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Elaine Cunningham is an American fantasy author, best known for her contributions to shared-world settings such as the Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, EverQuest, and Pathfinder Tales.
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Editorial control varies from project to project, and from one editor to another. With Liriel's story, here's what the …more
Hi, Ciprian! Thanks for asking.

Editorial control varies from project to project, and from one editor to another. With Liriel's story, here's what the editor told me he wanted: A young drow female from a powerful family leaves Menzoberranzan and has adventures on the surface world. He wanted her to be a person of status, but not someone who would upset the social and political structure. The rest was very flexible. For the Halruaa trilogy, the editor specified that she wanted the main characters to be human, not elves, so there was a lot of creative license there. But for City of Splendors, the book I wrote with Ed Greenwood, we had a shopping list of requirements. The story had to be set in "current time"--no history, no flashbacks. This was a HUGE change from the novel we proposed, which was similar in scope to Cormyr and Everett, with a sweeping story that covers a lot of time with a single powerful character as the focal point. We were told to avoid using Khelben Arunsun (who was that single, powerful focal point we had in mind...) and focus the story on newly created, low-level characters. Basically, we wrote an entirely different book from the one we planned to write. So I suppose the short answer to your question would be "It depends..." :)(less)
Elaine Cunningham My summer reading list includes Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian, Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buri…moreMy summer reading list includes Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian, Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant by Zazuo Ishiguro, The Fifth Season by NK Jemisen, Lake Silence by Anne Bishop, and a whole stack of "cozy paranormal mysteries."
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I started reading these anthologies when they were in the single digits, but it never occurred to me until this year to submit a story. "Royal Daughters" is set in a fantasy version of 16th century Scotland, during the infancy of Mary, Queen of Scots. England's king was currently pursuing what was later called "the Rough Wooing," a brutal series of raids and battles in Scotland's border country, w Read more of this blog post »
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“How about it, Skywalker? Will you still fight for me after we've been married for twenty-odd years?"
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Elaine Cunningham Hi, Timothy. Bob Salvatore's Drizzt books span a period of nearly 200 years. Drizzt was born in DR 1297 and his latest adventures took place in 1479. The events of Liriel's story, told in the Starlight & Shadows trilogy, take place in 1361. The WotSQ occurred several years after this. Here's a detailed look at the Forgotten Realms chronology:
http://www.o-love.net/realms/fr_time_...


Timothy High I was wondering where does starlinght & shadows fit in with r.a. salvatore's dritz's series? Along with war of the spider queen.


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