Frequently Asked Questions
When will the next Lindholm book come out? What are you writing?
As many people already know, I write as Robin Hobb as well as Megan Lindholm, and that pseudonym has been the prolific one of late. Robin Hobb is hard at work on a book, and you will find more information about all that at Robin Hobb’s Web site. That doesn’t mean that Megan Lindholm is no longer writing. I do a few short stories every year, and some of them actually see print. There is also another Megan Lindholm novel in the works, but that is moving very slowly. I keep having the feeling that one element of it is still missing, that perhaps there is a character who hasn’t been coaxed out onto the stage yet. Sometimes the only thing a writer can do is wait for the rest of the story to reveal itself. So that is what I’m doing.
Why do you write as Robin Hobb?
Fantasy is a genre that covers quite a lot of territory, everything from alternate history to talking animal tales to the edge of horror. When I began the Hobb books, I recognized that I was writing in a different slice of the genre, venturing into territory outside of Megan Lindholm’s area. By using a different pseudonym, I was able to set those books apart from the Megan Lindholm books. I deliberately chose an androgynous name because the first Hobb books were written as first person male.
Where can I buy the Lindholm books? Why are they so hard to find?
All of the Lindholm books are out of print in the US. The US editions can still be found in used book stores or through internet services that specialize in used or out of print books. One of my favorites is www.addall.com If you want new copies of the books, they are available in English from Voyager in the UK. They can be purchased through the internet at www.amazon.co.uk
What authors do you read? Who influenced your writing?
I think I could write an entire book and still not answer this question entirely. The authors I read now include people like George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Steven Brust(Jhereg), Louise Marley(Terrorist of Irustan) and Guy Gavriel Kay(Sailing to Sarantium). And as soon as I type that period, I ask myself, but what about Lynn Flewelling andMartha Wells and Fiona McIntosh and Vonda McIntyre and Robin McKinley and Robert Holdstock and Alma Alexander and . . . Well, the list is endless, isn’t it? Yet the list of authors who influenced me at an early age and left a strong mark on my work is also endless. Rudyard Kipling, certainly, but also Louisa May Alcott and Walter Farley and T.H. White and Fritz Leiber and, well, again, we have too many to name.
Didn’t you collaborate on a book with Steven Brust?
Of all the books I’ve ever written, I think this one was the most pure fun. This book began with a letter from Steven Brust. I’d collaborated with Steve on a number of stories for the Liavek anthologies in the 1980’s. We’d discovered that we shared many of the same philosophies about writing and story telling then. Out of the blue, I one day received a note from Steve. He said that he’d started writing a story and that some of the magic in it reminded him of one my other books. Would I care to try a collaboration?
Well, I was in the middle of writing some other book at the time and had no time at all to spare. I sat down to write him a note to that effect, but thought I’d just read the chapter he’d sent me one more time. And instead of writing him a ‘no, thank-you’ note, I ended up writing the next chapter of the story and sending it back to him.
When the manuscript next came back to me, it was three chapters long. I added another one, and sent it back. We volleyed the chapters back and forth for over a year. I don’t think either of us were sure it would ever find an ending, or if it did, that the ending would make sense. But at some moment, the tale simply found its own ending, one we both loved.
This book made me remember all the reasons why I became a writer in the first place. I’m pleased to see it become easily available again.
Is a Megan Lindholm story different from a Robin Hobb story?
Well, obviously I think so! Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother to use two pseudonyms. But you can judge for yourself if you wish. The Megan Lindholm story “Cut” was a Nebula finalist and is still available to read online.
If I bring a Megan Lindholm book to a Robin Hobb signing, will you still sign it?
Of course. With great pleasure and I’ll probably thank you for bringing it.