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Christopher Paolini chats about new book

The latest installment in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle hits bookstores Saturday, Sept. 20. Following in the footsteps of “Eragon” and “Eldest,” “Brisingr” will be the third of four planned books in this fantasy adventure.

In an interview with Boys’ Life, Christopher spoke of reading, dreaming and adventure as a child in Paradise Valley, Mont.

Christopher spent his days exploring mountains and rivers. Fantasy fiction caught his attention and he attacked the local library. He read anything and everything, including Boys’ Life.

At age 15, he sat down to write the kind of story he’d like to read. His family self-published “Eragon” in 2001. Christopher traveled the country in costume, speaking to students about the magic of reading and sharing his own story.

“It was intense,” Christopher says. “I dare anyone to put on a medieval costume when you’re 17 and walk into a strange high school. It was a great experience, but definitely a formative experience.”

The experience paid off.

“Eragon” landed in the hands of Carl Hiaasen’s stepson. Hiaasen, who’s written “Hoot” and other young adult novels, sent “Eragon” to Random House Publishing. Soon, Christopher’s story became a bestseller.

“Eragon” has since become a film, and “Eldest” also became a bestseller. It’s been quite a jump for the young man from rural Montana.

Christopher traces all his success back to reading.

“It’s done everything for me. Reading is probably the single most important skill I’ve learned in my life,” he says. “It’s crucial that you find books that you yourself enjoy. People who haven’t fallen in love with reading yet, I tell them to try another book, try another genre. There’s so much out there. Take another look.”

Click on the audio players below to hear portions of Christopher’s interview with Boys’ Life.

Christopher on how the outdoors and the Montana landscape have shaped his stories:

Christopher on why he started writing “Eragon”:

Christopher on how he invented the different languages used in the Inheritance Cycle:

235 Comments on Christopher Paolini chats about new book

  1. I got it yesterday almost as soon as the store opened and it is awesome!

  2. I read all your books your my favorite author May swords stay sharp

  3. W00T! Book 3 of the Inheritance cycle!! Hope it is as great as the first two! Good Job Christopher!

  4. The Pizza Guy // September 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm // Reply

    I have waited solong for this!! Yah!!!!!!! I have gotta read it.

  5. im so glad that it finally came out

  6. This SOOOOOOOOO AWSOME !!!!!!

    I’ve waited years and it’s all come down to this !

  7. The_Executive this is the third book!

    P.S. yay first comment!

  8. The_Executive // September 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm // Reply

    I found this to be very interesting.

    Big fan of the first two books, didn’t get to read the third yet. :(

  9. power to the 2nd amendment // September 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    interesting. i’ve sorta wrote my own fantasy fistion book gotta edit it before i try to publish it but i’m sorta stumped on the languages i mean like i just have to have a personal key written down

  10. Woo ho I can’t wait till it comes out I have been waiting three years for it!

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