Today we’re pleased to welcome award-winning author David Farland to the Lightning Blog!

What stories have inspired your writing the most?

For novels, it has to be Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Neuromancer. Years ago I was asked by the head of Scholastic to help find a book to push big, and I chose Harry Potter, a book that I also found inspirational. For short fiction, I would have to say the stories “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule” by Lucius Shepard, “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card, and perhaps “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. Then there are a host of stories by this fellow named William Shakespeare. Certainly “Henry the IV, Part 2,” along with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth,” and several others.

What classic are you ashamed to admit you haven’t read?

Dare I say it, I haven’t read “Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer—yet. And I am afraid to admit that “Paradise Lost” lost my interest.

Which hero/heroine/mythological/medieval character do you most admire or despise? Why?

King Arthur fascinates me. He’s just and compassionate, but as a boy he meddled with wizards and never could get his life right afterward. He’s a tragic character. Frodo Baggins is much the same, but I always found myself wanting to hang out with Gandalf more.

If your writing life were a sport, which one would it be?

Ice dancing. You’re gliding over a lake with hidden depths, and while people are watching, they become mesmerized and lost in your tale.

What are your writing quirks?

I like to write in different styles and for different audiences. So I’ll write a middle-grade fantasy one month, a historical novel for adults afterward. It’s terribly childish and undisciplined of me.

Tell us what’s coming for you in the rest of 2017.

One never knows. I have some interest from Hollywood in a Runelords television series and a movie treatment that I just did for a major director who cannot be named. I’m going to finish the last book in my Runelords series in the next few weeks, do a little rewrite on another novel, finish two books on writing, and then get to the second novel of the Nightingale series. The question becomes, what if some earth-shattering inspiration hits me? I have a middle-grade animal fantasy that has been welling up in me for several years, and it could demand to be written this fall, too.


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Meet the Author


David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his historical novel In the Company of Angels, and many more awards for his work. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords.

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