December’s FEATURED AUTHOR is Brent Weeks!

Holy cow, it’s December already! I’m taking a moment to freak out… Alright, freaking completed (or, rather, put on hold). Please welcome this month’s Featured Author, Brent Weeks!

brent weeks author photoBrent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.

Find Brent online at www.brentweeks.com, on facebook (fan club group) and twitter.

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drey: Hi Brent! Welcome to drey’s library, and thank you for taking the time to visit us this month!

Who is Brent Weeks? Please introduce yourself in about ten sentences.

BW: I’m that writer who’s remarkably… normal. I’m also remarkably sane for having chosen an insane life. I’m an epic fantasy writer who is fortunate enough to live his dream and good enough — or surrounded by clever enough marketing folks — that I have hit The New York Times Bestseller List a few times. I’m a guy caught right in the teeth of a paradox: I write books that I like to think couldn’t be written by anyone but me, and at the same time, I’m averse to sharing too much of my biography because I fear it will interfere with readers accepting and understanding my work as it is. That is, when you read my book, I want you to be wholly absorbed in that world, not thinking about me at all.

drey: Hmm. I don’t think you’re going to have any problems with that last point there, Brent. Your fans are going to be absorbed in that world, then thinking about you — as in, where’s the next one? :D

When did you first realize you were meant to be a writer? Was it a gradual realization, or a “big bang” event?

BW: I think I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a writer. Actually deciding to pursue it with a full knowledge of how improbable it is to ever get published, much less make a living at it, was something I didn’t embrace until after I took a short story class at Oxford University as a 19-year-old and realized I might have some small talent for this thing.

drey: What was your first novel about (& I’m talking about the one you wrote at 13 – based on your FAQs)? :-) What happened to it?

BW: Naturally enough, it was about a young boy. It’s about a magic sword and a young boy entrusted with it who has no idea just how very special he is. Other than that, the mists of time have been kind and have covered over most of the details!

drey: Who and/or what inspires your writing? How do you get from idea to pages?

BW: A big question indeed, and one which would probably get a different answer every time you asked me. An important inspiration for my most recent series, The Lightbringer Series, has been that cultural touchstone that has become basically palimpsest: the character of Odysseus as seen through four different lenses: Homer’s, Virgil’s, Dante’s, and Tennyson’s. Did that sound pretentious? Yeah, to me too. Dammit.

drey: Why write fantasy, as opposed to any other genre?

BW: Because the truth is too big to be constrained by reality.

drey: Tell us about The Blinding Knife (which I can’t wait to read!).

BW: The Blinding Knife is a story of guns, magic, and swords set in a faux-1600-Mediterranean-Sea-basin world. It’s also the story of a father who picks a favorite son, and how two brothers are torn apart by that. It’s about a civil war in which loyalties conflict and intersect and ultimately, I hope, it’s about integrity and redemption. Throw in some pirates and gods, and I think you’ve got a good read!

drey: What do you indulge in, when not writing?

BW: I read, of course, but mostly non-fiction these days. I’m currently finishing up a really good but depressing book on race and slavery in the Middle East, and a surprisingly dull tome about the historical assassins. I’m also an avid gamer. I’ve been dabbling in role-playing games recently (Pathfinder and one I’m playtesting, so I can’t talk about). And I love Xbox games. I just finished “Hitman”, which should be not at all surprising to those who know the Night Angel series!

drey: Why would you finish a dull tome? Sound like so much (not) fun…

Smackdown: Your favorite characters face off in the ring. Who are they, who wins, and why?

BW: Grima Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings faces off with Harry Potter. Harry obviously has more magical power and thus, would destroy Grima, but Grima plays on his pity and Harry puts down his wand long enough for Grima to slip a knife into his ribs. Since Harry’s friends aren’t around to save him this time, Grima wins. Cue trumpets.

drey: Poor Harry! What a sorry end to the wizard…

What’s your favorite accompaniment to chocolate?

BW: More chocolate?

drey: Dude! That so does not answer the question!

What’s up next for you?

BW: More chocolate? Thanks for bringing up chocolate. Must. Have. Chocolate!

drey: Aargh! I’ve created a monster (ha ha!)… Be back in a bit — have to hunt down some chocolate…

Ok, I’m back. Let’s finish up with a quick Proust-lite:

  1. What is your idea of earthly happiness?
    A great single malt in one hand, my wife snuggling me on the other, and not complaining about the smell of the great single malt, chocolate in the other hand, and a video game controller in the other hand, with my wife saying, “Come on, honey, please, one more round?”, and a great book in my other hand. Oh, and my iPhone in my spare hand. I like to multi-task my pleasures.
  2. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Calculus.
  3. Who is/are your favorite hero/heroine(s) in fiction?
    Odysseus, whom I do not actually count as the same character as Ulysses from those later writers. Virgil was a slanderer.
  4. What is/are your favorite hero/heroine(s) in real life?
    I really love the hero of that movie, Gandhi II. I think it’s based on a real guy, right?
  5. What sound do you love?
    The sighs of my adoring fans.
  6. What sound do you hate?
    The sound of an adoring fan asking, “When’s the next book coming out?”
  7. The quality you admire most in a man?
    A manly aroma.
  8. The quality you admire most in a woman?
    Tolerance for my snarkiness.
  9. If not a writer, you would be a … total miserable abject failure. Or a lawyer. Same thing, really.
  10. What is your favorite swear word?
    Bupkiss.

Thank you for swinging by, Brent! I hope you enjoy your visit – I’m pretty sure we will! And now, keep reading for a fabulous giveaway!!

Giveaway
You lucky, lucky ducks! Brent has an AWESOME giveaway for you! I know you want details, so… The prizes are *drumroll please* 5 paperback copies of his first Lightbringer book, The Black Prism, and one hardcover copy of the second, The Blinding Knife! Even better, this one’s open INTERNATIONALLY! Yeah!

To enter, just fill out the form below before December 29th! Good luck!

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62 Responses to “December’s FEATURED AUTHOR is Brent Weeks!”

  1. Jeff Schwarz

    great post, totally enjoyed Night Angel series and Lightbringer! Good luck to everyone in the contest!

  2. Lyubomir. M.

    Brent, I absolutely adore your books ! Your writing style is simply astounding. It enables my mind to just travel away by leaving all the bad and negative thoughts somewhere far behind. The outside world just seizes to exist. Not many things can provide an enjoyable escape from reality, and sometimes, thats exactly what we all need. You are by far my favorite author, and no amount of praise and admiration I express here will suffice…Just keep being your awesome self.

  3. Dallas Crumlich

    Great interview I love it! I have a question though, what would be your inspiration for such unique magic systems and the way they work. Some aspects of the fantasy world I haven’t seen before. Just wondering if anything inspired you about this?

  4. Ben

    I’m not sure about Grima Wormtongue. Favourite character? psssh! Regardless, I love Brent Week’s books and writing style. Definitely in the top 5!

  5. Will

    This is the first series I’ve read that wasn’t finished. Big mistake. I wants more because I’m spoiled child of the information age.

  6. David Wilks

    I’ve got a story in my head I know would be a great book, I’ve written my ideas down and tried to organize them, but I’m having trouble starting. Any suggestions?

  7. GreyEngineer

    Man I wish I lived in the States. I would totally go to a Brent Weeks book signing and reading. Well, if it wasn’t too super inconvenient. America is a big place. But if it was within reason I would totally go. But not on a work night. Well maybe, just depends on how late it went on till.

    Ok so I would totally maybe go. Yay.

    I kid, I would definitely go. Brent, maybe you should do a super elaborate book tour to South Africa? I am sure you can justify that to your people?

    Thanks for being a Genius. Also make every effort to get Joss Whedon to read your books. Then get him to make a movie. The world will thank me. You are welcome.

    • This place is definitely big. And author tours don’t always make it anywhere close by, even when you live here. :( But hey, there’s always a reason for a road trip then! (& I love the Joss comment – I wholeheartedly agree!)

  8. Metal Rob

    Not only did Blinding Knife have me hooked, I sped through it and even searched my bookshelf wondering where the next book was like an idiot. Hahaha. Amazing work Brent, I can’t wait for the next installment, with both Lightbringer and the Night Angel universe. Cheers dude!

  9. Max

    Great interview! I had the privilege of interviewing Brent a while back as well–stand up guy and fantastic author! Looking forward to finally reading The Blinding Knife!

  10. Xander

    I’m working on a Novel of my own. I loved the Night Angel series and I am 2/3 done reading Black Prism!!! I find it interesting how your style changed between projects. I still love your work!

    • ken geary

      Prism was hard for me to get into coming right off Night Angel. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed Prism but i just loved Night Angel so much I found it hard to make the switch.

  11. Rahat

    NAT was mind blowing, Lightbringer is shaping up to potentially be better :D, Brent Weeks is just great!

  12. Chris Bisente

    I am a HUGE fan of your books! I bought a digital copy of The Night Angel Trilogy and the two books in the Lightbringer series and also got a hard copy to go in my library! Can’t wait for more from you!

  13. Joe Hougaard

    Brent, your books are awesome! If a book keeps you up until 3am and you still have to force it shut, then it’s GOOD book, and both The Black Prism and The blinding Knife surely were!

  14. Sabrina

    Love this author! Great to read yet another interview! Thank you so much Brent Weeks for gifting us with your talent.

  15. Cara

    I read, and read, and read, and I still can’t get enough of Brent’s books. No other author can keep me up all night with a book I’ve read before. Thanks for putting yourself out there, and giving us such great novels!

  16. Luis

    Brent is one of those authors that makes me re-read his books about 5 times each and still be completely floored by every twist and turn. I could not ask for a better heart-wrenching turmoil, moral ambiguity and everything in between than from Brent.

  17. ken geary

    I have really enjoyed Brent Weeks work preticularly The Night Angel books. Does he plan to explore Kylar’s story any further?

  18. Beren

    nice I love free shit. mr. weeks you have done the best job at catching my attention since the silmarilon ! thank you ser and keep the books comin along at your pace. I’d rather wait 3 years for class than a hold u over book that took 6 months.

  19. Adam

    I’m always hesitant about picking up new authors, but I’m very glad I did in this case. The Night Angel series swept me in immediately and didn’t let go until I finished the last book. When I saw The Black Prism at the book store, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. By the time I finished it, I had to buy the ebook for Blinding Knife, because a trip to the store would have taken too long.

    Thank you, it’s been far too long since I’ve read anything that captured my attention and my imagination like this.

  20. Harold Bastin

    I love the light bringer series because well you need to read to find out why you will love it I am not giving all the great story, conflict, and overall “REAL” story. I love choices that work/ do not work I love REAL choicses

  21. Naser Mahmood

    I love Brent Weeks. Ever since The Way of Shadows, he’s been one of my favourite authors. Thanks for the brilliant books!

  22. Dennis Giger

    I have read THE BLINDING KNIFE. I enjoyed it so much I hated to see it come to an end. Now, I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment. PS. I enjoyed THE BLACK PRISM just as much.

  23. Alison Jones

    I like all your books, but I feel like the Black Prism is your best yet! Can’t wait for the Blinding Knife!

  24. Lord Bronco

    Mwhaha- i just *finished* The Blinding Knife-no spoliers, but it is… massively…bigger than book one! Amazing. Thanks Mr. Weeks!

  25. Stephanie

    Still finishing up The Night Angel trilogy and I absolutely adore the books! The Lightbringer will be on the menu straight after though, cannot wait! :-D (Even though I’m sooo soooo gutted that I’m nearing the end of the 3rd one..)

    Definitely looking forward to reading more of your books. The worlds are just amazing to lose yourself in – because who would want reality if you can get a fantasy world as awesome as these? ;-)

  26. evildevilfish

    I’ve been listening the The Way of Shadows on Audible. So I’ve been taking some really long drives this summer (Australia) just to be in the car. Durzo Blint kicks a***! Thanks for the interview drey.

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