Here's a fun article and interview with George R.R. Martin about A Dance with Dragons, how HBO handled the adaptation of his books and how GRRM feels about fantasy in general.
It has VERY minor spoilers for A Dance with Dragons (mostly vague plot outlines during the review portion), but should be okay even for those that have not read ADwD..... assuming you are okay with knowing vague plot outlines.
Here is a sample of the interview... after the jump is the full review and interview. Enjoy.
We spoke to Martin last week about the challenges of building a fictional universe, the sexual politics of his writing, and why science fiction and fantasy are conquering the world.
Do you still think you'll be able to wrap everything up in the remaining two books?
I certainly hope so! That's my plan, that's my intent, that's what I'm going to try to do. But at this point I know better than to promise anything and write it out in blood.
I think some fans are hoping we'll end up with eight books.
Well, it's grown in the past—I'm not going to say those fans are wrong. When I started out, it was a trilogy. Back in 1994 when I sold this, it was going to be A Game of Thrones, A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter—three books. But that scheme went out the window before I'd even finished the first book. I think it was Tolkien who said when he was writing The Lord of the Rings, "The tale grew in the telling."
When Game of Thrones aired on HBO this past spring, there was a lot of conversation and debate about the depiction of sex, rape, and female agency on the show and in the books. How do you feel about the way the show handled those things in comparison with what you tried to do in your novels?
My novels have quite a bit of sex in them. ... I have read some people saying that they added sex scenes, and they did. They also didn't put in some sex scenes that are in the book, so on balance, I think they're the same. A few things were handled differently. Obviously the way I wrote it in the book is the way I would have handled it.
When can we expect The Winds of Winter,the next book in the series? Or have you learned never to answer questions like that?
I have learned! I've been burned too much by that, so I'll just say... it will be done when it's done.