Sheila at Wands and Worlds had an interesting review of The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by by Leonard S. Marcus. She says:
This is one of the most interesting and inspirational books that I've read in a long time. Through the interviews and profiles, Marcus' masterfully brings out the best in each author, providing a fascinating look at some of the leading authors in the fantasy genre. Find out how Lloyd Alexander's experiences in the military during World War II influenced his writing, or how Diana Wynne Jones kept Tolkein from finishing The Lord of the Rings.
The book includes profiles of many of my favorites including Lloyd Alexander, Franny Billingsley, Susan Cooper, Nancy Farmer, Brian Jacques and more. This one is going on my wish list.