At long last, Sandstorm is released today. If you have any inclination to pick it up, or just want to know more about it, you can check out this page. Meanwhile, Gwenda has put together a fascinating roundtable with some fabulous writers (and me) talking about how gaming and gaming fiction figured in their lives. What I wrote is this:
When I was in my early teens, I lived in rural Kentucky, which can be a pretty fantastic place. But I also lived in fantasy worlds, because I had a taste for the more literally fantastic. In particular, I played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons and read a lot of high fantasy novels. My favorite world to play in or read about was the Forgotten Realms, and a lot of what I know about wonder, action, and scope in fantastic fiction comes from reading those books and playing those games back then. I decided that one day, I would be a writer myself so that I could write a Forgotten Realms book of my own. And despite all the twists and turns my life and my career as a writer have taken since since then, I'm delighted that that day has actually come.
Check out what everyone else had to say.
And thanks, everybody. If you read the book, I hope you like it!