Another interview with Steven Erikson

Just found out about this!

Jeff VanderMeer interviewed Erikson for Clarksworld Magazine. Here's an excerpt:

I recently wrote a preface to a re-release of Gardens of the Moon, (the first in the series) that Bantam UK is planning, and in it I spoke of ambition; observing that through most of my career as both an unpublished and a published writer, I have often faced rejection wherein I have been criticized for being "too ambitious." Looking back, then, I realized (with bemused surprise), that in this one area I have not changed one whit. If I'm not pushing things I just don't see the point, and that's what drives my writing — it did in my very first stories and it still does.

If there is one change I can observe without too much cynicism, it's that I find I am less and less frustrated in facing that particular criticism. When young, I received it with disbelief. Now, I just shrug. Is this what scars do? Am I simply desensitized, or do I just not give a fuck anymore? I suspect that if I was as poor, as struggling, as I once was, then my feeling would be very different than it is right now. Is this what "comfort" purchases in a life? Could be.

You can read the entire Q&A here.

8 commentaires:

Anonymous said...

one of the better reads

Anonymous said...

Okay, I just finished Garden of the Moon. Please tell me that this get better?

ElanMorin said...

It gets way better, GotM can be very confusing on first read and is, imo, the weakest book in the series. DG is utterly amazing though :) so keep on reading!

Good interview btw, always nice to learn a bit more about SE himself :)

Napoleon said...

Erikson sure comes across as a fascinating person in this interview. I wish he'd do more. Or better yet, write a blog.

Anonymous said...

One of the best interviews I've read lately. The questions were excellent and Erikson's answers were very enlightening. Thanks to both Jeff Vandermeer and Steven Erikson.

Patrick said...

Honestly, I would rather have Erikson writing the next Malazan installment instead of maintaining a blog.:-)

Zero said...

Amen.

The interview was great btw, very interesting into SE's writing habits. He is one writer that I actively look for interviews with.

Napoleon said...

Erikson is so prolific I'm sure he could do both to the detriment of neither!