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The Sage Posted - 14 Jul 2010 : 01:53:58
Well met

This being another collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Elaine Cunningham, whos works include: Elfshadow, Elfsong, Daughter of the Drow, Tangled Webs, Windwalker and of course Evermeet: Island of Elves, to name but a few.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.
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E4eva Posted - 07 Nov 2017 : 15:55:47
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Regarding the upcoming Patreon, I will be including original fiction (aka "stuff not set in the Realms") on a monthly basis. I have a flash fiction piece ready to go, a quirky little tale of which I'm inordinately fond. :)




Excited for it all.

Yes, please link us here to the Patreon and to the story when you post it on your site.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Nov 2017 : 15:39:22
Regarding the upcoming Patreon, I will be including original fiction (aka "stuff not set in the Realms") on a monthly basis. I have a flash fiction piece ready to go, a quirky little tale of which I'm inordinately fond. :)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Nov 2017 : 15:34:25
quote:
Originally posted by E4eva

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

FR fanfic from you is an encouraging thought!




I'll be flat out for the rest of the month, as I'm determined to complete Draft Zero of my novel-in-progress by Halloween. The fanfic is on my To-Do list for November. The story will be about an incident in the life of Elaith Craulnober when he was quite young, before he left Evermeet.

One of my plans for November is to start a Patreon account. I will be posting this story there ABOVE the pay wall, so that it's available to anyone who stops by. Patrons will get original stories, in-depth articles about aspects of the writing process, and, if the goal is met, a serial novel. Patreon is an interesting concept, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.




Wonderful to hear you'll be experimenting with Patreon! I follow quite a few creators on there, and it seems to have lots of potential. Love that you'll be exploring Elaith's past -- and why he became who he became -- as well.

Would love to follow your Patreon. Can you link us here to it?



The page is still in development, but I will post a link when it's live.

About the Elaith story, though, I've been having second thoughts about the wisdom--and for that matter, the ethics--of using an IP to draw people to a money-making site. I will still finish that story, but I'll just post it on my website. And I will post a link when that's online. :)
E4eva Posted - 07 Nov 2017 : 14:53:21
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

FR fanfic from you is an encouraging thought!




I'll be flat out for the rest of the month, as I'm determined to complete Draft Zero of my novel-in-progress by Halloween. The fanfic is on my To-Do list for November. The story will be about an incident in the life of Elaith Craulnober when he was quite young, before he left Evermeet.

One of my plans for November is to start a Patreon account. I will be posting this story there ABOVE the pay wall, so that it's available to anyone who stops by. Patrons will get original stories, in-depth articles about aspects of the writing process, and, if the goal is met, a serial novel. Patreon is an interesting concept, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.




Wonderful to hear you'll be experimenting with Patreon! I follow quite a few creators on there, and it seems to have lots of potential. Love that you'll be exploring Elaith's past -- and why he became who he became -- as well.

Would love to follow your Patreon. Can you link us here to it?
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Nov 2017 : 14:41:33
I also had a story published recently in the reprint anthology Killing It Softly 2. This is a collection of dark tales by women writers. It's a huge collection--38 stories, over 185,000 words--and it includes some heavy hitters such as Rachel Caine and Nancy Holder. While I'm not usually considered a horror writer, the story "A Great and Terrible Hunger" does qualify. It was originally published in Madness on the Orient Express, an athology published by Chaosium and edited by Jim Lowder. Here's a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Softly-Digital-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B076Z44WR7/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1510065485&sr=1-1&keywords=killing+it+softly+2&dpID=51cuHs6ZAfL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Mod edit: Fixed a bit of italics coding to make it display correctly.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Nov 2017 : 14:37:00
I started reading the Sword & Sorceress anthologies back when they were in single digits, but never submitted a story to one until this year. "Royal Daughters" is included in S&S 32, which was released November 2. It's set in the border country of Scotland during the infancy of Mary Queen of Scots, and the combination of history and fantasy is very similar to the flavor of my novel-in-progress. If that sounds like your cup of java, here's a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Sorceress-32-Elisabeth-Waters-ebook/dp/B074L4MMTB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510065195&sr=8-1&keywords=sword+and+sorceress+32
Elven Avenger Posted - 20 Oct 2017 : 20:33:40
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Barastir


Wonderful news!!! IMHO, the best villain/anti-hero in the Realms!



I've always been interested in the path that leads people to villainy. It's easy to assume that people are "born bad," but some of the recent research into psychopaths indicates that environment and early choices are most likely the determining factors. We all have unexpressed genes--traits and tendencies that COULD develop, given the right (or wrong) circumstances.

What separates heroes from villains is often little more than a matter of perspective. When we left Elaith's story, he was on a trajectory of becoming an elven hero, despite his decades of shady dealings among the humans of Faerun. Maybe he would have kept on that path, perhaps he would have taken a side road. He has made a lot of unfortunate choices in his long life, but he has also made many good ones. Especially in his early years, he worked very hard to develop the skills he would need to make a valuable contribution to elven society. He took his responsibilities seriously and he was, and remains, fiercely loyal to the Moonflower clan.

But life is never a straight path. We aren't born with a blank slate. Choices our ancesters made are reflected in our DNA. Elaith, like all of us, is shaped by his heredity as well as his environment. This story hints at some of the things that heritage might include.

I'm also working on a simple line art illustration for the story, so you'll get to see how I envision Elaith as a young elf.



What a wonderful way to make my day happy!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 20 Oct 2017 : 12:00:15
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

You draw too? I know you do music as well. I'm jealous.... all I can do is math.



I was one of those kids who were always drawing and painting. My focus shifted from art to music during high school, which was about 253 years ago. I'm starting to get back into it, working my way through several books on figure drawing. I'm not very proficient at this point, but it's something I enjoy doing.
sleyvas Posted - 20 Oct 2017 : 00:37:26
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Barastir


Wonderful news!!! IMHO, the best villain/anti-hero in the Realms!



I've always been interested in the path that leads people to villainy. It's easy to assume that people are "born bad," but some of the recent research into psychopaths indicates that environment and early choices are most likely the determining factors. We all have unexpressed genes--traits and tendencies that COULD develop, given the right (or wrong) circumstances.

What separates heroes from villains is often little more than a matter of perspective. When we left Elaith's story, he was on a trajectory of becoming an elven hero, despite his decades of shady dealings among the humans of Faerun. Maybe he would have kept on that path, perhaps he would have taken a side road. He has made a lot of unfortunate choices in his long life, but he has also made many good ones. Especially in his early years, he worked very hard to develop the skills he would need to make a valuable contribution to elven society. He took his responsibilities seriously and he was, and remains, fiercely loyal to the Moonflower clan.

But life is never a straight path. We aren't born with a blank slate. Choices our ancesters made are reflected in our DNA. Elaith, like all of us, is shaped by his heredity as well as his environment. This story hints at some of the things that heritage might include.

I'm also working on a simple line art illustration for the story, so you'll get to see how I envision Elaith as a young elf.



You draw too? I know you do music as well. I'm jealous.... all I can do is math.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 19 Oct 2017 : 14:09:07
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir


Wonderful news!!! IMHO, the best villain/anti-hero in the Realms!



I've always been interested in the path that leads people to villainy. It's easy to assume that people are "born bad," but some of the recent research into psychopaths indicates that environment and early choices are most likely the determining factors. We all have unexpressed genes--traits and tendencies that COULD develop, given the right (or wrong) circumstances.

What separates heroes from villains is often little more than a matter of perspective. When we left Elaith's story, he was on a trajectory of becoming an elven hero, despite his decades of shady dealings among the humans of Faerun. Maybe he would have kept on that path, perhaps he would have taken a side road. He has made a lot of unfortunate choices in his long life, but he has also made many good ones. Especially in his early years, he worked very hard to develop the skills he would need to make a valuable contribution to elven society. He took his responsibilities seriously and he was, and remains, fiercely loyal to the Moonflower clan.

But life is never a straight path. We aren't born with a blank slate. Choices our ancesters made are reflected in our DNA. Elaith, like all of us, is shaped by his heredity as well as his environment. This story hints at some of the things that heritage might include.

I'm also working on a simple line art illustration for the story, so you'll get to see how I envision Elaith as a young elf.
Barastir Posted - 13 Oct 2017 : 12:33:23
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

(...)
The story will be about an incident in the life of Elaith Craulnober when he was quite young, before he left Evermeet.

(...)



Wonderful news!!! IMHO, the best villain/anti-hero in the Realms!
The Red Walker Posted - 12 Oct 2017 : 21:33:28
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

FR fanfic from you is an encouraging thought!




I'll be flat out for the rest of the month, as I'm determined to complete Draft Zero of my novel-in-progress by Halloween. The fanfic is on my To-Do list for November. The story will be about an incident in the life of Elaith Craulnober when he was quite young, before he left Evermeet.

One of my plans for November is to start a Patreon account. I will be posting this story there ABOVE the pay wall, so that it's available to anyone who stops by. Patrons will get original stories, in-depth articles about aspects of the writing process, and, if the goal is met, a serial novel. Patreon is an interesting concept, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.


The Red Walker Posted - 12 Oct 2017 : 21:32:38
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

FR fanfic from you is an encouraging thought!




I'll be flat out for the rest of the month, as I'm determined to complete Draft Zero of my novel-in-progress by Halloween. The fanfic is on my To-Do list for November. The story will be about an incident in the life of Elaith Craulnober when he was quite young, before he left Evermeet.

One of my plans for November is to start a Patreon account. I will be posting this story there ABOVE the pay wall, so that it's available to anyone who stops by. Patrons will get original stories, in-depth articles about aspects of the writing process, and, if the goal is met, a serial novel. Patreon is an interesting concept, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.


ElaineCunningham Posted - 12 Oct 2017 : 03:20:46
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

FR fanfic from you is an encouraging thought!




I'll be flat out for the rest of the month, as I'm determined to complete Draft Zero of my novel-in-progress by Halloween. The fanfic is on my To-Do list for November. The story will be about an incident in the life of Elaith Craulnober when he was quite young, before he left Evermeet.

One of my plans for November is to start a Patreon account. I will be posting this story there ABOVE the pay wall, so that it's available to anyone who stops by. Patrons will get original stories, in-depth articles about aspects of the writing process, and, if the goal is met, a serial novel. Patreon is an interesting concept, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.
The Red Walker Posted - 11 Oct 2017 : 21:17:45
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by E4eva

Hi Elaine,

I only just learned, stumbling on an older post on your blog/website today, that you had posted a few chapters of 'Reclamation' here, originally, as you write, under a post entitled "A birthday gift for long-time Realms readers," with the third chapter under another post called "Chapter 3."

I can no longer find those posts here in the FR Novels thread... Could you (or another kind soul) link me to those please??

I would dearly love to read them. I've been a die-hard lover of your writing since the books first came out -- and anything new (to me) about Arilyn, Danilo and Elaith would be a dream come true to read.

(I saw elsewhere on the Forum that you may have also posted some excerpts from 'The Serpent's Daughter.' Needless to say, if that is also still available, I'd love a link to that as well. Azariah, Elaith, what could be better...)

Always hungry for more of your writing, Elaine. Thanks so much for everything you've gifted us with over the years. I only hope that Reclamation and Serpent's Daughter will appear someday as the full published novels they should rightly be!

Best,
Dylan



Hi, Dylan. Apologies for the long delay in responding!

These excerpts have been removed from Candlekeep, at my request. If either of these stories WERE to see the light of day, I'd like to significantly rework the sample chapters, and would prefer that the early version not be out and about in the world.

That said, I'll be writing a bit of FR fanfic in the near future, and will post a link when that's available.

Best,
ec



FR fanfic from you is an encouraging thought!

It good to see you pop in here occasionally, we love you and need you here!
Barastir Posted - 27 Sep 2017 : 11:22:55
Wonderful news, Mrs. Cunningham! Please let us know!!!
BenN Posted - 22 Sep 2017 : 03:47:28
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
I'll be writing a bit of FR fanfic in the near future, and will post a link when that's available.


Awesome! Looking forward to it.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 21 Sep 2017 : 20:55:52
quote:
Originally posted by E4eva

Hi Elaine,

I only just learned, stumbling on an older post on your blog/website today, that you had posted a few chapters of 'Reclamation' here, originally, as you write, under a post entitled "A birthday gift for long-time Realms readers," with the third chapter under another post called "Chapter 3."

I can no longer find those posts here in the FR Novels thread... Could you (or another kind soul) link me to those please??

I would dearly love to read them. I've been a die-hard lover of your writing since the books first came out -- and anything new (to me) about Arilyn, Danilo and Elaith would be a dream come true to read.

(I saw elsewhere on the Forum that you may have also posted some excerpts from 'The Serpent's Daughter.' Needless to say, if that is also still available, I'd love a link to that as well. Azariah, Elaith, what could be better...)

Always hungry for more of your writing, Elaine. Thanks so much for everything you've gifted us with over the years. I only hope that Reclamation and Serpent's Daughter will appear someday as the full published novels they should rightly be!

Best,
Dylan



Hi, Dylan. Apologies for the long delay in responding!

These excerpts have been removed from Candlekeep, at my request. If either of these stories WERE to see the light of day, I'd like to significantly rework the sample chapters, and would prefer that the early version not be out and about in the world.

That said, I'll be writing a bit of FR fanfic in the near future, and will post a link when that's available.

Best,
ec
E4eva Posted - 11 Aug 2017 : 18:17:33
Hi Elaine,

I only just learned, stumbling on an older post on your blog/website today, that you had posted a few chapters of 'Reclamation' here, originally, as you write, under a post entitled "A birthday gift for long-time Realms readers," with the third chapter under another post called "Chapter 3."

I can no longer find those posts here in the FR Novels thread... Could you (or another kind soul) link me to those please??

I would dearly love to read them. I've been a die-hard lover of your writing since the books first came out -- and anything new (to me) about Arilyn, Danilo and Elaith would be a dream come true to read.

(I saw elsewhere on the Forum that you may have also posted some excerpts from 'The Serpent's Daughter.' Needless to say, if that is also still available, I'd love a link to that as well. Azariah, Elaith, what could be better...)

Always hungry for more of your writing, Elaine. Thanks so much for everything you've gifted us with over the years. I only hope that Reclamation and Serpent's Daughter will appear someday as the full published novels they should rightly be!

Best,
Dylan
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Aug 2017 : 20:29:36
Here's my schedule for Gen Con.

Gen Con 2017, August 16-19

Thursday, August 17:

9:00 – Writers’ Symposium Opening Ceremony
10:00 – Story Craft: Where Do You Begin Your Story? A panel discussion with Cat Rambo, Brian McClellan, and Eric Flint.
2:00 – Worldbuilding: Magic Systems that Won’t Break Your Story. With Monica Valentinelli, James Lowder, and Richard Lee Byers.
4:00 – Worldbuilding: Creating Fantasy Cultures. With Mary Robinette Kowal, Gregory Wilson, Sandra Tayler, and Lucy Snyder.

Friday, August 18

10:00 – Worldbuilding 101. With Richard Lee Byers.
12:00 – Signing. With Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and James Lowder.
1:00-5:00 – Worldbuilders Party. A gaming event organized by Worldbuilders, Patrick Rothfuss’s charitable organization. I’ll be running “Lords of Waterdeep” from 3:45-5:00.

Saturday, August 19

10:00 – Worldbuilding 101. With Monica Valentinelli, James Lowder, and Steven Long.
1:00 – Special Event: Superstars of RPG Fiction. With Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and James Lowder.
4:00 – Fantasy Fiction: Getting European Medieval Fantasy Right. With Josh Vogt and Eric Scott de Bie.
5:00 – Writer’s Craft: Setting as a Character. With Lucy Snyder and Gregory Wilson.
7:00 – Worldbuilding: More than Just Another Earth. With Maxwell Alexander Drake and Ilana C. Myer.
8:00-10:00 – Candlekeep Seminar
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Aug 2017 : 20:24:52
A quick note about Gen Con book signings: I won't have any books available for sale at the con, but I'm happy to sign old stuff. I will also have bookplates for people who (quite understandably) don't want to schlepp books around.

Hope to see many of you there!
Irennan Posted - 18 Jul 2017 : 01:18:23
quote:
Originally posted by Zana

That's a beautiful way to put it. It also just contributes to way I feel connected with Liriel she has an heart for two of my favorite deities. I can't help but wonder what life was like for her the during that 100 year MIA of both of them. Who would she turn too during that time?



Well, we have learned that both Mystra and Eilistraee actually survived in a form and then recovered after a century, rather than being simply resurrected. They were able to communicate in certain ways, so who knows, maybe some of their followers could still feel them.

However, now that I think about it, not only Liriel, but her two friends would be affected by those two goddesses going MIA. It would be a painful situation to deal with, but perhaps the presence of multiple of their followers would be one more reason for those goddesses to send some short visions, or dreams, or something along those lines.
Zana Posted - 18 Jul 2017 : 00:56:53
That's a beautiful way to put it. It also just contributes to way I feel connected with Liriel she has an heart for two of my favorite deities. I can't help but wonder what life was like for her the during that 100 year MIA of both of them. Who would she turn too during that time?
Irennan Posted - 16 Jul 2017 : 18:42:06
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Once upon a time, music was the focus of my life. I pursued an undergrad degree, taught for several years, and learned to play several instruments with varying degrees of proficiency. Since I was primarily a church musician, when I left that church, my focus shifted from music to other creative pursuits. Today I spend a great deal of time writing. It's what I've chosen to do, and I think it's a pretty good fit for my temperament, interests, and skill sets. But I still find a considerable amount of meaning in music. It's no longer my occupation and it takes up much less of my time than it used to, but I have not shut and sealed that door. I suspect that Liriel's sense of connection to Eilistraee is very similar.

The worship of Mystra satisfies Liriel's intellectual curiosity and her drive to excel. The Dark Maiden, however, speaks to her more emotional side: music, dance, sisterhood, and to the sheer joy of existence. So yes, she will feel the call of Eilistraee from time to time. Because we all have things that pertain to our lives, if not our livelihoods.



I really like this answer, it's an interesting comparison.

I suspected that Liriel would still feel Eilistraee at times, but it warms my heart to know that the Dark Dancer still speaks to her emotional side.

Thanks for replying, Elaine
ElaineCunningham Posted - 16 Jul 2017 : 18:34:29
quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

Hello Elaine. Since a recent post made me wonder about something concerning Liriel, I thought I might as well ask you. After the end of Windwalker, she becomes a priestess of Mystra, because magic is her true call. However she can also still feel the song and call of Eilistraee. So, I was wondering how Liriel would feel about Eilistraee in the current era (we know that they're both alive). Would Liriel still *feel the Dark Dancer in some way, or Eilistraee have any meaning to her (I ask this because she first sought a sense of belonging in her and her followers, according to her thoughts at the end of the book).




Once upon a time, music was the focus of my life. I pursued an undergrad degree, taught for several years, and learned to play several instruments with varying degrees of proficiency. Since I was primarily a church musician, when I left that church, my focus shifted from music to other creative pursuits. Today I spend a great deal of time writing. It's what I've chosen to do, and I think it's a pretty good fit for my temperament, interests, and skill sets. But I still find a considerable amount of meaning in music. It's no longer my occupation and it takes up much less of my time than it used to, but I have not shut and sealed that door. I suspect that Liriel's sense of connection to Eilistraee is very similar.

The worship of Mystra satisfies Liriel's intellectual curiosity and her drive to excel. The Dark Maiden, however, speaks to her more emotional side: music, dance, sisterhood, and to the sheer joy of existence. So yes, she will feel the call of Eilistraee from time to time. Because we all have things that pertain to our lives, if not our livelihoods.

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