I just want to hang out with him.
1. As a kid Martin wrote and sold stories to other neighborhood kids. He initially charged a penny but later raised his prices to a nickel.
2. However, Martin had to end his budding business when his stories gave one of the local kids nightmares, and their mother complained to Martin's parents.
3. Martin grew up poor in the federal housing projects of Bayonne, New Jersey.
4. George studied journalism in college which he credits with ridding him of the habit for overusing adjectives.
5. After several successful novels, George got his first job in TV writing for the 1985 reboot of The Twilight Zone.
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6. Martin says the POV structure (with each chapter written from a different first-person character, and usually ending with some sort of cliffhanger) is something he learned from working in television.
7. Publisher HarperCollins expected A Game of Thrones (the first book of the series) to sell around 5,000 hardback copies. The series has gone on to sell more than 70 million copies worldwide.
8. Literally no one showed up to one stop of the first US book tour in St. Louis, Missouri. Actually, Martin says, four people left the store while he was there.
9. Martin originally planned the series as a trilogy.
10. In the 23 years since he started writing the series, Martin has written an estimated 1.8 million words of A Song of Ice and Fire.