Last week’s attack on Salman Rushdie underscored, for me, one of the harder realities of being a writer. You get hated by total strangers. And sometimes they go berserk. Its sad that authors get targeted, physically or otherwise. One might argue that Rushdie was a special case; but on my experience it’s a risk all … More Salman Rushdie and author danger: a cautionary tale
I picked up a new follower on one of my social networks the other day. Marilyn Monroe. Not THE Marilyn Monroe, of course. Any more than I was followed by Henry David Thoreau, who joined the list next day. They were fans – and, as a writer myself, I’m an enthusiast for anything that spreads the word about … More I got a message from Marilyn Monroe
George R. R. Martin reportedly said this week that he wouldn’t license his fantasy world. He also apparently told fan fiction writers he’d prefer they didn’t borrow his world. Both points are interesting, and I basically agree. I won’t get a chance to ask him about that in person – he’s in Wellington late next week, … More George R. R. Martin won’t license his world. Quite right too.
It occurred to me the other day that I could probably be classified as a bit of a Tolkien fan. I’ve been soaking up Tolkien’s books ever since I was about 10. I must have read The Lord Of The Rings a dozen times or more. The Hobbit as often. I have the maps, I … More Being a Tolkien fan is all about the reading experience