Monday, August 1, 2011

Maggie Stiefvater Interview

Just for you!

Interview with Maggie Stiefvater (author of The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Lament and Ballad.)
G.Grl- What inspired you to write The Wolves of Mercy Falls?
Maggie- Mostly, because I'm a terrible person and I really enjoy watching people cry and so, when I first set out to write Shiver, I didn’t know it was going to be about wolves. All I knew was that I wanted to write a bittersweet book that would make teens cry buckets. So… yeah… I know it makes me sound like a terrible person.
G.Grl- What character in all of your books do you relate to most?
Maggie- Uh… The character I relate to most is… that’s difficult because I put a little piece of all of myself in them. Especially I stole a lot of my college self for Isabel because she seems an ice queen, and really that’s not really who she is, but what she projects. And then also Cole, the way he goes from his internal struggles to becoming more of a… social creature. So, definitely Isabel and Cole.
G.Grl- Um… how much research did you have to do for Wolves of Mercy Falls?
Maggie- Loads of research. I always think that if you’re gonna tell a lie, you have to make it as realistic as possible. So I spend loads of time with real wolves, I’ve watched so many documentaries that my little dogs learned how to howl in their sleep, and I have read a gajillion books on wolves and the worst part of the research was the brain science to make the werewolf disease realistic.
G.Grl- What advice do you have for a young writer?
Maggie- Oh, I have two. One that was given to me really early on: write the book you always wish you could find on the shelf that isn’t there. Cause then you’ll write a book that’s really meaningful to you and not like a knockoff of anything else you’re reading. It’s just like a book for you. And then the other thing is that never believe in the word no, unless you’re saying it to yourself. Because if anyone else says no, like a rejection, it always just means not yet. Until you believe it means no and then it means the end.
G.Grl- When is your next book planning to come out?
Maggie- October 18th. It’s called the Scorpio Races and um… it’s kind of about homicidal horses and kissing.
G.Grl- And what have you learned most as an author?
Maggie- Hmmm… the most as an author… that you never get better at writing books, you only get better at the book you are currently writing. I always think that ‘It’s gonna be easier this time!’ and its not. I mean, all I know is that I can see the symptoms of writers’ block or when I start to get stuck coming in the distance, but I still have to fix it the exact same way.
G.Grl- And… when was your first book published?
Maggie- My first book was publishes when I was 23, I think, that was Lament published back in 2008.
G.Grl- Alright, I’m Galley Girl and I have just interviewed Maggie

1 comment:

  1. awesome job interviewing, GG! maggie sounds like quite the character!