During the same interview, Martin shared his main excuse for allowing Game of Thrones to overtake his books.
He said: “The show is finished but I’m not finished.
“The show got ahead of me several years ago, which I never thought would happen, but the show made some decisions to omit certain characters and subplots that I was dealing with.”
Martin added: “So they, in some sense, streamlined what they were doing. “And that got them ahead of me, and I’m still working…I’m still in Westeros.”
Last week, the author collected a writing award in Dublin, where he affirmed that he will finish A Song of Ice and Fire, despite having too huge novels to go in The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
According to RTE, the author said during his speech: “My latest book Fire and Blood is a work of imaginary history and A Song of Ice and Fire is a work of fiction, fantasy novels, which I will finish.”
This was met with laughs from the audience in attendance. He apologised: “I know I should be at home writing right now, I’m sorry!”
Martin said: “I felt a tremendous amount of pressure for years now. The most pressure I felt was a few years ago when I was desperately trying to stay ahead of the show.
“There was a point when the show was coming out in April and my editors said if I could finish the book by December they’d rush it out.
“And the pressure I felt that fall was the greatest pressure I’ve ever felt and then at a certain point it became apparent I’m not going to finish it by then. I don’t only want to finish it, I want to make it as good as I possibly can.
“Since then there’s been pressure but not like there was at that point. There’s no longer a race. The show is over. I’m writing the book. It will be done when it’s done.”