Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Meet Maggie Stiefvater




The author of 'The Wolves of Mercy Falls ' series and 'Books of Faeries' series talks about her love of reading, writing and all things books.


Come meet Maggie, an engaging and inspiring Young Adult author.


WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN WRITING?
Maggie believes that people engage in her books through character and this is the best starting point when developing a story. Character is the most important with setting and plot coming secondary.

WHY MAGGIE READS?
Maggie read quite a lot as a child, first with her mother, before her tastes changed and she turned to her father’s reading preferences for inspiration. Through books Maggie learnt how to be a ‘hero’, she developed a sense of morality and right and wrong.

WHY MAGGIE WRITES?
Maggie is not one to cry much during a novel or movie but on her second read of the Time travellers’ wife, she found herself a snot-bubbling and snivelling mess and this is what Maggie aims to achieve as a writer; she wants to ruin someone’s afternoon. She wants to create characters you can know and grow to love and ultimately she wants to toy with readers emotions.

WHEN MAGGIE WRITES…
When Maggie writes she likes to leave breadcrumbs for herself; it’s something she feels might be interesting but doesn’t know why yet. She puts them in as a reminder and something she can explore more on later. In Shiver she does this through the use of Grace’s mother’s paintings.

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WRITE A NOVEL?
Maggie compares writing a novel to being pregnant with a “really ugly baby”. Revising and editing her work is like sending a child to school to make it more presentable.

WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS SERIES
While most paranormal fiction, and indeed werewolves fiction, is centred on magic Maggie made the early and conscience decision to base her story around science. She wanted the audience to miss Sam when he was gone and therefore his change was dictated by temperature rather than the moon phases.

GRACE & SAM
Throughout the whole Wolves of Mercy falls series the relationship between Sam and Grace remains stable and consistent, which is not the norm for YA romances. Maggie made the decision very early on to write the relationship this way because she wanted to write about a relationship “that you actually wanted to be in.”

WHY THE ABSENTEE PARETNS IN HER BOOKS?
Maggie writes her characters with absentee or dead parents because she doesn’t want the adult characters of the book making the decisions for her lead characters. As a reader it’s more entertaining to read about teens making their own choices and dealing with the consequences.

DID YOU KNOW?
Maggie’s parents are dog-breeders.
For a writer Maggie is quite animated and engaging speaker.
While conducting research for the Wolves of Mercy falls series she went in and sat with a pack of wolves in Hungary.
Maggie hates poetry. Despite the appearance of poetry in her novels Maggie only really like two poets; Rilke and Teats because they “make dark things beautiful”.
David Levithan is Maggie’s editor at Scholastic.
Maggie is the song writer of Sam’s song in the books and those songs have been covered by artists such as Jonas and Plunkett.
Not only is Maggie a successful author she is also a musician and makes stop-motion animation (check out Maggie's website http://maggiestiefvater.com/)
The film rights for Shiver have been optioned by Warners brothers, a director has been hired and a screenplay written. Maggie’s perfect casting would be Rachel Hurd Wood as Grace and Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys as Sam.

Maggie's Books:





Shiver, Linger & Forever.

Lament & Ballad



Courtney :)

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