Before we begin, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and the Mistborn series?
My name is Brandon Sanderson. I am an epic fantasy novelist who lives in American Fork, Utah. The “Mistborn” series started with me wondering what would happen if, in one of these fantasy stories like “Harry Potter” or “Lord of the Rings,” the Dark Lord won. What if Frodo had gotten to the end of the long journey through Mordor and the Dark Lord Sauron said, “Hey, that’s my ring. Thanks for bringing it back. I’ve been looking for it.” I was really intrigued by the idea of a world where the Dark Lord had won.
Mistborn takes place a thousand years after heroes went on that sort of epic journey, but failed. Now the story’s about a gang of thieves who decide they’re going to rob the Dark Lord to try to overthrow his empire by destabilizing his economy, after making off with a lot of money themselves.