Fricäya! Greetings Friends!
at last I have time to write another newsletter. These
past months have been more hectic than anything I
have experienced before. Not only was I occupied with
the final stages of editing Eldest, interviews,
and a few trips, but also some family business that
devoured every minute I had away from the manuscript.
Not that Iím complaining, mind you, only explaining
why itís been so long since youíve heard from me.
is finally done. I still have trouble wrapping my
brain around that. I have lived with this book nearly
every day since November of 2002. Now that itís finished
. . . I almost donít know what to do with myself.
(Start Book III, of course!) Writing Eldest
was one of the hardest things Iíve ever done, as was
writing Eragon, although in different ways.
I pushed myself with Eldest, both in terms
of the characters, the story, and what I attempted
with my technique. All I can say for sure right nowóbeing
so close to my own workóis that the completion of
my second novel marks the end and beginning of an
era for me.
very cool promotional products have been trickling
in from publishers in other countries. For example,
I got a huge silk-screened poster of the cover of
the Swedish Eragonóthe only publisher so
far to use different cover art. Very neat. From the
Finnish publisher of Eragon I received a
black T-shirt with Saphiraís eye printed on the chest.
I wish they had sent me more; I would wear them at
booksignings! And also from Finland, they sent a small
box decorated with the painting of Saphira and filled
with jellybeans on the inside. . . . Ah, if my book
were like that, I probably would have sold twice as
now Iím preparing for BookExpo America (BEA). Iím
flying out to New York tomorrow, and I expect to meet
many new and interesting people in the publishing
business during this event. One high note is that
I get to have lunch with Mike Macauley (who runs the
wonderful fan site, Shurtugal.com).
in New York, Iíll have an opportunity to watch part
of the recording of the audio book of Eldest,
which Iím looking forward to; itís always exciting
to hear your words come to life by a professional
actoróin this case, Gerard Doyle.
I return from the BEA, Iíll finish the painting thatís
the prize for the Eragon poetry contest,
take a month or so off, and then gird myself for the
upcoming book tour. And when my travels have ended,
then I shall sit at my desk again, take pen in hand,
and at last begin the last book of this trilogy that
has become my life.
onr sverdar sitja hvass,