I’ve never read your work before, where should I start? I’m best known for my Riyria stories which consist of eight stories told in two separate series. I personally recommend reading in order of publication which means starting with Theft of Swords which contains the first two book in the Riyria Revelations series. If you prefer your stories to be read chronologically, then you would want to start with The Crown Tower, which is the first book of the Riyria Chronicles. The two series were written in a way that no prior knowledge of one is required for the other, and you won’t run across spoilers no matter which way you read them.
When is your next released book? In April 2014, I released Hollow World, a time-travel science fiction story. Since then I’ve been working on The First Empire, a new four-book epic fantasy series. Three of the four books are done and I’m waiting until they are all completed before submitting to the publisher. This approach of writing all the books in a series before publishing any of them allows me to do some weaving between the titles and add some thread when a good idea comes up later in the series.
What are you working on now? Currently I’m writing the fourth book in The First Empire. Originally this was designed to be a trilogy, but it became apparent that I would need four books to fully tell this story.
You’ve been both self and traditionally published. Which is the best? A lot of people will tell you one is better than the other but the fact is they are both have positive and negative aspects. It really depends on the author’s goals. So while there might be a “right choice” for an individual author, there is no “right choice” for all authors.
How do you feel about piracy? Well, certainly if I have my choice I would prefer people to buy my books. Not only for myself, but to help pay the salaries of all the people that earn their livelihood (at least in part) from them. Editors, artists, layout people, the folks in sales and marketing all have to eat too. I also realize that there is no stopping it, and that obscurity is a worse problem for authors than piracy. In many ways I feel good that people care enough about my books to pirate them…and I hope they contribute at least in some small way by writing a review, or recommending to others.