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Marissa Meyer Author Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Marissa Meyer photoI was extremely happy when author, Marissa Meyer, responded back to my tweet about doing an interview with her. I'm quite excited considering this is my first author interview!

Marissa has been a huge inspiration for me ever since I saw the cover of Cinder. It captivated me and I couldn't help but pick it up and read a couple of pages. I loved her writing immediately. Later on, I found out she liked Sailor Moon and she wrote fan-fiction which only made me like her more. Soon, I made my way to her webpage and just fell in love with her pure adorable geekiness.


A little about Marissa Meyer: she is the author of Cinder and Scarlet - the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles. Two more novels in the Lunar Chronicles series: Cress and Winter are coming out in 2014 and 2015.

She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She loves many things that are "geeky" such as: Sailor Moon, Firefly, Cosplay, and fan-fiction. Here's her fan-fiction account for those who wish to read her fan-fics: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/658410/Alicia-Blade  

Marissa Meyer Interview

How and why did you start writing? And what inspires you? 
 Cinder - book cover

I wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid - largely because I loved books, and I had a crazy overactive imagination and was constantly making up stories in my head. I found that writing was a great way for me to channel that energy, and I never stopped enjoying it.
Mostly, I'm inspired by other great stories - books, movies, TV... anything that has great characters and plot and romance and fascinating words makes me want to rush to my computer and start writing something just as wonderful. I want my readers to get the same feelings of being swept away by my books as I feel when I read some of my favorite authors.

What characteristics did you keep in mind when coming up with the main character, Cinder?  

I always knew she was going to be a tomboy, but I didn't want her to be SUCH a tomboy that she wasn't relatable. She's still a teenage girl who can (and does) get flustered by a cute boy - especially the prince! But I wanted her to have much more going on in her life than that. She's strong-willed and loyal and sarcastic. She's determined to do what she thinks needs to be done.


If you were in Cinder's place, how well do you think you would fare? 

Terribly! As much as I love the idea of being brave and heroic, I think I'm much more suited to read about such things in books than actually do them myself. I'm kind of a wimp.


How do you get through writers block? 

I don't really believe in writer's block - I think it's usually a self-fulfilling prophecy, that writers tell themselves they have it, and that prevents them from writing. It's very downward-spiral-ish. So I never say I have writer's block. If I need a break, I take a break. If I can't figure out what needs to happen in one scene, I'll work on another one, or I'll go for a walk and brainstorm, or I'll brainstorm on paper, or something to get ideas moving again. There are good writing days and there are bad writing days, but that's fine as long as you're moving forward.


Sailor Moon was Scarlet - book coverone of your biggest inspirations; were there any other things that inspired you? 

For Cinder, specifically, I was very inspired by fairy tales and all their incarnations, from Grimm to Disney and countless retellings. I love how timeless these stories. I also drew on a lot of themes from "Firefly" and "Star Wars" - my two favorite space operas.



You used to write a lot of fan-fiction about Sailor Moon; do you still write fan-fiction? 

Not anymore. Though I am so grateful I found the Fan-fiction community and I appreciate all that I learned from that experience, these days I'm completely focused on my novels and original short stores. There isn't enough time to do both, and this way I actually get paid!

Do you have any writing tips for inspiring authors? 

The best advice I can give is simply to write as much as you can and read as much as you can. These are the two most important things for learning what stories grab you, how to build suspenseful plots, and for developing your own voice and style.


You like Sailor Moon; do you like any other anime or manga? 

I used to watch a ton of anime and read a ton of manga - I was hardcore when I was a teenager. I was even the founder of the anime club in college! Some of my favs were Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, and everything by CLAMP. These days, though, I don't watch much anime as my time is usually taken up with other interests.


I would like to thank you, Marissa for your time. I enjoyed this interview very much and had a blast talking to you. You are a very charming lady with a great sense of humour. I wish my best for you, your books, and your career as an author.

Readers, check out Marissa’s work on her website. The library has copies of Marissa’s books for you to start reading or re-reading her series, The Lunar Chronicles.


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Editors Note: Marissa also has Fanart on her webiste.


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