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Margaret Weis Interview

Posted by Steve the Bookstore Guy On Tuesday, September 29, 2009

There are certain authors that hold a special place in our hearts. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are two of them. So, when Wizards of the Coast came calling and asked if we would like to interview Margaret Weis as part of her blog tour, we jumped at the opportunity. Without any further delay, we are excited to give you our brief interview with Margaret.

Margaret, thank you for taking the time to stop by our not-so-humble blog for an interview. Now, we want you to throw caution and humility to the wind. Here at Elitist Book Reviews we don’t hesitate to pat ourselves on the back, and we want you to do the same (your back, not ours). So tell us, why are you and your co-author, Tracy Hickman, so awesome?

LOL! What can I say? We love our work!

Speaking of Hickman, the two of you have published a ridiculous number of novels together. What do you find the benefits of co-authoring to be, do you enjoy writing alone or as a co-author more, and after all this time working together is it always smooth sailing or are there disagreements?

There are benefits to writing both singly and with a co-author. If I write by myself, I have to come up with solutions to the problems I always create for myself. (Writing myself into a corner.) When I'm writing with Tracy, I can call him and dump the problem in his lap. (Tasslehoff's going to die unless you find a way to save him!) The biggest disagreement we had was that I maintained that Laurana would never give up being the Golden General to run off to save Tanis. Tracy, being a romantic, maintains that love conquers all.

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage was released back in August, a full 25 years after Dragons of Autumn Twilight. We literally owe our introduction into fantasy to you and Tracy (a simple ‘thank you’ just doesn’t seem to do our feelings justice, but, seriously, thank you!), as do many readers. How do you keep those loyal readers satisfied while appealing to this newer generation of readers?

The internet has been a big help to us, especially the community of fans on the DL Nexus message boards. We really try to listen to our fans and, while we may not do everything they would like us to do, we take their concerns and ideas seriously.

Along the same lines as the last question, what do you think it means to be a fantasy reader today and how has it changed from when you started writing fantasy?

Back in the day, the majority of readers of DL were men. So many women used to come up to us to tell us that they started reading DL because their boyfriends/husbands urged them to read the books. Now we see many more women and girls reading DL and fantasy in general.

Do you feel like the genre as a whole is evolving, and if so, how do you feel about it?

I must admit that I don't read fantasy!

Again, Margaret, thank you for dropping by to show us how great you are. You’ve made our year. Seriously. Any parting words for us and our readers?

Thank you for traveling Krynn all these years with us!

We wished we could have asked more questions, but we were thrilled to have Margaret take time out of her busy schedule to talk with us! We understand Margaret will be online throughout the day, so you may just be able to coax some comments out of her if you ask nicely!

And if that doesn’t work, we have free copies of DRAGONS OF THE HOURGLASS MAGE to give away. Here are a few ways to get your copy. We have chosen, at random, certain comment milestones for prize winners. So come and chat with us and Margaret, and who knows, your comment might be one of the lucky winners. To hook you up, we have also reserved a couple copies to give away for people that make Margaret laugh (or us for that matter), or ask something great, or make an insightful comment. As always we will judge what deserves the last couple prize books, but no need to worry. If you didn't trust us our enlightened judgement, you wouldn't be coming to our site.

Seriously folks, we know that a lot of you owe your fantasy readership to Weis and Hickman like we do. Remember, go give them your support. Here are a few links of pure greatness:

Margaret Weis' Site

Tracy Hickman's Site

Wizards of the Coast

Sara Easterly (she set us up with the interview...of course we are going to mention her!)

And lastly, we have a Dragonlance Novels Guide if any of you crazy readers need one...lets face it, Dragonlance has a ton of books. If you want it, email us and we'll send you a copy!


  1. Anonymous Said,

    Thank you for hosting me. I loved the questions!


    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 5:49 AM

  2. We are glad you came by! Wish we could have done a more extensive interview, but we understand how busy you are!

    Just to calm my own curiosity, are there any plans to release an Annotated Lost Chronicles?

    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM

  3. Jim Said,

    A friend just bought me a print of the "Sturms Death" Painting. I so loved your books when I was younger and just got them off my bookshelf to start reading again. Thank you so much for bringing such a great piece of art into our lives. I can't tell you how many times I have remembered your books and the joy of just the thought of reading them has brought tears to my eyes !!

    Thank you very much.

    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM

  4. Kaz Said,

    This may sound like a silly question, why did you want to write... did someone put the idea in your head, did you just love books? And now after all these years, what is it that makes your job still worth while?

    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

  5. WRE Said,

    Are we going to get a proper follow-up to the War of Souls trilogy? Will the Highgod ever be prominently featured? Who's better in the sack: Laurana or Kitiara?

    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM

  6. -Slamel- Said,

    Kitiara obviously. As if there could have been any doubt.

    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 10:50 PM

  7. -Slamel- Said,

    Ok Jim, Kaz, and WRE. Since the random comment number was a bust, all three of you get free copies of DRAGONS OF THE HOURGLASS MAGE. Email us your mailing address and we will get them sent out to you.

    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:51 AM

  8. Anonymous Said,

    WoTC is discontinuing the DL novel line after 2010, so no plans to follow-up to anything! I have not heard about a Lost Chronicles omnibus. As to writing, I've been a story-teller since before I could read. English Lit and Creative Writing were my majors in college.

    Any time you want to do another interview, just let me know!


    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:52 AM

  9. -Slamel- Said,

    Thanks again Margaret. We enjoyed having you, and will definitely be looking forward to another interview sometime.

    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:11 AM

  10. Jim Said,

    That is great! Thank you!

    I sent my address to the email in the contact us page.

    Hope that worked out.

    Thank you again!

    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:01 PM

  11. Brendon Said,

    Oh man, can't believe I missed this the first time around. Brief -- but great -- interview. Tracy and Margaret got me into the fantasy genre, and I'm still with them!

    Posted on December 30, 2009 at 12:08 AM


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