It’s hard to pick just three items. I own so many things that mean a lot to me, for various reasons. But if I have to choose . . .
1. My copy of the self-published edition of Eragon, which I keep in an embossed case that a fan gave me. Everything that’s happened to me over the past fourteen years has been because of this book. Only my family is more important to me. So I like to have a copy of the original edition where I can look at it from time to time.
2. A metal washer that I found in a parking lot in Seattle on the same day that my editor-to-be, Michelle, contacted us with an offer to acquire the series for the Knopf imprint at Random House. That day marks another huge turning point in my life. For several years I wore the washer as a ring. However, it has the unfortunate tendency to stain my skin when it gets wet, so I keep it in a special box now.
3. The sword I bought myself as a treat upon finishing the Inheritance cycle. It’s a hand-and-a-half broadsword of a pseudo-Viking design. The blade, crossguard, and pommel are all made out of the most gorgeous Damascus steel, which means it’s covered in lines much like wood grain. Also, it’s high-carbon steel, which isn’t shiny but the color of gray velvet. Black engraving decorates the first third of each side of the blade, and the sheath is made out of dark leather over wood. The sword’s name is Hringling, and though I hope I never have to go into battle with a sword, if I had to, Hringling is the only sword I would want in my hand.
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Author photo courtesy of Elena Seibert
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