Interview: Django Wexler Author of The Forbidden Library

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Django Wexler is the author of Memories of Empire; Shinigami; the  epic fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns (The Thousand Names and the upcoming The Shadow Throne, together with the short story “The Penitent Damned”); an urban fantasy novella John Golden, Freelance Debugger; and the middle grade fantasy The Forbidden Library, a tale of talking cats, mysterious libraries, and travel through books. He lives in Seattle with books, cats, and computers. Neither of the cats has talked—yet.

Here he takes the time to talk about writing, cats, and reading.

Django Wexler's Cats, Tomo and SakakiJG Is Ashes, Alice’s guide in The Forbidden Library, modeled after one of your cats? How about Ending?

My two cats, Tomo and Sakaki, are complete opposites.  Tomo is super-friendly and relaxed.  We think he’s part stuffed animal, since he loves being picked up and carried.  Sakaki, on the other hand, is skittish and terrified of everything.  Neither one quite fits with Ashes, although his response to the possibility of getting wet is on Sakaki’s end of the spectrum!

The look of Ending is definitely patterned after Sakaki, who is pure black.  I’ve always loved the way black cats look, especially in the dark, the way they can just fade invisibly into the shadows.  Living with her gave me one of the images I use a lot in the book — a pair of bright yellow eyes, shining out of the darkness — which any cat owner should recognize.

Jessica Greenlee You’ve mentioned working on a sequel to The Forbidden Library. How many books are you planning? Will Alice grow up over the series?

Django Wexler The Forbidden Library is intended to be the first book in a series of five, the second of which I’m just about done with.  Alice will grow up a little as we go along, although not quite as much as in, for example, Harry Potter; the books aren’t spread over quite that much time.  I certainly intend to see her grow as a character, though!

JG How did you decide what type of fairy Alice should see in her kitchen in The Forbidden Library?

DW When I started the book, I knew I didn’t want to use a “standard” version of any fantasy creature.  I liked the idea of having a fairy visit Alice in the kitchen, but I wanted it to be something other than a happy, twinkly fairy, especially since he’s there to make threats.  I ended up with something larger and uglier, colored in yellow and black like a wasp.  All the creatures in the book are like that — if they’re taken from a typical fantasy creature, like a dragon, elf, etc, they’re all tweaked in some way to make them different.

The US Cover of The Forbidden Library by Django WexlerJG If you could visit a book, which one would you enter and why?

DW That’s tough! A lot of my favorite books wouldn’t actually be much fun to visit, they’re full of battles and disasters and other unhealthy things. In terms of just meeting up with interesting characters, I might try Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, which always seem like they’re full of people I’d want to hang out.  If I were looking for a book to live in, I might choose something like Peter F. Hamilton’s Void Trilogy — sure, you’ve got angry aliens to worry about, but everyone lives forever and technology has created utopias, which sounds like a pretty good deal.

JG You have some fan art on your page. Is there a particular scene you would like to see drawn?

DW One of my favorite things about being an author is seeing other people’s take on my characters and creatures.  My own artistic ability, in terms of drawing, is pretty negligible, so I get a real thrill when the book inspires someone to do something cool.  In The Forbidden Library my favorite parts are all the strange monsters, so I’m always eager to see more takes on those — the Dragon in the rockyard, for example, or Alice’s ambush of Vespidian.

Thousand_Names_Django_WexlerJG Does The Shadow Campaigns finish with The Shadow Throne or are there more books coming in the series?

DW The Shadow Campaigns, basically by coincidence, is also designed to be a five book series. Writing book three of that is my next project, hopefully for release in 2015. Between the two series, I’m being kept pretty busy!

JG What do you read for fun?

DW A lot of fantasy, although not as much as I’d like — there’s so much great stuff out there these days! Lately I’ve really enjoyed Max Gladstone’s Craft series and Felix Gilman’s The Revolutions.  I also read a lot of history, which works its way into my writing in strange ways. The Forbidden Library is set in 1931, for example, so there’s a few little historical touches in there!

JG You mention on your site that you enjoy games. What are some you especially like? What do you look for in a game?

DW I play several sorts of games.  Computer game-wise, I like strategy games and war games for the most part, occasionally shooters or other action games. I’ve played a lot of Diablo III, Civilization V, and Borderlands 2 lately.  I also play various board games — both miniature-type games like Warmachine and boxed board and card games. One of my recent favorites is Sentinels of the Multiverse.

I generally like my games to have a lot of depth and strategy to them, although I enjoy a pretty wide variety. Different games are fun with different groups of people — something very competitive is more fun for me against strangers on the internet than playing against my friends.

JG Thank you for taking the time for this!

DW Thanks for having me!

Visit Django Wexler’s site at http://djangowexler.com/
Read the FanboyNation review of The Forbidden Library here.

YogaOutlet.com

No Responses

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Heather McComb Talks about ‘Pretty Bad Actress’

Heather McComb has been in Hollywood since she was 11 years...

Rev Run Talks ‘All About the Washington’s’

The King of Rock, What? The King of Rock, Who? He’s...

BlacKkKlansman
‘BlacKkKlansman’ is Spike Lee’s Powerful Call to Action

The President of the United States is a racist. His ascent...

Event News Event Reviews
Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Debut
32 Years Ago Today, Was The Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Debut

On this day, 32 years ago, the world was graced with The...

Blizzard SDCC 2018
Blizzard SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment Brings Massive Lineup to SDCC

Blizzard in SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment brings Overwatch, StarCraft, and...

Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018
Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018 – Nuclear Blast Teams Up with JSR and Stern Pinball

Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018 – Nuclear Blast Teams Up with JSR...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
8.0/10
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Ghostbusters World
Strap On Your Jumpsuits and Proton Packs – Ghostbusters World First Look

Ghostbusters World First Look at SDCC2018 – When someone asks you if...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Chuck Billy of Testament Talks About His Signature Vaporizer

Chuck Billy of Testament talks about, “The Chief” his signature vaporizer,...

anime pls
Anime Pls by Bioworld – Exclusive Interview

Bioworld Merchandising is a pop culture product expert. The company is considered...

heaven's feel
Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] THE MOVIE I. presage flower Blu-ray Release

TLDR Aniplex of America announced that box office hit, Fate/stay night ...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
WOW Announces New TV Taping Schedule

Women of Wrestling (WOW) will be hosting two nights of TV...

Catching up with Collegiate Take Down King Joe Gonzales at OCG

What can be said about Joe Gonzales? Well, everything really. Gonzales...

NJPW G1 Special from San Francisco Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) the King of Sports returns to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics by Michael Colbert

Another slice of daily Hogwarts life as told with Funko Pops...

Fantoy Comics by Michael Colbert

A new comic strip focusing on the regular old days at...

Comics on the Can – The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man

Beat the summer heat with a cool refreshing glass of Existential...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming. Related

Gaming Uncensored Roundtable: December 2016

December’s roundtable discusses story in games with Chad, Josh, and Spencer....

Gaming Uncensored: Podcast #349

Jamie reflects on some of his time with the HTC Vive....

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

MTV Unveils Performers for ‘TRL Live’ on October 3rd at 3 p.m. E.T.

NEW YORK, NY (September 26, 2017) – MTV today announced that...

%d bloggers like this: