Q&A: with The Thousand Names author Django Wexler

Q&A: with The Thousand Names author Django Wexler


all right this is this is a little weird
but here we go hang on let me confirm that everything is going according to
plan okay I am informed that we’re live I
can’t actually watch the stream on my computer or we get like some weird
feedback so this is gonna be a little odd this is a new format for me because
normally I’m either talking to someone or just like giving a lecture but now I
feel like I’m talking to a chatroom and staring at my camera so it’s a little
strange so I hope everyone kind of bears with me hi my name is Django Wexler I’m
a fantasy author here in Seattle in the United States I’m the author of the
Thousand Names which is a military fantasy and the Forbidden Library which
is a middle grade fantasy I see the done live from the chat room
here if I look down it’s because I’m looking at the computer here so this is
a little strange for me so everybody say hello in the chat room and you can shout
out questions I will try to go through the questions in like chronological
order and we’ll see how many we can get through before my voice gets out or
something like that okay so here we go on questions it’s great to be here by
the way thank you to Campus Society and to Jenn for setting this up all right and
you know feel free to ask whatever you guys want you know if it’s something I
feel like I can’t answer then I’ll just hide it in the corner um okay I got a
scroll up in this too not so that I can see okay
Rashid asks what was the feeling like when your first book was published it’s
pretty good I can’t deny that you know it’s it it’s a very long process it
takes forever when Thousand Names came out I think it
was probably 18 months from the point at which I submitted it to the point at
which it actually like came out and so it
feels like you’re just like finally like you go to the store and you’re like whoa
this book is actually here after spending so long kind of working on it
as like this imaginary thing it’s like real so that’s a little weird but in a
good way Jay asks what writers would you say your
main inspirations for your writing style it depends on the book for the Thousand
Names which was my first book which has now led to a series of five books the
fifth one comes out in January in the UK it’s from Head of Zeus so I encourage
everybody to check that out that’s kind of the main thing I’ve been doing and
the biggest influences were probably George RR Martin and SM Sterling Steve
Sterling in particular I read George Martin’s books and I really liked the
way he brought he brought sort of a knights and castles fantasy back to it’s
more historical roots and that kind of I really wanted to do that but with a
different period so I ended up in the Napoleonic Wars after reading a book by
David Chandler called the Campaign’s of Napoleon which is fantastic and I
thought doesn’t make a great story so that was like the closest like direct
inspiration although of course I’ve read million billion books um I was tough to
Steve Sterling and David Drake wrote a series called The General which I really
like it’s basically a retelling of the campaign’s of Belisarius in a sci-fi
context that I really liked that idea scrolling down a little how does it take
you to write your first book um it’s a tricky question because I was writing
books long before I was published I wrote probably 10 books before I was
published I were fan fiction for a while I wrote just books that I knew weren’t
good enough to be published and the time buried a lot depending on whether I got
stuck or what other things were going on in my life when I was in college I had a
little more time when I started working full-time was
less the the Thousand Names which is my first published book took me about nine
months probably to write um I was writing I had a my schedule blocked out
for about an hour a day in the morning before going to work and then that would
go into work I worked at Microsoft here in Redmond um and so I get up at 7:00
and I’ve you know right from 7:30 to 8:30 and then I go off to work and so
about nine months at that pace and then a little bit longer to edit it and then
of course you know after we sold it then there were more edits with my editors
and so on I’ve gotten that down pretty significantly because I’m now writing
full-time for the last five years and so like the fifth Shadow Campaigns book which I
wrote earlier this year took about three or four months of full-time work but
that was pretty fast for me once you get to the fifth book everything is pretty
well planned so it’s kind of like I kind of know what I’m doing um let’s see
still scrolling down favorite nonfiction I’ve ever read that’s tough um I really
like economics and economic history so I recommend I’m gonna pronounce it wrong
but Liaquat Ahamed’s Lords of Finance which is about central banking in after
World War One and kind of explains the Great Depression that is just so
entertainingly written if you like the military stuff I recommend Chandler’s
Campaigns of Napoleon it’s one of these like giant tomes but Chandler’s such a
good writer it doesn’t really feel like it so that’s good Robert Massey also
writes a really good history he wrote a book called Dreadnought which was about
the first arms race between Germany and Britain before World War One the the
battleship race and that it’s really good and his sequel Castles of Steel
which is about World War One naval action is also really good he’s a good
writer and basically anything by Robert Massey also Adrian Goldsworthy writes
really good ancient history so he’s done a whole bunch of stuff on Rome that I
really like what is your favorite character you’ve
written I don’t know if I can choose that one it’s like asking someone to
choose their favorite children like I love all characters and in some way
shape or form Jenn asks how do you stay focused when writing a book do you are
there some stories you lose interest in writing I mean it’s hard it helps to
think of it as a job which is weird because normally when you think of
something as a job it makes it kind of suck but like you know you can’t you get
up in some days you just don’t feel like doing it and you do it anyway is
basically what it comes down to just like if you were a plumber or computer
programmer or whatever you know you get up and you’re like I really don’t want
to go to work today and then you do because that’s you know what it takes to
actually be professional so it’s you know it’s just a matter of sticking to
it and there’s always this worry that like oh man I just kind of grind it out
is the result gonna be any good like is it gonna be good as as art as a book and
the answer I found is usually yes you know when I’m writing I have good days
and I have bad days but like when I go back and read the book I can’t tell
which was which my subjective impression that the time that I’m reading is very
unreliable or rather at the time that I’m writing is very unreliable so
knowing that and keeping that in the back of my mind always helps Polly says
what would you suggest is tips for someone writing their first book I
personally find I have a plan but I’m nervous to actually start the first
chapter that’s hard I mean putting putting pen to paper or computer
keyboard or whatever we call it these days is is always hard and there’s no
way to get around that the answer is you just have to do it if it helps try to
remind yourself that your first book is probably not going to be great I know
people have this weird idea that you know because writing you know you can
revise it that you’re gonna get it perfect the first time and it never ever
works that way you know just think of it as
you know if you’re a painter and you do a painting no one’s gonna expect their
very first painting to be like a great masterpiece so think of it as a learning
process the only way to get there is to just write a lot over and over and over
again anushka writes what does writing full-time entail and is it tough
that just basically means I don’t have like an actual job anymore like a day
job I used to work at Microsoft I have a degree in computer science and so I just
thought I was going to be a computer programmer for a living and so I went
you know I went and did that for 10 or 15 years and then at some point I was
making enough write money writing that I could be like well I’m gonna quit this
job and just live on that and it’s great you know if you know getting there is
hard and I feel really lucky to be able to do it it’s really not common and you
know it it helps that you know it depends where you are in your life I
don’t have kids so things are a little cheaper for me but like you know I’m
lucky to be to be in this position so I tried to take advantage of it so for me
it usually means I spend I don’t know two to four hours a day doing writing
and then probably a bit more doing sort of writing adjacent stuff like publicity
like this or like emails or setting things up for a future stuff so it’s a
pretty good job you know as jobs go I like it
let’s see when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer it’s tough I
started writing when I was in my teens first I was a gamer I was a Dungeons and
Dragons GM like enormously I was like I was and am a total nerd but like when
I when I was a kid I was like a super turbo nerd it was crazy and then I
started writing because it was more satisfying but I didn’t have an idea
that I wanted to be like a writer like capital W writer probably until
maybe the last couple years of college where I was like I’m always gonna try
and sell stuff and make some money at this so about that so by the time I realized
I wanted to be a writer you know I’ve been writing for years and years am i a
Seahawks fan you know I guess nominally excuse me I don’t really follow a
football though I mean if I was gonna root for a team it would it would be my
hometown team but like I’m not I’m not an American football guy I’m not really
a sports guy in general and my family that was always my brother he’s the
sports guy but we do I understand have a soccer slash your guys’s football team
here in Seattle and we’re that that’s quite good and very popular you see
there they’re posters everywhere and we’re like one of the few American
cities that actually does like to know my Jenn asks would like to know my
thoughts on automation and AI can I used to work on AI that’s a very long and
complicated topic my like 30 second advice is take anything with a grain of
salt because AI is really really hard and so it’s easy to do things in the limited
domain like I’m really impressed what they’re doing with Go because I play
Go and it’s it’s hard and it’s traditionally been hard for AI and now
they’re they’re doing really well at it but general-purpose AI is really hard
and we’re not going to get there for like a long time let’s see how many
hours of writing went into your latest book I’d go with I don’t know maybe I’m
calculating three or four hundred probably you know I my my last book or
the book that’s coming out in January the Infernal Battalion is about two
hundred thousand words and I usually write about a a thousand words in an
hour so and then there’s probably as much again in editing and revision and
other stuff like that let’s see Jay asks is it difficult after a
certain point to edit your own work yes the answer to that is 100% yes a good
editor is kind of worth his or her weight in gold and the same goes for
just like beta readers like friends of mine who who just read my work and give
me feedback copy editors the publisher has copy editors and they they set
things up so the answer is you have to at some point get outside feedback
because as you say the the work exists so much in your head that you can’t even
see the words on the paper anymore there’s all kinds of tricks like I tend
to print things out and then kind of read them aloud because it helps me
actually read what’s on the page instead of the like perfect version that’s in my
head but it’s really hard so there’s no substitute for like a good editor to
give you feedback Jenn asks how do much you write that doesn’t go into a book do you
write stories about characters to try to flush them out a little bit I would say
a lot of that stuff I don’t actually write down I have it in my head for the
most part so I think about these things a lot I think about characters and I
think about what their lives are like sometimes I take notes to remind myself
later I usually don’t write all that stuff out
as like a fully fleshed out story it’s more just kind of backstory I have done
some short fiction to go with my my novel so like if you look on Amazon for
the Penitent Damned is a short story that is kind of a prequel to my series
and you can get it for I think like you know $0.99 or whatever the equivalent is
in in the UK so that’s a good thing to check out if you’re if you’re sort of
curious as to what that’s like but and I’ve done a few for anthologies I have
stories and you know sometimes they come and ask me you know hey can you write us
a story about you know assassins and rogues and so I wrote the story that
went into the an anthology called Black Guards which was a lot of fun
let’s see Clara asks do people you know serve as inspiration for your characters
that’s a good question the answer is like not to directly I
would say I there’s not a character who’s like oh yeah that’s Bob from my
writing group like I’d worry a little what happens when the book comes out and
Bob is like uhh django why’d you do that but I would say it’s like you combine
little bits and pieces of people you get like a like a you know a person’s you
know verbal tick here and another person sort of the way they react to a
situation there and also just people from fiction like you know I’m always
seeing characters not like I read I’d love to do a relationship the way those
two characters have their relationship you know that kind of thing let’s see Neil
asks who is your favorite author and why oh man that’s a hard question I can’t
really say I have a single favorite because man there are too many good
authors as I said I really liked George RR Martin’s books I hope he finishes
them someday that would be great I’m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett his
his books are wonderful and those were things that I read when I was a kid and
you know I think I’ve read every single one of those books multiple times um I
like Joe Abercrombie’s books a lot if you’re in the sort of grim dark mode he
you know his First Law series is wonderful his why a series is wonderful
also and doesn’t have isn’t quite as dark I guess although maybe it’s still a
little still pretty dark I’m probably leaving
out dozens of people on the sci-fi side I really liked Peter Hamilton’s books
his his Commonwealth series the Void Trilogy are both really good his book
The Great North Road is really good so you know it’s all all over the place
Tom asks how do you overcome writer’s block it’s kind of a cop-out but I say
that I don’t like really believe in writer’s block
to me it’s kind of associated constantly talking leaves me a little dry so writer’s
block I feel like is associated with this idea of writing where you’re like I
have to wait for the muse to strike me and you know it’s all high art and it’s
like that’s not it’s hard to do writing that way maybe you can do poetry that
way or short fiction but when it comes to a novel there’s just so much work
involved that you’re not always gonna feel like you want to do it right you’re
not always gonna be at a point where you’re like oh man I’m excited to do it
so you just have to you know sit down and do it it it feels like do other
professions get blocked do you know electricians get
electricians block I’m not sure it works that way so yeah I mean the answer is
sometimes it sucks and you do it anyway what is your favorite book to movie
adaptation hmm that’s a good question I mean the Lord of the Rings is hard to
top you know Peter Jackson had such a love for that material it was clearly a
passion project for him and it’s so rare that a project like that and gets you
know the millions and millions of dollars that it takes to actually become
real you know that that might have to be it
you know there are there are others on TV there are a few good ones you know
I’m watching the American Gods adaptation right now and it’s pretty good
I’m really excited about that and I’m glad they’re doing more seasons I know
with movies it would be easier to list the bad adaptations frankly the good
ones it’s it’s hard to translate a book to a movie I do love the Game of Thrones
TV show you know not to harp on the George RR Martin theme but but it’s
pretty great you know it has its ups and downs like any TV show but I love it I don’t know I Jenn asked what the bad ones
are but I’m not sure I can tell you know I try to maintain in public and attitude
of like not you know saying bad things about people because you never know who
you’re gonna work with and yeah it’s it’s hard there are some only a few
things that I’m willing to say bad things about in public like maybe the
first three Star Wars movies that I didn’t like the the prequels or the the
second two Matrix movies I’m willing to come out and say that those were
terrible Polly says I need a shirt that says the
book was better on it yeah I think that probably exists the the internet being
what it is I feel like almost any t-shirt that you can possibly imagine
they exist somewhere just like type it into Google
it’ll be fine all right let’s see there were a couple more questions in the
comments for this post here so let me go look at that what am i reading at the
moment oh well Tom asks if Django Wexler is my real name the answer is yes I’m
named after a jazz guitarist named Django Reinhardt from the 30s and 40s
and he my mom read about him and really liked the name so I have it so you know
I get people telling me a lot like oh you know you got a you have the best pen
name and I’m like it’s not a pen name but so you can thank my parents I guess
I didn’t really pick it what am I reading at the moment I just finished a
book called the Grey Bastards by Jonathan French which is really good
it was self-published and I think it’s coming out officially or not officially
but from from a big fat publisher or sometime next year and it’s about half
orcs on giant hogs defending human Kingdom against orcs it’s really good I
just started a book called the Tethered Maids which I’m enjoying quite a bit
that’s that’s new I have like a huge stack of books you can’t really hear I’m
gonna turn the camera so if you if we look this way we can probably see my
miniatures painting area and then behind that is the giant stack of books to read
so you know I pick pick one off the top i’ve got the new Philip Pullman book
which i’m i’m excited to be seeing do i like the film Django Unchained yeah what
was pretty good definitely people know how to pronounce my name now which is
good sometimes I get people asking me if I’ve named after the movie and I’m like
how old do you think I am like ten and someone asked am I doing NaNoWriMo and
the answer is like not officially but I probably will be starting a new book
actually soon so you know if I could get 50,000 words in a month I’d be pretty
happy you know that so so that seems like it’d be a good it’d be a good goal
anyway see alright I think I’ve reached the bottom of the chat man that was fast
or have we stopped updating someone say something so I can make sure this is
still working this is such a weird format I feel like people should be talking
back to me but they’re they’re kind of not Thank You Jenn
Are there any films coming out soon that you’re excited for well Star Wars
obviously I’m super into Star Wars and so I’m really hoping the new Star Wars
movie is good I really liked Force Awakens that comes out in December the
new Star Wars movie I’m probably gonna go see the new Thor movie
this weekend which I think is like already out in the UK because people my
UK friends have been telling me that they’ve seen it already and liked it so
I’m excited to go see that um you know I’m kind of not excited for the Justice
League movie because I think it’s gonna be bad I’ll probably see it anyway
I mean Wonder Woman was really good but Batman vs Superman was really bad so
maybe maybe I’m not super excited for that Rashid asked if I’ve ever been to
London the answer is yes I I went when I was a kid just very briefly but more
recently a couple years ago you guys had the world science fiction convention
Worldcon in London and I came out for that which was great my editor at Del
Rey kind of met up with me and and helped guide me around the city and
helped me not get killed at traffic crossings which is always a difficulty
for Americans and then I sort of had a mix between sort of London touristy
stuff and you know the con which was out of the Excel Centre that was a ton of
fun that’s probably Worldcon is in different cities all over the place that
one but the two that I’ve been to that have been outside the US which are that
one and this year’s which was in Finland have probably been my favourites to
attend so I like those a lot but yeah London was I was a ton of fun and I
would love to come back Tom says how did you first get published um
I had as a book with a small press which I just you know I have I had a book I
mean now it’s probably a website I mean I know it’s a website actually um called
Writer’s Market but back in the day in 2003 it was just a book like a big thick
book of and it’s like a list of agents and publishers and so I went through and
I made a list of all the people who I thought would like my book and then I
sent them queries which is like a letter plus some sample pages they have like a
requirements that say here this is what to send us
and one of them said oh we want to publish your book and that was great um
you know it didn’t didn’t pay very well because it was a small press but it you
know we’ve got my book on bookstore shelves which was kind of exciting and
then when I you know that was around 2004 2005 and then I put that on hold
for a while and then after I moved out here to Seattle I kind of got back into
it and so then I needed a literary agent
because you basically need a literary agent to sell to the big five publishers
which is in the US uh all the big publishers are in New York so it’s the
New York publishers and so I did basically the same thing although now of
course it’s on the internet so I went to a website called agentquery.com and
they have just a list of all the agents and I made a list of about 50 that I
thought might like my work and I sent them all queries and I think of the
fifty maybe two of them liked me but it’s only takes one so I got my agent
whose name is Seth Fishman and he’s amazing and he sold the book almost
immediately and that that’s how I kind of got started um let’s see what does my
family think of my writing they’re actually super pleased with it like
everyone has been very supportive and encouraging which is great I have kind
of a my family has a history of like like weird career choices and pursuits
like my dad for example was has been in his life a math teacher a opera singer
he sang at City Opera New York and then a computer programmer and then a bank
executive and so you know going from computer programming to creative writing
is like small potatoes by by comparison and so they’ve all been super good about
it and yeah I you know it’s been great um let’s see
tea or coffee I hate coffee so it’s got to be tea I’m not really a huge tea
person I honestly it’s mostly like diet coke I
can’t I can’t lie that’s where I get my caffeine these days pineapple on pizza
oh no wait sorry Poe or Lovecraft I would say if we’re talking about the
actual work I would say Poe like I love especially the poetry like the Raven is
amazing Lovecraft has created this universe that has produced a ton of cool
stuff there’s all kinds of great love crafty and stuff like Charlie Strasse
writes the Laundry Files which are these great sort of spy Lovecraft books which
are just wonderful I recommend but like actual HP Lovecraft is pretty hard to
read and also like super racist and sexist which makes it a little awkward
now so I’d say I love the Lovecraft universe
but I honestly can’t recommend actually going at it reading HP Lovecraft um
pineapple on pizza yes or no nooo for me I like basically meat on pizza so if
we have like pepperoni and bacon that’d be my pizza or actually the pizza
place near me does a ricotta and meatball pizza which is amazing had that
yesterday um I like to read economics which school do I favor eg Chicago Keynesian
to Austrian if I had to pick a descriptor for myself it would probably
be something like neo-keynesian I mean the the sort of traditional Keynesian
economics ran into some road blocks in the 70s and Chicago school kind of got a
lot of credibility for a while but I feel like a lot of that credibility is
then pretty much blown away by recent history and in the meantime the Keynesian’s have kind of you know amended their theory to deal with like new
evidence which a lot of the economists on on the more conservative side have
not really been very good at and so they’re definitely the most convincing
bunch these days let’s see best Harry Potter book and best Harry Potter film
actually I think the best Harry Potter book is the first one I reread all the
Harry Potter books when the seventh book came out because I was like I gotta reread
it’s been a while um and I really feel like the the first one has the best
writing um you know it’s hard because later on of course we care about the
characters more but like you know I always felt a little bad for JK Rowling
because she you know I mean obviously who can feel bad for JK Rowling but like
she she worked amazingly hard on that first Harry Potter book and put in you
know it’s clear in the prose and I feel like later in the series it just starts
to feel a little rushed and it’s hard you know I think of her you know imagine
her typing away and then standing behind her as an editor with a huge bag of
money saying you done yet are you done yet how about now you know it’s
something I wonder about you know when you get really successful there’s always
this this you know all the pressure gets hard so I really like the first one
movie wise they definitely get better as it goes on probably the fourth movie is
the best I think but you know it goes it goes a little better what do you think
makes a good story um that’s a little vague I mean basically good characters
and conflict are the things that make a good story
my particular bugbear is agency I like to have I like to have my characters be
driving a story rather than be subject to it but their decisions need to be the
things that actually make the story move forward it’s really easy to do a story
where things just kind of happen to a character rather than having them
actually you know make the choices especially in fantasy where there’s
always like prophecy and destiny and sometimes it’s like oh as this character
just kind of along for the ride so I try to avoid that that’s like my thing without going too political do you like Trump think he is horrific or somewhere
between I think he’s horrific that’s a pretty widespread opinion in
the places where I live I live in Seattle it’s like a super liberal town
so that’s not a controversial opinion around here but no and you know I don’t
think of myself as like particularly left-wing but like I feel like things
have gone a little crazy here do you think the fantasy genre has shifted with
the development of technology and if so is this a positive thing I feel like a
lot of fantasy dystopian books have similar storylines sometimes I mean
things obviously change with technology I mean the relationship between fantasy
and science fiction changes science fiction in the 60s was this sort of like
big optimistic you know Star Trekkie thing because it kind of felt like that
might actually happen like we’re gonna go out and colonize the universe and
now it feels like oh no that’s not realistic and so science fiction is kind
of like it’s more like Neuromancer and cyberpunk and biotechnology and all this
kind of like weird disturbing stuff which is it like a different kind of
fiction and so like fantasy in reaction to that like obviously modern technology
doesn’t play into most fantasy but it changes the big change in fantasy though
I feel like fantasy lived in the shadow of Tolkien for like a really long time
and you know I don’t want to disrespect Tolkien but like people were just
basically copying his stuff for like decades and we are finally getting to
the point where people like oh you know you can have a fantasy that’s not set in
medieval Europe in the 12th century or whatever you know it doesn’t have to be
knights and castles it can be other things it can be I mean my fantasy has
sort of muskets and sort of Napoleonic war stuff in it but it’s it’s not so
much that specifically but that it can be set in other times in places or
analogies to other times in places so there could be Roman Empire there could
be you know ancient mongol there could be you know muskets there can be world
war one there can be whatever you want you know all that you have all history
to draw from and so I think we’re seeing a lot of new fantasy books that are a
little less in the kind of standard mold which is which is a good
thing for me I really like this obviously Jennifer asks what advice
would I give to students who want to be writers but have lost motivation that’s
tough because motivation is is really hard I mean you have to connect with
what made you enjoy this in the first place I would say the key is that you
have to enjoy it you know nobody goes into writing to get rich because if you
do it’s a real bad plan if you want to get rich go be a merchant banker or
something very few writers actually make any money and and almost nobody gets
rich and famous you should do it because you like it
and it’s it helps to have a realistic plan you know don’t think I’m just gonna
publish my novel and then I’m just gonna like live the glamorous life of a
novelist because first of all it’s not all that glamorous and second of all
it’s hard you know it took me 10 12 years to get to the point where I could
be a full-time novelist and and that’s lucky you know I’m lucky to be there so
I would say you know be realistic about your life plan and try to find you know
a day job that’s not gonna you know break your soul something that you can
make a living at and that’ll uh and then but that also lets you write like you
know I at one point I thought I wanted to be a computer game person so I was
going to go into game design but then when I realized writing was really
important to me the problem with computer game design is it often people
work really long hours and I wouldn’t have time to have a writing career and
be a game designer and so I you know I went to work for Microsoft in a pretty
staid industry part of that that industry Microsoft is huge and has a
million different parts because it meant that I could go home at five o’clock and
you know I had time to do the writing I needed to do and you know so you make
trade off like that but like getting a plan and having it be realistic
always helped me kind of maintain my motivation because then it’s everything
feels a little more achievable Neil asked would you narrate your own audio book and do you
like audible.com I love audible.com I wouldn’t narrate my own book because I
I’m not actually a great reader I tend to like skip words and fumble things I
have a lot of respect for people who are good readers so but all my books are
available on audio I love that they are I love the readings that people do I get
to talk to the narrator’s what it is always super fun and they ask questions
and I have to tell them how to pronounce all the ridiculous names that I made up
but and I love audible I I go through a lot of audiobooks I paint miniatures
like sort of Games Workshop style miniatures and I always have an audio
book long while I’m painting so I go through a lot of books that way or
exercising or driving blah blah blah so between that and podcasts that keeps me
pretty busy Kindle versus paperback it’s hard
because like I’m a pretty techy guy but like I still do paperbacks um you know I
still like just carrying around a regular book partly I know it’s
something about the screen it doesn’t quite work for me excuse me if I
traveled more I would be more of a kindle guy because man is it a pain
to have to haul around five or six books if you’re going to be somewhere
for a long time but when it’s just me here in the house it’s mostly hardcopy
books have I ever read any bizarro fiction probably I read um I mean I read
the Book of Fight Club and some other Chuck I don’t know how to pronounce his
last name Palahniuk books I’ve read China
Mieville books can be often thought of as as
bizarre oh I guess so yeah I like some of that stuff it can be a little weird
like sometimes you get beyond having a point and get into
kind of like look how weird I am and that’s not as interesting but like China
Mieville for example it always feels like he has he has a point that he’s
trying to make so I really like I really like his books how regularly do you read
just for pleasure or not your own I never read my own books like after
they’re published like because like I always find something I want to change
and then I couldn’t change it I read all the time is the answer every day
I go through a book maybe every three or four days probably
I read fast you know I always have and they’re always sending me books so I
have a big stack of books to get through and then I have audiobooks and all that
stuff so the answer is constantly about I don’t know probably 75% fiction
science fiction or fantasy and then 25% nonfiction usually history or economics
or something like that favorite book quote and why I don’t know how
many quotes I could do off the top of my head it would probably have to be
something from Terry Pratchett probably something from Death in Terry Pratchett
he has so many so many good bits there’s a whole conversation I’m I don’t know if
I can quote it verbatim but in in sorcery where Death is talking to the
sorcerer and he just has all these wonderful snappy comebacks the sorcerer
asked what would humans be without love and Death says rare which is I just love
his writing is so clever all right looks like we’re wrapping up so maybe last
round of questions which is good because my voice is going and I need to go get some
lunch you guys probably know is it dinner time over there or supper time whatever you call it I it’s funny looking at the copies of my books that
come out in the UK because they have to have someone go through and change all
the spellings so you know the Price of Valor turns into the Price of Valour with
a U lunch today is probably ramen there’s a
great ramen place I love to go to I love ramen I’m a big I have like a
Japanese culture interest so I watch a lot of anime and I study Japanese in
school and I love Japanese food and other things so today feels like a ramen
day yes as a student as a student I ate a lot of very cheap food let cheap ramen
the classic food for college students here in the US at least is like the bulk
packs of top ramen which you can get for about 4 cents each and so we’d go out to
the the the bulk store and and load up and then come back and that would be
another month of food I haven’t eaten mac and cheese Jenn asked if I still read
the instructions on the mac and cheese box
I haven’t eaten mac and cheese in years at least not like the Box kind I may
have eaten it at restaurants these days like at home I eat like sandwiches
basically that’s like is boring but like I just you know I need something that’s
quick and easy for the most part unless we’re cooking like actual food but like
if it’s just me making food then it’s like I’ve got Turkey I’ve got cheese or
get you know condiments I make the sandwich all right well I feel like we’ve run out
of questions and we’re about at the right end of time Jenn shall we call that
a day what’s what’s the worst book I’ve ever read
I don’t think I can answer that question someone might be mad at me
no I first of all there’s a lot of really bad books but but no I try you
know authors we had there’s like a sort of certain Freemasonry among authors you
run into people at cons and stuff and so you don’t you know you just don’t talk
bad stuff about other people everyone tries to stay nice we’re all in it
together okay last question can writing feel lonely if you’re working from home
so much the answer is yes my girlfriend lives with me now which is great but she
didn’t when I started um I have cats I have two cats here and they keep me
company but when I quit I told my friends you know if you come over to my
house and I’ve acquired like another hundred cats and I become the crazy cat
guy maybe you should stage an intervention
or something so I try to go out and meet people for lunch that’s like my my
remaining social and not becoming a crazy recluse all right guys this has
been super awesome and thank you so much for having me and thank you for all the
great questions and I hope I wasn’t like too awkward I am going to click the
button to log off this but um thanks again to Campus Society and Jenn for
having me oh if you are looking to get in touch
with me um I am @DjangoWexler on Twitter just like my name probably the
best way to get in touch with me or if you go to djangowexler.com
it’s my website and it’s got links to all my books and places you can buy them
and excerpts and all that kind of stuff so I hope you guys check that out and
enjoy and you know feel free to if you have any questions that you missed feel
free to there’s a contact on my website or you can send it to me on Twitter and
I will definitely get back to you alright I’m going to click the button
and log off

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