On Friday of Dragon Con this weekend, I had an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with one of my favorite childhood novelists: Christopher Paolini.
Paolini is best-known for his Inheritance Cycle series, which he originally began writing at the age of 14.
“Reading and watching movies, and listening to music were all ways for me to experience the world outside of Montana,” said Paolini
The story of Eragon actually began as an experiment in order to see if he could write a full-fledged novel.
“I was very methodical…I stopped writing and starting reading books on how to write.” explained Paolini.
Some of these books included Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, works from Joseph Campbell, and various writing essays by different authors.
“I said ‘I’m going to create a whole fantasy land, and all the characters, plot out a story, and I’m not going to write it’,” said Paolini.
Paolini went on to explain that the character Brom was actually inspired by professional writer and artist Gerald Brom. Gerald Brom or “Brom” is best-known for his dark, fantasy-based artistic style as well as his horror novels.
A fun fact about this year’s convention was that Brom himself attended as the 2018 Dragon Con “Artist Guest of Honor”.
Strange how the world works like that.