Stracher talks about how he became a writer, where the idea for The Water Wars came from, what he’s working on next, and a number of other things . . . HERE

Alan Jacobson (October, 2011): Alan Jacobson is the bestselling author of the Karen Vail mysteries, beginning with The 7th Victim, Crush, Velocity, and most recently, Inmate 1577. He has spent a number of years researching with the FBI, especially in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. In this interview, Jacobson talks about how he writes one of his thriller, the intense amount of research Inmate 1577 required, and why he feels this research is important, and where he sees Karen Vail headed in his next novel . . . HERE

Robert Charles Wilson (October, 2011): Robert Charles Wilson is the award-winning author of Spin. Some of his other books include the two sequels to Spin: Axis and Vortex, as well as Mysterium, The Chronoliths, and Julian Comstock. In the interview, Wilson talks about how he got into writing, where the idea for Spin came from, what he’s working on now, what he hopes people get out of reading his books, and what he likes to do in his spare time . . . HERE

Juliet Eilperin (November, 2011): Juliet Eilperin is a journalist who started working for the Washington Post in 1998, covering politics. In 2004 she switched to covering the environment, which led her to writing about our world’s oceans and then sharks. Demon Fish is her second book. In the interview she talks about how she got started as a journalist, what it’s like writing for the Washington Post, and whether she thinks humanity will ever come to full accept sharks . . . HERE

Ernest Cline (December, 2011): Ernest Cline is an unabashed nerd who wrote the screenplay to the popular cult hit, Fanboys, and then spent some time writing his first novel, Ready Player One, that was eventually sold to Crown Books, as well as being optioned for a movie. In the interview he talks about how he got started in writing, what sort of work it took to write Ready Player One, and what he’s working on next . . . HERE

Ben Loory (January, 2012): Ben Loory is a short story writer who has been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Quick Fiction, Keyhole Quarterly and The Antioch Review. His story “The TV” (featured in his debut collection) was published in The New Yorker. Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day is his first short story collection. In the interview he talks about how he became a writer, how he writes short stories, where he gets his ideas, and what he likes to do in his spare time . . . HERE

A. J. Colucci (March, 2013): A.J. Colucci spent 15 years as a reporter, magazine editor and writer for corporate America.  Today she is a full time author of science thrillers, stories that combine true science with the riveting plot and breakneck pace of a thriller. Her novel THE COLONY received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, noting, “Michael Crichton fans will hope that this is but the first of many such outings from the author’s pen.” Visit her website or find her on Twitter . . . HERE

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