Tuesday, July 21, 2009

S. M. Stirling Interview

For some time now, I've been a fan of S. M. Stirling. And a few months back, I made a semi-serious attempt to draw him out of hiding by summarizing and linking to reviews and interviews of note. It was successful in drawing him out far enough for a comment, but he never contacted me for an interview. It felt like I was chasing my own shadow in the dead of night.

Over time I was distracted and kept plugging away at my reading list. But with the pending publication of The Sword of the Lady in late August, I'm going to ask my questions here in the hopes that Mr. Stirling is "listening" and will take a few minutes to answer them.


  1. Do you read e-books?
  2. Do you prefer the Sony Reader or Amazon Kindle?
  3. Do you have a library card?
  4. What's your favorite section of the library? Anything come in second after History?
  5. Do any TV shows, movies, music, or other artistic mediums influence your work?
  6. Did Diana's Gabaldon's Outlander series inspire the MacKenzie clan in your Emberverse books?
  7. Do you talk shop over lunch with other New Mexico authors like George R. R. Martin or Stephen R. Donaldson?
  8. Name one guilty pleasure.
  9. As a member of the "Double Initial" gang along with fellow authors R. A. Salvatore, Kurt R. A. Giambastiani, and George R. R. Martin, what do you prefer to be called? Steve? Stephen? S. M.?
  10. Will we eventually see the link between the Nantucket series and the Emberverse series? In other words, we know how the Change has impacted Rudi and his crew and Marion and her crew. But will we ever see them get back together? Will we see the time lines merge? Will it be like Back to the Future where actions in the past will be represented in the future? Will we see Rudi and his descendants unearth the wreckage of the Eagle along with other Bronze Age artifacts?
  11. Is the Moon Woman religion a Bronze Age version of Wicca?
And while I wish for answers to all of these as much as I wish for a galley of The Sword of the Lady, I'll be happy with any answers at all. And if Mr. Stirling would like to contact me via email, I'm available at this address:

tk42one@gmail.com

2 comments:

S.M. Stirling said...

>Do you read e-books?

-- massively, on my Kindle.

>Do you have a library card?

-- two, one for the local library, and one for the University of New Mexico library.

>What's your favorite section of the library?

-- History.

>Anything come in second after History?

-- anthropology.

>Do any TV shows, movies, music, or other artistic mediums influence your work?

-- lots of music; you can see some of it from the dedications in the books. Not so much TV.

>Did Diana's Gabaldon's Outlander series inspire the MacKenzie clan in your Emberverse books?

-- not that I'm aware of! My family's Scottish on my father's side, 'way back.

>Do you talk shop over lunch with other New Mexico authors like George R. R. Martin or Stephen R. Donaldson?

-- George is in my writer's group.

>Name one guilty pleasure.

-- food.

>As a member of the "Double Initial" gang along with fellow authors R. A. Salvatore, Kurt R. A. Giambastiani, and George R. R. Martin, what do you prefer to be called? Steve? Stephen? S. M.?


-- Steve, usually. I publish under "S.M." because that's the way I sign my checks and contracts, so I went for it with the books too.


>Will we eventually see the link between the Nantucket series and the Emberverse series?

-- that would be telling. Let me just say that the end of THE SWORD OF THE LADY will reveal _something_.

Enjoy!

Yours,
Steve Stirling

TK42ONE said...

I guess a little patience pays off. Thank you Steve for the time and the answers. I was hoping for more on the link to Nantucket, but that would be a bit like opening your presents before Christmas. Now I just have to wait patiently.