Questioning AUTHORity is a weekly blog feature here at Bookish Serendipity involving—you guessed it!—YA and MG author interviews. This week’s featured author is Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, etc). I’m a huge fan of all of these books. Thanks so much to Ms. Meyer for participating!
About the Author:
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Q: Your novels are sci-fi retellings of well-known fairytales (like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, ect).What inspired these unique spins on classic stories?
A: The idea started with a writing contest I entered years ago in which the host had listed ten random prompts and writers had to choose two of them to include in their stories. My two prompts: set it in the future and include a fairy-tale character. My contest entry was a sci-fi version of Puss in Boots and I had so much fun writing it that I thought I would try to do an entire series of sci-fi fairy tales!
A couple months after that I was drifting off to sleep when the lightning bolt struck: Cinderella… as a cyborg! I crawled out of bed and spent about an hour brainstorming and jotting notes. That would, of course, eventually grow into Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles.
Q: . Where do you like to write? What does your writing routine look like?
A: My husband is currently building me a writing studio in our backyard (SO excited!), but in the meantime I’ve pretty much taken over his home office. I also love to go to cafes and write with other local authors.
As for a routine, it changes a lot based on what part of the writing process I’m in (I can write for 10 hours a day when I’m working on the first draft, but revisions burn me out after just 3 or 4 hours). Also, in the weeks leading up to and following the launch of a new book I’ll be more focused on marketing and promotion and may not have much time to write at all. These days I’m in the final revision/editing period of my 2016 release “Heartless.” I’m spending a few hours in the morning doing my normal day-to-day tasks: answer emails, read blogs, post to my own blog, etc. Then 4-5 hours in the afternoon are spent on the book, and in the evening I relax and read a book or watch TV.
Q: If you had to create a playlist for the Lunar chronicles, which songs would be on it?
A: In fact, I have a Lunar Chronicles playlist! For me, the top songs on it are “The Scientist” by Coldplay, “Invincible” by Muse, and “All These Things I’ve Done” by The Killers, but the entire playlist can be seen here: http://www.marissameyer.com/extras/playlist/
Q: I am very excited for Winter! Can you give us any hints about what is in store for the characters Cinder, Scarlet and Cress?
A: Thank you, I’m excited for it to be out! I’ve tried to ramp up every element of the stories in this conclusion and make it as epic as possible. More action, higher stakes, and plenty of romance and political intrigue as our cast of rebels and revolutionaries attempt to end the war and overthrow Queen Levana once and for all. I hope readers will love it!
Q: What has been the best (or funniest) experience you’ve had since the publication of Cinder?
A: Oh man, there are so many! I feel like every day is a dream come true. One of my favorite memories was when a woman brought her newborn daughter to a signing and asked me to sign one of the adorable silver baby shoes – I signed it as “Cinderella’s slipper.” I’ve signed a lot of unusual things these past few years, but that was probably my favorite!
Q: Can you tell us about any upcoming/ current writing projects?
A: I have lots in the works! In addition to “Fairest” (my prequel based on Queen Levana) and “Winter,” which will both be out in 2015, I also have “Heartless” scheduled for 2016 – this will be a prequel to Alice in Wonderland based on the Queen of Hearts. After that I’m planning a new series based on superheroes and supervillains.
Thanks so much to Ms. Meyer for participating. I am a big fan (my review here) and I know many of my readers are as well!