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What happened to the classical Persian empire in this universe? Did they have fire mages? What is the religion in Persia in Cat's time period?

That, come to think of it, is a very intriguing question. I'd like to know too.

Will war set them free?

(Yeah, I'm not feeling creative at the moment. I reserve the right to come back and change my question later in the week. But at least maybe I've saved you having someone else ask this question.)

Okay, officially revising my question! (Or asking my real question...)

I just started Cold Fire a couple of days ago (trying to time it so there's no lag for me between that and Cold Steel). I was a little thrown by the first chapter being essentially a rewrite of the last few pages of Cold Magic, now with bonus action.

I was glad to get the expanded action, but yeah, confused. When I started reading Cold Fire, I assumed that Cat, Bee, and Rory were on their way somewhere after visiting the solicitors, and that the reader would be filled in regarding what had happened in between. I had begun, but not finished, the CF preview chapter at the end of CM, so the sense of "Wait, did I read this already or not?" probably added to my confusion.

What prompted that choice?

(I'm a good way into CF now, and very much enjoying it!)

ETA: I fear this question comes across as criticism. I don't intend it that way! I just had never seen an author do that before, so I wondered.

Also also, I'm nearly done with CF--you're costing me sleep!--and I think it's even better than CM.

Edited at 2013-05-26 03:45 am (UTC)

Gosh, not offended at all. It's a perfectly reasonable question.

My plan has been to collect all the questions and then start answering them in groups of 2 - 5 over the next few months.

However, I'll answer this one right now because I already did answer it in a blog post in 2011.

So glad you lost sleep . . . I mean: Sorry!

Yay, (near-) instant gratification in answer to my question!

I find I am reading the last part of CF slower and slower to draw it out because I don't want it to end. (I'm sure I'll finish it tomorrow, though.)

It's been a long time since I was this anxious to get the next book in a series. Thank you!

You mention in your previous post on 20th May that you have some essays and short stories coming out soon in anthologies and in the new Speculative fiction volume. Would you consider publishing those stories and essays all in one book? ( once you got the rights back ofcourse!)

What story or stories do you want to write, but think you couldn't sell or couldn't tell well enough?

Does writing in the field make you more or less inclined to read science fiction and fantasy?

What was it that got you interested in outrigger canoe paddling? If I'm allowed a second question, did you do it before you moved to HI?



So a month ago a classmate asked me about feminist/non-classic-gender-role fantasy (specifically, I believe she said "other than Ursula K. Le Guin, there really isn't anything, is there?"). I made a lot of turkey-like noises at the wrongness of this (she works in a bookstore!) and promised her a list, but then I went to Europe for a month and I haven't actually compiled the list yet. So. Do you have any particular favourite works you'd suggest be included in my primer of fantasy with interesting, non-traditional roles for women?

I was wondering, generally, how much your final draft of a book looks like the first draft... And more specifically, your prose has so much wonderful texture and detail--is that something that you develop over the course of rewriting, or do you take the time to write it the way you want it the first time through?

Have you ever felt you compromised your principles? (In your writing or in your life in general.) Why did you do it? Was it worth it?

When you were doing the research for the Spiritwalker Trilogy, what one book or primary source had the biggest impact on you? What book/source was your favorite?

Where in the world would you like to visit & why?

I've been playing video clips of authors giving advice to new writers in my CMU SF writing class and I'll also be playing them at Alpha. Do you have any I can show? Would you consider recording a short video of your favorite helpful thoughts for new writers? People appreciate level-headed, direct advice -- just your style.

Which is more important to your writing process: your visual, auditory, or olfactory environment?


What advice would you give to young people who suffered through the kind of high school English class that they feel sucked all the magic out of reading and writing? I teach composition in college, so it often falls on me to try to rehabilitate these poor people, but I find it hard to get past that sense of resistance.

Btw, my sister and I are waiting eagerly for this last volume. ♥

If Cat kills/could kill the Master of the Wild Hunt, would she become the new Hunt Master?

What do you think about the situation of women in science fiction and fantasy genre?

What did you want to write when you first started writing, and has your career worked out how you'd planned?

Early in your career, you wrote SF; your later work (to the best of my knowledge!) is all fantasy. Do you envision going back to SF at some point?

Eve, the random number generator picked you! Email me at Kate.Elliott at sff.net please!

How do you tune out distractions while you write? (A toddler is currently jumping on me)

The other night I was watching Game of Thrones for the most part I like it better than I did the books. As I was watching I realized just how much women in fantasy TV Drama are paraded across the screen as sexualized fantasies, and no matter if the character is a self made queen who raises an Army on her own, she is still surrounded by men, who value her not for her intellectual capabilities but what is between her legs. This is also my problem with most Mainstream Fantasy Novels, even ones written by women.

My question to you is how we as readers and consumers of Fantasy entertainment can identify if a novel or media has feminist ideals, or if not feminist ideals at least doesn't sexualize women in such a direct way?

I really like the way you feature varied and believeable cultures in your stories. What have been some of the challenges in moving away from the traditional white western approach to fantasy people and cultures in your writing?

Hope that makes sense actually!

Do you think you would ever write any other genre, such as mystery or a memoir?

What from your life has

Ooops... sorry, hit enter accidentally.

What from your life has influenced your characters? I know that's broad and maybe too personal, but when writing your characters has there ever been real life events that have been woven in because they impacted you on a fundamental level as a person and you wanted to share them with the world? You push for non-traditional roles for your characters. You write them very well without making your point feel pushy or preachy. How do you express your opinions through your characters without drawing the focus away from the characters, story, and world?

How about...did any people ever live in Finland, or was it always under the ice?

What's your favorite food item in the Spiritwalker Trilogy?

If you could see Spiritwalker adapted for any different medium, e.g. an animated film, a television series, a musical, what would you most like it to be?

Not creative, but:

Are you going to come back to the Jaran universe?

Can you describe the history and interaction within the various First Nations people and your trolls? If the trolls were there mostly in the north as it appears based on the maps, how did the human nations come to inhabit the rest of North America, since the best guess for the majority of their arrival (based on anthropology and archeology) is via the north? Do all the North American nations exist or were some altered/eliminated?

(Yes, to me that is all one big question, since the subquestions are really covered in the first.)

When culture building, how much of the local geology and climate do you put into the culture? And how do you differentiate between societies isolated from each other but living in similar environmental conditions?

How do I get a book signed by you when you arent doing signings in DK (not published here)?

Bad question but all i could Think of ;)

Is there ever any question that you really wish your readers would ask, but nobody ever does? Like, 'Oh, I really wish someone would ask me about intra-cultural interactions in this setting, but nobody notices enough to ask me—I could go on for days."

Quite happy to hear that your early books are coming out in electronic versions--it's not so much that I read ebooks very often, but I prefer known works when stuck reading on my cell phone when traveling or waiting somewhere. Anyhoo, I had a question, what was it? Oh yeah, are you attending Lonestarcon (worldcon) this year?

Hi Kate

My questions is:

Is there any aspect of any of your novels or getting published that you would change

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Can you pick one character as your favorite? And if so, why that one?

If you had an ability like Meggie and Mo from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, what character or thing would you read out of the Spiritwalker world?

Where do you get the inspiration for your books

Do you think that stories are what makes us human?

Are the continents in the rest of the Spiritwalker world in the positions that we see them in our world today, or are they subtly different, producing climate and ocean-current changes along with the other effects of the Spiritwalker glacial era?

Is there anything that surprised you while you were writing the Spiritwalker series - something you did not think about while planning / drafting that came up / became clear during the actual writing process?

If your debut novel is pretty hefty (200K words) would the smarter thing be to parse it down before looking for a publisher/agent, or split it into different volumes? I know this is dependent on a lot of things (flow of the book, if there are simple "filler scenes" etc...) but to me, it seems worth to try taking the risk if you've written the book you love, and then split/parse as needed. Wondering your thoughts. Hope this makes sense.

I've read some psychology research that implies people become better at understanding (and tolerating) others after reading fiction (short-term study). It seems to me that given how authors are the ones who actually create characters and their interactions in a society, they would be even better at understanding people (who are different than them). Though of course not in all cases. But just the act of creating people and their interactions would lend itself to bettering an author's understanding of people. So my question is, do you find that, compared to non-authors (or maybe non-readers), you seem to have developed a sort of 6th sense, or mental muscle, where you can characterize people very well, in real life? By this, I mean, if people ask you to describe them, they basically always agree with your descriptions. What I'm trying to get at in general, is the types of traits you think make an author capable of creating characters that seem very real (which is something I loved about this trilogy), and how this relates to how they interact with people in real life. Do people come to you so that you can explain why other people may have done something, for example. Basically, does your writing experience make you a better judge of character in real life (to some degree)?
Lol, sorry, weird question(s).

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