Does the Divine Breath's Healing work with someone without a Breath (like a Drab or someone not from Nalthis)?
Yes, this would work.
Could a Brass twinborn compound to effectively be a human flamethrower? Also can a compounder store faster?
For Terris names, is it safe to assume the first vowel is always long?
This is frequently the case, but it's not 100%.
What do you think of the New Adult category?
I'm reserving judgement. If the readership likes it, then it will take off. If not, oh well.
Darn! I was hoping you'd say you loved it. Everything I write (almost) is NA. :)
I think it's a cool category; I'm just not convinced that the public is embracing it.
If you could have any of the Epics' powers, who would it be?
Hm... I mean, Steelheart is invulnerable, can fly, and can shoot lasers out of his fists. It is hard to go wrong there.
Atium is the best metal to use for Hemalurgy. Does *burning* atium help you figure out where to put the spikes?
Anything that gets you a glimpse of the Spiritual Realm could help with placing spikes.
Would flaring iron and steel also help?
No, not without additional help.
Did you have the ending planned out for the Reckoners series when you started writing?
Then I build a series around the ideas and themes that worked in the first book.
I had the ending of the first book well in mind. Once I finished it, I sat down and plotted the next two books.
This is very common for me in a series. Writing the first book, making sure I have the characters and ideas down first.
Do you remember the first fantasy or science fiction book you read as a kid?
No, though one of the earliest was Dragonsblood by Jane Yolen. I also read the Hobbit pretty early.
If you had final say on a dream casting for David, who would you choose?
This is a hard one, as I don't generally "cast" my characters with real life actors in my head.
Before Ruin and Preservation showed up on Scadrial, was aluminum already antimagical? Also, is [The Alloy of Law] between Stormlight 5&6?
Yes, [The Alloy of Law] is after Stormlight 5. Specific timing will depend on how long I make the 5/6 gap once I get there.
Are there any other time periods you would like to explore with the Mistborn series?
I'll be doing a 1980's level tech, and a future tech, in upcoming series. So you could say that there are. :)
If Kaladin were to write a self-help book, what would the title be?
Being a man, Kaladin would avoid writing anything, as it wouldn't be proper. :)
What's the best order for someone to read all the books in the Cosmere?
It depends. Publication order is just fine. However, I often start people with Mistborn.
What is your routine as a writer? How do you stay motivated to churn out pages?
I write every day. My motivation is the same now as it always was: to tell stories. Not much has changed. :)
How many books/short stories did you write before you were first published?
I wrote thirteen before I sold one. I was pretty bad at this when I started...
How, if at all, did the Wax and Wayne books alter your Cosmere plans?
They made me accelerate some cosmere and Scadrial events forward to that era.
When you write certain characters, do you envision them as anyone in real life? Ie. I see Dalinar as Liam Neeson
I don't generally envision them as real people. But A Liam Neeson Dalinar brings a smile to my lips.
Are there any Epics who cannot die by old age?
No, not so far.
Why can non-Scadrians use Hemalurgy? Don't they need Ruin's sDNA, like Allomancers need Preservation?
Hemalurgy is built to be able to be used by anyone. It's about taking and breaking. Ruin doesn't care who does such things
Will all 10 Stormlight books be relatively close time wise, or separate centuries like Mistborn?
They will be relatively close, time wise. Across twenty years or so, rather than hundreds.
Any plans for any adaptations in the near future?
If, by this, you mean film adaptations--we're trying very hard. Unfortunately, it's up to Hollywood more than it is me.
Would you prefer film or TV adaptations? (If the choice was magically yours)
Depends on the series. I'd like to see Mistborn and The Reckoners as film, Stormlight and Wax and Wayne as TV.
Is there a genre you think you couldn't/wouldn't write (within fantasy)? Or might your writing take us anywhere?
I could see myself doing pretty much anything, within certain bounds of harsher content.
Have you ever designed a character based upon a loved one in order to honor their memory?
Yes, I have--but it's almost always a side character, more a cameo than anything else.
Were you influenced by Tad Williams at all? I see some elements of his writing in your work.
I think Tad is an excellent writer, and have loved much of what he's written. I'd happily call him an influence.
Do you feel confident with the producer/directors making slight changes to the movie?
The best film versions of books make changes to fit the media. So I plan on this happening here.
Did the Ire form before the events of Elantris or do they form after the city is healed?
This is an excellent question! :) (And one I'm not going to answer yet, I'm afraid.)
Do u have plans for a Lurcher character? Orbiting a bullet/coin around them and back at shooter would be awesome .
Some day, I'm sure I'll do a Lurcher character.
Were there any people present at the Shattering of Adonalsium other than Hoid and the 16?
What stage of the writing process is most difficult for you?
Revision is the most difficult, by a long shot.
How many books do you read each year? Best you've read lately?
I real maybe a book a month. Much less than some people, but I have to fight to make time!
What has been the proudest moment of your career?
A tie between winning a Hugo award and releasing the last Wheel of Time book, so far. Excellent question!
Will Michael Whelan continue to do cover art for The Stormlight Archive?
That will be up to him, and his schedule. We will always ask!
Do you plan are having anymore full Mistborn in your books?
You'll have to read and find out! :)