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Durham, NC Post ACoS siging tour 4 August 1996 - report by Dean M. West II
Robert Jordan was at Barnes & Nobles on Sunday Aug. 4,1996. While in line to get some books autographed I overheard and asked a few questions. Here is what I remember:
1) What _is_ the title of the next book?
RJ: I don't know that yet. I don't really come up with a title until about half way through the book. As of right now it has a working title of "Book 8".
2) When is the next book coming out?
RJ: As of right now I am supposed to deliver it on Novemeber of '97. However, it might not get released until Jan. or Feb of '98. (looks like another long run fella's/gal's.)
3) Are you gonna conclude each plot? Little and big? (He really doesn't like when authors do this!)
RJ: No. I plan to leave some things left unanswered(Asmodean??? ARrgh!) I do not like it when other authors clean every little thread up. It is too clean. It isn't very realistic of problems, especially problems of this magnitude. They just don't _always_ get solved. Also, I plan to leave the very last scene with a big hook leaving you with a great big question. (After he said this his wife looked at him and said,"Really?".)
4) If you were unable to complete the series who would finish it up?
RJ: (Very strongly) No one. If something happens to me I have a friend who has agreed to go over to my house and format my computer 3 times. _I_ am the only person going to finish this series or no one is. (I guess this blows all you Piers Anthony people out of the water!! Well at least we know it _is_ on a computer...any hackers out there in S.C?) ;-)
This is all just a paraphrase, but a pretty good one. When I heard question # 3 I just wanted to go over and strangle him, but that really wouldn't solve the problem especially with the last question in mind.