The latest book in A Song of Ice and Fire was released when the Game of Thrones TV show aired over seven years ago.
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And as the final season arrives next April, fans are hopeful Martin will have finished The Winds of Winter by the end of 2019 too.
Certainly, the 70-year-old author has admitted he’s been distracted by other projects and the difficulty of writing so many narrative plot threads.
But now it sounds like Martin is in the final stretch of completing The Winds of Winter.
The Wall Street Journal interviewed him over the phone for his new book, Fire and Blood, the first volume of a 300-year Targaryen history.
And at the start, Martin revealed he’s in a remote mountain cabin where he’s finishing off The Winds of Winter.
The outlet wrote: “George R.R. Martin is in hiding. He’s talking to me from a remote mountain hideaway whose location he refuses to disclose.
“It’s a cabin he visits when he wants to hunker down to finish a book—and he’s hard at work on The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth instalment in A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy series that spawned HBO’s hugely popular Game of Thrones.”
He said: “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 and antagonists and allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together in an extremely complex fashion.
“So it’s very, very challenging. Fire and Blood, by contrast, was very simple.
“Not that it’s easy, it still took me years to put together, but it is easier.”
In a recent blog post, he gave an update on his progress with the novel.
The author indicated that he “hopes” to share everything he’s been working on in the future.
He wrote: “Believe it or not, I am working hard on a lot of things (yes, including WINDS), even though I am not allowed to talk about most of them.
“Eventually, I hope, you’ll all be able to enjoy the fruits of my labours. I hope…”
Fire and Blood is released today.