Neil Gaiman is, of course, the brilliant writer behind The Sandman, Coraline, American Gods and many other works. Recently it came to light that Gaiman is returning to The Sandman, the comic that made his name and a title that he has not written for in 25 years. I once heard that Gaiman was writing and performing poetry to his mother before he could read and that he finished every book at the local library before he finished high school. Tall tales to make a talented man look like a prodigy? Maybe, but there’s no doubt he’s a talented man. CNN had a chance to sit down with him to discuss his return to The Sandman. Here are some interesting snippets of the conversation.

Can I tell “Sandman” stories until I die? The characters are still in my head; they’re still there. But there’s so many more things I need to write before the long night comes, before I put the pen down for the last time. I really hope there’s more “Sandman” in there. It would be sad if there wasn’t. But there’s so much more left to write.

There’s some indication of his early poetry days right there. There’s a saying in comics: you don’t stop being a comics fan – you just take a break for a while. In the end, Sandman seems the comic that Neil was destined to write with a few breaks here and there in between. As an extra perk, there may be a movie in the works as well:

I think I’m allowed to tell you that Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on as a producer for the “Sandman” film, and I had a fantastic day spent with Joe talking “Sandman,” and his knowledge and commitment to it impressed the hell out of me.

And “American Gods,” wait and see. People are being talked to, exciting things are going on.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is without a doubt one of the most talented actors of his generation. He’s intelligent, artistic and has good taste in art and film. This is a good mix and I hope that good things come of it.

Finally, every interview with a writer has an obligatory question on advice to young writers. Here’s Neil Gaiman’s advice:

The biggest pitfall to avoid is not writing. Not writing is really, really easy to do, especially if you’re a young writer. The hope that elves will come in the night and finish it for you, is a very common one to have. That is my main recommendation. You have to write, and you have to finish what you write and beyond that, it’s all detail.

The whole interview is at CNN’s website. Check it out.

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