As his research material for ASOIAF series, Martin uses medieval books and documents.
In 1991, Martin wrote a pilot titled "Doorways" for ABC, but it wasn't picked up.
List of "A Song Of Ice And Fire" novels:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
A Clash of Kings (1999)
A Storm of Swords (2000)
A Feast for Crows (2005)
A Dance with Dragons (forthcoming)
The Winds of Winter (forthcoming)
A Dream of Spring (forthcoming)
Martin began writing "A Game Of Thrones", first ASOIAF book, in 1991.
Martin married Gale Burnick in 1975. They divorced in 1979, with no children.
From 1976-1978, Martin was a journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa.
Martin is opposed to fan fiction and does not allow any of his novels to be used as basis for it.
Martin has the official fan club: The Brotherhood without Banners.
Martin's work has been described by critics as dark and cynical.
Martin collects medieval-themed miniatures in his spare time.
Martin holds a master's degree in journalism.
In September of 2006, Martin's "A Feast for Crows" was nominated for Quill Award and British Fantasy Award.
In November of 2005, Martin's book "A Feast For Crows" (the fourth book in ASOIAF series) became The New York Times #1 bestseller, as well as The Wall Street Journal's.
Martin's short story was adapted into the feature film "Nightflyers".
Martin wrote a letter to the editor of "Fantastic Four" comic-book, under the name George R. Martin, which was featured in issue 20.
Martin has two sisters: Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.
Martin's father was Raymond Collins Martin - a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin.
Martin: If you're a writer you're a writer: you can tell a story. Sometimes the difference is just the furniture.
Martin: In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
Martin: I think working in Hollywood sharpened my dialog. That's something you spend a lot of time with in Hollywood: polishing your dialog.
Martin: With a book I am the writer and I am also the director and I'm all of the actors and I'm the special effects guy and the lighting technician: I'm all of that. So if it's good or bad, it's all up to me.
Martin: I work for two years on a book and it comes out and two days later I've got my first e-mail: When is the next one coming out?
Martin: The odd thing about being a writer is you do tend to lose yourself in your books. Sometimes it seems like real life is flickering by and you're hardly a part of it. You remember the events in your books better than you remember the events that actually took place when you were writing them.
Martin: I believe that a writer learns from every story he writes, and when you try different things, you learn different lessons. Working with other writers, as in Hollywood or in a shared world series, will also strengthen your skills, by exposing you to new ways of seeing the work, and different approaches to certain creative challenges. I have always felt that a writer needs to read broadly, especially in his formative years... and tackling a number of different forms and subgenres expands your armory in somewhat the same way.
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