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!).
Paul S. Kemp is a mild-mannered corporate lawyer by day, out at night fighting for justice and the American way and rolling twelve sided dice in the dungeons of Detroit. He’s the author of three Star Wars tie-in books and twice that many Forgotten Realms books. His latest book, Discourse In Steel, is an original adventure fantasy from Angry Robot Books, starring Nix and Egil. It’s a sequel to his well received The Hammer and The Blade which came out last summer. He also has his latest Forgotten Realms novel The Godborn featuring Erevis Cale coming out in October. He lives up near Detroit with his wife and an expanding group of spawn. And can be found online at Twitter as @PaulSKemp, Facebook and his website paulskemp.com.
SFFWRTCHT: So we’ve talked about Egil and Nix before, but give us a quick rundown please. Who are Egil and Nix?
PAUL S. KEMP: Well, they’re the protagonists in my sword and sorcery novels from Angry Robot. Egil is the hulking, somber, brooding priest, wont to deliver sermons with hammers rather than words. Nix is a sneak thief, fancies himself the brains, quick of word and blade.
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.
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In episode 134 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with Paul S. Kemp, author of the forthcoming novel The Hammer and the Blade (Angry Robot – June 26, 2012).