A week before I sat down with George to interview him, I had the privilege of sharing a panel and signing with him and several other fantasy writers at Comicon. The night before the event, a few of us were having a drink in the hotel lobby bar. As a new kid (so to speak), I shared with George a bit of my trepidation. He then leaned over and related a story from early in his career that made us both laugh and put me at ease.
It was the exact thing I needed to hear. George then transitioned to involve a girlfriend of one of the writers who hadn’t been following the conversation much, as she neither reads or writes fantasy. It was clear he didn’t want her feeling left out.
I share this for two reasons. First, it speaks to what I mentioned when I posted part one of the interview, about George’s graciousness and wit. But it also occurs to me that this kind of awareness and interpersonal ability may be part of how and why the man is able to write characters that are so vivid, and human, and absolutely compelling. He understands and cares about people, even those he’s just met.
Anyway, without wanting to get too maudlin, I’ll just say that it was awesome to find that behind such stunning work there’s a world-class guy, too. With that, enjoy George’s thoughts on censorship, his early career, music, and what’s ahead for him.
Peter Orullian is the author of the recently released epic fantasy novel The Unremembered, the first in the Vault of Heaven series. You can find his interview series with popular fantasy authors of the day both here on Tor.com and at his site.