Patrick Rothfuss spoke at the 2013 Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. conference and gave a presentation on world building. Truly a fun guy; he treated everyone with respect and was open about how he writes and develops his stories.
His story should be familiar to most writers. A lifelong fan of fantasy, he read extensively. At some point, he began writing and refused to quit, spending years honing his craft before being published.
I read his first novel, The Name of the Wind, about a year ago. My TBR list is a mile deep, but I am moving book two, The Wise Man's Fear, to the top.
I think I will read The Name of the Wind again though, since it has been awhile.