|Thus Spake the Creator
he his characters?
Q: Have you ever put your own personality in one of
your characters, or do you liken yourself to one of your
A: Well, I expect there's a bit of me in all of the male
characters. My secretary thinks that I am Matt. My wife
thinks I'm Loilal. Other people have said they detected
me in other characters, but I think it's just a bit of me
in all of the male characters. I'm not sure how I could
have written them otherwise.
Q: Robert, do you see yourself as any of the
A: I see myself as whoever I happen to be writing at the
moment. Other people have notions... they think I'm this
character or that. I'm everybody.
Q: I have heard of some authors writing
themselves as a character in their books. Have you
intentionally done that or perhaps see yourself in one of
your characters? For example, Loial is taking notes so
that he may write a book about Rand and the events
surrounding him. Is he perhaps the "closest fit"
to someone who embodies you for the series?
A: According to my wife, he is -- but I don't think so.
Q: How much are you like the major
A: I don't really that any of the major characters are
very much like me, although there's some bits in Mat that
remind me of me when I was younger. (followed by the
regular "I think of myself as Lan, my wife says I'm
Q: Which character in
the Wheel of Time do you most identify with?
A: I always identify most with the character from whose
point of view I am trying to write at that moment. I try
to get inside their heads, inside their skins. Sometimes
this has disadvantages. I have gone into the house at the
end of the day and, before I can say a word, my wife has
said to me, 'You were writing Padan Fain today, weren't
you?' Inevitably, when she says this, I have indeed been
writing some character you would not like to be alone
with. But if you mean which character do I think is most
like me, well, Lan Mandragoran expresses the ideals I was
raised to aspire to, while Perrin is perhaps most like me
as a boy and young man. On the other hand, my wife claims
I am a perfect Loial!
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