Thursday, February 14, 2008

Epic Proportions!

The fantastic Tempest Bradford has just put up an Interview with me in Fantasy Magazine.

It's here!

If that one does nothing for you, try clicking on Tempest's name. That'll take you to a listing of her many, many other cool interviews and stuff.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

[quote]Tempest: Is there any particular author or book that influenced the way you envisioned the Acacia project?

David: Sure, but the influences were mostly from the past. Ursula LeGuin was a favorite. I loved–and recognized young–that she was writing in a world of people of color. And I loved the she turned a lot of the norms of young man who is prince fantasy on its head. Her protagonists knew fear. They made mistakes. They were sometimes girls, etc. That was important to me.

Of course for pure storytelling Tolkein was an influence. And CS Lewis and Lloyd Alexander. All the usual suspects. I hadn’t read contemporary fantasy in ages, though, and only began looking at it after I’d begun Acacia. I get compared to George RR Martin quite a bit, but I didn’t read him until I’d finished Acacia. I like his stuff in many ways, but he’s a new one for me.[/quote]

Lloyd Alexander???

Man, you really rock! :)

On a sidenote: GRRM-devotees are like most devotees. Everything that is good, must have been stolen. ;)
It's funny everything epic nowadays is GRRM-like. Or everything a bit grim/gritty. As if he invented that. I still wonder, what Stephen R. Donaldson thinks when he reads that comments. ;)

7:12 PM  
Blogger clindsay said...

Excellent interview, David! :-)

11:35 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thanks. It's interesting for me to look at too. Fortunately, I still agree with myself!

The funny thing about "stealing" is that, well, first off, all writers do it. But more importantly, we steal from such random sources that it's hard to pin down. The real influences on Acacia are things like The Epic of Gilgamesh, Dune, the BBC's Planet Earth documentary, Miyazaki films: just to name a few. But I guess when it comes down to it only I know what inspired what. It's usually not what readers think, though.

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