Blog Tour, Interview (& Giveaway): Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder!

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 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.
Keep up with Marissa: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Click here for the entire blog tour schedule!

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.

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  1. This sounds like such a fresh take on the Cinderella tale! I’d love to win a copy. I’ve already heard really great things about Cinder.

  2. Yay, I’m so glad that she’s already done writing the second book! I think those literary influences are perfect, they know how to combine humour + fantasy.

  3. This looks like a awesome retelling of Cinderella! i can’t wait to read it !

  4. What an awesome twist on one of my favorite stories. I can’t wait to read this!!

  5. I LOVED this book and really want a finished copy. Great interview, btw. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though I knew where the direction of the story was going, the cyborg/Lunar elements made it completely new and fresh. Cannot wait to read Scarlet!!

  7. I love retelling of fairy tales! This book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it.

  8. I can’t wait to read Cinder! 🙂 Excellent interview. I love authors that seem really down-to-earth. It makes me even more excited to read their work!

  9. I’m such a fan of fairy tales…and their re-tellings. This is just made of awesome! I can’t wait to see how the sequels are handled!

  10. I am loving this blog tour. I really wish I could meet Marissa because I really do love her book! Cinder, Iko, and Kai are now my favorites. Can’t wait for Scarlet and see what Marissa does with Red Riding Hood retelling.


  11. Excellent, thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Enjoyed the interview and this book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and interview. I was wondering what gave Melissa the idea for this book, it sounds like such an originally take on Cinderella.

  14. Great interview! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  15. Great interview. This book sounds great.

  16. I almost decided to not read the book because I thought Cinder was totally robotic and I just couldn’t picture a robot with a human. I just happened to be in the bookstore today and saw that she was mostly human. I know want to read it!Enjoyed the interview!!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  17. I’ve seen your book around a lot, it looks so very cool! thanks for the great giveaway!!!!

  18. Great Interview! 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win. I am really looking forward to Cinder!

  19. Congratulations on the success of Cinder! I am dying to read it myself.

    It’s nice to spend time with the hubby antique shopping!


  20. Christina Bodden

    I sooo want this book! I read chapter 1-5 and I absolutly loved it and I need to know what happens next! Being left hanging after the fifth chapter I just want to die! (not literally but close) I really want to finish the book and give it an awesome review and I really loved the review above. Thank you for this!

  21. Cinder sounds like such a fantastic story. The more I hear about it, the more excited I am to read it.

  22. CINDER sounds like a fascinating take on a beloved story. I love novel-length fairy tale adaptations. I’d be thrilled to win a copy. Thanks so much! Amy Harlib (life long lover of SF & F in NYC)

  23. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds very interesting.

  24. I would love to read Cinder. I have read a few adaptations and I found they are wonderful

  25. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! This has been my favorite interview yet from Marissa. I can’t wait to read this book. It’s been on my Must-Read list for months 🙂

  26. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today. I will admit that when I first heard of Cinder it was not on the top of my list. However, the more I read about it and follow the tour and fun post the more my fingers are itching to get a hold of it and read it. I appreciate the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  27. CINDER sounds wonderful. I love novel-length fairy tale adaptations. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!
    Amy Harlib (Loving SF & F for a life time in NYC)

  28. Victoria Zumbrum

    I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. I love fairy tales. Please enter me in contest.

  29. I want to read this SO BADLY! I’ve been seeing it pop up all over the place, and I’m a big fan of redone fairytales. Thanks for the giveaway ^_^

  30. I can’t wait to read this! I never really liked good-two-shoes Cinderella, but I think I’ll like Cinder. :]

  31. I cannot WAIT to read this!!! It sounds extraordinary! 🙂

  32. This looks like an awesome story! Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!!!

  33. I love road trips. I like my family’s annual trip to Minnesota. Now that’s a road trip. Anyway, if you’re ever in Illinois, look up the Massbach Winery. Their wine is very good. 😀 Thank you!

  34. Awesome interview! I want your nightstand because I am dying to read both of the books on it! LOL Thanks for the terrific giveaway! I’ve heard only good things about Cinder and can’t wait to read it!

  35. I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  36. Chelsea Hornbacher

    I see your book everywhere…can’t wait to read!

  37. I would love to win Cinder. It sounds like such an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway 😉

  38. I would love to read this book!

  39. Thank you so much for this awesome interview and giveaway. I so would love to win this book. I have heard nothing but good things about it.

    – Beckie

  40. “Cinder” sounds like a great book. I’ve read many reviews of the book and added it to my TBR list.
    I love author interviews; so insightful regarding inspirations, role models, etc.

    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

  41. I think this book sounds great!!! I can’t wait to read it!! I have seen this book everywhere with great reviews.

  42. This book sounds amazing!!! 🙂 Plus I love this cover!!!

  43. can’t wait to read it, it sounds great!

  44. Congrats on release! I’ve read so many great reviews about this and the story is fascinating. Cinder is definitely on my wish list! Thanks for the interview.

  45. Yay! I really wanna read this so badly!

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  47. Wow, this book sounds like it has a bit of everything. I need to read more sci-fi/fairy tale stories 🙂

  48. My favourite fairy tales are constantly changing too… Fingers crossed for this one! 🙂 Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway.

  49. Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read this book! I love how unique this Cinderella retelling is. A cyborg Cinderella? Awesome. It’s cool to combine a traditional fairy tale with a sci-fi element.

  50. Thanks for the giveaway! This book has a gorgeous cover and–as I have been hearing–a clever story, so I’m really excited to read it!

  51. Thank you so much for this giveaway! This book sounds amazing, and I love all the unique elements Marissa Meyer added to it. It’s just such a great spin on the classic Cinderella tale and there are so many new things in the story as well. I can’t wait to check it out!

  52. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great book.

  53. This sounds like a fabulous book! Can’t wait to read it!

  54. This is on the top of my to read list! Thanks for the great giveaway =)

  55. I seriously cannot wait to read this. This tour has moved it waaaay up on my TBR.

  56. I am in love with this cover. Need to read this!

  57. I agre.. simply beautiful cover and really would love to win to. thank you!


  58. oops.. I mean “I agree” lol!

  59. This book looks awesome!

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