What is epic fantasy? What makes it epic? Part one of Clarkesworld Magazine‘s really interesting roundtable discussion of that very question is featured in its July issue. There are a couple of dozen authors interviewed: Robin McKinley, Steven Erikson, Kate Elliott, James Barclay, Patrick Rothfuss, Erin Hoffman, Juliett McKenna, and others, including myself.
I found the questions quite fascinating and thought-provoking while I was answering them, and reading everyone else’s answers is equally fascinating. Seems as though reading Tolkien young is quite a formative experience on for the future epic fantasy writer.