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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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Wooly Rupert Posted - 04 Jul 2015 : 05:48:05
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

There is one thing that deeply puzzles me, though: Why was the cargo of the Dragon's Hoard drow children? One would think that the followers of Vhaeraun would hold on to young malleable souls to bolster their ranks (a need that is expressed in chapter eighteen: 'Night Above'). Thanks in advance!




Even if you want recruits, you need capital.

And people are more dedicated to a cause when they choose it for themselves... If it's forced on them, their dedication often doesn't last beyond a serious challenge to their faith in that cause.
Duneth Despana Posted - 04 Jul 2015 : 04:07:16
There is one thing that deeply puzzles me, though: Why was the cargo of the Dragon's Hoard drow children? One would think that the followers of Vhaeraun would hold on to young malleable souls to bolster their ranks (a need that is expressed in chapter eighteen: 'Night Above'). Thanks in advance!
Duneth Despana Posted - 03 Jul 2015 : 13:07:27
although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:37:42
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

All of Paizo's ePub versions are easily converted to .Mobi (via calibre) and can be imported to the Kindle. I have used this method several times.



This is an excellent work-around. Just so you know, though, starting in June the Paizo novels will be published by Tor and distributed by McMillan. As part of this arrangement, the new books AND the backlist will be available in ebook format on Amazon.com and, I would assume, Nook as well (for however long B&N lasts...)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:35:30
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

Hi Elaine,

I was sad to see that your name was not listed amongst the contributors in Ed's Sessorium. Do you have plans to join them in the future?



Hi, Hawkins.

Ed's new project is intriguing, and I'll be following its development with interest. We talked about me taking part, and I might at some point in the future, but right now my focus is elsewhere.
Hawkins Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:17:45
Hi Elaine,

I was sad to see that your name was not listed amongst the contributors in Ed's Sessorium. Do you have plans to join them in the future?
Hawkins Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:13:37
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

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Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.



Yeah, I don't know why Paizo doesn't have a Kindle version available through Amazon You can get the ePub version from the Paizo website. I'm not sure if you can read ePub files with a Kindle, but if you're interested, here's a link:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8h6j?Pathfinder-Tales-Winter-Witch


All of Paizo's ePub versions are easily converted to .Mobi (via calibre) and can be imported to the Kindle. I have used this method several times.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:32:04
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.



Yeah, I don't know why Paizo doesn't have a Kindle version available through Amazon You can get the ePub version from the Paizo website. I'm not sure if you can read ePub files with a Kindle, but if you're interested, here's a link:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8h6j?Pathfinder-Tales-Winter-Witch
Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:18:56
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:03:16
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Marilyn? Is this where the name Arilyn came from?



Not intentionally, no. "Arilyn" started out as a traditional Realms fantasy name, with lots of unnecessary consenants plus the odd scattering of h and y. Editor Jim Lowder trimmed it down to size. That said, Marilyn was quite pleased with the resemblance.

Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:55:44
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Hope you like the book! It was co-written with Dave Gross. He came into the project after the cover and catalog were done, which is why his by-line isn't on the cover.

Oddly enough, Dave wrote most of the "girly' parts--sex and romance and shopping and so on. SOMEONE had to do it. As my Aunt Marilyn once observed, after reading one of my early attempts at women's fiction, "Girl, you don't have a romantic bone in your body. You should be writing something weird, like science fiction or fantasy."





Marilyn? Is this where the name Arilyn came from?
Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:46:11
A wise woman.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:40:33
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Hope you like the book! It was co-written with Dave Gross. He came into the project after the cover and catalog were done, which is why his by-line isn't on the cover.

Oddly enough, Dave wrote most of the "girly' parts--sex and romance and shopping and so on. SOMEONE had to do it. As my Aunt Marilyn once observed, after reading one of my early attempts at women's fiction, "Girl, you don't have a romantic bone in your body. You should be writing something weird, like science fiction or fantasy."

Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:36:44
Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 14:33:49
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Elaine, quite some time ago, I believe it was you who held some sort of contest in which you asked any who might like to participate to name a housecat-sized dragon. Am I remembering correctly? If so, what became of that project?

Not sure how I missed your newsletter. I just signed up. Hope I didn't miss anything;)>



Hi, Fellfire. Nope, you didn't miss anything. I probably won't send a newsletter until late March or early April. By then I should have something to talk ABOUT.

The dragon contest does sound familiar, but I don't recall the particulars. It might have been for WINTER WITCH, a Pathfinder Tales novel. There's a "house drake" called Skywing in this book, and he's about the size of a house cat.


Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 10:39:56
Elaine, quite some time ago, I believe it was you who held some sort of contest in which you asked any who might like to participate to name a housecat-sized dragon. Am I remembering correctly? If so, what became of that project?

Not sure how I missed your newsletter. I just signed up. Hope I didn't miss anything;)>
BenN Posted - 03 Feb 2015 : 23:59:46
Thanks Elaine!

Duly subscribed to your newsletter.
George Krashos Posted - 03 Feb 2015 : 23:27:23
Thanks Elaine!

-- George Krashos
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Feb 2015 : 21:14:35
Hi, folks.

Here's a link to "Newsletter 2.0," a post on my website's blog. If you'd be interested in receiving an occasional newsletter with updates on new releases, work in progress, and the occasional freebie such as new short fiction (and maybe a bit of totally unauthorized Realms fanfic...), follow this link to subscribe. :)

http://www.elainecunningham.com/2015/02/02/newsletter-2-0/
ElaineCunningham Posted - 29 Jan 2015 : 18:36:05
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.



Hi, Brian. I'd really hoped to attend Gen Con this summer, but it looks as if I'll have to shoot for next year.
Brian R. James Posted - 29 Jan 2015 : 17:59:58
Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.
Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:31:03
“Of a sort. The tales contain riddles, and each one leads to a cache of coins and magical items hidden throughout the Northlands. You are skilled in the solving of puzzles, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them, if the need arises.”


This is what prompted my query.
Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:24:53
Most excellent. Thanks, as always, for your reply. Though the contest/treasure hunt is long over the books remain beautiful and the riddles challenging, to say the least.

Wow! I did not expect a confirmation on that second question. Awesome

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham



I'm very tempted to finish and post the next scene in this chapter, which gives a glimpse into Elaith's post-dragon-attack fate.



Should the itch return, please scratch it.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:19:56
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

First, Danilo's gift of the book of riddles, were you familiar with the two Treasure Hunt books that were very much like this IRL? I have the first one, where the hidden items were little jeweleries,studded with precious gems, worth quite a boatload, in the shape of grasshoppers and butterflies and the like. I had that book, but could never figure out the riddles. The artwork was beautiful. Just wondered if you drew inspiration from those.


No, this wasn't the basic for the riddle book. Now that you mention it, I do have a faint memory of seeing a book like the one you described, but Danilo's book was more prosaic. It's just as described--a book of little tales and anecdotes, none of which are obviously treasure-related riddles.

quote:
And secondly, the half-elf cabin-boy Azariah rescues in Ch. 3. He is describes as having a jutting lower canine, incisor, tusk? My first thought was half-orc?



Yes. Connor is half-orc, half-elven, but he considers himself to be human, as to his way of thinking, that's halfway between orc and elf. He becomes Azariah's most trusted lieutenant.


Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:13:53
No, thank you. Now a couple more questions,if I may. One I think you might answer, the other I'm sure you will not, but I've got to try. First, Danilo's gift of the book of riddles, were you familiar with the two Treasure Hunt books that were very much like this IRL? I have the first one, where the hidden items were little jeweleries,studded with precious gems, worth quite a boatload, in the shape of grasshoppers and butterflies and the like. I had that book, but could never figure out the riddles. The artwork was beautiful. Just wondered if you drew inspiration from those. And secondly, the half-elf cabin-boy Azariah rescues in Ch. 3. He is describes as having a jutting lower canine, incisor, tusk? My first thought was half-orc?

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