So here’s an exciting thing. For me, anyway. And possibly even for you if you’re a lover of gritty fantasy literature (which you probably are, given that you’re here). I’m flying out to LA on Thursday morning to interview George RR Martin for a Sky Books Special. I know! Your favourite grandmaster of edgy fantasy in televisual conversation with . . . some British guy. Apparently they were looking for a fantasy author with a following in the UK who was a big fan of A Game of Thrones and its sequels. They can’t have come up with one of those at short notice because they’ve ended up with me. Anyway, it’ll be a half hour interview with questions ranging from Martin’s influences, aims and process, via his latest book A Dance With Dragons, to his input into and opinions on the forthcoming TV series, peppered, no doubt, with hilarious badinage, huge mutual respect, and pitiable and transparent attempts by me to steer the conversation towards my own work.
I’m told The George RR Martin Book Show Special will be airing first on Sky Atlantic on April 18th, 8.30pm, directly before the premiere of Game of Thrones at 9.00. It’ll later be repeated on Sky Arts 1 and 2 though I’ve no times for that right now.