Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Weekly Geeks 2010.5: Author Fun Facts

The idea for Weekly Geeks this week is to find out and post some fun things about a favorite author. I did this before when Dewey posted this task back a year or so ago and had a blast learning about Markus Zusak and John Green and so I've really been pondering who I could do this time around.
Finally, since I seem to be talking about him a lot lately, I settled on:
  • born December 19, 1975, grew up in Nebraska
  • roommates with Ken Jennings at BYU,
  • where he also currently teaches a creative writing class
  • Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly, which he read in junior high, was the book that turned him into a fantasy fanatic
  • wrote seven books while being a hotel night clerk during college
  • has published nine fantasy books, with three more (at least) coming up this year
  • his first book, Elantris, was published in 2005
  • he is married and has one son
  • after Robert Jordan died, his wife chose Brandon to finish up Robert's epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time
  • it was supposed to be one book, but now it's three books: The Gathering Storm (2009), Towers of Midnight (2010) and A Memory of Light (2011)
  • he shares annotations for all his books on his website
  • he also does a podcast for aspiring fantasy writers
  • he is also the author of a kids fantasy series which starts with Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
  • I get to hear him speak this weekend! :)


  1. I'm sure you'll have fun at the convention this weekend! Brandon is super-easy to talk to - I hope you get the chance to meet him.

  2. I have to read Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians - I really don't know how I've been able to resist the title for this long, actually. My husband bought a box set of his paperbacks at Barnes and Noble and is reading Mistborn right now, I may have to pick it up myself when he's done.

  3. I had stopped reading the Wheel of Time series after book five I think. I was wondering who was finished it off and now I know! Great post!

  4. Awesome that you get to go to the convention--have fun!

    I enjoyed your post about the author and I think my 17 year old son would relish the books--on the list they go!


  5. A good friend of mine just read Elantris because of this guy's work on the Wheel of Time. It seems like that's getting him a lot of attention, which is cool. Thanks for point out the podcast.

  6. Ken Jennings? Really? For some reason, that just struck me as odd.

  7. Thank you for the facts and the link - I am on the look out for a new series for my son to read...

    Love his site as well...

    Hope you had a great time meeting him..




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