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#41 Roberto

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:13 PM

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Q.: Can you talk about the main characters in THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING – who they are, which ones are your favorites, and how you reveal them to the readers?

 

As a reader, I prefer to imagine the physical appearance of my characters, rather than be told, and this preference transfers to my writing. So for most of my characters, the physical description is sparse at best, limited only to what I feel the reader needs to know in order to follow along. I’m also committed to only revealing characters a piece at a time as it impacts the plot, so many of the characters’ motivations and origins remain ambiguous throughout the first book. My main characters are Kelsea, a Queen in training, but also an ordinary young woman who has to do the right thing in a difficult time. She’s guarded by Mace, a warrior who’s the Captain of her Guard. The Red Queen, ruler of the neighboring kingdom, who at first glance appears to be a nasty piece of work, but is, in fact, not the master of her own destiny. Javel, a guard on the Keep Gate, gets caught up in a plot that he wants no part of. My personal favorite character, Father Tyler, is a priest who slowly begins to realize that his church is rotten to the core.

 

Q.: How did you come up with the character of your heroine Kelsea Raleigh Glynn? A Queen in training who seems ordinary on the surface but holds great power inside her?

 

I generally find protagonists much less interesting when they’re extraordinary people to begin with. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations are far more interesting to me. Therefore, I wrote about a fairly ordinary girl who’s been placed in a situation she never asked for. (For more on Kelsea, see my attached “Behind the Book” essay)

 

Q.: The setting of THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING feels like a kingdom in Medieval England even though it takes place in the future. What kind of research did you do in order to get the details? The way people dress? The weapons they use? How they fight with each other? The way they make their money/sustain their way of life?

 

I didn't research these topics. I felt that humanity would revert to agrarian society, certainly, and be forced to work with the materials at hand (wood, metal, stone, wool, etc.). But I also thought such a society in the future would be fundamentally different because humanity already had discovered electricity, created the printing press, used advanced weaponry. Although these things no longer exist for them, the knowledge that they once did would change everything. I’m sure my conception of this world’s clothing, weapons and organization was governed heavily by several novels and fantasy movies, but I also thought it would be a mistake to make it too authentically medieval, because that’s not what the Tearling is. Rather, I tried to imagine what humanity would look like if relatively modern people were abruptly thrown back into the seventeenth century. Whether it works is up to the reader.

 

Q.: Describe the hierarchy of the new society. Who is the Queen’s Guard, the Caden, the priests, the Mort hawks, and the landowners, those working the land? Where do women and children stand in the hierarchy? What is the Keep? The Arvath?

 

The Queen’s Guard, as the name suggests, guards the ruler of the Tearling. The Caden is a club of assassins. Anyone with a sword is basically more powerful than those who don’t have one. Outside of the ruling family, women have largely been relegated to traditional roles (mothers, wives, prostitutes). Those who work the land are entirely subservient to those who own the land. The Keep is the dwelling place of the royal family. The Arvath is the Tearling’s version of the Vatican.

 

Q.: How did the people completely lose their knowledge of technology? From medicine, to engineering, to electricity, to combustion and transportation, to telecommunications, and the Internet?

 

The Tearling was begun with a strong bias against technology. The settlers didn’t bring any with them. They haven’t lost the knowledge of what humanity used to possess, but they also have a longtime, almost superstitious fear of trying to recover it. (Readers can be assured that as they read the series, they will find out more about what happened to society before the Crossing).

 

Q.: In the book you talk about books as being extremely rare in the Tearling. Can you discuss how books and other writing started to disappear?

 

Books began to disappear before the Crossing. Barty and Carlin brought up Kelsea in the Tearling woods until she turned nineteen, the age of a Queen, and she had use of Carlin’s books in the house.
How had Carlin acquired all of her books? Paper books had been at a premium long before the Crossing; the transition to electronic books had decimated the publishing industry, and in the last two decades before the Crossing, many printed books had been destroyed altogether. According to Carlin, William Tear had only allowed his utopians to bring ten books apiece. Two thousand people with ten books each made twenty thousand books, and at least two thousand now stood on Carlin’s shelves. Kelsea had spent her entire life with Carlin’s library at her fingertips, taking it for granted, never understanding that it was invaluable in a world without books. Vandals might find the cottage, or even children searching for firewood. That was what had happened to most of the books that originally came over in the British-American Crossing: the desperate had burned them for fuel or warmth. Kelsea had always thought of Carlin’s library as a set piece, unified and immovable, but it wasn’t. Books could be moved.”

 

Q.: Magic, especially black magic, plays a very big role in the novel. The Tear Sapphire necklaces that Kelsea Glynn wears, that the Red Queen wants to get her hands on, bring to mind the Ring in the Lord of the Rings. Talk about the role magic plays in the books.

 

I’m not interested in magic for magic’s sake; thus the lack of magical creatures running around these books. I’m also usually more annoyed than charmed by rule-driven magic, in which the rules of and limitations on magic’s use become integral to the plot (J.K. Rowling is the lone exception for me). Rather, I’m interested in magic (such as Tolkien’s archetypal ring) that is powered by and works on the user. Magical jewels are certainly a fantasy trope by now, but I wanted to try to use them in a different way here. Kelsea cannot control her jewels, and doesn’t really even understand her jewels, but they are doing something to her. I was interested, but not fascinated, when a character put on Tolkien’s ring and became invisible. Fascination came when someone tried to let go of the ring and couldn’t. The little tricks one can do with magic are far less interesting to me than its darker effects.

 

Q.: What writers and books had the biggest influence on your writing of THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING?

 

Frank Herbert’s Dune is the big one. It’s science fiction, not fantasy, but at its base, Dune is the tale of a young scion who must recover his fallen house, and it has always been one of my favorite books. THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is nowhere near as good as Dune, but I tried in my own way to perform some of the same tricks.

 

I also kept The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, in mind. I wanted to write a fantasy book in which action and magic, while present, were subordinated to politics and interpersonal dynamics. I was also determined to write a strong female protagonist. Bradley accomplished both of these tricks to a marvel; those who like THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING should really go back and give The Mists of Avalon a look.
Terry Brooks’s The Elf Queen of Shannara. I enjoyed all of Brooks’s first seven Shannara books, but this one, about a tough but young and uncertain girl who must undertake a quest and prove herself worthy to be a queen, is my favorite. Brooks’s fantasy is always stuffed to the brim with magic and interesting creatures, but he also routinely forces his protagonists to take difficult personal journeys, and Wren Elessedil’s journey is one of the best.

 

Last but not least: Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon. Stephen King is my favorite author, and in my opinion, his lone stab at pure fantasy is also one of his finest books. Here we have a kingdom that, like the Tearling, has fallen under the sway of corruption from within. One of King’s great gifts is to make the reader feel that everything is at stake; in The Eyes of the Dragon, the entire kingdom may rise or fall based on a single act. The plotting is fantastic.

 

Q.: Can you give readers a little bit of a teaser of what will happen in book two and three of the series?

 

In Book 2, the reader will watch Mortmesne invade the Tearling, and see Kelsea’s situation grow bleaker by the day as the Mort draw closer to the city. The reader will also see events that led up to the Crossing, and why humanity took such a desperate gamble. In Book 3, by contrast, the reader will get to see what happened after the Crossing: how the Tearling was formed and how it degenerated. Meanwhile, Kelsea and the Red Queen will form an uneasy alliance against a greater adversary.


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Posted 01 February 2014 - 05:17 PM

Emma was reported to be seen talking to 3 ppl in particular the night of the Golden Globes...Alfonso Cuaron, Robin Wright,  and Channing Tatum. Maybe she was hard at work during the Golden Globes and trying to find the cast and director for "Queen of the Tearling". Isn't this something a producer tries to do and she is a co-producer so..... speculation.... Alfonso Cuaron to direct...Robin Wright as "The Red Queen" and Channing Tatum as the lead body guard and possible love interest perhaps.... I know it would be amazing if this...wishful thinking could be a reality but you never know. Speculation at best but my fingers are always crossed. ;)  Can't wait for the book and then the movie especially.



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 11:22 PM

i could watch Emma paint a wall, plant flowers, learn to drive on the right side of the road, lol...anything! :wub:


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 03:14 PM

LOL!!!! That's cute :) But yeah I am ready to see Emma delve back into work!!! :)


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 04:07 PM

This might just be the right project for Emma to try producing as she'll be working alongside David

Heyman. I think Emma likes to work with familiar faces.

 

I've been saying all along that Emma, Rupert, Dan, Tom, Matt, Bonnie, Evanna, James & Oliver should

start their own production company--like a co-op--they would all have equal ownership and work together. 

They've all worked together for about 10 yrs, so they know their strengths and weaknesses. I know that

Bonnie has already done a screen adaptation called The Sea. 

 

I think either Cuaron or Yates should direct this movie. Again, she needs to work with directors she knows

really well. If she does a comedy, then Columbus/Newell would be best. I think her favorite makeup artist,

Amanda Knight should do the honors in this movie. She's been doing her makeup since she was 9. 

 

Maybe Kate Winslet as the red queen??

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:18 PM

I actually thought of Dan as a director and that he should start directing and have a prod. company, so this would be great!


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:31 PM

If they got Cuaron to direct, the buzz on this project would skyrocket.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:41 PM

I actually thought of Dan as a director and that he should start directing and have a prod. company, so this would be great!

 

Dan directing Emma - that would mean war on set....... Please be reasonable.


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 06:53 PM

 


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:09 PM

 


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 04:12 PM

Casting for this movie should be as follows. I think Pen....a member of the Queens guard with blond hair whom Emma's character is close with should be played by Chris Pratt "Guardians of the Galaxy".  I've always had a thing for Chris Pratt and I think there may be a chance for a romance with Pen and the Queen in future books.  Also I think the Fetch should be played by Pedro Pascal who played "Oberyn Martel...The Viper" in "Game of Thrones".  He has that dangerous but sexy needed for the Fetch.                 



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 05:12 PM

Okay so .... I've read it....I'm not saying how but I have and it was Amazing!!!!  Also it's not stealing because I've pre-ordered the book at my local bookstore and will be the first there as soon as the store opens on July 8th to procure my copy.  Anyway this is not ... I repeat   NOT a Young Adult Book.  This book is Adult.   I, however, would allow my 16 year old to read it.  This book has mentions of rape including child rape...this book has death with blood and gore in "Game of Thrones" true fashion and Emma's character Kel can be a bad ass, sometimes, and vulnerable, sometimes, which makes for a great character.  Most of all there was a scene that made me cry...and if I cry over a scene in a book  then the book is immediately deemed a "Good Read" in my eyes.  I might add this book has a good bit of language....FU being the most predominant along with D*ck, a mention of a C*nt being licked, C*ck....and well a lot of colorful language that makes the book .... so not...Young adult.  If the movies follow along with the books then they will be a strong PG-13 or an easy R rating.  Don't listen to anyone who gives this book a bad review.  The characterization is strong with great character development and a very good story line.  Emma read it and loved it and so have I. It is a book with substance...you won't be disappointing. The only thing about it that disappoints me is that I can't have all 3 books to read NOW and all 3 movies to watch NOW.  Also I'm glad Emma is producing this. I'm sure she knows that the closer a movie follows the book then the better the Movie is and I have faith that she will make sure this movie retains the integrity of the books.  Reading the book and envisioning Emma as Kel... :) Happy dance! Peace I'm out.


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

Thanks for the review!!!! :) Awesome to hear!!! Sounds like Emma would be awesome for the Kel role!!


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 06:04 PM

WHERE CAN I BUY THIS!?


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 07:31 PM

Hey Elena at Amazon :)
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:46 AM

Hey Elena at Amazon :)

OH OK will go find it, i gotta have it! this is so cool.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 01:54 PM

Yayyyy!!!



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:31 AM

If it's really close to Game of Thrones, I won't be reading it. Too much violence for me, not enough joy and laughing haha ! Not the type of book I would honestly appreciate.  


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

If it's really close to Game of Thrones, I won't be reading it. Too much violence for me, not enough joy and laughing haha ! Not the type of book I would honestly appreciate.  

don't be so quick at judging when you didn't even give it try, that's silly. The fragment is too small to make an opinion on the book as a whole. 

I will buy it because it seems like something worth reading, entertaining, with major female roles/characters - that makes me excited to squeeze the book while reading it, so try it!


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:27 PM

Well I've learn something in my last years it's that I know my tastes very well, and every time I've tried to play the "let's try to do like the other's" game, i'm losing because it doesn't correspond to what I want/need/like.

 

I'm not at all saying it's not worth reading, I'm saying that as entertained as I was with something as praised as Game of Thrones at the beginning, i can't watch it anymore without feeling anger, frustration, and bad feelings like that. And that's what's suppose to happen ! I've read that the author wants us to feel it in our guts when a character dies. But I also know that that's not what i want to feel when I try to entertain myself, and I don't like at all to feel that way when I want to be entertained. 

 

So yes it's silly, but it's how I feel, and as much as I could repeat myself "It's a good show, it's a good story, it's well written", I'm not living this experience for anyone else than myself, so if it doesn't feel good it's not for me. To rationalize isn't efficient here (pleasure's not about rationalizing). 

 

But you know what, if this story is as good as it's said to be, my mother will buy it for my brother, and i'll surely get to take an eye on it! But with all the good books that I still have to read, there's no point rushing to a book that doesn't match my interests. 


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But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
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