Raising a Dragonslayer

My career as a writer has been bookended, literally, by the birth of my children. Cassandra was born in 2008, just 2 months before The Warded Man was first published in the UK. I was about halfway done with The Desert Spear at the time, and have pictures of her in her high chair, sitting beside my desk as I work. Not that I got a lot done that year. Desert Spear was the first of many deadlines I missed, due in no small part to splitting my time between work and parenting.

Things got easier as Cassie got older, but I finished The Core, the fifth and final book in the Demon Cycle series on January 25th of this year, literally a day before my second daughter, Sirena, was born. Suddenly all those sleepless nights juggling edits and diapers came flooding back to me. But there were births ...

Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle Almost Became a Game Instead of a Fantasy Book Series

As is the case with many fantasy authors, much of my worldbuilding and creative skill is rooted in and honed by years of playing Dungeons & Dragons. It started in 1984 when I laid claim to my brother’s AD&D hardback rulebooks and would sneak off grade school campus at lunchtime to visit White Plume Mountain in Greyhawk at my friend Russell’s house. In college I left modules behind and planned vast campaigns through the Forgotten Realms.

Some of you may recall in 2002, after their acquisition of TSR, Wizards of the Coast had a casting call of sorts, inviting worldbuilders young and old, amateur and pro, to submit their creations in a search for the next big fantasy realm to use as a setting for the new edition of D&D. It was American Idol for nerds.

What you probably did not know is that not only did I make a ...

Summoning a Demon and Capturing a Ward Witch: Behind the Cover of Peter V. Brett’s Final Demon Cycle Novel

Peter Brett demon You guys, I am so excited to finally share the cover art we’ve spent the last six months working on for The Core. My friends over at Fantasy-Faction had the honor of showing off the first look, but I wanted to get a little more in-depth on the masterful work that went into the project to produce the amazing results that will grace the final novel of the Demon Cycle series. As I said recently, The Demon Cycle is a project I’ve been working on as a hobby since 1999, and professionally since 2007. A decade ago when I first sold the series and Harper Voyager UK designed the first Larry Rostant cover of Arlen, the plan became to have a different POV character portrait on each book. Arlen and Jardir were the obvious choices for books 1 & 2, and Inevera was unquestionably the choice for book 3, ...
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