Sunday, 23 January 2011

This week's word is: FEEDBACK

Hello dragon fans. Before we get into the main topic of the blog this week, which is to look at some of your feedback on FIRE WORLD, I should tell you that the author is feeling rather grumpy. Nothing unusual in that, of course. If he finds a spot of pigeon poo on his car he immediately morphs into Henry Bacon. And it’s nothing to do with the books either. He’s really rather happy with the letters you’ve been writing about FW. More of that in a moment. No, what got him tutting and clucking this morning was when Mrs Author tore a piece out of the newspaper about concert tickets. Apparently, people often keep the ticket stubs of concerts they have been to and some of them can be quite collectable. For instance, a stub from a 1963 Beatles concert was recently sold at auction for over £1000. Now many of you will know that The Beatles were the author’s favourite band, and in 1963 when he was just … a boy he was given a ticket, by a neighbour, to see The Beatles at his home town in Leicester, England. Naturally, the author was incredibly excited. But his father wasn’t. His father whipped the ticket out of his son's hand and said, “You’re not going to that you’ll get crushed.” And that was that. Some 40+ years on, it’s hard to know what rankles him the most – the fact that he didn’t get to see the best band of all time, or that the unused ticket would probably have fetched considerably more at auction than the stub would have done. We think it’s quite funny, really. Hrrr!

Anyway, to FIRE WORLD. He wants me to say a huge thanks to all of you who’ve already managed to read the book and taken the time to write to us about it. Please keep your messages coming in, because your reactions have been really interesting. By the way, it’s better to send questions via the website (http://www.icefire.co.uk/) rather than Twitter because he can write more in an email if he needs to, he says. Generally, you’ve been enjoying the book. 'Intriguing', 'fantastic', 'phenomenal' are all words that have been used to describe the story so far (from different people). One poor reader in Australia almost walked into his door post, he was that keen to read it (hello James).  One or two of you have written in to say you really like the story but you don’t understand how it relates to the other books. You will when THE FIRE ASCENDING comes out in 2012. And a couple of readers have been disappointed not to find the David, Zanna, Lucy etc. that you know and love by now. Well, we would say that they are in FIRE WORLD, just in a different form. One of the most interesting and thoughtful letters we had suggested that FW was really just a filler, but that’s definitely not the case. For every book in the series, I have let the universe guide my pencil over the notepad and used my scribblings to influence the author while he's tapping at the keyboard. This time, it took us into the alternate world of Co:pern:ica instead of Earth. Have faith, dragon fans. The pencil knows what it is doing! To cheer you up, here’s a picture of our hero with the book. Until next week, happy reading. Hrrr!

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