Monthly Archives: April 2015

I Play the ‘Game of Thrones’ with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” has arrived, and I recently had a chat with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who co-stars as Jaime Lannister on the HBO fantasy series. I shot a video of the conversation for the WSJ Cafe, an arts and culture conversation series that I host, and I wrote a short blog post about it. Here’s the full interview below. For more go to and follow me on Twitter @cjfarley. Did I mention I have a fantasy book for kids called “Game World“?

What Can I Learn From Hilary Mantel?

Hilary Mantel‘s book “Wolf Hall” is about Henry VIII’s brilliant chief minister Thomas Cromwell, but the author is every bit as smart as her subject. Mantel has leveraged writing a literary work of historical fiction into a TV miniseries on PBS and a new Broadway show. As an author–my book “Kingston by Starlight” is a work of historical fiction– I had to find out how she did it. So I sat down with her at the WSJ Cafe, the Wall Street Journal’s video interview series, to get her take on “Wolf Hall”–the book, the TV show and the stage production. I wrote a brief about Mantel for; here’s the video.

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Out and About with ‘Outlander’ Stars Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Here I am (middle) with Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies.
Here I am (middle) with Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies.

Outlander” stars Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies stopped by the WSJ Café (The Wall Street Journal’s video interview series) to talk to me about the show’s first season, which kicked off its final batch of episodes tonight. I’ve been interested in the historical adventure fantasy  “Outlander” since the show started in part because I’m the author of a historical adventure (“Kingston by Starlight”) and a fantasy (“Game World”). When Sam and Tobias stopped by the Journal for a chat, they were game to talk about anything, including Scottish independence and adult spanking.

Watch the videos.

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