Literary Birthday – 14 March – Tad Williams


Happy Birthday, Tad Williams, born 14 March 1957

Nine Quotes

  1. If you’re writing fantasy or science fiction, it’s really hard to do if you don’t know a lot, at least in a basic way, about how the real world works.
  2. I am deliriously grateful every day that I get to do what I want to do for a living.
  3. Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it- memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.
  4. We are none of us promised anything but the last breath we take.
  5. We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
  6. Whatever my ancestors did to you, none of them consulted me.
  7. For me, any book I’m writing is also a chance to get in and research and read and learn things that I maybe only knew a little bit about before.
  8. Every man is the hero of his own song.
  9. He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.

Tad Williams is an American author of fantasy and science fiction. He has sold more than 17 million copies of his works worldwide. His books include the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, the Otherland series, and the Shadowmarch series, as well as the standalone novels Tailchaser’s Song and The War of the Flowers.

by Amanda Patterson

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