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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:

25 Comments on Christopher Paolini chats about new book

  1. I agree with Anonymous, why kill glaedr and oromis so early? I liked them

  2. can you give us some small spoilers for the fourth book christopher? plz

  3. BEST BOOK EVEr really great detail. Waited like 5 months before i got it. plz hurry up and finish writing the 4th book. this series i top 1st award winning.
    suggest anyone to read it if like mystery, adventure, and fantasy. GREAT!!

  4. your books are awsome! I’ve read Eragon and Eldest like 10 times and Brisinger twice. Please hurry with your fourth book beceause i dont think i can last much longer without an inheritance book in my face!

    P.S i know that the ra’zac were evil and all but they were still my favorite characters and im still kind of sad they died, could you like have there be more or tell a little bit more about them because their history is still pretty mysterious….

    by! 🙂

  5. y did u kill off oromis and glaeadr? and when will book 4 b comeing out? the 3 u have out i own and have read millions of times. i need 2 know what happens!

  6. the Inheritance trilogy was an amazing read. I’ve just finished Eragon for the 4th time and now Eldest for the 4th time, ad I’ve read Brisnger twice. reading these books that many times really gave me a deeper understanding of them and the details I first deemed insignificant. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone.

  7. eragonwasawsome // January 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm // Reply

    brisngr was awsome i can’t wait for the next book so hurry up chris this has everyones attention so letts see what u got

  8. ERAGON reader // January 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    this series is the first i wasnt forsed to read by my parents instead they tried to get me to stop i would read for 5 hours a day at the least.

    p.s.this is a great book

  9. We love your books! They are the greatest books ever ! You are our favorite author, and we are both entranced by the inheritance cycle.

  10. These books are alsome I cant wait for the fourth book to come out after the 1st I was hooked on them!

  11. These books are awesome! I wish I had an imagination like that. Keep on writing!

  12. This book is AWESOME 🙂

  13. I have read all the books my favorite weapon is the Dwarfs Huthvir mentioned in the end of eldest

  14. eragonseriesfan!!!!!! // January 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm // Reply

    i sooo luv the eragon series sooooo much they r the best books i have ever read and i am only 11! i have finished eragon eldest and almost brisingr and i seriously cnt wait for the 4th book to come out ! if u like fantasy and lots of great adventures then i would recomend this book for you!!!

  15. i have not read them but i would like to.

  16. i am only ten i read all his books they are awesome the boy Eragone if i spelled it ight hes awesome nice books man

  17. i love these books!! the author is really talented. can’t wait for fourth book to come out!!

  18. The books were wonderful. I would even go as far as to say that they were up there with ‘Lord of the Rings'(and that’s saying something.) I am trying to wright a book myself, and I hope my book will turn out even half as good as your series has turned out. I have read all the books that you have wrote so far and I love them. I cheer you on as you write the fourth book.

  19. chrispaolinifan1 // December 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    I am ten years old. I love your books I am just about to finish brisingr my favorite is eragon keep writing away i can’t wait for the next one

  20. i think arya roks she is the best in story and 4 eragon he should drop off and saphira and arya should team that would rock or if arya was the 1 hatched the last egg

  21. I really like the books that he writes. I’m in the middle of reading Brising the other books were good so I got the other one but I had to wait all summer.

  22. Oh my gosh! I didn’t even know the third was out! This is my second favorite series! I can’t wait to read it, I love these books! WRITE (rock) ON!

  23. chickefire11 // October 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm // Reply

    this was the best book in the series.I’m in the process of reading brisingr.

    its awesome! please write more books!!!!

  24. I love this series! I’m actually in the middle of reading Brisingr right now! I would totally reccommend this series to anyone out of books to read!

  25. These books are so AWESOME! I can’t wait to read the new one…

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