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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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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.
Irennan Posted - 14 Jul 2017 : 19:13:18
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).

Thanks for your time--for everything, actually.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 12 Jul 2017 : 18:31:01
Here's a link to my Gen Con schedule. Hope to see many of you there!

http://www.elainecunningham.com/conventions/gen-con-schedule/
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Jul 2017 : 02:18:58
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
On a more serious note, Danilo and Arilyn are two of my fave Realms characters, and part of the reason is because I can get into their heads (particularly Arilyn's) a lot more than I can with other characters.



It helps, I think, that I spent so much time thinking about these characters. They even show up in my dreams from time to time. One of my favorites involved Arilyn and Danilo accidentally teleporting onstage during a performance of Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro." Dan too it in stride and delivered all his lines in operatic recitative (he's a tenor, in case you're wondering...) while Arilyn stood off to the side looking all "Who do I have to kill to get out of here?"

That was a good dream.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 Jul 2017 : 15:05:18
"To compound matters, he spent a large chunk of his childhood away from home for reasons that have not been (and will not be) disclosed."

Ah, you had to pique my curiosity and dash my hopes of finding out more at the same time, didn't you?

On a more serious note, Danilo and Arilyn are two of my fave Realms characters, and part of the reason is because I can get into their heads (particularly Arilyn's) a lot more than I can with other characters. It does not happen nearly oft enough that a character is written well enough that I can make a statement like that.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 07 Jul 2017 : 14:23:20
New blog post about the process process, focusing on character creating. This may be of interest to some Forgotten Realms readers, as if gives back story for one of my favorite characters, Danilo Thann.


http://www.elainecunningham.com/writing-about-writing/constructing-the-iceburg/
Wooly Rupert Posted - 02 Jul 2017 : 02:25:45
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

As it happens, I will be going to Get Con 2017 after all. I will post my schedule as soon as it's nailed down. Hope to see many of you there!







That is awesome! I am looking forward to seeing another of my fave authors there!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 02 Jul 2017 : 02:22:40
As it happens, I will be going to Gen Con 2017 after all. I will post my schedule as soon as it's nailed down. Hope to see many of you there!

ElaineCunningham Posted - 30 Jun 2017 : 15:23:58
June's is about eady to cash in her chips, which means it's time for my monthly writing summary. Here's a link, for those who might be interested in what I'm writing these days.


http://www.elainecunningham.com/writing-updates/june-writing-summary/
ElaineCunningham Posted - 22 May 2017 : 01:39:26
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi Elaine,

I have a couple of questions about Fyodor from the Starlight and Shadow series. First of all, I love the series as do all of your FR books.

Are the abilities he has as a Natural Beserker enhanced over the normal Rashemen Beserker? Was his condition unique or does it exist in FR lore that others have it? Was it something you created?

Thanks,

Sunderstone



Hi, Sunderstone.

As much as I hate to admit it, I don't remember the details of Fyodor's berserker state. I'm fairly certain this was an extension of the rules for berserkers, created for these novels, but I wouldn't swear to it.

Sunderstone Posted - 22 May 2017 : 01:26:25
Hi Elaine,

I have a couple of questions about Fyodor from the Starlight and Shadow series. First of all, I love the series as do all of your FR books.

Are the abilities he has as a Natural Beserker enhanced over the normal Rashemen Beserker? Was his condition unique or does it exist in FR lore that others have it? Was it something you created?

Thanks,

Sunderstone
sleyvas Posted - 05 May 2017 : 23:14:03
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Two things:

1). New blog post with a few words about cookies, also potentially applicable to shared-world fantasy fiction.

http://www.elainecunningham.com/writing-about-writing/__trashed/

2). A giveaway on the Facebook group Forgotten Realms Archives for a copy of Elfshadow in Spanish. Winner will be chosen on June 1 via random number generator.



Ummmm, Elaine, I'm diabetic.... just know that you may have just killed me, because now I have to go cook a batch of peanut butter/chocolate chip cookies. Just kidding (well, I am diabetic... and I probably will go eat some cookies.... but you didn't kill me, I would have done that without your prompting....)

P.S. guys, if I'm dead tomorrow, please pile my body on top of a pyre made of all my D&D books and novels and setting them aflame..... No, you can't have any of them..... if I don't burn the whole collection I may not make it to dweomerheart. Ooooooo, and put my replica of the sword of Gondor in my hands, because I'd look cool with that. No, you can't shove the sword somewhere that you think would be funny on facebook. Hey, and get away from my face with that makeup... No, I don't want to be made up like a drow, nor do I want my head shaved again and Thayan tattoss put on. Oh, and tell Sara to cook a big batch of cookies for everyone.... peanut butter/chocolate chip.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 05 May 2017 : 16:10:10
Two things:

1). New blog post with a few words about cookies, also potentially applicable to shared-world fantasy fiction.

http://www.elainecunningham.com/writing-about-writing/__trashed/

2). A giveaway on the Facebook group Forgotten Realms Archives for a copy of Elfshadow in Spanish. Winner will be chosen on June 1 via random number generator.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 06 Apr 2017 : 15:51:34
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

Looks very sharp Elaine! I didn't even know you had an Everquest novel. I have to check that out.



Yeah, EverQuest was an obscure and ill-fated project. The publishing company was a start-up, and it was sold while I was writing the book to a publisher that had no fantasy line whatsoever and zero interest in continuing this series. The EverQuest license expired the month my book was released, so what with one thing and another, no one saw any reason to promote or even really distribute the poor orphaned thing. It doesn't even LOOK like an EverQuest product, since the (first) publisher decided to go with a weird anime approach.

I think BLOOD RED HARP is one of my better stories, but it fell off the map shortly after publication. It's been OOP for quite a while now, so you might have trouble finding a copy.



Good thing I bought the Ever quest books while they were available. I don't know anything about the game, so I considered getting rid of them, but now that they are so hard to find, I think I will keep them lol.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 06 Apr 2017 : 15:48:39
I have started reading Pathfinder. I already have a printed copy of Winter Witch, so I didn't enter the contest lol.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 06 Apr 2017 : 11:58:01
There's another contest underway on the Forgotten Realms Archives, same basic idea. Two commenters will be chosen by random number generator to receive download codes for a copy of the WINTER WITCH audiobook. This novel, written with Dave Gross, is set in the Pathfinder Tales universe, but since Dave and I are both FR alumni, I'm calling this close enough.

If you like audiobooks, stop by, add a comment.

And if you like Pathfinder Tales setting, you should try Dave's series, which starts with PRINCE OF WOLVES. Radovan and the Count are great characters, and Dave's books are head and shoulders above everything else I've read in this line. If he's not quite the RA Salvatore of Pathfinder, he damn well should be.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 27 Mar 2017 : 14:51:12
Hi, folks.

There's currently a giveaway on the Facebook group Forgotten Realms Archives for a copy of the comic book Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 8, which contains an adaptation of my Forgotten Realms story "The Great Hunt" and also a Dragonlance story by Richard Knaak.

This will run until noon on April 1, EST. To enter, just add a comment to the post. If you're not a member of this group, you'll need to join, but then, why wouldn't you? :)

Here's a link to my website for more info. I can't link directly to a closed Facebook group; you'll have to get there on your own.

http://www.elainecunningham.com/free-stuff/facebook-giveaway-the-great-hunt/

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