Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater
I’m a huge fan of Maggie’s books so I was ecstatic, when she agreed to do an interview with me. If you haven’t read Maggie’s books; Lament, Ballad & Shiver, I highly recommend that you do! Promise you won’t be disappointed! Here’s a short interview I conducted with Maggie Stiefvater.
Faeries & werewolves. Are there any other supernatural creatures you’re planning on writing about?
Well, I have a monster book lined up next. Well, they are kind of monsters. Sexy, hungry monster types. And the novel lined up after that doesn’t really have supernatural creatures in it, although it is supernatural. And then I’m afraid I’m back to faeries again. I don’t think I’ll go back to werewolves, though. I think the SHIVER series was it for me and werewolves.
Was the publishing process for Shiver different than for Lament? If yes, how so?
Oh, absolutely. The process for Lament was very long and drawn out, with a lot of revising for one helpful editor — who ended up being my first editor — who bought Lament on three revised chapters and watched me write the rest of the novel for him. It was all very unorthodox. With Shiver, I got an agent, finished the book, and then she sold it at auction to a handful of competing houses. While the auction bit is not usual for most books, the rest of it was all quite normal. As in I did all the proper steps: 1) get an agent 2) write a whole novel 3) send whole novel to publishers. Even if I did them in a sort of backward order. Since then I’ve sold all my novels on synopses or bare promises of what they might be. It’s rather nice. I love my publisher.
Which series is your favorite to write?
Oh, hey now. Don’t pick favorites amongst your children, or they’ll smother you in your sleep. Both of the series are satisfying in their own way. The Shiver series is hard work — the devil is in the details, the gestures, the tiny, subtle movements of the plot. The Faerie books are bigger, louder, faster, more stylized. They are my popcorn after the grueling work of Shiver.
One girl told me she left her emotionally abusive boyfriend after reading Shiver, because she had decided that she wanted to wait for a guy who would respect her for who she was. That was pretty awesome.
If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
Wow, for one year? Okay, I’ll play. 9th century England or Wales, and I’d take a) camera b) my favorite paring knife and c) three courses of antibiotics. Hey, semper fi.
Describe your writing in three words.
Angsty idealistic splatschmear
You didn’t say they had to be three real words. I needed something to encompass my poetic use of blood and injury for my emotastic purposes.
What are you working on now?
The third and final book in the Shiver trilogy. It ought to be done by Christmas Eve. At least, that’s the plan.
Thanks so much for having me.