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Born: 1948-09-20
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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An awful lot of fantasy, and even some great fantasy, falls into the mistake of assuming that a good man will be a good king, that all that is necessary is to be a decent human being and when you're king everything will go swimmingly.

Tags: Good, Great, Human

I work for two years on a book and it comes out and two days later I've got my first e-mail: When is the next one coming out?

Tags: Book, Days, Work

Of course it's not enough to be a good man to be an effective ruler and it never has been.

Tags: Effective, Enough, Good

There are some examples of medieval kings who were terrible human beings but were nevertheless good kings.

Tags: Good, Human, Terrible

I believe that a writer learns from every story he writes, and when you try different things, you learn different lessons. Working with other writers, as in Hollywood or in a shared world series, will also strengthen your skills, by exposing you to new ways of seeing the work, and different approaches to certain creative challenges.

Tags: Try, Work, Working

I don't know if I have any particular views about women in positions of power, though I do think it's more difficult for women, particularly in a Medieval setting. They have the additional problem that they're a woman and people don't want them in a position of power in an essentially patriarchal society.

Tags: Power, Society, Women

The odd thing about being a writer is you do tend to lose yourself in your books. Sometimes it seems like real life is flickering by and you're hardly a part of it. You remember the events in your books better than you remember the events that actually took place when you were writing them.

Tags: Life, Writing, Yourself

With a book I am the writer and I am also the director and I'm all of the actors and I'm the special effects guy and the lighting technician: I'm all of that. So if it's good or bad, it's all up to me.

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