ERIN M. EVANS got a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis—and promptly stuck it in a box. Nowadays she uses that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. She is the author of several Forgotten Realms novels, including the Brimstone Angels Saga. She lives in Washington State with her husband and son.
Charles Tan: Hi Erin! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview.
Erin M. Evans: My pleasure!
CT: Without reading your previous novels, I was able to catch up on what was happening in Fire in the Blood. Are the novels being stand-alone intentional? How do you juggle bringing new readers up to speed, while still addressing the concerns of previous fans?
EME: This question cracks me up, because honestly I gave up trying to be new reader-friendly with this book. It seemed impossible! But apparently I can’t help myself.
I think the key is that the books in the series are both sequential and episodic—structurally it’s sort of similar to a drama you might watch on television. What’s the plot of the week, and how does it fit into the plot of the season, and how does that fit into the plot of the series? If you’re coming in cold, you might not fully understand those larger arcs, but if the “episode plot” is engaging enough, then you can pick up a lot as you go (and hopefully go back to read the earlier titles!).
A week ago I noted that a new version of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook made its debut. Though it has been about 30 years since I last played D&D, I immediately ordered a copy, and was surprised and delighted when it arrived today. I hadn’t expected to get it for a few more days.
It is a beautiful book, its thick, glossy cover and heavy color pages reminiscent of a textbook. And in a way it is a textbook. If anything in my childhood taught me how to exercise my imagination in a fun and unique way, it was Dungeons & Dragons.
As I sat on the couch running my hands across the pages, my son, who turned five earlier this summer, saw Tyler Jacobson’s wonderful cover art and asked what the book was about.
“It’s a Dungeons & Dragons book,” I told him. Being a five, he was familiar with both dungeons and dragons. But possibly not together in a book. So while his next question was inevitable, he asked it with sincere curiosity.
“Daddy, what’s Dungeons & Dragons?”
Today over on the Kirkus blog, I talk about The Legend of Drizzt: A Neverwinter Tale by R.A. Salvatore.
From the post:
It’s difficult to imagine Dungeons & Dragons without The Forgotten Realms, a campaign/expansion setting created by Ed Greenwood in 1967, and brought into the D&D canon fully in 1987. The setting has proven a fruitful one for players and authors alike. At least twenty-four books have included R.A. Salvatore’s Dark Elf hero, Drizzt. Few authors have contributed as much to the Dungeons & Dragons canon as Ed Greenwood and R.A. Salvatore. I actually had the opportunity to chat with Salvatore for the SFSignal.com podcast, and we talked extensively about his Neverwinter Saga and Drizzt himself. The history and world building in that series is carried over and expanded in the comics which make up the new graphic novel.
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First announced at Gen Con 2012, Wizards of the Coast is making good a promise to release its backlist of products as PDF’s for download and even printing (some titles).
From Wizards of the Coast:
Today, Wizards of the Coast together with DriveThruRPG, is thrilled to announce the official launch of Dungeons & Dragons Classics, a new online PDF store containing classic content from every edition of D&D, including fan-favorite supplement materials and iconic adventures. A one-stop-shop for classic D&D content, DnDClassics.com offers an easy way to access and download favorite titles electronically by computer, mobile phone, or tablet (including iPads).
How does it work? It’s easy! Simply create an account* and instantly gain access to a wealth of D&D titles. There are 80 titles available at launch, with smaller batches of additional titles being released on a rolling basis starting in early February. Favorite titles can be downloaded to an online Library or saved to a “Wish List” for purchase later. Most titles can also be printed. Settings can also be customized and users can opt to get email alerts whenever favorite publishers or topics get new items (*Users can also sign-in using their DriveThruRPG.com or RPGNow.com login).
All right, who wants to roll some new characters, DL a copy of Temple of Elemental Evil and get our game on?
Paul? Karen? I’m looking at you…
Welcome back to Roll Perception Plus Awareness, a column about roleplaying games and their place in a genre reader’s and writer’s world. This time, I am going to tackle a meme that has been going around the RPG sphere.
#7RPGs is a meme that asks roleplayers to talk about the seven roleplaying games you have GMed or played the most and what you have learned from them. I’ve discussed a couple of these before. However, since the end of the year is a time of lists, I thought I would share my list with you.
Erin M. Evans has a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, but knowing that much about anthropods led her to stick it in box and become a writer and editor instead. Using her inside knowledge, she’s a master of RPGs, using that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. A mother and wife, she also edited Forgotten Realms and other books for Wizards of The Coast for years and now she writers them. Her books include: The God Catcher, Brimstone Angels, and Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils. She lives in Washington State and can be found online at her website: http://slushlush.com or on Facebook and Twitter as @erinmevans.
SFFWRTCHT: First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from?
Erin M. Evans: It’s something I’ve always had affection for. I can’t say I remember a particular event or book that did it—I grew up with parents who watched Dr. Who and Star Trek, who delighted in making us believe in magic. It just seems right that I ended up loving it myself.