If you read my review of Cinder, you know that I absolutely adored it, and I’m so thrilled to have Cinder’s author, Marissa Meyer, here today as part of her Cinder blog tour! Marissa was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and Macmillan has kindly offered a copy of Cinder and a lovely mirror to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post!
Please welcome Marissa to the blog!
Marissa, your debut novel, Cinder is due out in early January! Have you always wanted to be a writer? Can you tell us a little about your journey?
And by the time this interview is up, it will be OUT! Ohmygosh, that’s too mind-boggling for me to imagine. Yes, I have always wanted to be a writer, since I can recall knowing what a writer was. I spent my childhood daydreaming and making up stories to entertain myself, and I started writing with intention when I was 14 and my best friend introduced me to Sailor Moon fanfiction. My stories were very well received in the fandom, and that gave me the confidence to try writing an original novel. Of course, I had my failed first attempts and my hard drive is filled with novels that have only an outline or a handful of chapters, and all the while I kept writing fanfic and learning the craft and developing my voice. I also went to college and got a BA in Creative Writing somewhere in there…
And then, a few years ago, I had the idea for Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles and I think I knew instantly that this was The Idea, the first novel that I had to finish and submit to agents if it killed me. And I did finish, and I did get an agent, and I’m not dead, and now the book exists! I still can’t hardly believe it.
Cinder was such a great read and I could hardly put it down! I love the blend of fairy-tale, fantasy, and sci-fi! What made you decide to write in this particular genre?
Oh, thank you! The fairy-tale and fantasy part of that equation is easy—I’ve been a fantasy nut since I first stumbled across The Chronicles of Narnia when I was a kid, and I’ve long been intrigued by fairy tales and their continuing popularity. The sci-fi element was a bit of a surprise, though, even to me! But when the idea for a series of sci-fi fairy tales came into my head, I couldn’t silence it. I knew from the start that I wanted these books to appeal to sci-fi and fantasy fans alike, and in many ways I modeled them after my favorite space operas (Star Wars, Firefly, and Cowboy Bebop) that focus more on unique settings and fun characters and epic storylines than they do on technology or gadgets.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
All those writers whose books have such an aura of fun and imagination about them, and when you read it you can just feel the writer having fun, such as Gail Carson Levine, Diana Wynne-Jones, and Roald Dahl.
What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
I like to keep my nails trimmed pretty short—I can’t stand the way it feels to type with long nails. Of course, I have crazy strong fingernails that rarely break on their own, the luck of which is rather wasted on me.
What is on your nightstand right now?
Across the Universe by Beth Revis and All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.
Do you have a favorite fairy-tale?
My favorite tale changes all the time, based on the time of day and which direction the wind is blowing. Of course, Cinderella ranks highly, but I’m also quite fond of Sleeping Beauty, The 12 Dancing Princess, Rumpelstiltskin, and many, many others.
When you’re not busy writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Reading, of course! I also love to travel—my husband and I go on a lot of road trips, in which we stop at every antique store and winery we see.
Is there any other news of upcoming events or projects that you’d like to share with us?
My immediate news is that I’m going on tour in January, and I also have sporadic events scheduled throughout the year (fans can check the events page at facebook.com/LunarChronicles to see if there’s an event in your area). And beyond that, I’ll be completing revisions on Book 2: Scarlet and working diligently on Book 3: Cress! I hope readers will enjoy the rest of the series as much as they’ve been enjoying Cinder.
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1. You must fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries!).
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of Cinder and a mirror to 1 winner.
3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses only
4. Must include a valid email address
5. You must enter on or before 1/16/12
6. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail. Please see my Giveaway Policy.
7. Giveaway book and mirror kindly provided by Macmillan.