George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons broke publishing records earlier this week when it sold 298,000 copies in print, digital and audio formats across the U.S. and Canada on its Tuesday release day. The novel is the fifth in Martin's Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series and the first to be published since the books were adapted into an HBO TV show.
Gina Centrello, the president and publisher of Random House, the parent company of Martin's longtime publisher, Bantam Books, attributed the sales to the author's "devoted fans and also to the tens of thousands of new readers who are now devouring his books because they loved the Game of Thrones HBO series."
The show has a dedicated viewership and has already begun to rack up awards including an Emmy nomination! To learn more click here.
In this month's issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS the best-selling author sat down to chat with fellow writer Melinda Snodgrass. In the interview Martin spoke candidly about his inspiration for the series, his favorite character and more. We were particularly intrigued to learn that at one point, before he even finished the first manuscript, he had to to stop writing and create a genealogy chart!
For the rest of our interview with the author you can pick up a copy of July's RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine in stores now — or order the issue here.