Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mid-Winter's Eve - Visit with Marissa Meyer!

It's a mid-winter celebration, the beginning of a new cycle of the Aztec Calendar. Whatever that means. Well, we're up for it. Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, maybe a couple of cookies, and pull up a chair. Marissa Meyer's in the house!
for hosting this awesome blog hop.

Marissa, I just want to say Thank You for stopping by over Christmas!! What a delight. Seriously. I think I speak for lots of us when I say we are excited about Scarlet coming out on February 5th. I kinda knew about some similarites with Red Riding Hood, but reading The Queens Army was a real eye-opener. Your wolves are so unique... rather like the world we first glimpsed in Cinder...

I love the world you have created and I'm curious what came first? Luna? Futuristic earth? A specific character? What started it all?!

09-signing

Hmm, it's hard to pinpoint one specific thing, as a lot of elements of these books have fed into each other as I brainstormed and plotted out the stories. But the very, very first inkling I had of writing futuristic fairy-tales was actually back when I was writing Sailor Moon fanfiction (which I did for many years). I had written a short story that gave a science-fiction twist to the fairy tale "Puss in Boots." That story also featured a lost princess from the moon (a la the Sailor Moon storyline, for anyone who's familiar with that). That small seed of an idea eventually morphed into Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles. So I guess the very first thing was the concept of a kingdom on the moon who had lost their princess.

Oh... so we're just getting started with Cinder's story! Can I ask Why do your books... sorry. Next time.

What is your favorite scene in Scarlet?  Or what scene did you most enjoy writing?



I can't give away too much, because my favorite scene takes place pretty far into the book and contains mass amounts of spoilers, but I will say that it involves kissing, and I swooned a great deal when I wrote it. 

Ok... I feel like giggling. I can't wait to find this scene!!

Please share something personal!!  Weirdest fan mail?

Ha! So far I've found that "fans" tend to see themselves as much weirder than I see them. I grew up in the world of fandom (sci-fi cons and anime clubs and cosplay, oh my!), so it would take a lot to scare me. I'm a geek at heart and still fangirl over so many things myself, so the idea that there are people out there who might fangirl (or fanboy) over MY books and MY characters is too awesome for words. I just want to hug them all.

Ah. So that's why you took my slobbery message so well. Huh. Well... we're all fan-person-ing over your books & characters around here!! Hugs all 'round!

Thanks so much for the interview, Laura!

Thanks for coming. We'll put our heads together and come up with some more fun questions for another day. It's been a real pleasure, Marissa!!

Before you leave, make sure you get a chance to read both of Marissa's short stories. They're free to read right on Tor.com or download the eBooks at great prices. 

Glitches  The Queen’s Army

Also, enter to WIN either Cinder or Scarlet from The Book Depository. Verify you can receive books from this site, if you aren't sure first. Must be 18 to enter & fill out the Rafflecopter form. All my rules under the About tab apply.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for coming! Merry Christmas!!!


103 comments:

  1. I love that you had a brief stop just for the holidays, Laura! It was lovely, and just enough of a taste with Marissa :)

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  2. Oh, Marissa Meyer! Awesome!. MM:Favorite character you'd written?

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  3. Scarlet is my most-anticipated book of 2013! M. Meyer, what are you most looking forward to?

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  4. Thanks everyone, I'm so happy to be featured for the holidays!

    Mima, my favorite character to write is Iko, Cinder's android sidekick. She's super quirky and adorable and practically writes herself!

    Kirsten, that is a very tough question. Right now I'm highly anticipating Shades of Earth by Beth Revis and Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood... and does the third Divergent come out this year? That one for sure! (I would add Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo but I was lucky to get an ARC already - it's FABULOUS though, so deserves mention.)

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  5. Marissa Meyer is a genius!!

    Question for Marissa Meyer: What's your favorite fairytale, classic one, and what's your favorite retelling other than your own?

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  6. Question: When did you decide you would become a writer?

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  7. I love that Marissa is so in touch with her fans. Not enough authors or even creators like that. It's relieving to know we don't weird her out hahaha

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  8. How did she get the idea for the android version of Cinder? =]

    Thanks for the giveaway, Laura ^^

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  9. Oh my gosh!! New fan right here!! I too love mangas and anime and cosplay~ Glitches & The Queen's Army looks like it'll be a great read! How did you come up with the covers!?

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  10. Amazing! Marissa, you rock! :D How are you feeling now that you're famous? :D

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  11. How do you learn to write all the details in conversations and write human nature and their frailties??

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  12. I just read Cinder finally and loved it. I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings. How many fairy tales are you planning for this series?

    Thanks for the interview and for the giveaway opportunity.

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  13. No questions, just want to say that I'm a huge fan, I LOVED Cinder and can't wait to read Scarlet!! :)
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  14. Dear Ms. Meyer, other than Sailor Moon, what are some of your favorite animes and mangas?

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  15. Wow, thanks for all the questions, guys!

    Christina, I'm afraid you've asked my least favorite question, and the hardest for me to answer. How can a person possibly decide?! But obviously I'm fond of the four tales I'm retelling in the Lunar Chronicles: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. I love Gail Carson Levine's retellings for their light-heartedness, and Gregory Maguire's for their darkness. (Ironic?)

    Megan, I knew I wanted to be a writer since I first learned such a job existed. I get to work at home in my PJs and tell stories all day - it's an absolute dream come true!

    Marian, I watched the first season of Once Upon a Time religiously, but I lost interest after the second or third episode of this season. It was just becoming too convoluted for me, and losing focus on the fairy tales, which is what I loved about it. :(

    Ana, the vision of a cyborg Cinderella came to me when I was falling asleep one night. How lucky!

    Kipha, you kindred spirit, you! I actually have nothing to do with the covers (authors rarely do), but I'm lucky that my publisher has a brilliant designer on hand who does the designs for them. I love them so much.

    Diana, ummmm. Wait, am I famous? *looks around for paparazzi*

    Kelly, that is a very complicated answer. I guess to me, writing good details begins with observing interesting things in the world around you. Listen to the way people speak and how it feels to be in a certain environment. Sometimes when I'm bored (like at a doctor's office), I'll entertain myself by describing what I see/hear/smell/feel in my head, as if I were describing it on paper. And also, don't worry about getting everything right the first time. My best descriptions often come in layers - a detail in this draft, another detail in the next draft, until I'm happy with it.

    Sophia, there will be four fairy tales total in the series. I hope you enjoy them!

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  16. What are some other fairy tales you'd like to incorporate/re-imagine into the series?

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  17. I'd like to know the absolute CUTEST fan mail she's ever received.

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  18. Question for Marissa Meyer: What is your favorite genre in literature?
    Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait for Scarlet! <3

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  19. I don't have a question, but I'm super looking forward to Scarlet! And to what food might be mentioned in it-perhaps there is another cooking video in store for your readers?

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  20. THAT means that we all will die tomorrow!! Or not. Maybe we'll just blackout for a couple of hours or so.

    Hmm, Craziest fandom thing YOU've done, Marissa?

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  21. What is your next book and when can I get my hands on it???

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  22. What other fairy tales you will incorporate/re-imagine ?

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  23. Which are your favourite childhood books and cartoons/movies?

    Greetings from northern Europe :)

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  24. What do you do for Christmas? ^_-

    By the way, Merry Christmas!

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  25. Omg...so like I'm so far behind...but I asked for this book for Christmas...of course that means I have to buy it myself...LOL
    Anytime if you want I'll host you over at my spot :0)

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  26. How did she get the idea for the android version of Cinder? =]

    Thanks for the giveaway, Laura ^^
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  27. I'd ask how she learned to write so well, I've been a fan for years and would love to know her inspiration :3

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  28. Are there some kinds of scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?

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  29. Is there a type of scene that you like better than others to write?

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  30. I don't have a specific question, but I'm super excited to see her at the Rochester Teen Book Festival this year :)

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  31. I don't have any questions that I can think of right now, but thanks for the giveaway! The books are both on my wish list. Happy Holidays!

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  32. Have you considered doing an awesome retelling of Beauty and the Beast? That's my favorite fairy tale :)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway! My question would be if she is going to intertwine any more fairy tale characters in her next book Scarlet.

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  34. Hi Marissa! I haven't read any of your books but I am interested . Have you or do you have plans of writing a book with a male protagonist?

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  35. I would like to ask where she gets her inspiration and ideas from?

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  36. I'd like to ask her how she came up with the idea of Cinder, because I'd never in a million years have thought of something like that! :)

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  37. Hi,

    do you work on just the one story at a time?

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  38. Well I haven't read any of her books yet, but yeah I see myself reading that books in the next few months. Even if I haven't read the book, I'm a big fan, yeah, I am. :D (that's weird). I have no questions, since they are all raised and answered. God Bless You Ms. Marissa.

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  39. how many book from this series you plan to write?

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  40. What was your inspiration for writing Cinder? and would you consider writing other genres?

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  41. I'm sure you've been to LOADS of signings and book events, which one was your fave and/or had the longest queues?

    Thanks

    Raffle name: Nikki O

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  42. No question., Just wanted her to know that Cinder had such a unique premise versus all the other dystopia on the market. No where I have a Dys novel encorporating robotics

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  43. I'd love to know whether she writes by "the seat of her pants" or if she outlines before writing.

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  44. What are Marissa's plans for writing after the Cinder trilogy?

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  45. What was your inspiration for writing stories based on fairy tales?

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  46. Are you planning any other series for the future?

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  47. What books/authors turn her into a fangirl?

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway! What is your favorite book series?:)

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  49. I want to think of a something to ask but my brain won't come up with anything (that hasn't been asked!)

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  50. When will the covers of Winter and Cress come out? I can't wait to see them! :D

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  51. Where do you find inspiration and is it hard to write a book?

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  52. I'm fascinated by authors' writing rituals. Do you have one?
    Thanks :)

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  53. I would like to know if you already have a basic plot thought out for all the books or if you are writing it as you go. :D

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  54. I'd like to ask her if she has ever written fan fiction and if yes, for what fandom.

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  55. I NEED to read Cinder!!!!! :D Thank you for the giveaway!

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  56. I also have a q for Marissa meyer! :D Have you ever been to a creative writing workshop? If so how was it? If not, y not?

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  57. No question for Marissa...just a comment saying how much I loved Cinder and how much I'm looking forward to reading Scarlet!!

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  58. I would like to ask what other awesome ideas she has? Any ideas for a new series?

    Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway! Happy Holidays to all!

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  59. Would you include my name in one of Lunar Chronicles' book and make it one of the amazing characters evah? ;D

    Happy holidays Laura and Marissa! :) x

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  60. I wouldn't have any questions ... just high praise for Marrisa's writing and I'd tell her how much I enjoyed Cinder. Can't wait for the sequels!

    Happy Holidays to you and your families!!
    Cheers :)
    ~Lynne (of tworeads.blogspot.com)

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  61. no question for her...

    but happy holidays to all!!!

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  62. How many books or parts of this series have you plotted out?

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  63. No questions. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm listed as April in the rafflecopter.

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  64. What's your favorite fairytale movie?

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  65. Where did the fairy tale retelling idea come from?

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  66. What is your favorite fairy tale? And what is your favorite retelling, book, movie, or TV show, of the story, if you have one?

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  67. hmm.. I think every question I thought has already been answered..:)

    So I'll just wish her a happy holiday..:D

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  68. aaah!!! She watched/es Sailor Moon :DD What other cartoons/animes did she watch or is she still watching??

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  69. Do you use a critique group? And if so, how many drafts do you go through before you are ready to submit each novel?

    Thanks!

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  70. Who was your favorite teacher when you were a child, and how did they inspire you to write?

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  71. Besides fairy tales, what stories inspire you?

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  72. Any question I could think of has already been asked.
    Bonnie Hilligoss/bonhill@speakeasy.net

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  73. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

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  74. Been wanting to read this series for so long.

    MM: What is your favorite anime or manga series?

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  75. Is there going to be another in the series after Scarlet? If not, what will you next book be about - if you know? Thanks!
    I loved Cinder and can't wait to read Scarlet!

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  76. What song would be the themesong for Cinder, Scarlet or both?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. What was her inspiration to start writing?
    Happy Holidays

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  78. I would ask who she would cast as the characters in a movie.

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  79. The questions I want to ask have already been asked. I do really like Cassi's question though- who would you want to play your characters in a movie?

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  80. I know it has been asked already, but I am interested in knowing what other fairy tells she is interested in retelling.

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  81. What verison of Sailor Moon inspired you the anime or the manga? And who is was your favorite charather from either?

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  82. I didn't see this one asked, but I apologize if it was. With so many of the popular YA books/series being turned into movies/TV series recently or in the near future, has their been any talk about doing so with Cinder?

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  83. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com
    Where her inspiration comes from??

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  84. Do you have a soundtrack or have songs that fit to particular scenes in the book? Thank you. :)

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  85. Do you ever experience writer's block and any advice for getting through it :) Thanks!

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  86. abrennan09@hotmail.com
    Do you have another novel in the works??

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  87. What's the title of the third book going to be and what is it going to be about?? Thanks for the giveaway!

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