Jim Butcher seems delighted to find so many of his fans in the room at 10am on a Sunday morning. The moderator is really charming!
1) The Cinder Spires is potentially nine books long.
2) He’s been wanting to write naval combat battles since he saw Star Trek II. (As someone who has read the book — you can tell he loves it. The action scenes are incredible.)
3) Aeronaut’s Windlass is the longest book he has ever written, and is just over 200,000 thousand words. The excitement he feels toward it really comes through here — you can tell he loved writing it.
NEW DRESDEN INFO!
1) “Cold Case” is a Molly novella, and details her first job as the Winter Lady. It’s a Molly/Ramirez team-up. It’s in Shadowed Souls, an anthology he edited. This might be the new name for Fierce. It’s a novella, woo hoo! The entire novella was written to the song “Gonna Make You Sweat”, and that will be funnier when we read it.
2) Dresden’s first day on “Jury Duty” will be published in Shawn Speakman’s anthology, Unbound.
3) Butters’s first mission as a Knight is being written right at this moment. The way Butters gets a call to action is he sees exclamation points over someone’s head. He doesn’t get a still small voice, he gets WOW.
4) The romance between Murphy and Harry was pretty inevitable from the first moment he tried to annoy her by opening the door for her. He never wanted to plan out the romance. He wanted the characters to grow into whatever was going to happen. Like, he didn’t know Susan was going to die awfully until he was writing it.
5) He sent chapter 14 of Skin Game to his beta readers, and his only feedback was gifs of people throwing over tables.
6) “If you were weird enough, you could get magic to do some really weird things.” One of the main duties of the Council is to make sure wizards don’t do crazy stuff — like take out ads in the Yellow Pages.
7) MOST of the Knights of the Cross pick up the Sword for a day, then put it down. There are a lot of Knights who died, also, doing the right thing. It’s meant to be a sacrifice, and some laid their life down.
8) I don’t understand why people are so skeptical that he planned this out — it’s obvious that he knows the major landmarks.
9) Mab was not the first Mab. Mab was the Winter Lady. Lea was her handmaiden, so when Mab got a power boost, so did Lea. The first Winter Queen died the last time things really went to hell in the Wizarding world. Just like they’re about to now. (I wonder who Molly’s handmaiden will be…?)
10) A funny guy stood up and said he’d tweeted Butcher after he finished the second Alera book, asking why he wrote the way he did, and Butcher tweeted back: “I need money, I need you now.”
11) Loki is not in Demonreach. There are no snakes dripping venom there, and Norse gods are literal. Several of the gods are pro wrestlers because you get much more worship as WWE than you do as a Greek god. This will be the subject of book 18, which I hope will be called Cut Man.
12) Lea will have a big part in Peace Talks.
13) Bob is sort of a mirror to whomever is holding him. The Sword will be way easier to misuse; it has less of an affect on regular human beings. It will be hell on wheels against the truly evil.
14) He’s writing the next book right now: “Poor Murphy.” (Yay!)
15) Basically, we’re spending the worst weekend of his year with Harry Dresden. He will be writing more after Mirror Mirror, when he establishes the parallel realities, and how much trouble he can get into with them.
16) He will not delve too deeply into the Sidhe. They were created by certain agents who felt they did not have enough influence on the mortal world.
17) Bob was originally created by Etienne the Enchancer. He was born in more or less the same way that the new spirit baby (her name is Bonnie), but a different agent. Athena was born in the same way. Bonnie has a lot of knowledge but little experience. Like, she’s realized that pancakes are inanimate, and that’s big for her. (LOL)
Andrea Gonzales not only provided the video for the panels Jim Butcher was part of at Dragon*Con, but also was the official photographer for his Cinder Spires cosplay team. If you’d like yet another reason to be excited for the September 29 release of Aeronaut’s Windlass, you should check them out!
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