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Author Interview: Mark Lawrence

Interview

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

A fantasy author.

Can you give us a little background on your upcoming/existing book or series?

The last book of my 5th trilogy, The Book of the Ice, was published last month. In 2023 I start a new trilogy with The Book That Wouldn’t Burn.

Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

I don’t tend to plan. I generally just get on and write.

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Low volume music to block out background sounds.

Based on your experience, can you offer a piece of advice to budding authors?

Do it because you like doing it. Consider it a hobby.

You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for the first time, which do you erase?

Lord of the Rings

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

JRR Tolkien, GRR Martin

Who are your favourite book characters?

Tyrion Lannister

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

No

You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose

The Magic Faraway Tree

What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

Any of mine.

You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

I wouldn’t want to. Collaboration is difficult.

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

No.

What is your favourite mythical creature?

Dragon.

What is your favourite mythical race?

Are they races or species? I mean, if you told an elf they were just another race of men…

You can have one superpower, what is it?

Wish granting.

You have the ability to morph into any real creature. Which creature do you choose?

Eagle

You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose?

1960s

You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

I’m really not very social.

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • spaceship
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • indestructible
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • elf
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this universe?
    • faster than light travel
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • one orc
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • archer
  • be able to wield elemental magic or raise and control the dead?
    • elemental magic
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • clouds
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • future

Thank you for taking the time, we really appreciate it.