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Alaundo
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Posted - 12 Feb 2004 :  19:02:34  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Paul S Kemp, whos works include: Shadows Witness, The Erevis Cale Trilogy and the upcoming final book in The War of the Spider Queen series - Resurrection.

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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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 12 Feb 2004 :  23:10:52  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What a great idea! I haven't been on the net much lately, but I'll check back here often.

Paul
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 13 Feb 2004 :  19:37:21  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, great to hear from you since you have been away.How are your upcoming projects coming along?What are you currently working on?Any insights on those said projects that you might be willing to impart with?Hope everthing is going well!!!!

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  04:19:07  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

Paul, great to hear from you since you have been away.How are your upcoming projects coming along?What are you currently working on?Any insights on those said projects that you might be willing to impart with?Hope everthing is going well!!!!



Cut with the general questions Vedsica and skip to the heart of the matter. Mr. Kemp, are you prepared to utterly change the dark elven race as Forgotten Realms fans know it with the novel that concludes the WOTSQ series? <Sirius leans forward in anticipation>
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  06:27:18  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To be really honest here Sirius.I was hoping to hear something about Cale's second novel.Though I am also intrigued concerning the conclusion of WoTSQ.So what's going on here Paul???Haven;t heard from ya in a while.

Oh and Sirius I was just trying to ease Paul back into it

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  13:30:26  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ved and Sirius:

"Dawn of Night," the second book in the Cale trilogy is complete and will be released in June. I'm pleased with how it turned out and think that you will enjoy it. Some of the questions the readers have asked about Cale and Riven will be answered (or at least answers will be suggested), while new questions will arise.

Meanwhile, I'm writing "Resurrection," Book six of the excellent WotSQ series. It's a blast, really. Great characters, great story, great reader interest -- what's to complain about?

Oh, and I'm also putting together in my spare time (such as it is) a short story to contribute to the "Realms of the Dragon" anthology, which is the anthology spin off for Richard Lee Byer's "Year of Rogue Dragons" trilogy.

The upshot is that I've been busy, busy, which is why I haven't been on the boards much.
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The Sage
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  13:46:25  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmm...Realms of Dragons anthology...

Is there anything more you can tell us about that work?. I had read that it was still speculative...

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  16:23:43  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

Oh and Sirius I was just trying to ease Paul back into it



Oops, did I just miss my Diplomacy check?
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  16:26:03  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Ved and Sirius:

"Dawn of Night," the second book in the Cale trilogy is complete and will be released in June.


How big of a cliff hanger are you leaving us with this time until the trilogy concludes?

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions even though you are, as you stated, quite busy especially with a day job still, correct?
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  16:28:18  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Hmmm...Realms of Dragons anthology...

Is there anything more you can tell us about that work?. I had read that it was still speculative...




No, I seem to recall reading on the WOTC board, when they used to have a forum for novels, that this project was a go. In fact, I seem to recall a thread where authors listed the various colors they had picked. What color dragon did you end up with Mr. Kemp? And was it your first choice?

Has this anthology got a release date yet?
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 14 Feb 2004 :  16:57:47  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SiriusBlack

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Hmmm...Realms of Dragons anthology...

Is there anything more you can tell us about that work?. I had read that it was still speculative...




No, I seem to recall reading on the WOTC board, when they used to have a forum for novels, that this project was a go. In fact, I seem to recall a thread where authors listed the various colors they had picked. What color dragon did you end up with Mr. Kemp? And was it your first choice?

Has this anthology got a release date yet?



Realms of the Dragon is a go, as far as I know. It will serve the same purpose for Richard's "Year of the Rogue Dragon" trilogy as did "Realms of Shadow" for Troy Denning's "Return of the Archwizards" trilogy. I do not know the release date.

My story involves a Shadow Dragon (surprise, surprise), and has a very loose tie in to the Cale trilogy.

As for the cliffhanger in Dawn of Night, well, come on back after you read it and you tell me.

Also, I neglected to add to my post above that I am also working on Book One of a trilogy set in the world of Midnight, by Fantasy Flight Games.

And yes, I still do have my day job, Sirius.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 15 Feb 2004 :  03:49:36  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp
Also, I neglected to add to my post above that I am also working on Book One of a trilogy set in the world of Midnight, by Fantasy Flight Games.

And yes, I still do have my day job, Sirius.



So, three different series are being worked on? And a day job? You do sleep right?

Good luck with the Midnight trilogy. That world has a very loyal fan base based upon many of the posts I've seen online.
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 15 Feb 2004 :  17:31:08  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No wonder why you haven't been on the boards in a while Paul.You are a busy man.

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 15 Feb 2004 :  18:52:37  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've already been paid for the story I wrote for Realms of the Dragons, so I assume the anthology's definitely a go. When the writer actually receives some cash from the publisher, that's about as strong a sign that something is really going to happen as you can get, short of seeing the finished book in Waldenbooks or wherever.
Although even getting your advance doesn't mean a project's an absolute, one hundred percent lock. I've gotten paid for contributions to anthologies that were later scrubbed.
Still, I'm pretty darn sure that Realms of the Dragons will come out by and by (I think around the end of the year.)
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 15 Feb 2004 :  22:31:19  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You know,I was going to say that WoTC wouldn't pull the plug on Realms of Dragons because this is something that people want.After seeing how they pulled the plug on the Novel Forums on thier website.I wouldn't put anything past them.Then again that's probably not for this forum either.So sorry Paul!!!!

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Strahd Von Zarovich
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Posted - 29 Feb 2004 :  18:18:22  Show Profile  Visit Strahd Von Zarovich's Homepage Send Strahd Von Zarovich a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul,

Congrats on getting the task of finishing the War of the Spider Queen!

Next to your Sembia books, and the continuing Cale Saga, War of the Spider Queen has been my favorite set of FR books....so you can understand the joy

The day I heard this news I was delighted.

How did this come about?

Also how much input does R A Salvatore, and Phil Athans give you on a project like this?

Oh and thanks for making me slack jawed at the end of Twilight......talk about cliffhanger!

Thanks

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 29 Feb 2004 :  18:45:43  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Strahd Von Zarovich

Paul,

Congrats on getting the task of finishing the War of the Spider Queen!

Next to your Sembia books, and the continuing Cale Saga, War of the Spider Queen has been my favorite set of FR books....so you can understand the joy

The day I heard this news I was delighted.

How did this come about?

Also how much input does R A Salvatore, and Phil Athans give you on a project like this?







Strahd,

I can only speak to my end of the deal, and it's fairly simple. Phil Athans and Peter Archer called me and asked if I'd be interested in writing Book VI of WotSQ, since the original author had withdrawn. I agreed right away. There really was nothing more to it on my end.

As for input from Phil and RAS, I inherited some broad plot points that had been established long ago during the marathon sessions during which the series was "scripted." But understand that those those plot points were VERY broad, so there is enough room in getting from point A to B that I will be able to elbow out some space of my own. Phil and Bob also provided specific comments to my outline for "Resurrection," and those comments were very helpful and will make for a better book (which is what good editors do; and they are that).

I'm quite excited about the book; I think and hope that you'll enjoy it. The WotSQ characters are quite an interesting crew to write. Thankfully, the previous authors in the series did such a nice job with characterization that it was easy to jump right in.
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 04 Mar 2004 :  05:56:15  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul,in your mind.What is going to be your biggest challenge in finishing WoTSQ???I think this is pretty big.You will already have characters that have been handled by five different authors.Not to mention a story line.Also have you ever written about drow?Not that it matters.Seeing how great of a job you did with Cale and Riven.I;m sure the darkside comes natural to you..So I don't think that will be a problem.So what will be your biggest challenge???

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 04 Mar 2004 :  08:27:56  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

Paul,in your mind.What is going to be your biggest challenge in finishing WoTSQ???I think this is pretty big.You will already have characters that have been handled by five different authors.Not to mention a story line.Also have you ever written about drow?Not that it matters.Seeing how great of a job you did with Cale and Riven.I;m sure the darkside comes natural to you..So I don't think that will be a problem.So what will be your biggest challenge???



On this point, to date with the current WotSQ novels, I have been amazed at how oustandingly consistant the personalities of Pharaun, Ryld et al have been carried across between different authors. A excellent job which must be quite difficult to do given different individual writing styles.

Lord Rad

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Edited by - Lord Rad on 04 Mar 2004 08:28:25
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 04 Mar 2004 :  18:04:30  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

Paul,in your mind.What is going to be your biggest challenge in finishing WoTSQ???I think this is pretty big.You will already have characters that have been handled by five different authors.Not to mention a story line.Also have you ever written about drow?Not that it matters.Seeing how great of a job you did with Cale and Riven.I;m sure the darkside comes natural to you..So I don't think that will be a problem.So what will be your biggest challenge???



Ved,

I needed to do two things with this book: First, I needed to satisfactorily resolve all of the plotlines and subplotlines advanced in the earlier books in the series; and Second, I needed to create a book, and a plot, that is bigger and more interesting than the simple resolution of previous plot and subplot threads. In other words, I need to tell an interesting story in its own right, that also happens to resolve the various issues raised in the previous books. Creating that storyline was a challenge. I think it's there, though.

Paul
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Elfinblade
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Posted - 07 Mar 2004 :  18:09:09  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings mr.Kemp

i just wanted to let you know, i`ve just finised twilight falling, and i must say; i have read every realms book ever, but this is on my top five! great work man! you just keep writing those great books, and i`ll read`em! keep up the excellent work!

later -Stig-
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Bruce Donohue
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Paul well met and quick question...

Having read a few of your books and Erevis being the most recent, I noticed a wonderfully darker tone and subtext in your style. Have you per chance written gothic horror or horror books before?

To you if you had to one define your style, how would you describe it and secondly, what to you makes up good a "dark" yet compelling style of story?
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 30 Mar 2004 :  22:04:35  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Donohue



Have you per chance written gothic horror or horror books before?

To you if you had to one define your style, how would you describe it and secondly, what to you makes up good a "dark" yet compelling style of story?



Bruce,

In order:

1. I have never written any horror -- I'm "allswordandsorcery, allthetime, baby.

2. Defining a style in one word is hard, but here you go: "Godsmack." Do you know the group? One of their older songs, "Voodoo," elicits in me the kind of mood I try to set with my books.

3. Any story, dark or otherwise, is good IMO when it has a compelling plot, skillful pacing, interesting characters, crisp, evocative prose, and a satisfying conclusion. How's that suit you?

Paul
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Feiht
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  05:23:27  Show Profile  Visit Feiht's Homepage  Send Feiht an AOL message  Send Feiht an ICQ Message Send Feiht a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just noticed in The Rage that Resurrection has been moved from January 2005 to April 2005, which is understandable with you getting a late start on the book. How is the book coming?
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  08:36:15  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Feiht

I just noticed in The Rage that Resurrection has been moved from January 2005 to April 2005, which is understandable with you getting a late start on the book. How is the book coming?



NNOOoooooooooooooooo!! Write faster, write faster

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  13:36:23  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Feiht

I just noticed in The Rage that Resurrection has been moved from January 2005 to April 2005, which is understandable with you getting a late start on the book. How is the book coming?



The book is coming along very nicely.

As for the April date, keep in mind that release dates can sometimes change for the better.

Paul

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 15 Apr 2004 13:40:24
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