Wednesday, February 12, 2003
An interview with infamous Dragonlance author Margaret Weis. Ms. Weis answers some questions about current and upcoming projects, as well as several about where she finds her inspiration.
Dragonlance.com/Dragonlance Nexus: What books did you read when you were growing up? What were, and what continue to be, your influences?
Margaret Weis: My favorite books when I was growing up were: The Three Musketeers by Dumas, Johnny Tremain, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle. I still read Bleak House by Charles Dickens once a year, as well as David Copperfield. I just finished the Forsythe Saga (loved it!). Mary Renault is also one of my favorite authors, as is Rex Stout.
DL: In Annotated Chronicles, you reference J.R.R. Tolkien as one of the models for the Dragonlance Saga. What kind of inspiration and ideas did you draw from, and were there any other sources you used in creating Krynn?
MW: Actually, I basically drew on life. The characters in Chronicles may be fighting dragons, but they are also fighting real problems like we are battling today: racial prejudice, religious intolerance, evil dictators, as well as wondering who they are and what is their place in the universe.
DL: When you were originally proposing the concept of Dragonlance to TSR, did you ever imagine how successful this series of books would be or how long the series of books would be published?
MW: No, we did not! We knew we had a good product and we hoped that people would like it, but we had no idea that they would take it their hearts. Needless to say, we are immensely pleased!
DL: Have you heard any news on a Dragonlance movie?
MW: All I can say is that the movie project continues to be "a go".
DL: Will forthcoming Dragonlance products focus on the continent of Taladas, or will the setting continue to be focused primarily on Ansalon?
MW: The first DL project from Sovereign Press will be the Age of Mortals, going into detail about the 5th Age from its start and carrying it into the future. Most DL products will be set on Ansalon. We may do a sourcebook on Taladas at a later date.
DL: Would you ever consider writing a short story or stories about the Companions and their adventures in the realm in which they reside? (I doubt Tasslehoff will let a small thing like death stop him on his way to the next great adventure!)
DL: Is there an official release date for the Dragonlance Campaign Setting? I've heard that it's been rumored that it will be released at GenCon 2003.
MW: God willing, it will be released at Gen Con, along with the Age of Mortals.
DL: What was the inspiration behind the War of Souls trilogy?
MW: Peter Adkison. He was concerned that the DL fan base had been split by the 5th Age and he asked us to write a series that would bring everyone back into the fold.
DL: Are you currently planning any future projects with Tracy Hickman?
MW: Not in the near future. I'm working on a new series for Tor that I'm very excited about. The first book is called Mistress of Dragons and it will be out this year. Tracy and his wife Laura are working on their own series for Warner. So, for the time being, we're both keeping busy.
DL: What do you think of storylines where good becomes worse than the evil it's attempting to extinguish—like the Kingpriest? Are these more interesting to write than the traditional "good vs. evil" storyline?
MW: I always found the Kingpriest a fascinating character because he is so realistic. Much of the evil in the world is brought about by people believing they are acting for good and righteous reasons.
DL: In Dragons of Autumn Twighlight, right before Eben and Berem get crushed by rocks, Raistlin says that he has a reason to be upset with Eben. What reason? What did Eben do, or perhaps discover, with Raistlin?
MW: You know, that has been so long ago that I can't remember!
DL: Any other projects you're currently working on that you'd like to share with us? Do you have any updates on the release date of Journey into the Void (the third part of the Sovereign Stone trilogy co-authored by Tracy Hickman)?
MW: Journey into the Void will be released in August. The above-mentioned book series, Dragonvarld, is one that I am very excited about. The three books in the series are: Mistress of Dragons, The Dragon's Son, and the Master of Dragons. I'm currently working on the second book.
DL: Anything else?
MW: No, that's all! Thanks!
DL: Thank you for taking the time, Margaret. We really appreciate it!