The New York Times recently profiled Christopher Paolini and published the story on their website — titled “Christopher Paolini’s Dragon Lair”. The article offers a unique look into the Paolini household and Christopher’s own writing area, where a vast majority of our favorite series came into existence. The photos are accompanied by a fascinating list of questions, answers, and profile information. The photos and information is worth the time, especially if you’re interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at the series. Keep reading!
Here is a gallery of images of Christopher and his family’s home in Montana:
The article also profiles Christopher, during which several interesting and amusing tidbits are revealed. Among the highlights:
THE BROOD LIFE: You could say I live with my parents. Or my parents live with me. For us, the Inheritance Cycle is a family business. There is no reason for us to commute to an office if it’s in my house.
WRITING MUSIC: The quieter sections of the “Waterworld” soundtrack have this charming bell-like quality that is perfect for writing about elves. “Conan the Barbarian” is excellent for writing a battle scene.
DESIGN INSPIRATION: I have a lot of dragon furniture — coffee table, stools, lamps. I have an actual dragon egg that was made by Random House for the release of the last book. When you place a hand on the egg, it makes a sound.
BEDSIDE ACCESSORY: A white-noise sound generator. Sometimes in Montana, it can get so quiet that you can hear the blood in your ears running. It’s good to have a little noise to keep your ears from going crazy.
FIRST FAT-CHECK SPLURGE: When “Eragon” took off, I bought a replica Viking sword. I figured every fantasy author needs a good sword. When I finished this last book, I bought a much nicer one.
GESTURES OF FAN WORSHIP: Proposing marriage, dressing in a centaur suit and naming children after “Eragon” characters.
HOBBY BEFITTING A FANTASY AUTHOR: Making chain mail. I buy fencing wire and wind it on a rod. Then I take a pair of snips and cut down along the wire, and I get these little rings. Link them together, and you’ve weaved a chain-mail shirt. I am doing a traditional one.
You can check out the full article on the New York Times’ website!