Q&As with Christopher: Book Five’s Villain, Writing Daily, Character Connection, & Names

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Here is the second batch of questions we collected from Christopher’s Facebook Q&A in February! Keep an eye out for our next installment and don’t forget to peruse our Q&As archive for hundreds of answers to fans’ most pressing (and hairsplitting) questions!

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Amy Ivany: Reading through other questions got me thinking… How do you come up with names for your characters? I mean, how did you ever end up thinking ‘yeah, I think Eragon is more fitting then Kevin’, and where do you find these awesome and unique names?

My names tend to come from three sources:

  1. Wordplay: ‘saphira’ is a play on ‘sapphire’. ‘eragon’ is a play on ‘dragon’. Etc.
  2. Historical sources: Horst, Katrina, Helgrind, etc.
  3. I invent them according to the rules of the various languages of Alagaësia.

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Immanuela Meijer

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Christopher Paolini Interviews Fran Wilde

Are you a fan of flying adventures? Christopher Paolini interviews Fran Wilde in the latest addition to our guest articles and interview series. Join the two writers as they discuss the inspiration behind Fran’s debut novel, Updraft, and her upcoming book, Cloudbound. Explore how community and cultural value can uplift or suppress characters within a fictional setting, learn to embrace your weirdness as an author, and update your “To Read” list.

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Fran’s latest releases! And don’t forget to stay up to date with Fran on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pintrest, and Tumblr!

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Immanuela Meijer

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Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

Q&As with Christopher: Writing Advice, Eragon Controlling Spirits, & Tenga

These questions are drawn from Christopher’s recent AMA on Reddit. We’re reposting them here for folks who haven’t seen them yet.

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figgen: How many times did you go through in your mind how the final battle scenes in Inheritance would pan out? Is this something you knew from the get go, or did you approach it as soon as you started Book 4?

I probably ran through the final battles several thousand times while I was writing the series. Most of them I had a pretty good idea of how they would play out. Some of them, though, I had to actually write to figure out how they would work (Roran’s confrontation with Lord Barst, for example).

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Christopher Interviews Tamora Pierce

Join Christopher in an inspiring interview with veteran author Tamora Pierce as they discuss her career from its beginning all the way up to current projects, and offer advice for writers that are just starting out. Discover how her first novel Alanna was written while reading new sections to a group of troubled teens, how often Tamora has to rewrite her work, and why Weird Al Yankovic‘s quote “Dare to be stupid,” is a favorite in the Pierce household.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of one of Tamora’s many excellent stories!

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Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.