6’7” tall Jay Kristoff
grew up in the second most isolated capital city on earth and is a tragic nerd. The first installment of his Lotus War
, was critically acclaimed and shortlisted for several SF/F awards, and the Lotus War
novella THE LAST STORMDANCER
won the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Fiction. The third book, ENDSINGER
, is out in November 2014.
Jay kindly answered some questions about the Lotus War trilogy.
Paul Weimer: Congratulations on finishing the third volume of the Lotus War! How does the end of the novel and series differ from your original conceptions, when you started writing Stormdancer?
Jay Kristoff: Thanks so much!
Well, I originally wrote Stormdancer as a one-shot novel—I didn’t have an agent or book deal at the time, and I figured planning a trilogy would be a little presumptuous of me. Yukiko actually died in the end of the original Stormdancer, but then I landed an agent and he was like “This whole brutally murdering your protagonist thing…how wedded to that idea are you?”
I tend to be something of a pantser when it comes to writing. I don’t plan too far in advance, and prefer to let the story find me. So I really had noooo idea where the series would go or how it would end, especially back in 2012. But I did go into writing the third book knowing the body count would be high. Last book in the series. All bets are off. No one = safe. And that conception turns out to be pretty spot-on.
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