New Tad Williams Interview: details about The Witchwood Crown

Tad Williams, author of the classic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn fantasy series as well as the upcoming Heart of Regret and The Witchwood Crown sequels, all set in the world of Osten Ard, was interviewed by British publisher Hodder Books this week. The full podcast interview runs just under 12 minutes, below. The Osten Ard part of the interview begins at 2:58. (The interview contains some minor spoilers for The Witchwood Crown, including some basic plot details, as well as major spoilers for Memory, Sorrow and Thorn).

The character of Simon Snowlock is based at least partially on Tad Williams' younger brothers, according to Williams' latest interview.

The character of Simon Snowlock is based at least partially on Tad Williams’ younger brothers, according to Williams’ latest interview.

Williams reveals several tidbits during this interview. The first is that his character Simon Snowlock, the main protagonist of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, was modeled on his younger brothers. He also states that some fact-checking has been done on The Witchwood Crown, to make sure there are no conflicts with the original text.

The tentative dates for publication of the upcoming Osten Ard books are late 2016 for Heart of Regret and early 2017 for The Witchwood Crown. Subsequent volumes set in the same universe, titled Empire of Grass, The Navigator’s Children, and a fifth, as yet unnamed volume, will be published  sometime thereafter.

Williams also reveals some details about his Bobby Dollar books (at 0:20 in the interview), and also discusses Tailchaser’s Song, his first novel (at 9:40).

Tad Williams does radio interview, discusses The Witchwood Crown

kscoOn January 17th, Tad Williams appeared on KSCO-AM, a talk radio station in Santa Cruz, California, where he discussed his writing. Among the topics he talked about were his “Bobby Dollar” series and his highly-anticipated return to Osten Ard in his upcoming sequel trilogy to the classic epic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” called “The Last King of Osten Ard”.

Williams discussed with interviewer Ruth Copland how fun it has been to write the “Bobby Dollar” series. Ever the eclecticist, Williams also discussed mondegreens, Jimi Hendrix, and the newly-coined word “firstable”.

In the interview, Williams promised “hundreds of characters” and many plots and subplots in “The Last King of Osten Ard”. He also stated that he is almost finished writing the first volume, The Witchwood Crown, and announced that he anticipates wrapping up the writing on this first volume around Spring 2015. The first volume is anticipated to be published in Spring 2016.

Williams will return to Osten Ard in "The Last King of Osten Ard".

Simon and Miriamele’s marriage will be explored in “The Last King of Osten Ard”.

Williams also stated that part of the inspiration for the new Osten Ard books is the appeal of seeing how the world and the characters have changed over the last thirty years as the characters have grown and aged. He mentioned that “some of the characters” in “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” married thirty years earlier, and how it would be interesting to see their relationship today, as someone who has been married himself for a number of years. Williams pointed out that the characters who were once teenagers will now be middle-aged, while those who were middle-aged during the events of “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” will now be very old.

An audio podcast, including the full interview with Tad Williams, can be found here (skip to 55:00 for the interview with Williams).