||Thus Spake the Creator
Q: It seems that some of your readers don't think of
your novels as fantasy so much as a really fine-grained
history of a world that might have existed or might yet
exist. Do you perceive your world as real?
A: I think that I have to. Any writer has to try and
think of his world as real, because if he thinks of it as
a construct, that's going to come across to the readers.
It's very much like the question I'm often asked: who is
my favorite character. It's whoever I'm writing at the
moment. Even someone like Padan Fain or Semirhage. Most
people like themselves, and if I don't like the character
I'm writing, then it's going to come across to the reader
that this character doesn't like himself or herself. My
wife says she can tell when I've been writing Padan Fain
or somebody like that when I come into the kitchen in the
evening. I make myself see this as a real place when I'm
working on it. That way it comes through, I hope, that I
see more than I write.
Q: Thank you so much Mr. Jordan for writing this
series. It has entertained me for a very long time. My
question is; If you were to be a member of a group or
society represented in your books, which would it be? I
think that I would like to be an Ogier because of their
simple and peaceful way of life.
A: I don't know that I would particularly like to be a
part of any of the societies or organizations or groups
that I have described. I suppose if I had to choose, it
would be a tossup between being an Ossuman and being a
Q: If you could choose any one element from your
series to bring into the 'real world' what would it be?
Use of the One Power? Tel'aran'rhiod? Something else?
A: I don't think that I would bring anything from my
world into the real world. They're all very wonderful
things, I believe, but taken all in all, they make the
world much too interesting for comfort. And the world we
live in is awfully darned interesting, and sometimes
awfully uncomfortable, as it is.
Q: In fantasy, the epic battle between good and evil
is a physical battle. How do you personally cope with
experiencing the world of WOT, and having to face the
real world? Also, are you like C.S. Lewis in that you
can't believe in the world you created, seeing as you
made it. Thank You.
A: Well, I suppose I believe in the world I made as much
as any writer believes in the world he or she creates --
I can see it, feel it, smell it. But I certainly have no
difficulties stepping outside the world in my head into
the REAL world.
The most interesting characters I write
about are the ones you really don't want to meet. This is
like the 'what one thing would you change about the
world' that would lead to far too many unforseen
consequences. So I'd say "thank you very much, I'm
going fishing that day"
If you could be one of the characters from your
books, within your own story, who would you like to be
I dont wanna be in this story. This world is
entirely too interesting, too much going on. Any sane man
wants to live in a place where theres not a lot
going on. Where theres not a lot going on, and they
cam have a peaceful existence, and a long life. Trying to
live in the world of my books would be, miserable, and
probably short. I dont know about [..] but,
definitely miserable and short.
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