Joe Abercrombie raconte ses débuts dans une interview en anglais qui est à lire ici
"Elena : What made you decide to be a writer?
Joe Abercrombie : I’m a writer? I’m only just coming to terms with describing myself that way, since I spent a few years as a hobby-writer, a few more as a part-time writer, and only in the last year or two have become anything close to a full-time writer. The idea of writing my take on the classic fantasy trilogy had been kicking around in my head ever since I started reading them as a kid, but I only really started trying to do it when I suddenly found myself with the time to try. I was a freelance film editor, and so I had a fair bit of time off in between jobs, and decided I needed a worthier project than just playing computer games. I was surprised to find the product didn’t suck (at least in my opinion), and so I continued."