Martha Wells in an American fantasy and science fiction author. She's written several fantasy books and one of her books, The Death of the Necromancer, was nominated for a Nebula award. has had the honour of interviewing Martha Wells.


Hi Martha and thank you for allowing us to interview you. We appreciate it very much.

When did you dedice to become a writer? Have you always been interested in writing?

I wanted to become a writer fairly early on, when I was still in my teens. When I was younger, I used to try to write stories, and draw maps of fantasy worlds, based on Godzilla and other monster movies that were on TV. I started going to writers workshops when I was in college, and sending out stories to magazines, but I didn't sell anything until I wrote The Element of Fire, a few years after I graduated.

For how long have you been interested in fantasy and science fiction?

Basically since I started reading. At the library my parents used to take me to in Fort Worth, Texas (where I grew up) the SF/F section as right next to the children's book section, and I read books from both. I've also always loved SF/F in TV and movies.

Why do you like fantasy and science fiction?

I like the adventure stories, and strange landscapes, and the feeling that anything can happen.

What are your favorite writers? What writers have influenced you most?

When I was growing up, my biggest influences were probably Andre Norton and Robert Heinlein. Now my favorite writers are Lois McMaster Bujold, Judith Tarr, Rex Stout, and Barbara Hambly, among others.

Your fantasy books are highly original and entertaining. How do you come up with new and fresh ideas?

I do a lot of non-fiction reading, plus reading in other genres, like classics, mysteries, etc. I think it helps to try to read things I'm not sure I'll like, to try to understand different viewpoints and different ideas.

You've written several fantasy books about Ile-Rien. What inspired you to write about Ile-Rien?

I came up with Ile-Rien for my first novel, The Element of Fire, and when I wrote The Death of the Necromancer I wanted to experiment with "aging" Ile-Rien, to show how it had changed over time. After the history and backstory of it was so well-developed, I just wanted to keep using it.

"The Death of the Necromancer" was nominated for a Nebula award. Were you suprised when you heard about the nomination?

I was very surprised, and happy! I really didn't expect that at all. The book was actually added to the award list by the Nebula jury, so I didn't know it was even being considered for the award until the nomination list was published.

Some of your books are difficult to find. Do you know if "Wheel of the Infinite" and "The Death of the Necromancer" will be re-published in the near future?

If I can get a publisher interested in them, I'd love to see them re-published. But at the moment I don't know when or if that's ever going to happen.

The Death of the Necromancer was just recently published again in German by Heyne, and I think it's still available in French, also.

Here's the last question: What are your plans for the future? Can you tell us anything about your forthcoming books?

I finished a new fantasy novel last year, currently titled "The Cloud Roads." At the moment it's still looking for a publisher. If I get any news about it, I'll post it on my Live Journal at It's set in a new world, and a little different from my other books, but I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Thank you for the interview and good luck with your future projects.

Thank you!

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