I’ve never read your work before, where should I start? I’m best known for my Riyria stories which consist of ten 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. That said, many people have been starting with Age of Myth, the first book in the Legends of the First Empire series, and that seems to be working nicely as well.
When is your next released book? Age of War is releasing July 3, 2018. Originally it was supposed to release in April, but we had a few production delays that extended it’s release date by 75 days. Not bad in the overall scheme of things. Other upcoming releases include the retail release of The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicle #4) in October, and Age of Legend (Legends of the First Empire #4) in June 2019.
What are you working on now? Currently I’m doing another pass of edits on the last three books of the series. The fourth book required extensive changes and now that I’ve completed it, I’m working through the other books to ensure I’ve not broken the continuity.
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.