New Q&A with Scott Lynch

There's a new Scott Lynch interview out there, courtesy of the folks at Threat or Menace. While we wait for The Republic of Thieves (Canada, USA, Europe), it's always fun to read what the author has to say!

Here's a teaser:

Locke is easily one of the most memorable characters is recent history and he seems to have echoes of Edmund Dantes, Scaramouche, D’Artagnan, Percy Blakeney and Tom Jones while remaining indivisibly unique and original. Could you tell us where the character came from? Did you build him or did he just spring forth?

He was originally conceived for, believe it or not, a Star Wars roleplaying game, using the “force adept” class that Wizards put into its d20 version of the game. The backstory was that there was this tiny, out-of-the-way, somewhat idyllic planet that kept itself out of galactic turmoil generation after generation through the efforts of a small corps of Force-sensitive special envoys. They were diplomats, spies, saboteurs. They juggled political crises and bribed officials and arranged quiet coincidences to keep deflecting harm from their homeworld.

Locke was one of those guys, sent out with a bunch of standard-issue tramp freighter yahoos on some mission. The game was sadly quite short, but I enjoyed the character concept enough to keep toying with it. Eventually, I became passionately certain that the character in the book shouldn’t have any supernatural powers, and once I tore them out he became sort of recognizable as the Locke we now have on the page

Follow this link for the complete interview. =)

6 commentaires:

Anonymous said...

Thank God for Scott Lynch. Is RoT still on track for this year?

underext7 said...

Good post Pat! Can't wait for more Locke... It's been too long!

redhead said...

Thanks for the interview link!! I love that man so much it's not funny anymore.

I'd also love to know if RoT has a firm pub date.

Anonymous said...

I loved LoLL, and while I will purchase the news books as they come out, I will wait to read it until all 7 are out!

ScriboErgoSum said...

It's great to hear more from Lynch, and he seems like he's in a good space after the pretty bleak depression he battled.

I'm bummed that there still is absolute silence about a release date for RoT. The interview made it sound like he's working on it, which sounds like revisions and rewriting. That makes 2011 pretty unlikely. Gollancz has removed mention of RoT from their website, which is also making me wonder if we're talking about late 2012 or even slipping past 2012 for the next book.

Those two previews and the premise of RoT puts this right up at the top of my list for upcoming books. Hopefully the wait won't be too much longer...

Stay healthy and happy, Mr. Lynch!

Jeff said...

Thanks for posting that. I really enjoyed it. Like everyone else I was looking for some RoT info, but it looks like they're not going to say anything until it is absolutely finished. Maybe learning from GRRM's ordeal. I will gladly buy it when it comes out, but I can't help hoping that is sooner rather than later.