Sean Williams


posted on 27 Aug 2011 at 5:14 am

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions. I’ll add to these as the mood takes me.

Firstly, here’s why I’m so slow responding to emails at the moment. My sincere apologies!

“I’d like to be a writer, too. What advice can you give me?”

“When will the next Troubletwisters novel come out?”

  • Troubletwisters: The Monster will be launched in May 2012.

“Will there be a Force Unleashed III?”

  • The answer to this question is surely a great big YES. There has to be. Star Wars won’t be complete without knowing what happened after the cliffhanger at the end of TFUII! Tricker to answer are the related questions: “When?” and “Will I write it?” These both depend on whether there’ll be a game and whether I am asked. I certainly hope I’ll be involved. I’ve loved working on Starkiller and Juno’s story and I hope to see it through to the end.

“Where do you get your ideas from?”

  • There are lots of answers to this question. I’ll add links as they appear. Short answer: everywhere!

“Will any of your books be made into movies?”

“Are any more of your books going to be available for download?”

  • Yes. E-Reads currently has the Books of the Change available, and more of my back-catalogue is on the way.

“How do the Books of the Cataclysm relate to the Books of the Change?”

  • This is quite a tricky question, as the latter are embedded within the former, along with the Broken Land series and various related novellas and short stories. Here is a list of the stories in chronological order, within the universe:

The Crooked Letter (Cataclysm)
“The Butterfly Merchant” (Change)
The Changeling (Broken Land)
The Dust Devils (Broken Land)
The Scarecrow (Broken Land)
“The Mirror in the Middle of the Maze” (Broken Land) (forthcoming)
“Ungentle Fire” (Broken Land)
“The Spark: A Romance in Four Acts” (Broken Land)
The Stone Mage & the Sea (Change)
The Sky Warden & the Sun (Change)
The Storm Weaver & the Sand (Change)
The Blood Debt (Cataclysm)
The Hanging Mountains (Cataclysm)
The Devoured Earth (Cataclysm)

  • How you read these books is up to you. The Crooked Letter is quite different, stylistically, to the other books so a lot of readers skip it as they move from the Books of the Change to the Books of the Cataclysm, following the adventures of Sal, Shilly and Skender perfectly well without it. Readers of The Devoured Earth who want to know more about the famous golem-hunter Roslin of Geheb can do so in the Broken Land stories. They are intended as books for younger readers (apart from the two related novellas) but they contain lots of meaty stuff for adults, too. Anyone moving from the Broken Land series to the rest, or indeed anyone starting fresh with this world, I’d advise you to leap straight into The Stone Mage and the Sea, the first I wrote.

“What do the symbols in The Crooked Letter (et al) mean?”

  • Lots of things! See here for a detailed explanation.

“What happened to The Devoured Earth in the US?”

  • There was never a print edition, unfortunately. It’s about to come out in electronic form from the same publisher as the other volumes (Pyr).

“I’d love to write Star Wars novels. How did you do it?”

  • Here’s an excerpt from an interview published in Star Wars Insider (“sd” = Shane Dix, “sw” = Sean Williams):

[slw] From the beginning, Shane and I have been writing space opera: stories featuring space ships and exotic aliens and galaxy-spanning time scales; that’s what our Evergence novels were all about.  We both loved the Star Wars movies and I’d even read some of the spin-off novels when I was a teenager.  The thought of writing in the expanded universe was, therefore, an attractive one, and when my agent, Richard Curtis, mentioned that he was trying to get us a gig in that area, we jumped at the idea.
[sd]  “Jumped at” being an understatement, of course.  It was the chance of a lifetime.  I like science fiction, enjoy writing, and have always loved Star Wars–so to be paid to actually do something that incorporates all three… Well, let’s just say it put something of a smile on my face…
[slw] It took a year, but we got there.  And when things started to move, they moved very quickly indeed.  It took less than a month to get from a 4am phone call to a brainstorming meeting at Skywalker Ranch–one of the most amazing and inspiring experiences of my life.
[sd] Yeah, if I recall, Sean got in touch with me one day to say that it looked like Richard Curtis had managed to secure a deal to write a Star wars novel.  A week later we heard it was to be a trilogy, which was fantastic–and just so right for us, as since we’d been collaborating all we’d done is trilogies!

  • The trick is to pursue your own ideas and become a published author in your own right. Then you’re in with a chance, as we were.

“Will there be any further Evergence volumes?”

  • A fourth and final book, The Roche Limit, is a possibility, but we have as yet written nary a single word (so don’t hold your breath).

“Will there ever be a Structure novel?”

“Have you met George Lucas?”

  • No.
  1. Hi Sean,

    Any progress on a Structure novel or further short stories/novellas in that universe? It has been a while ….


    • sean says:

      Hi Chris

      It has been a while. Sorry. I have an editor interested in the original Structure novel but I haven’t written it yet. One day sooner rather than later, I hope. I also have a thought for another novel called CHILDREN OF THE MAP set in the same universe that is providing some distraction…