Jump to content


  • entries
  • comments
  • views

Storm Leader Report: Boston

Guest Kathana


This is the eighth of our Storm Leader reports we'll be posting throughout the U.S. book tour for [/caption]



Other information that we gleaned from dinner included learning that Aviendha is the favorite out of the three in Rand’s “harem.†Hopefully we’ll get to see more of Pevara being awesome, but that could possibly appear in a novella on Brandon’s web page that will fill in some missing holes. But no promises! And one last interesting fact, in order to get the Illianer and Taraboner accents right, he wrote the book then went back and did a search for all the characters of those nations and then worked on their crazy accents.


[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Fans waiting in line.]Fans waiting in line.[/caption]



[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Some people brought stacks with them to be signed]Some people brought stacks with them to be signed[/caption]


After dinner we trekked over to the Harvard Coop for the signing. Brandon introduced the book. He talked a bit about what the Wheel of Time series means to him, and how he became a writer in the first place. Did you know that he wrote 13 books before getting one of them published? Elantris was number six in that list, but he never gave up on his dream of being a writer. We also heard about how Harriet read Brandon’s eulogy for RJ and subsequent read of Mistborn. After two chapters, she was hooked and knew that he was the man to finish her husband’s series.


Video #1


I’m sorry about the video and sound being off. I don’t know how to fix it since it wasn’t taken with my camera. However here is Brandon introducing the book and giving a bit of background.


We heard more about the process of writing The Gathering Storm, and then the time came for us to hear Brandon read part of the first chapter. What a treat that was! It sent chills down my spine to hear such a wonderful passage read aloud. The crowd also seemed to really love it. Everyone clapped and cheered for the man who has taken over feeding our WoT addiction.


Video #2

This is Brandon reading chapter 1!


During the quick Q&A session several interesting questions were tossed Brandon’s way. One curious fan wanted to know what the other books Robert Jordan had planned after the main series was finished. There were going to be two prequels; one about Tam and one about Lan & Moiraine arriving at the Two Rivers. There were also going to be several outrigger novels. Brandon the fan doesn’t want to see the series go on and on, but now that he could be the one to write these books, he also doesn’t want it to turn into “the one ring†so to speak. He’d have to let it go eventually. However, the ultimate decision will be Harriet’s.



[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Brandon answers questions]Brandon answers questions[/caption]

Brandon answers questions


A question was asked about Robert Jordan’s notes – particularly how they were left. We were told that Harriet has said that Jordan has left more in notes than in the series itself! Brandon then related a story about how he needed to know who was traveling with Perrin. He asked RJ’s assistants to look to see if there was a file with that info. A few days later he received an email titled “traveling with Perrin.†Unfortunately it listed every single person from the Two Rivers and their occupation who was travelling with Perrin. Some hadn’t even appeared in the books!


Some other info that we learned during the Q&A included finding out that the most rewarding part of writing GS for Brandon was working with Harriet. It took 18 months of 14 hour days (although that includes a chunk of Towers of Midnight) to finish the book. The Two Rivers and Andoran charcters were the easiest for him to write, while the Aiel and Seanchan were the hardest.

[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="The crowd is hungry for answers!]The crowd is hungry for answers![/caption]

The crowd is hungry for answers!


Also, look for Way of Kings next year. It will be the start of Brandon’s own EPIC series!

The signing of books took about two(ish) hours, but Brandon handled it well even though things sometimes got chaotic and his voice was starting to go. We kept him fueled with hot chocolate though! Fans came up with more good questions as they came through the line. One fan gave Brandon a Magic: The Gathering deck. I offered to battle him as I had deck of my own on me, but we didn’t have time (or maybe he was just scared of my amazing skillz. That’s what I’ll choose to believe anyway).

[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="I walk through the crowd asking trivia questions. The girl in the grey coat could recite Matt’s fate word for word!]I walk through the crowd asking trivia questions. The girl in the grey coat could recite Matt’s fate word for word![/caption]


[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Waiting patiently]Waiting patiently[/caption]

Waiting patiently


Brandon seemed to connect really well with his fans, and they all seemed to love him! He especially seemed genuinely thrilled to meet aspiring writers. He always had words of encouragement for them. He told one girl “the world needs to hear your voice.†And even if the people waiting in line weren’t writers, he thanked them for being readers and for giving his books a chance!


Eventually we got to the last few fans and it was time for even the Storm Leaders to leave for the night. Brandon was left signing a few books for the store. I packed up my stuff and made my way back to Rhode Island. It was successful event, and we’re all thankful Brandon came to Boston!!


[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="A fan gave Brandon a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards]A fan gave Brandon a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards[/caption]


[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="Winners of the signed poster]Winners of the signed poster[/caption]


[caption id=" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Bella was one of the winners of the Eye of the World comics that we gave away]Bella was one of the winners of the Eye of the World comics that we gave away[/caption]



Thank you to The Harvard Coop to hosting the event, and thank you to my fellow Storm Leaders: Nora, Andrew, Peter, and Jared (I’m Shannon- also known as Eadon Sedai here on Dragonmount, by the way). And a HUGE THANK YOU to Brandon Sanderson!


To see more pictures from this event, please visit our Photobucket album here: http://s936.photobucket.com/albums/ad210/BostonSigning/

To read the Harvard Crimson’s article on Brandon Sanderson, visit this link: http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=529983





Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Join the conversation

You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...