Hey guys, today we have a special treat for you! An interview with the author of The Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare! Her new book, Clockwork Angel, is the start of a new series called The Infernal Devices, and it comes out on the 31st! Make sure to go out and buy it in a couple days, it's sure to be amazing!
I always loved reading. For all of my childhood I was always with a book in my hand. When I got to college, I minored in "composition" — there was no "creative writing" minor, so that was as close as I could get. At the time it was something I enjoyed doing and wanted to get better at, but I hadn't given thought to it as a career. It just seemed impractical — who could make money writing books? Everyone said it was impossible. I went into journalism after college, but my love of writing fiction caught up with me and I ended up writing City of Bones while also holding down a job as a copyeditor at a New York magazine.
2. What were you like as a teen? How did this affect your writing or you wanting to write, if at all?
3. What writer do you look up to, or would be totally shocked and honored if your books and writing were compared to theirs?
4. How is your writing process different now, than from when you were first writing City of Bones?
These things become more fluid with practice. I'm used to the outlining and development process, so things go quicker.
5. Are there any people in real life that you’ve based a character off of?
Occasionally with truly hateful characters I start off by basing them on people I've disliked in real life. The problem is that as soon as I start giving them dimension and life and motivations, I start liking them more than the people in real life I based them off!
Will was a lot of fun to write because his character keeps so many secrets — so much of what he does is a pretense, that it's like creating a character within another character. You only see his real self peeking out some of the time.
7. Which Clockwork Angel character is most like you, if any?
Oy. Probably Charlotte. I relate to her feeling that she needs to prove herself, and her self-recrimination when things go wrong. I also relate to her desire to save things — I'm always rescuing mice in shoeboxes and that sort of thing.
8. Which Clockwork Angel character would you like as your best friend, and why?
9. Are you Team Jem or Team Will? Or (like I’m guessing we’ll be) do you not care and just love the Magnus parts?
15. If you could describe Clockwork Angel in 3 words, what would they be?
Romantic, steampunk, adventure.
16. What song(s) describe Clockwork Angel?
I have a whole playlist — I guess I'll pick two off it: 'The One I Love" by Greg Laswell, and London, 1888 by Momus.
17. What is one thing readers should pay attention to in Clockwork Angel?
The details of the stories about Will's childhood and his family.
18. In the end, what is one thing that you want your readers to take away from Clockwork Angel?
Things aren't always what they seem.
19. Okay, now a writing/publishing/Mortal Instruments question. Who was the first person to read City of Bones, and how did they help you with the writing process and your journey to getting published?
20. After you’re all done with Clary and Jace, and Will and Jem, (We know that’s a long time from now) what do you think will be your next project? Are you working on anything else right now?
I'm hoping to work on a modern-day comic take on Pride and Prejudice with a co-author. We both really want to work on it and just don't have time.
Anything else? Anything we forgot?
At almost thirty questions, no, I think that was pretty thorough!
*side note: This was 30 questions, but we shortened it for your reading pleasure :) and the City of Fallen Angels cover is not the offical one. But it's pretty!
We hope you loved her interview as much as we did! And make sure to go get Clockwork Angel when it comes out on the 31st! Also, City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series comes out in April 2011, keep your eyes peeled for that!
xoxo and love always,
Shelbie and Amanda