Congratulations on getting the 2nd book out today. Both of them are brilliant reads.
If you had to choose a line that you really like from each of the books what would they be? You could let the quotes section on Goodreads direct you to the readers' favourites if you can't decide.
So The Hod King is set to release October of this year. Do you, by any chance, have a general idea of when the final fourth book will come out?
Hello Josiah, congratulations and thanks for doing this AMA! As a writer, and hopefully someday an author, I often find myself stuck when writing - I write the first act (20-30%) of the book, then during the middle part, I get stuck. Do you have any tips on how to get past that?
Congrats on all the success!!! Heard about your work from Mark Lawrence.
When will the audiobook for Arm of the Sphinx be released? Will there be an audiobook available when your next book is released?
Thank you so much for your wonderful books and for being very worthwhile to follow on Twitter!
I just started reading Arm of the sphinx, and I was wondering: What made you decide to change the narrative style away from Senlin and showcase more of the crew?
Hi Mr. Bancroft, as an aspiring fantasy writer, I'm curious about your writing schedule/how many words you try to write in a day?
Hey Josiah! Just a couple of questions...
1) How are you are doing?
2) What are your thoughts on the upcoming BBC/Netflix Watership Down mini-series?
Josiah! Massive congrats on the launch, I started my reread of Senlin last night in anticipation :)
Now that you've had a short amount of time experiencing the traditionally published life, do you have any observations on indie vs publisher?
A pleasure as always.
As I was gushing to my wife about Senlin's struggles, shortly after finishing Book 1 the other day, we got into a debate about how to pronounce Marya's name.
Can you help us out?
I haven't yet read any of your work, but will definitely check out your books based on the comments! Help me prepare for your writing style! What would you say you derive the most inspiration from in both a narrative and practical writing skills context?
Congrats on the release of Arm of the Sphinx. I hope this book birthday is going great!
Now, inquiring minds want to know. Let's imagine that Edith and Voleta have started a softball team.....
In one baseball season, Voleta hit twice the difference of the number of home runs Edith hit and 6. Altogether, they hit 18 home runs.....
... I'm just kidding. Math sucks. What did they name their team, and who else is on it? What do their uniforms look like?
Thanks for doing an AMA with us! It certainly sounds like you have a lot of exciting stuff going on, so congratulations! I just have to say, your description of *Senlin Ascends* sounds absolutely terrifying, in a good way--Kafka really gets to me, and Alice in Wonderland got under my skin, too. I just like stuff to make sense!
So, here are my questions: My new favorite question is, what kind of research did you do/are you doing to write this book? Even fiction and fantasy can benefit from a solid background. Also, what kind of bunny/ies do you have?
Thanks again and congratulations!
If you had to go back to *Senlin Ascends* and add, remove, or try a complete do-over of a scene, what would you change?
I love the characters, especially the messy, dysfunctional friendships they develop over book 2. It feels like a (weak and constantly eroding) defiance of the selfishness that seems to be the common culture of Tower residents, while also being, for each of them, a loyalty that is rooted in their own needs and interests.
We're required to constantly re-assess our feelings about them, and in most cases the conclusion is that they aren't really good or vad people, but just regular folks stuck in a freaky nightmare and doing their best to not die.
I'm about to start reading your book!
I heard good things regarding Senlin Ascends from a blogger so I went ahead and bought it.
Thing is, I want to write this well, but my own fears get to me, so that idea in my head remains such.
What drives you to put pen to paper?
What's your favourite subreddit and why is it /r/fantasy?
Any other non-Senlin related work in the pipeline or is your sole focus on completing the quartet/quadrilogy/tetrad?
I haven't read Senlin Ascends yet but it's high on my list. Congratulations on your success.
Would you talk a little about what you did right to become a prominent indie-author in a genre as crowded as fantasy (other than write really well)? Can you walk me through what you did for publishing and promoting and what you would do differently?
Hey! Congratulations and good luck. Have you ever accidentally deleted/lost a bunch of work on these books? If so, how, and how did you handle it afterwards?
General writing questions:
1. How do you deal with writers' block? If you believe it's a thing, that is.
2. Are you more of a pantser/gardener or a plotter/architect? Have you experimented with both?
Hello Mr. Bancroft! I just bought Senlin Ascends just a minute ago and I'm quite excited to begin reading. My question is: What kind of research do you do, and how much time did you spend researching for this series?