Our fourth and final author who graced us with his presence and time today is none other than Anthony Ryan, a bestselling Fantasy author known for Blood Song, which is pretty much one of my favorite Fantasy books ever, and THE book that really got me into Epic Fantasy! I really wish this guy a lot of success, because I simply love his books (and no doubt his future books) so much. I wouldn’t be into the genre if it weren’t for him!
If Blood Song were to be made into a movie, which actors would you cast for Vaelin, Nortah, Frentis, Sella, Dentos, and Barkus?
I wouldn’t. I’d rather leave it up to the reader to conjure their own images of how the characters look. I tend to sketch in visuals rather than going into great detail, you have to allow room for the reader’s imagination. Besides which, there’s a reason why Hollywood casting directors get paid so much. Also, I haven’t seen any actors who come anywhere close to my own image of how most of the main characters look, especially Vaelin. I will say that James Purefoy (from Rome and The Following) would make a great Master Sollis.
If Vaelin were a modern man, what kind of job do you envision him to have?
Given his personality type, he would almost certainly be in the military, most probably in Special Forces. Although, he’d end up being court-martialled for disobeying orders and have to go on the run, now there’s an original plot line.
What part of the book did you like writing the best? The least?
Vaelin’s meetings with King Janus and Princess Lyrna were fun to write, partly because the dialogues seem to flow very easily and Janus and Lyrna have a lot of different aspects to their characters. Lyrna’s flashbacks to her memories of Janus in Tower Lord are partly the result of the fact that I just liked writing him so much. As for the least favourite, killing characters is never easy, even though I do it a lot. Must confess to moist eyes when a few bit the dust.
What do you plan to write after you finish The Raven’s Shadow series? Will you stick to Fantasy?
I’m currently writing the first book in a new fantasy series set in a completely different world; I won’t say much about it at this stage but it does feature dragons in a big way. I also hope to finish my Slab City Blues sci-fi series next year with a full length novel.
Best thing that happened to you after you finally published your book.
It’s fairly mundane, but being able to make a living doing what I love is the best thing that’s happened since Blood Song came out… besides reading your reviews, of course.
There are so many books that inspire me, though, and many that make me want to be a better writer. So that’s a long list that I won’t get into here!
Hi, I’m Anthony Ryan, writer of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction.
After a long career in the British Civil Service I took up writing full time after the success of my first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy which has been purchased by Penguin US to be published in July 2013. I also continue to self-publish the Slab City Blues series of science fiction novellas.
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