Thursday, October 1, 2009

Interview and Giveaway with Author Margaret Weis

Margaret Weis is on blog tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Dragonlance series and the release of Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, the third book in the Lost Chronicle trilogy. I have 5 copies of the new hardcover to giveaway to some lucky commenters courtesy of Wizards of the Coast. Details at the end of the post.

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.

  1. To enter, leave a comment about your favourite character or book by Margaret Weis, or a comment about other dragons you love.
  2. Canadian or US residents only please.
  3. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  4. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the interview for an extra entry.
  5. Giveaway ends Sunday, October 8 at 11:59 PM EST.

Margaret Weis Blog Tour Stops:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Elitist Book Review


  1. Hi, all,

    Thank you so much for hosting me on the blog tour. This has been fun!


  2. My favorite character is Raistlin. He is such a fascinating character!

    I like Flint Fireforge and Sturm too. It's so hard to pick just one favorite.

    Thank you for posting the great interview, and thanks to Margaret as well!


    kbennett73 (at) yahoo dot com

  3. I love the Huma story with the Minataur. Great fun.

  4. I didn't realize that Dragonlance had been around that long.
    My favorite book by Margaret Weis would have to be The War of the Souls triliogy.

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  5. My fascination with dragons goes way back. I spent my childhood drawing and reading about dragons and passed this passion on to my son. Reading about the wonders of a world with the magnificent, winged beasts makes for an exciting outlet. Adding human-like attributes to these creatures is a fun slant to an otherwise scary enigma. Like the copper dragon who enjoys a practical joke or the evil chromatic dragons who do the bidding of others. The world needs fantasy as a grand respite from the ordinary life.

  6. I almost always choose my first introduction to a world as my favorite, so it would be the wonderful Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I borrowed it from my then boyfriend years ago when he found out I'd never read Dragonlance because I didn't know where to start. Now we're married, so I've been giving him the new books as presents as they come out.


    meiran at gmail dot com

  7. I've not read anything by this author - yet, anyways!! However, I do have some favorite dragons.. I'm a big fan of Katie MacAlister's dragon series.. especially the Green Dragons.

    Morning Glow
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  8. We found the DragonLance board game before we read any of the books - fell in love with the illustrations and the models, and enjoyed the way the rules worked. A very backward way to get hooked, but it worked for us.

  9. I adore dragons, they're such intriscate characters that it's always fun to read. Right now I'm reading Katie MacAlister's dragon series which is lighthearted fun.

  10. whoops, i forgot the email

  11. I'm not entering but I did want to say fabulous interview. I've always seen Margaret's books at the bookstore and have been curious. I will definitely have to give these a go.

  12. Thank you for the interesting interview post SciFi Guy and thank you Margaret for writing such great fantasy books.

    'The Dragons of Autumn Twilight' is one of my favs. And Raislin and Sturm are great...but then how do you limit to only one or two?

    Am entering here and have posted on my blog: .

    Debra Saturday
    talongrywolf [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. I love reading about dragons. I dont think I have ever read a book in which they are the main focus though.

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  14. I haven't read any of these yet but have put them on my 2 buy list. I love these kinds of stories and it so happens a collect dragons. I even have one attached to my dashboard as my car protector. I post a picture if I knew how to do that.

    Thanks for the great interview & contest.

    C. Carter Martina

  15. Can I say my favorite series is the
    Star of the Guardians series? Loved them! I'd say in the Dragonlance series, who DOESN'T like Raistlin?!

  16. Unfortunately, I haven't read any of Margaret's books and I have read only 1 book (short story) that had a dragon in it. It was Angela Knight's Galahad. The dragon was comic relief and I found him very amusing.

    After reading this short story, I've become more interested in reading books which feature dragons.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

  17. Wow! It's hard to believe the series has been around this long. I remember when I picked up the first book and my husband and I fought over who would read it first. I won since he hadn't finished the book he was reading. LOL!

    There are just too many characters to have one favorite. Of course, Raistlin Majere is high on the list and so is Laurana Kanan as I remember her in a scene where she uses the dragon orb to lure bad dragons to their death. It was a very intense scene.

    I just so love the stories! But the one from Margaret that captured my heart would have to be Star of the Guardians series. I so loved that one.

    Thanks for such an informative blog. I became a writer because I loved your books.

    Lynn Crain

  18. I haven't read any of these, but surprisingly enough, I had a library patron request them recently and they were brought to my attention. A favorite dragon is Saphira from the Eragon books by Christopher Paolini.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  19. I haven't read any of these books, yet. One of my favorite Dragon series is The Ann McCaffrey's Pern novels. Thanks!

  20. The Green Dragon in Where the Wild Things Are!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  21. "Tweet!"
    Again, many thanks.....Cindi

  22. I love dragons, there are so many things that can be written about dragons since there is so much mythology about them from almost every part of the world!

  23. A dragon that I adore is Eragon - at least I think he's a dragon!
    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  24. My favorite book is the Dragonvarld Adventures

    Please enter me. Love to win this. Thanks

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  27. ==============================
    Thanks to everyone that participated and for all the links and mentions!

    Winners will be posted on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

    Thanks also to Margaret Weis and Wizards of the Coast for a terrific event.

  28. Weis' books are awesome. Great fantasy from a great author.


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