I'm also looking for gems that the average reader might have missed.
Filmmaking can be a fine art.
Read the folklore masters. Go to galleries. Walk in the woods. That's what you need to be an artist or storyteller.
I'd had no particular interest in the Southwest at all as a young girl, and I was completely surprised that the desert stole my heart to the extent it did.
In more recent years, I've become more and more fascinated with the indigenous folklore of this land, Native American folklore, and also Hispanic folklore now that I live in the Southwest.
One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner, in this world. That's where the old stuff came from.
Magic Realism is not new. The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new, its modern popularity is new, but it's been around as long as literature has been around.
What I find interesting about folklore is the dialogue it gives us with storytellers from centuries past.
I have a great respect for the academics who are working with the source material. My hat's off to them.
My book collection is primarily in America, since that's where I've lived most of my life.
There have been a number of us working very, very hard to bring myth and fairy tales into public consciousness, through fantasy literature and other media. I hope we're succeeding in some small way.
We've always lived in dark times. There has always been a range of human experience from the sublime to the brutal, and stories reflect it. It's no less brutal now; each age has its horrors.
I've only been living in England for the last 10 years, if you don't count my student years.
Robert Jordan, whether he's writing with passion or not, I don't know.
But for me, really, the written word is always stronger than film.
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