pat5150, on Jul 20 2006, 17.32, said:
Rejoice, people! I've just learned that I may get an interview with Terry Goodkind, Blessed be His name. :P
The thing is, if I do get to do that Q&A, will TG answer my question or just call me stupid to my face!?!
I can't really think of any specific questions at the moment. However, I must stress, no matter how tempting it may be, don't go for the cheap shot and ask mean spirited questions. No matter how funny it might seem to those of us on this board, to anyone who reads an interview like that, Goodkind will come across as looking like the Good Guy
Treat Goodkind with curtsey and respect and I can practically guarantee that you can still provide an interview that will open the eyes of many fantasy readers. If you do do the interview, I would strongly recommend that you bone up on some of past chats and interviews.
Notice that Goodkind always, always manages to make a fool of himself if given the opportunity. The people in those interviews didn't need
to ask Terry questions like "So, on a scale of one to ten, how much do you think your sucks?" If given enough rope to hang himself, Goodkind will. Goodkind's ego demands
that he must make an ass out of himself and he needs no ones help but his own to accomplish this end.
For example, you could easily ask "So, don't you think series contains an unjustifiable amount of violence? Doesn't the hero of your story kill lots of innocent people without good cause?" But that would be taking the low road.
Instead, I suggest you ask the question in a more subtle manner.
"Mr. Goodkind, your epic novels about the triumph of the human spirit (AVOID CALLING HIS WORKS FANTASY) contain many hard hitting themes. In particular, I noticed a recurring motif of Good vs. Evil and the cost and sacrifice it entails. Numerous times in the series, Richard and Kahlan are forced by circumstances and their moral imperative to commit acts that under different circumstances would be considered reprehensible. Unlike other so called “authors” you do not shrink from addressing issues like torture and execution. You wrote about these issues with prescient clarity even before 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Do you consider these issues to be important for the survival of Western Civilization? In what ways do your books show us how to combat the evils of terrorism and rogue states?”
You must impale Goodkind on his own arrogance. I know the example above may sound pretentious/ridiculous, but Goodkind CRAVES relevance. So long as you don’t lay it on TOO thickly, Goodkind will eat it up. He is not merely content to be a fantasy author. In his mind he writes about Issues, Philosophy, And The Triumph of Life Over Death. Goodkind can bridge space and time with the power of his mind. He IS the Kwisatz Haderach.
So. Remember. Subtlety, always subtlety. And before you do battle with the Yeard, pray Voltaire’s prayer: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous."