George R.R. Martin is an author famous for his epic fantasy novels “A Song of Fire and Ice”, which was adapted into the equally as popular and famous TV series “Game of Thrones” on HBO. Martin began writing at a very young age, selling monster stories to his neighbors for pennies, which typically included a dramatic reading. He also later became a comic book fan and collector, which led him to eventually write amateur fan magazines. Martin made his first professional sale of “The Hero” in 1970 at the age of 21, the same year he earned his degree for Journalism from Northwestern University, where he also completed his master’s. After working with VISTA, directing chess tournaments, and teaching Journalism for a number of years, Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. Martin then moved to Los Angeles where he became a story editor for “Twilight Zone” in 1986. The next year, Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for “Beauty and the Beast” at CBS, where he was promoted to Producer and Co-Supervising Producer. By 1991, Martin’s pilots and screenplays were failing without ever being produced, so he returned to writing novels, which eventually became the epic fantasy series “A Song of Fire and Ice”.
Martin’s characters drink lots of wine in these epic novels, unlike his favorite author’s characters who smoked pipe-weed, “What the hell is all this stuff, Hey nonny nonny, and little guys with hairy feet smoking pipe weed. Conan would always begin with a half naked woman and a giant snake [Laughs], and I was looking for the giant snake… Tolkien had become like my favorite writer, finally knocking Heinlein and Andre Norton off their pinnacle.” Martin hasn’t expressed any other views on marijuana, but he does believe strongly in people’s freedom and individuality, so he certainly wouldn’t stop anyone from smoking.