Sunday, September 4, 2011

Piers Anthony on the Future of Xanth

One of my readers, Mark Geatches, suggested that I set up a FAQ section for the convenience of readers, which should also spare me the inconvenience of answering similar questions repeatedly. I pondered, and finally decided to do that here. He suggested some questions, and I'm adding more, and will add others as they come up. But be warned; I seem to be incapable of giving a simple answer to a simple question.

Will there be a new Xanth novel? 


Yes, as long as the market holds out. I have two more novels to go to complete the alphabet in titles (many letters duplicate), and after that we'll see. Xanth is easy, it's fun, and it sells well. Everyone likes it except the critics. So for the next few years, there'll be one new Xanth a year. The one due this year is Well-Tempered Clavicle, about Picka Bone the walking skeleton who discovers he can remove his clavicles (shoulder bones) and play music on his ribs. Princess Dawn hears him play so beautifully that she falls in love with him, but she's not his type, because of all that meat on her nice bones. But a princess is not accustomed to hearing the word No, if she even knows what it means. For 2012 it will be Luck of the Draw, wherein an 80 old Mundane man gets youthened and hauled into Xanth to court the last of the multiple princesses: sixteen year old Princess Harmony. It's not his idea or hers, emphatically; it's a Demon contest. Therein lies a story. Demons really don't take No for an answer.


6 comments:

  1. Oh I can not wait for more Xanth books! I have a lot of catching up to do but,I love them all so much! You are my favorite author <3

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  2. I love your books with the passion! Your stories have been with me since I could read and gave me my first taste of the realm of fantasy! Never have I known so many stories with wonderful uses of Puns like yours. Even to this day I can't say the words "detest" and my "fault" without thinking back on key moments in some of my most favorite stories. You will always have faithful readers!

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  3. A Spell For Chameleon was the first book I ever liked. Now that I have read most of your books I want to know if you have another writer waiting in the wings (of the Smirgh), after you are no longer able to write?

    My all time favorite author has made me into a writer and I'm curious who you can give permission to leave your legacy.

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  4. I hadn't seen a new Xanth novel for years and thought you might have retired, but am now reading "Luck of the Draw." Chortles galore! Now I have to look for three or four books I've missed...I have all the Xanth books up to "Dastard."

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  5. I'd love to see an updated "Visual Guide to Xanth". I can't keep whole series (my home couldn't handle that many bookshelves) and I love the idea of keeping encyclopedias of my favorite universes!

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  6. I first read your xanth books in high school :) you are an amazing writer don't let the critics get you!!!

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