Interview with Seven Days

Fantasy Writer Brian Staveley's Epic Success: An Interview with Vermont's Independent Publication, Seven Days
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Tales of dragons and wizard duels weren’t always cool. While fantasy fiction has long had its niche audience, Vermont author Brian Staveley says that right now is “an exciting time to be writing in the genre.”

It’s easy to attribute that excitement to the recent success of YA series such as Throne of Glass and adult ones such as A Song of Ice and Fire (commonly referred to as A Game of Thrones after the first installment). But Staveley credits British author J.K. Rowling with opening the minds of pliant young readers to the genre. “I was born in the ’70s. Nobody was reading fantasy,” Staveley says. “But now there’s this generation that grew up on Harry Potter. They’re more willing to try it out.”

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