Far be it to me to toot my own horn, but I recently had the great honor of having my essay “Petyr Baelish and the Mask of Sanity” published in a new non-fiction anthology, Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons
Published by BenBella as part of their Smart Pop series, Beyond the Wall features contributions from a roster of writers including R.A. Salvatore and Daniel Abraham.
I’ve got to say that writing anything about “the American Tolkien” can be daunting. Where do you even begin with such a massive epic? There were so many angles to consider, but in the end I fell back to my favorite villain: Littlefinger. The guy’s such a cold-blooded killer. I find his apparent lack of empathy utterly disturbing, yet fascinating, too. When I look at Littlefinger I see guys like Ted Bundy and Bernie Madoff. I had to capture that, and Beyond the Wall’s editor James Lowder gave me that opportunity. I’m thankful, and I hope that if you buy the book you’ll enjoy the results.