Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Neil Gaiman, creator of the incredibly successful illustrated epic, Sandman (I know many of you are fans)… Do we expect inspiration to come from any other source when we hear of a successful fantasy writer (or as the article puts it, “dream weaver”)?
He is busy but also very lucky: Gaiman always knew he wanted to be a writer, having spent his childhood buried in the confines of a library filled with leather-bound books written in the early part of the 20th century. When other children his age dreamed of becoming astronauts and firemen, he wanted to be C.S. Lewis and Michael Moorcock. For a while, he thought he would specialize in science fiction. He also used to dream of disappearing into an alternate universe with a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which wouldn’t exist in this parallel existence. Gaiman would take credit for Tolkien’s work; he would be celebrated as a visionary, without having done any of the heavy lifting.
Thanks to Dan M., our exclusive Tolkien Online news hound, for reporting this article!