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WAITING FOR TOMMY: BRYAN TALBOT
By Richard Johnston

RICH: It sometimes seems that all people want from you is more Luther Arkwright. Is his world still inside your head?

BRYAN: Absolutely. After doing something like that, it stays with you. I *am* developing another Arkwright story, which I hope to do straight after ALICE. I want it to be as different from HEART OF EMPIRE as that was from the original Arkwright.

RICH: Well, that was fairly different. Met Kenny Baker at Chicago, wish I'd had a copy of Heart of Empire for him to sign... did you have any problems with Luther aficionados getting something different than LUTHER II in HEART OF EMPIRE?

 

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BRYAN: Not one. Many preferred it. I really like the way that it looks very different, and that Arkwright is in black and white. It has the effect of making the first book really look as it took place in the past - a little like looking at sepia photographs.

RICH: In Heart Of Empire, you seemed to spend a lot of time creating the Earth most of the story took place in. How do you begin creating such an environment, and how much of it didn't we see?

BRYAN: It forms slowly over years. I've been working ideas for a fantasy story for about 10 years now and have the city now quite firmly in my mind. Over the period, everything I see or read is grist to the mill, sparking off possibilities. The starting point is usually a character or a situation that I think is both original and striking.

Readers saw most of what I'd developed though, if asked, I would have been able to imagine, say, what was in the drawer of a desk or what the next street looked like.

RICH: One theory goes that any long form creative work warps the creator's personality. That writing characters and scenarios for a long time, your own personality forms mini-personalities. Not in any health-of-mind threatening way, but accessing what it is in your brain that makes your own personality, and using it to manufacture your characters personalities, leading to the process often described as the characters "writing themselves". Have you observed this, do you think the theory is a valid one, or is it some mumbo-jumbo justification for someone who can "just get on with it"...

BRYAN: Dunno, never thought of it in those terms. The characters certainly do "write themselves" though.

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