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).

SF Signal reviews “Sleeping Late on Judgement Day”

Cover of Sleeping Late on Judgement Day by Tad Williams (DAW Books).

Cover of Sleeping Late on Judgement Day by Tad Williams (DAW Books).

Author Larry Ketchersid (Dusk Before the Dawn) has published a review on SF Signal of Sleeping Late on Judgement Day by Tad Williams, giving the book four stars out of five.

Sleeping Late on Judgement Day is the third installment of Williams’ “Bobby Dollar” urban fantasy series, which began with The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012) and continued in Happy Hour in Hell (2013). Williams anticipates writing additional “Bobby Dollar” books between “Last King of Osten Ard” novels.

Ketchersid’s verdict is that “with the world he’s built here, Williams could go on forever […] I’ll be interested to see where he takes it…but please, Tad, finish The Last King of Osten Ard series first!”

You can read SF Signal’s full review of Sleeping Late on Judgement Day here.

The Real Dirty Streets of Heaven

Tad Williams’ latest novel, The Dirty Streets of Heaven, is set in a fictionalized version of the Bay Area, specifically the area between San Francisco and San Jose.

A few Tad Williams fans (Cyan, Ylvs, Jeremy, and Firs) gathered in early April 2013 to visit the sites Tad wrote about in his new book.

5 page mill road

5 Page Mill Square is a fictionalized version of 5 Palo Alto Square (at Page Mill Road). While the 44+ story building doesn’t actually exist, a 10-story building is there.

5 page mill square lobby

The lobby at 5 Palo Alto Square/Page Mill Square

alhambra compass

The Compasses at the Alhambra, where Bobby and his co-workers hang out.

 compassThe bar.

back gatecompass from rear
The Compasses from the rear. Note the gated parking lot, similar to the description in the text.

OasisGoing into Oasis

The Oasis, blueprint for The Waterhole, another of Bobby’s hangouts.

do not carve0 Bit late for that sign…

hall of justice

The Hall of Justice, where Bobby defends clients.

shoreline amusement park 2

It’s easy to imagine Shoreline Amphitheater as it’s depicted in the book: an abandoned Shoreline Amusement Park.

shoreline amusement park

Closed at this time.

swimming hole

Could this lake be the inspiration for the swimming hole?

university drive

University Avenue, near Stanford.

More soon…

ylvs cyan and ghallu in san judas 1

Cyan and Ylvs being attacked by the ghallu. They barely escaped with their lives!