You can download and read a Sample Chapter of the book and for fans and followers of the Dragonlance series you can download a terrific Illustrated Dragonlance Guide.
Here are links to bios and bibliographies of Margaret Weis and co-author Tracy Hickman and you can also visit them at their websites as well - here and here.
SFG: For readers new to the DRAGONLANCE universe, what particular book or part of the series would be the ideal starting point and could you tell us something about it?
You should always start at the beginning: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. A story about ordinary people caught up in a war that will eventually consume the world.
SFG: Dragons of the Hourglass Mage is the conclusion to the Lost Chronicles trilogy. Can you give us some spoiler-free highlights?
This third book deals with the most popular character of that series, the wizard, Raistlin Majere. Raistlin has just taken the "black robes" meaning he has decided to dedicate himself to Takhisis, Queen of Darkness. He travels to her capital city, only to find his dreams and ambitions come crashing down on top of him.
SFG: Can you tell us about your writing process with co-author Tracy Hickman. What areas do you each undertake? What are the challenges?
Tracy says he writes the adjectives, I write the nouns and we vote on adverbs. Actually we work now as we worked twenty-five years ago. We write the synopsis together, then he does the leg work—walking the world—and I do the writing. There are benefits to writing both singly and with a co-author. If I write by myself, I have to come up with solutions to the problems I always create for myself. (Writing myself into a corner.) When I'm writing with Tracy, I can call him and dump the problem in his lap. (Tasslehoff's going to die unless you find a way to save him!)
SFG: Dragons are very popular in fantasy. What would you say is unique about your treatment of dragons and their great appeal to readers?
Dragons are magnificent beings, magical and powerful and intelligent. People have been fascinated by dragons throughout history. I enjoy exploring their personalities, thinking about their motives and how and why they interact with humankind.
SFG: This is the 25th anniversary of DRAGONLANCE. Looking back over that quarter century, what is your fondest memory or special moment that you could share with us?
There have been many touching and funny moments with the fans. Probably the most special was the young soldier who came up to us at an autographing session at a military base to have a book signed. He was in a wheel chair. He said he had been in Afghanistan, on patrol, when he was hit in the back and severely wounded. He was in terrible pain, but he had to warn his men they were walking into an ambush. He said he didn't think he could move, but then he thought about Sturm in Dragons of Winter Night and his sacrifice and the soldier was able to warn his men. He told us that because of his memories of Sturm, men were alive today who might have been dead. He gave us his Bronze Star and asked us to keep it. Tracy and I broke down in tears. I still cry when I think of it. We told him we would keep the medal in trust for his children.
Thank you Margaret for taking the time to answer our questions and to Wizards of the Coast for sponsoring the tour and giveaways.
More About Dragons of the Hourglass Mage
The Companions are back and the balance of Krynn is at stake, in the magnificent conclusion to the Lost Chronicles. The world celebrates Spring Dawning. The War of the Lance is nearing its end—for good or ill. Krynn's future has been written. People think they know how the story ends. But one night and one fateful decision by Raistlin Majere may change it all. Dragons of the Hourglass Mage has already spent two weeks on the New York Times best-seller list since its August 4th release.
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