Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin (GRRM), just joined Twitter and at the time of this writing, already had over 66 thousand fans. This is an impressive number considering the account, @GRRMspeaking, has only sent one tweet. He seems to spend more time on his Live Journal account, and has already updated it eight times this month, talking about such diverse topics as the television show and his Prizeo campaign prize to raise money for his two favorite charities, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, and the Food Depot in Santa Fe, which feeds the needy in Northern New Mexico.
HBO is about to end the fourth season of Game of Thrones and fans will likely be clamoring for more contact with one of America’s most popular authors. At age 65, GRRM is a busy man. He not only writes novels, he is also a fantasy, science fiction, and horror short story writer, co-producer of the television series, and he also scripts one of each Game of Thrones episodes each season. In 2011, Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world.
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1948, Martin began writing early and selling his monster stories to other children. Though his physical working-class neighborhood was small, he fueled his imagination with television shows like The Twilight Zone and Thriller. In 1970, Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern’s prestigious school of journalism and never stopped writing, even as he went on to earn a master’s degree in journalism. He worked various jobs in the early 1970s, one of which was a college professor at Clarke College in Iowa.
Martin wrote numerous short stories and published the first, titled The Hero, in a science fiction magazine called Galaxy in 1971. His first novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. His famous A Song of Fire and Ice series (which contains A Game of Thrones) debuted in 1996, shooting onto the bestseller list with the fourth in the series, A Feast for Crows. GRRM has made the New York Times bestseller list regularly since 2011 and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards.
HBO’s Game of Thrones has gained unprecedented popularity, enjoying an audience of 18.4 million people this latest season. It was recently reported that the show has edged out the network’s previously most-watched show, The Sopranos, which held the record at 18.2 million. GOT also holds the dubious award of “the most pirated show” in history. Variety reported that in the first 15 hours after the first Season 4 show, there were more than 1 million pirated downloads of the premiere. It is obvious Game of Thrones viewers are mad for Martin and his characters, giving him plenty of fodder for that Twitter account.
GRRM will be making several appearances through the summer, giving his loyal following a chance to meet him. He will visit France and Switzerland in July, and make appearances in both London and Dublin in August. He will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego, August 14-18. Details about all his books and appearances are available on his website. Martin is currently working on Book 6 of the Game of Thrones series and it is a safe bet his fans would be delighted if he shared any of this process on Twitter.
By Jenny Hansen