Saturday, 23 March 2013

Marissa Meyer comes to the UK; Author Interview + Giveaway (INT)


Marissa Meyer is coming to the UK! 
On March 26th, 2013 she will be visiting Waterstone's in Bromley at 6pm. 

I'm gutted I won't be able to make it - as you know I'm from Birmingham and it's difficult for me to travel during the week due to work. Anyway, if your a fan of Marrissa's work then we highly suggest you get yourself to Bromley, so you can meet this awesome author. 

To celebrate her UK tour, Marissa has stopped by today for a quick Q&A with us along with an international SWAG giveaway. You can enter below.

1) What was your inspiration for writing The Lunar Chronicles?
I entered a writing contest a few years ago in which the host had listed about ten random prompts and writers had to choose two of them to include in their stories. My two prompts: set it in the future and include a fairy-tale character. My contest entry was a sci-fi version of Puss in Boots and I had so much fun writing it that I thought I would try to do an entire series of sci-fi fairy tales! (The ironic part of that story is that only two stories were submitted for the contest—and mine didn’t win!)

A couple months after that I was drifting off to sleep when the lightning bolt struck: Cinderella… as a cyborg! I crawled out of bed and spent about an hour brainstorming and jotting notes. Thus, The Lunar Chronicles was born.

2) Which book was the most challenging to write? 
That would probably be a toss-up between CINDER or WINTER (Book 4, which I'm working on now). Cinder was difficult because there's a lot of set-up that goes into the book: world-building, character introduction, foreshadowing of some of the conflicts still to come, etc. But I of course had to try and convey all that information while still making the book fast-paced and exciting. On the other hand WINTER is the book in which everything finally comes together and all the subplots (and main plots) are finally resolved. Plus, there are just a lot of characters by this book and they're all still telling their own stories. It's a big balancing act.

3) We love the covers for Cinder and Scarlet –  what are your thoughts?
Thank you - I absolutely love them as well! I didn't have much say in them, and I was caught off-guard when I first saw the cover for Cinder. (Spoiler: there are no red shoes in the book!) But I can see now that all the book covers will be tied together with a striking red element, and I love how they pop of the shelves. The designer did a really amazing job.

4) What’s your progress with the next books in the series – are they wrote? 
Book 3: CRESS is almost-almost-almost done. I'm just working on final revisions from my editor right now. And I have the first draft written of Book 4: WINTER, and so I'll be diving into those revisions once CRESS is sent off.

5) Do you have a favourite quote from any of your books?
I really love the last line of CINDER: "But they would be looking for a ghost." I think it plays on a lot of themes that crop up throughout the book, and I was really proud when the line came to me. Of course, lots of people shook their fists at me for ending the book on such a cliffhanger, but I've always been happy with where it ended and how Cinder and Scarlet linked together.

Marissa Meyer
Author Bio;
I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.
twitter username: marissa_meyer
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26 comments:

nat cleary said...

Wow, how awesome would it be to go to that!!!! Sometimes I hate the fact that not many international authors come here but I hope everyone has a great time at the event :)

Maija Steinbrika said...

I haven`t really read much of re-tellings, but I picked up Cinder almost right after it came out. I loved the cover and first of Cinder`s chapters sealed the deal. I was hooked and couldn`t stop reading it until late (like, a.m.`s). I can`t wait to read Scarlet and follow the story :)
Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

Thanks for the giveaway Donna and Marissa :) I haven't started this series yet, but with that finishing line for Cinder, I'll make sure I have Scarlet close by when I pick it up :D

Danny Bookworm said...

Oh gosh I am so sad you won#t be able to meet her. I'd LOVE to meet her at some point. Cinder and Scarlet were brilliant and I cannot truly wait for the next one! So happy it's 4 books :)

Sophie B. said...

Thanks for the giveaway Donna and Marissa!!!

Carly @ Fiction Fascination said...

Great interview guys! Marissa is nicely ahead with the rest of her books! It's nice that there is 4 books, because everything is usually trilogies these days! I would love to meet Marissa but sadly I'm in Northern Ireland and nothing bookishly exciting ever happens here *sobs*! I adore the covers too ! Thanks so much for this giveaway! :)

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

I LOVED Cinder, and I can't wait to get started on Scarlet!! But many reviewers have been advising to wait for the third book to be out before reading it, so I'm heeding it! Thanks! :)

Katherine said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I hear about her books and i think she is a good writer. :D

Alexis Hernandez said...

Awesome giveaway! I've read Cinder and Scarlet and they are both amazing. I'm pretty sure I stayed up until 6 in the morning finishing Scarlet! It was just that fantastic! Marissa Meyer is such a talented author and I'm excited to buy the rest of the books in the series when they come out.

Len D. said...

I love her take on retelling the fairytales. Loving it so far!:)

Cindy Mai said...

I totally love Ms. Meyer's way of writing and her plot on the Lunar Chronicles. :) Already own Cinder and Scarlet and can't wait to add more to my collection. :D

Darith L. said...

I love Marissa Meyer's writing! I have a hardback of Cinder and an ARC of Scarlet! I would love some awesome swag to go with them :D

tina said...

I absolutely love your work. You are by far one of my favorite authors. thanks for all you do! Have a wonderful weekend!!

DOMNIKI CHATZAKI said...

amazing author!!! keep giving us great stuff to read!

Carissa Suzanne St-Amand said...

Scifi Puss and Boots? I would love to read that! Your books have such eye-catching covers, they definitely sucked me in :) Never noticed the red connection before (though now it seems pretty obvious)!

Louise Bookish said...

I absolutely loved Cinder and Scarlet!... I'm gutted I can't make it to the signing, I would've loved to have gone.. I hope Marissa enjoys her UK visit and fingers crossed the awful snow has gone by then!

Billie said...

I absolutely fell in love with the Cinder! Can't wait to read Scarlet as well :) I wish i could attend the signing :(

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Aww I really wish I could make the signing. :( It's a week day though which is pretty impossible for me. Anyway, thanks for sharing the interview! I love Marissa's choice of quote. That's a brilliant line.

Nikki Ooi said...

Been wanting to read Marissa's books. They are on my wishlist. So thanks for this! How I wish I lived in the UK or US.

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