Anne Rice Tad Williams
Anne Rice's Chamber (www.annerice.com)
One of America's most read and celebrated authors, Anne Rice is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive.
Anne has written under three names, her own, Anne Rampling, and A. N. Roquelaure. Under her own name, she has published two historical novels, five books in The Vampire Chronicles series, three books on the lives of The Mayfair Witches, and three other novels including her latest work. Under Anne Rampling, she has published two works Exit to Eden, and Belinda. Under A. N. Roquelaure, Anne published the Beauty series.
Anne lives and works in New Orleans with her husband Stan and her son Christopher. Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work. Anne has undertaken a series of business ventures through Kith & Kin.
You may know that Anne is often very outspoken on issues that she feels deeply about. Sometimes, she uses her phone messages to talk about these issues as well as give you the up-to-date scoop on her projects. She has also taken out ads in major newspapers. Anne wrote an open letter to President Clinton that appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times and has taken out ads about her displeasure with a new New Orleans restaurant (a hint of Lestat's return?). Anne answers fan questions from the web site in the You Asked, Anne Answered section. She also shares her thoughts in exclusive letters and video messages to her fans on the web site. Anne confesses she did not write the above.
Anne has recently released a video, screen savers, and has several new projects in development, including a television series and a CD-ROM.
Tad Williams - Saját magáról (www.tadwilliams.com)
Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to - singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well as novels. Tad and his wife live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. They spend their occasional microseconds of leisure time engineering world peace and making sarcastic remarks about their pets.
MY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
I've spent lots of my life in Palo Alto, the town
that grew up around Stanford University. My parents
never had much money-we were not on the wealthy side
of town-but we never suffered (except existentially)
and were always encouraged, especially in our
creativity. (My mother was the main agent of this.
She made up odd Pooh-bear-type songs about things we
were doing, and improvised great Halloween costumes-she
made me a Viking suit one year with a wooden coat
hanger for the helmet-horns and a furry bathmat for
the vest. Way cool.) I didn't go off to college the
way all my friends (and family, for that matter) did.
I was more interested in living on my own and
supporting myself, so after high school I began the
series of pretty hideous jobs that has so tragically
shaped my outlook on life. I stacked tiles, made
tacos, sold shoes, peddled insurance, collected
loans-not all at the same time, of course, but you
get the idea-and worked at other things in my free
moments. These various projects included several
years in a rock band, hosting a radio talk show,
making commercial and uncommercial art, acting, and
other strange practices. The band was called "Idiot",
and I still regret that we fell apart just when we
were all finally out of school and might have done
something. There was a lot of creativity there, a
lot of talent-several of the members are still
professionally making music-but most of all, there
was no one else like us. We were our own weird
animal. We used to pretend to be other bands
sometimes-Wheatstraw (a boogie band from Nebraska),
Xander Povar and His Soul Commandos, the Bay
Cruisers (a Bay City Rollers-type teen idol band)-and
would perform appropriately before coming back for
the encore as ourselves. We blew things up. We lit
things on fire. We wrote songs about bowling and
voles and luxury camper vans and the end of the
world. We were a little ahead of out time. It was
fun. Always in the back of my mind, though, I was
determined to do something creative that would
actually MAKE ME MONEY so I could stop doing
horrible things for a paycheck. Ambition is like
Tinkerbell-when you stop believing, it dies. So I
kept at my various projects, with writing becoming a
larger and larger focus. When I received the letter
from DAW that they were going to buy my novel
Tailchaser's Song, I was excited and relieved-somehow,
the idea that my published books might totally fail
to sell never occurred to me that first day,
although it was and always is a possibility. I am
deliriously grateful every day that I get to do what
I want to do for a living. Whenever the pressures of
work and life start to make me cranky, I just remind
myself of managing the art store next to the freeway
(the owner was Basil Fawlty without Basil's good
qualities, i.e. wit) or being smacked with a $3.99
sale slipper by an irate Kinney's Shoes customer who
refused to believe I didn't know where the other
half of the pair was, and I suddenly feel much
better about everything.
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