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Grim indeed, yet eloquent and utterly compelling."
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Wow. I let another 2 weeks pass without updating the blog. Gosh, you'd never know I have books coming out this year given the AWESOME job I'm doing with the self-promotion. I am setting the internet on fire with my mind-blowing promotion skills…
Luckily for me, I have extremely kind and diligent readers willing to take up the slack on my behalf! (I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's better to be lucky than good.) Which leads to the coolest interview I've done online, at the French website Unwalkers.com.
Earlier this month, I had a long-ranging email conversation with reader and all-around good soul Mehdi, who very kindly (and with superhuman patience) translated my answers into French. (Had I given some thought to how much work I was making, I would have pared my answers down a bit… No good deed goes unpunished, right?)
(I studied Spanish as my foreign language. Aside from eavesdropping on the occasional conversation in the grocery store and barber shop, I'm holding out hope that I'll get more use of it one of these days.)
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I just finished the audiobook version of The Coldest War. Trust me, you've already done the best possible thing to promote your work: written an excellent, excellent series.
Very cool. Now you just need to translate all your books into French. That's likely no big deal. I'm sure it's very easy. See you at the Williamson Lectureship.
That was a really good interview Ian. I had suspected that there had to be quite a lot of pre-planning going into the Triptych. Gretel pretty much requires that.
I liked your observation that waiting for the right time results in no writing getting done--I've had the same sort of thought process? experience?, ... Anyway, "just do it" works for more than shoes and I'm pleased that it's working for you.
Tim: Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. (Glad it wasn't a disappointment after the long wait...)
CharlieGB: I could probably just run the manuscripts through BabelFish... See you in Portales.
Steve: "Just do it" does have its uses!
You're welcome, I repeat : it's been a real pleasure, and I agree with Tim, your mind-blowing promotion skills are nothing compared to your skills as a writer! One of my co-witer on Unwalkers can't understand why a french publisher didn't buy your books, and he is almost ready to take the plunge in publishing for Bitter seeds^^
I'm still listenning the audio version, I just finished the first part, I take my time, and now I know that it was the story you wanted to tell when you had the idea of Milkweed in the beginning, I'll listen to it in a different way.
I'm just grateful to have enthusiastic readers, however my books manage to get to them! :-)
If I had written the standalone-version of the story, The Coldest War would have been a fair bit different. But I'm just really intrigued by the story of a guy called out of retirement, dragged back into a world he thought he'd escaped. It's a common story trope... In the very very early days of thinking about that book, I had envisioned it as more of a riff on the story of Cincinnatus.
I managed to keep a tiny part of that. Which is why I have Marsh working in a garden in that short scene at the end of Chapter 3.
Unwalkers interview [English | French ]
Interview with Speculate! Podcast Interview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing
Ian Tregillis on the Sword and Laser Podcast
Ian Tregillis on John Scalzi's The Big Idea
Interview with Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Interview with SFRevu
Interview with Mad Hatter Book Review
Interview with Apex Books
Interview at Literary Musings Interview with Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
An interview with the authors of Busted Flush at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Interview with Travis Heermann at The Write Line
9-way interview with the contributors to the Wild Cards novel Inside Straight at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Interview in the February, 2008 newsletter of the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
An extended interview with Ian Tregillis by Ty Franck, on www.wildcardsbooks.com.