The new Game of Thrones book, the sixth instalment in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series, has been due for many years now.
Martin has made no secret of the fact that the new book is incredibly complex to complete, and in a new interview he’s said that the pressure that’s built up over time is also a lot to handle.
The series has, of course, become a global phenomenon; thanks in part to the huge success of the Game of Thrones TV series.
“The show has achieved such popularity around the world, the books have been so popular and so well reviewed, that every time I sit down I’m very conscious I have to do something great, and trying to do something great is a considerable weight to bear,” he told The Guardian.
“On the other hand, once I really get rolling, I get into the world.
“The rest of the world vanishes, and I don’t care what I’m having for dinner, what movies are on, what my email says or who’s mad at me this week because The Winds of Winter isn’t out – all that is gone and I’m just living in the world I’m writing about.
“But it’s sometimes hard to get to that almost trance state.”
In the same interview, he had spoken about how he was “struggling” with the tome.
“I’ve been struggling with it for a few years,” he admitted.
“The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players, antagonists, allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together against the march of time in an extremely complex fashion.
“So it’s very, very challenging.”
Martin has had many other projects on the boil, including Fire and Blood – an ASOIAF companion book – which is due out next week.
“Fire and Blood by contrast was very simple,” he admitted.
“Not that it’s easy – it still took me years to put together – but it is easier.”
After The Winds of Winter, he has promised one more ASOIAF novel, A Dream of Spring.
Fire and Blood is out on November 20.