We are HUGE fans of Patrick Rothfuss here at ABC. We still talk about the day he came for a visit, a couple of years ago, and we recommend his first book Name of The Wind to everyone who asks us for a good fantasy novel.
His next book The Wise Man’s Fear is in stores now, and we’re so excited! It contintues the story of Kvothe, the hero of Name of The Wind, a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen.
ABC Amsterdam’s Tiemen wrote to Mr. Rothfuss and asked if he could interview him for Do You Read Me? He very kindly obliged and Tiemen was thrilled.
Part two of the Kingkiller Chronicle, The Wise Man’s Fear is finally finished. How does that feel? Does it feel very different from when you finished the first part The Name of the Wind?
It feels good. But it does feel different than when I finished The Name of the Wind. The first book I worked on for years as my hobby. It was fun, and getting it published was, in some ways, the fulfilment of a dream.
But writing The Wise Man’s Fear was work. I needed to write this book to prove that I could be a professional writer, not just a hobbyist. Now that it’s finished, I feel a greater sense of pride. I’ve proven that I can do it twice.
You have been busy working on The Wise Man’s Fear longer than expected. You wrote on your blog that the main reason for the delay was that you wanted to turn the book from good into awesome. How do you make something that is good into something that is awesome?
Revision. Lots and lots of revision. Then more revision. They you get feedback from people on the book, and use it to do more revision.
Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what music do you listen to?
Nope. It takes up too much headspace. I need all of my brain to write.
A lot of people are very happy that book two is coming out, how long do you think it will take before people start sending you e-mails asking when book three will be finished?
People have already started asking. Everyone thinks it’s a clever joke, “When’s book three going to be done?” I suppose it is clever for them, they just thought of it. But I’ve already heard it 30 times….
You recently became a father. The pictures of your son on your blog are ridiculously cute. Has being a father influenced your writing?