Where do I begin on Margaret Weis? Well, let’s go to the late 1990’s. I was a little child, and one time at the library, I found myself in the fiction section in the local library. That’s when I encountered Dragonlance. Since I couldn’t read yet, I was entranced by the covers by Larry Elmore, and various other artists.
I didn’t encounter them again until much later, 6 years later I found a Dragonlance book by Mary Kirchoff, and finished it in a day! The next day, I hunted for more Dragonlance novels, but couldn’t find another.
That weekend I went to Hastings, and found a whole section of Dragonlance books! I scanned the titles and found Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis, and I was amazed.
Now, 4 years later, I have the honor to interview Ms.Weis. It was a dream come true. 🙂
Thank you Ms. Weis for this interview, I’m sure my readers will very much enjoy your prescence. 🙂 To start things off, what has been going on in your life lately?
Things have been going great! I’m working on a new series called the Dragon Brigade with co-author Robert Krammes. The first books is the Shadow Raiders. Muskets and magic, dragon, saints, and demons!
Sounds interesting. 🙂 Is it in a historical era like Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series or is it set in it’s own world?
Own world. Continents that float in the air. Ships that sail through the air with a combination of balloons and magic.
I’ll look forward to that. 🙂 Ok, question 3, in the Dragonlance series who is your favorite character to write?
Raistlin and Tasslehoff.
Those are my faves to read about also, I just laugh hysterically when Tasslehoff is around, and Raistlin is pretty mysterious. Some other authors I’ve read about make their characters like people they know, do you and Mr. Hickman do this?
No, mostly I know them in my head.
What motivated you to move from writing non-fiction and WII books to fantasy fiction?
Going to work at TSR, Inc!:)
Good point , kinda hard to do nonfiction when working for a roleplaying game company. 🙂
What are some of the best Dragonlance, and other fantasy novels you’ve read in the last decade (besides yours and Tracy’s )?
Sorry, I don’t read fantasy!
Oh ok, ummm let me rephrase that, I forgot you don’t read fantasy :), what are some of your favorite books you’ve read in the last few years?
I’ll have to think about that.
One was the Three Musketeers, by Dumas, which I reread this year for about the 100th time! In new books, I read the Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Bartlett. In the Beginning and Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok. The Saxon Tales by Cornwell. And the Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christi (for fun!). Among lots of others!
Those are great classics. 🙂 Here, is the last question, you’ve probably gotten this one before, but I think my readers will want to know, how did you break into writing?
I wrote for ten years after college, while working as a proofreader/editor at a small publishing company in Kansas City, MO. I met my first agent, Ray Peekner, through a series of odd circumstances and asked him to take a look at some of my work. (I’d been writing for ten years after I left college!) He agreed and although he didn’t like anything I sent (not marketable), he was impressed with my writing and gave me some ideas. He sold my first book, a nonfiction title about the outlaws, Frank and Jesse James, to Simon and Schuster for their school division. Ray was also the person who recommended me for the job as book editor at TSR. I owe Ray so much! He died many years ago of cancer.
Sad 😦 , thank you Ray for finding Ms. Weis…Thank you Ms.Weis for your time and good luck on your new book series.