Cassandra Clare talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ television series

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, news regarding The Mortal Instruments‘ transition from film franchise to television series has been the hot topic in the fandom this past week.

Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to answer some more questions about The Mortal Instruments television series, including her thoughts on if the original film cast might return for the show, where they might pick up in regards to City of Bones or City of Ashes and the future of an Infernal Devices show.

On learning about TMI TV series:

Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.

I have no idea what channel it will be on, or what countries it will be shown in (though I have seen some fretting that it will be “only in the US” which seems wildly unlikely since the production company isn’t even American) and no idea at all about …

On if the film’s cast will return for the television show:

So clearly the biggest question about the TV show is “Will they keep the same cast from the film?”

And the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. 

I mean, I can look at the history of television. There are hundreds of movies that were adapted into television shows, some based on books (Friday Night Lights) some not (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I can think of only one where they kept anyone from the feature film, and that’s MASH, in which Radar was played by the same actor in the film and the show.

Now that I look at what I just said, I see I’ve made somewhat the same phrasing mistake I see all over, which is about whether they’ll “keep the cast” as if the cast definitively wanted to be in the show, when I am pretty sure none of us knows any such thing. So there’s that.

Now keep in mind I have absolutely no idea whether the cast wants to return, and no idea what the plans of the production company are — but usually the cast of a feature film changes when it becomes television because 1) movie actors often don’t want to do TV 2) contractual obligations can prevent it 3) they may have other commitments that would prevent them from being able to do something as time-consuming as television 4) the ages of the characters in the TV show may not be the same as the ages of the characters in the film 4) any of a million reasons. To be able to keep the same cast a million factors would need to line up perfectly: desires, times, contracts, availability, etc.

So I have no idea. The only position of authority I am speaking from here is as someone who used to work for an entertainment magazine and knows something about the business of TV and movies. That’s it.

On whether the show would start from City of Bones or pick up with City of Ashes:

I have no idea about this one. Buffy started up after the first movie, placing the events of the film squarely in the show’s past, and rarely referring to them (since they didn’t really track with the show.) Teen Wolf recaps the events of the film with a different spin. They could go either way, with the caveat that they’d have to start the show somewhere where people who’d never seen the film could understand it.

On having to wait for an Infernal Devices television series:

There was a rumor that TID was going to be a TV series. I never encountered a single piece of factual evidence that that was happening. (Like, for instance, in this case, when they are developing a TMI TV show, there are multiple articles about it.)

It’s only been about 2 years since TID ended – not much of a wait really. We live in an odd media moment where we expect everything to be fast-tracked, but that’s not really the norm. I think Game of Thrones and Outlander both took about 20 years to become television shows.

If there was a TMI series, and it was successful, it would dramatically increase the chances of a TID film or TV show. If you want a TID show or movie, this is the best news you could get, not the worst. Because I saw no signs a TID show was happening otherwise.

On getting to see characters from the books that didn’t make it into the movie:

One of the nice things about there being a TV show is the opportunity to see characters like Raphael, who was cut from the film, and Maia. I admire both those actresses and would certainly want Maia to be played by an actress of color.

On the fans’ concern about the television series changing things:

I understand being scared about the idea of a TV show instead of more films. You got used to the cast of the films and the look and settings. I like the film cast a lot. I like them as actors and as people.

However I do think that TMI is a better fit for TV than movies because it has a huge amount of backstory, which is nearly impossible to fit into a film, which is why for instance unless you read the books you would never have found out in the first film what the Mortal Cup actually did. TV gives you a chance to see the Circle in detail, the backstories of characters rendered visually, more time for more minor characters (like Magnus) etc. It really gives you time to wallow around in a world. And whatever actors they cast, if they were good choices, I am confident you you would come to love them as well, in the same way it is possible to love both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, or Martin Freeman and Lucy Liu and Jude Law as Watson. No one actor is ever the only one in the world who can interpret a character — that’s not how acting is supposed to work, really. Even when they are amazing and lovely, as the TMI cast was and is.

I’m not trying to convince anyone to like the idea of a TV series if you don’t. I’m just saying that as someone with no more control over the situation than you, I think this is a good thing. Maybe they would have made a City of Ashes movie. Maybe not. I’d rather know something is happening than not know if anything is happening. And in Hollywood, what breeds development is success. If a TV show were successful, they’d probably be more likely to make a CoA or TDA or TID movie, not less. If what you want is to see movies and TV of the books you like, than the worst thing that can happen isn’t a movie when you wanted a TV show or a TV show when you wanted a movie, or a radio play when you wanted a musical. It’s nothing.

Anyway, I’ll be going out this November to see the production company and TV folks, so I may have more information then. We will see!

Sounds like maybe we’ll hear some more news come next month!

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Celebrate the release of ‘The Bane Chronicles’ with Walker Books!

We’re less than a month away from the release of The Bane Chronicles (the print edition) and Cassandra Clare’s English publisher Walker Books came up with a really cool idea to celebrate this release!

They announced a Magnus Bane Quote Vote but look at the invitation yourself:

Let’s get ready to party, Shadowhunters, but remember not to consume any blue beverages ;-)

The Bane Chronicles will be released on November 11!

Watch: Cassandra Clare interview from Brazil

Our friends at @LaminaSerafim chatted with Cassandra Clare during her tour in Brazil on Monday and have shared the video. Take a look!

And here was a short video Cassie shared from the signing stage. By the Angel, that’s a lot of screaming Shadowhunters!

Cassandra Clare on tour

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Cassandra Clare is a busy woman this year. After her City of Heavenly Fire tours in the States and the British Isles in May and June, she is going to visit Brasil and tour Europe with Holly Black to introduce The Iron Trial.

Confirmed places:

Sao Paulo (August 23/24, 3:30 pm): You can RSVP here or here.

Rio de Janeiro (August 25, 6 pm): RSVP here.

Amsterdam/the Netherlands (with Holly Black):

After my interview with Cassie, she told me that she’ll also come to Spain, Portugal and Germany.

If you know any other confirmed places, please leave a comment with a link.

 

 

 

Exclusive: Cassandra Clare talks Simon short stories, ‘The Secret Treasons,’ ‘The Iron Trial’ + more

After Cassie’s London event on Saturday,  I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her. Cassie took nearly 15 minutes of her time to talk about faeries, The Secret Treasons, Simon and her planned short stories with Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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There are two spoilers for City of Heavenly Fire right at the end of the interview so do not read the last two questions and answers if you haven’t finished reading City of Heavenly Fire!

During your New York launch party, Holly said that you dislike writing about faeries and that it’s a really slow writing process. What’s really easy for you to write and what’s really fast?

I think the easiest thing for me to write of the Downworlders are probably the warlocks. I don’t know why I like them, I sort of relate to them. Writing Magnus is really easy and fun. I think the faeries are just difficult because they have this complicated way of talking and also they can’t lie so instead they twist the truth and so the incredibly complicated way they twist the truth around without actually lying is a lot of work. […] Holly’s really good at it, that’s the thing so I’m always like, “Oh God, I have no idea how to do this” [laughs] She always helps me out.

Can you tell us anything about The Secret Treasons [the graphic novel project about the Circle]?

It’s a big graphic novel/art project. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before. I was approached by John Ney Rieber who did The Books of Magic with Neil Gaiman and he was just sort of saying, “I’m a big fan of the books and I really love them; I’d really love to see Valentine’s story one day, the story of the Circle” and I was like, “I don’t think – it’s probably not going to fit in my structure of series that I’m gonna do, but I would like to write about it and he basically said, “If you do an outline of what happened, then I can turn that outline into a graphic novel script so it’ll be like a co-project.” So I did an outline of “this is all the things that happened to all the characters and this is how their lives went. This is why they made the choices they did” and gave it to him and he’s turning it into a graphic novel script and Cassandra Jean, who we all know and love, is illustrating it because it’s being published by Yen Press who published the graphic novel adaptations of Infernal Devices so she’s done a lot of work for them before. So it just kind of came together that way.

Is it going to be published this year or next year?

Well, it’s hard to say. I’ve done my part of it so I’m waiting for John to turn around the graphic novel screenplay, like the first third and then we have to wait for Cassandra to be done with the graphic novel she is working on now and have the free time to do this so I’m hoping, I’m actually thinking that it’ll probably be next year, early next year.

The titles for Magisterium: The Iron Trial, The Copper Mask, The Cosmos Blade, The Golden Boy, The Enemy of Death, correct?

Yeah, but it might change. I don’t wanna commit myself to anything, especially knowing Holly. She always changes her book titles like six or seven times.

There’s a lot of diversity in your books, you’ve got a lot of characters that aren’t white. You’ve got Maia, Raphael and Magnus, have you ever encountered criticism because of that?

Yeah, sure. All the time. You get pushback, but the pushback comes often in strange ways. You definitely get these sort of “I don’t like this character, I don’t want to see the story be so much about this character” and you’re kind of like, “Well, could it be that you’re uncomfortable that this is a character of color?” And usually the pushback you get is people saying, “Absolutely not. That’s not the problem, I just don’t like them for some unspecified reason” and I’m like, “Well, you know, when you see this happen 300, 500, 600, a thousand times, “I just don’t like this character for some unspecified reason” and that character is always a character of color, you sort of start to see the pattern”. So I think that writers get held accountable for a lot of, you know, what we do in our books, for writing diversity properly, for being respectful, for being representative in a good way and we should be, but you also have to come to it with an open mind and it’s very difficult, I think, to do. We live in a society that really privileges the stories of white, straight, able-bodied people and so when you’re a reader and you’re coming to the stories, you’re kind of expecting that and when you get something different, it can be an adjustment. So we all need to work together to realize that these other stories are equally as important.

You’re often writing with your writer friends, Sarah, Holly, Maureen and the others. Are there scenes you have to write on your own without getting any immediate feedback from others?

Well, there’s definitely scenes that I write alone, because I can’t track any of my friends down or they’re all asleep or we’re not all together in the same place. I do most of the drafting of stuff on my own, I think most of us do, because you need to have enough in place to show to other people for them to get a sense of it to be able to give you useful critique. Like I said what there is of The Dark Artifices around a couple of weeks ago, but I had to have like thirty-five, forty thousand words before there was enough to bother to send it to Holly and Sarah and Kelly and everybody, because otherwise they’re gonna be, “Well, this a lot of piece of something and it looks like it could work out. We’re not so sure what you’re trying to do.” So you have to get enough together to really get good feedback.

A lot of your fans are aspiring writers; can you outline your research process before you actually start writing?

Well, it depends on whether I’m writing the present day books or the historical books. The historical books require a lot more research of a very specific kind so for people who want to write historical I would say try to treat it as a sort of immersion program as if you were learning another language. For me that was only reading books set in the Victorian era for half a year, only watching movies that were set in the Victorian era, only reading a ton of primary source material and that was a lot of work. For the modern day books it’s much more researching into mythology, demonology, angelology. […] For the last book I did a ton of research and just the mythology of the Wild Hunt. I always knew I wanted to bring them in, but I wanted to do a new twist on them so I think for that I would say that there’s a lot of really terrific resources, because almost all this stuff is public domain. These are myths, they’ve been around forever so there are huge databases online and in libraries of myths and fairy tales and stuff like that and I would say make the best use of those.

In The Iron Trial Callum and his friends are twelve and your Shadowhunters are 16 to 18. What’s easier to write: pre-teens or young adults?

For me young adults are easier. Holly really is the middle grade genius. We started the books and it took me a while to kind of get into the mindset of writing twelve and thirteen year olds and I got into it and I started to really love it. There’s something that’s a lot of fun about writing for that age group. They have different concerns than older teenagers. For the older teenagers there’s a lot more about romance and relationships and for the younger age there is a very specific importance that’s placed on friends and friendships so a lot of the emotional stuff that you would normally put into a romance you put into friends and friendship and best friends and the drama of that. I carried that over into City of Heavenly Fire when I was writing Emma and Julian. It was really a big help to have written Magisterium because I was able to write about Emma and Julian’s relationship and keep it kind of firmly in the friendship area, but still give it an enormous amount of emotional weight.

SPOILERS FOR CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE!

Simon and the last few chapters of City of Heavenly Fire. Why? Why did he have to lose his memories?

[laughs] Everybody thought he was gonna be for the chopping block so I thought that they would be pleased that all that happened was that he lost his memories.

But it is so sad because he doesn’t remember Clary, Isabelle -

I know. It is sad, it’s really sad. When you write a book about a big fight between good and evil, there has to be, the story really has to work – If good beats evil, they have to do it at a cost. There has to be a kind of a cost to everybody. The cost to Clary of losing Simon like that, the cost to Izzy of that, there’s a cost really to all of the characters in what happens. And the cost to Simon is losing his vampirism and his immortal life, but in a sense he never liked being a vampire. There is a running thread through the books of Raphael saying “You’re a terrible vampire, you don’t know how to be dead, you don’t wanna hang out with the other vampires, you just wanna hang out with the Shadowhunters” and he says he hates being a vampire. He never comes to like it. There is never a storyline where Simon comes around and is like, “Being a vampire is great!” […]

From the beginning I thought that by the end of this series, Simon is going to have to become a Shadowhunter, because that clearly is what he wants and where he is going, but it felt too easy just to have at the end everybody be like, “And we won the war and Simon’s a Shadowhunter! For some reason!”

So it had to be for him to sort of get the thing he really wants which is to be a Shadowhunter, to be parabatai with Clary, to able to really be with Isabelle, to have a life with her, to have kids. You know, to have all of those things, he has to give up being immortal and being a vampire and become a Shadowhunter, but he has to do it at a price. And that’s the price: losing his memories.

I’m so happy for him. I’m so much looking forward to The Dark Artifices when he’s hopefully going to be in it as a Shadowhunter, maybe married to Izzy or engaged or maybe just seriously dating her.

Well, we definitely are looking forward to writing – it’s [the short stories] tentatively called The Shadowhunter Academy [...] If Simon wants to Ascend and become a Shadowhunter, he gonna have to go to the Shadowhunter Academy and learn how to be a Shadowhunter and go through the training process. So the framework of the stories is, What’s it like for Simon to go through this training process and what does it mean for his relationship with Isabelle? What does it mean for his relationship with Clary? Are they gonna become parabatai? How is everybody else reacting to him becoming a Shadowhunter? How does he resolve things with his family? That’s the framework of the story and then we also get some peeks into the backstory of the Academy, because it’s been there for hundreds of years. We get to see James and Matthew. We get to see other characters pop up again that we maybe not expect to see again –

Ragnor, Ragnor!

[laughs]

[Sarah Rees Brennan] We do have an idea for putting Ragnor in.

[Cassie] Ragnor is very likely to make an appearance –

[Sarah] There’s a lot of Catarina Loss. She’s being very helpful.

[Cassie] Yeah, there’s a young Will and Tessa and Jem go up against Jack the Ripper, it’s gonna be fun.

Jocelyn and Luke, they’re now married. What’s Jocelyn’s surname and did Luke officially adopt Clary?

[laughs] Luke officially adopted Clary and since Luke’s last name is just a made-up name anyway and Jocelyn wouldn’t really want to have a Shadowhunter last name, she just kept Fray.

A very big thank you to Cassie for another great interview and I’d also like to thank Jill Kidson and Paul Black from Walker Books for arranging everything.

Are you excited for The Shadowhunter Academy? Sound off in the comments!

 

Recap of ‘A morning with Cassandra Clare’ in London

A morning with Cassandra Clare

On June 7, Shadowhunters from England but also Central Europe traveled to London to see Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Despite the rain, Cassie’s fans gathered in front of Prince Charles Cinema close to Leicester Square long before the event started at a little past 11 am.

Cassie and Sarah both looked fabulous and first took a selfie with the crowd.

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As usual they both knew how to entertain the fans and kicked the event off with reading Magnus’s voicemails to a rapt audience. After that it was time for the Q & A where lots of cool and exciting things were revealed. I’ve picked out the most interesting parts, for example news about the Simon short stories and the City of Ashes movie. If you want to read the whole Q & A  then head to our friends from Page to Premiere.

BEWARE OF CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE SPOILERS!

Q: In your description for your new trilogy of books, you said that Emma was the best Shadowhunter since Jace, what does that mean exactly? Does Jace somehow become a much worse Shadowhunter?

Cassie: Yes, Jace just starts to suck, he’s terrible. Actually, hilariously, that was a piece of ad copy that was written by my publisher. I gave them a general overall description of what the book was like and they wrote that bit about her being the best fighter since Jace. […]

I had written that Emma looked up to Jace and wanted to be like him and that she wanted to be the pre-emptive Shadowhunter of her generation. Like Jace had been the pre-emptive Shadowhunter of his generation and probably still is. But they’re different generations; all it means is that she looks up to him and she wants to be like him. She wants to be the toughest and she wants to be the bravest and she wants to kill the most demons. […] It was never meant to be a dark portent of Jace’s future and he doesn’t actually get any worse at Shadowhunting.

In the end of City of Heavenly Fire Magnus writes or gives Alec a book with all his bits and bobs in, I was wondering if that was any link to The Bane Chronicles?

So yes, Magnus does give Alec a book in City of Heavenly Fire, I don’t think that this is that big of a spoiler. He says, “This is the story of my life” and it is supposed to be The Bane Chronicles, so it’s like a book within a book. It’s a nod to The Bane Chronicles if you’ve read them, if not it still has the same meaning, that he has finally decided that Alec should know the whole story of his life and you know the important things that happened to him.

Was City of Heavenly Fire always going to be that ending? Or did you plan for an alternative ending?

No, it was definitely always going to be that ending, I had planned for that since the beginning. I won’t say as far back as City of Bones because when I wrote City of Bones I thought I was writing a trilogy and then a series of spin offs and it turned into a trilogy and a second half of a trilogy. But from the minute that I wrote out what was going to happen in City of Fallen Angels, Lost Souls and Heavenly Fire, that was what was going to happen, it stuck pretty exactly to the plan. I don’t think there were any major deviations at all. […] I changed some details, but I’d say that I always know where I start and always know where I’m gonna end up.

As a massive fan I was just wondering when filming is going to start for City of Ashes? Do you know if Jamie will still be playing Jace? [From Page to Premiere because my memory card was full]

I don’t know, I would think so. I would personally be surprised if they didn’t have him. They had to completely redo the entire screenplay, which takes a long time but believe me you wanted that screenplay redone! I will tell you one thing that is, Clary split into 2 people that both looked like her and had a shovel fight with one another. (Sarah Brennan) Oh and of course Magnus running for mayor of New York. (Cassie) I thought you liked when Jace rode the mermaid! The cast was never the issue, the script was the issue but I have been told that I would hear from them in the next couple of weeks! I mean he (Magnus) would make a great mayor in principle but a race of peoples entire reason for being is to hide themselves from Mundanes, probably running for mayor isn’t a good idea.

What do you miss most about The Mortal Instruments and will the characters from The Mortal Instruments be in other books?

I miss writing about the characters from The Mortal Instruments, definitely. I feel like their story has come to an end. There’s sadness about saying goodbye to them while they’re still evolving and changing. Certainly the surviving characters from Mortal Instruments will appear in The Dark Artifices so they’ll be in their twenties cause The Dark Artifices is taking place about five or 6 years later so we’ll get to see people getting married, having kids, getting jobs. While I’m sad to say goodbye to their teenage selves I’m excited to interact with their adult selves.

I’ve got a question about Simon. At one of the previous events you said you were going to write short stories about Simon, are they going to be like The Bane Chronicles? Are there any plans yet? Obviously you can’t tell us the plot, but are there any plans on how the short stories are going to be published? [As a Simon fan I was obligated to ask this]

They’re going to be like The Bane Chronicles. Same authors, so we really missed doing The Bane Chronicles and we loved it and we actually had an idea to do a second round of them. […] It’s not like The Bane Chronicles in that it focuses solely on Simon because Simon hasn’t lived for four hundred years, he’s got less vast historical experiences. It’s such an enormous spoiler that I’m having a hard time describing it. He would definitely be the main character/narrator figure, but then it also delves into Shadowhunter history. It involves stories about Will and Tessa, it involves stories about their kids, it involves stories about Emma and Julian, about Jace and Clary. It involves a certain story about a certain character’s stag night whose getting married and Simon is invited – (Sarah) Simon’s the organizer – and it’s like the worst stag party ever! (Sarah) Whereas somebody organizes the best hen night!
(Cassie) We’re very excited about doing it. Hopefully we’ll be able to put the details out soon, we’re holding off because they are spoilery for City of Heavenly Fire. It would be 10 stories, each story online and then made into a book and sold in a different version.
(Sarah) He really is the Mortal Instruments character with the most unfinished business.

I have a question about the Iron Sisters, are we gonna have a bit more about them?

Well, we do see a lot about the Silent Brothers because they are allowed to come out and mix with the Shadowhunters. They are the healers, they’re the archivists and the Iron Sisters specifically stay in the bound citadel. They don’t come out, only except they can have a visit from a Shadowhunter if it’s a woman. So you don’t see them much, because they don’t get out much. But they’re really interesting to me and we’ll definitely see more of them. They’re more important in The Last Hours and also there is a moment in City of Heavenly Fire where Luke says his mother was an Iron Sister and that’s important later.

After the Q & A, Cassie and Sarah signed books (and also faces) before I sat down with Cassie for an exclusive interview which will be online shortly.

Thank you to Walker Books and Waterstones for once again hosting such a fantastic event!

 

 

Cassandra Clare talks Shadowhunter universe, inspiration with Glamour U.K.

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Glamour U.K. chatted with Cassandra Clare about the release of City of Heavenly Fire, including the Shadowhunter universe, inspiration for The Infernal Devices and the upcoming The Last Hours, as well as what character she’s going to miss writing the most in The Mortal Instruments.

So, what made you want to delve into the ancestry and universe of the Shadowhunters with the prequel, The Infernal Devices?

I initially created the world of the shadowhunters because I knew that I wanted to create a world I could spend a lot of time on and write different stories about. I made sure to make it a worldwide organisation, with a long history that went well back. I happened to be in London promoting City of Bones, and I was crossing Blackfriars Bridge. It was very foggy, and I had a sudden vision of two people, a girl and a boy in Victorian dress standing at the edge of the bridge. I went home and jotted it down and I thought about it, and it rolled around in my brain like a little bit of sand inside an oyster, until little bits of stories started to wrap around it. I have this whole story here of the ancestors of the kids in the City of Bones.

We hear you’re in the UK for inspiration, could you tell us a bit more about that?

I am in the UK for inspiration because I’m doing a follow on series to The Infernal Devices, called The Last Hours. It’s a re-telling of Great Expectations withShadowhunters…because why not! It’s set in 1903, so I’m doing a lot of locational research. I’m trying to figure out where to situate big scenes from books and also where all the characters live, and just walking about the city for that sort of inspiration.

Are you enjoying it?

I love London, and I’m always happy when I’m here. I get to be here for about 4 months this time, so I really get to settle in and get to experience the city on a day by day basis. It’s going to really allow me to explore corners of the city that I’ve never been to before and I’m really excited about it. I’m living in South Kensington, it’s like living in Mary Poppins!

Did you always know what was going to happen in TMI, or did this enfold as the series progressed? Did you have an idea in your head about what is going to happen?

I always had a pretty clear idea of what was going to happen. I would say that I kind of think of them as two trilogies. When I started City of Bones I knew exactly what was going to happen in City of Glass. When I first started the six book series, I thought of it as a three book series. Then I was going to do another series that was just about Simon but it didn’t develop that way. That was the one big change – I couldn’t write about Simon without writing about his friends too.

What do you think makes your book so popular?

I have no idea. I wish I did know. At least if I felt like I did know then every time  I sat down to write a book I would feel like well what am I doing feeling. No matter how many books you’ve written, whenever you sit down to write a new book you always feel the same challenge – how do you shape this story into a book that people are going to love. I have often no idea why people love the stories or are attached to particular characters. All I can do is write a story that I know that I’m going to love.

Who are you going to miss writing about the most?

I think I’m going to miss Clary the most, as she was my first character, my first heroin and I love a lot of things about her. She’s very very, very unlike me and it has always been interesting for me to write from the POV of somebody who’s so unlike me: she’s super reckless, she’s very brave, she’s really artistic and I can’t even draw a straight line! She’s got lots of great qualities, and other qualities that are not so great. Although we are very dissimilar I’ve come to really love her over the years and I’m going to really miss writing about her

So your books give a really realistic portrayal of teenage relationships, portraying the whole spectrum of sexualities and relationships. How do you deal with any backlash?

You just have to except that you’re going to get that backlash. Having your book banned or taken from classrooms feels very bad, because you feel like you’re being told you’re doing something wrong. Also, you feel you’re your books are being denied to kids who might need to read them. There are also times when it has opened up conversations for me with people that I wouldn’t probably have conversations with normally. I’ve actually entered into debate with them and they’ve come to understand that these are my values, and that I have a right to express them. Although they don’t agree with me, they agree to consider my viewpoint. If you actually ask them direct questions such as, “is it that you want gay teenagers to feel unhappy and alone?” they always say no.

You can read the full interview at Glamour U.K.

Jodi Picoult is a ‘Mortal Instruments’ fangirl

Photo: The Boston Globe

Photo: The Boston Globe

On Tuesday, Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire tour stopped in Boston, where she was joined by fellow best-selling author Jodi Picoult. When The Boston Globe spoke to Picoult about joining Clare, she couldn’t help but fangirl over Cassie and The Mortal Instruments.

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult is a fangirl when it comes to Cassandra Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” series. Picoult, the New Hampshire author known for novels such as “My Sister’s Keeper” and “TheStoryteller,” moderated the Wellesley Books event Tuesday night celebrating the release of the final book in Clare’s series, “City of Heavenly Fire.” She also dressed like Clare’s characters, wearing all black and marking her arms with runes to look like Jace and Clary, the stars of Clare’s mega-popular young adult fantasy novels. Picoult told the packed auditorium at Wellesley Middle School that she and her son, Kyle, started a book club together and wound up reading Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” series. After starting with “City of Bones” (which became a 2013 movie starring Lily Collins), they couldn’t stop. Picoult was giddy to meet Clare for the first time. “She’s lovely, she’s smart, she’s funny,” she said, beaming.

City of Heavenly Fire is now available. The final stop of Clare’s U.S. City of Heavenly Fire tour hits Philadelphia on Friday. Clare will also make an appearance at BookExpo America on Saturday, where she will sign copies of The Shadowhunter’s Codex and The Iron Trial, with co-author Holly Black.

Goodreads interview with Cassandra Clare

cassie clare headshotA month ago, goodreads offered readers that rated one of Cassandra Clare’s books with 5 stars the chance to ask Cassie one question for their May Young Adult newsletter. The newsletter was published today and 13 great questions were picked by the goodreads team.

You can read excerpts from the interview below:

Eliza: How do you come up with all the sarcastic comments that make the Herondale boys who they are?

I am sarcastic, and some of my friends are sarcastic, so I’m well-equipped with a sarcasm incubation chamber. But then the characters themselves are also responsible. They each have their own senses of humor, and they come up with things that surprise me all the time!

People LOVE Magnus! We had a few different questions about him! Trevor O’reilly: What was the inspiration that led to the creation of Magnus Bane? He’s an awesome character with his own attitude and eccentric personality that’s always with him, no matter when or where he is.

Magnus came from multiple sources. Part of it was my desire to play with the idea of wizards and warlocks. We tend to think of them as Dumbledore types, very wise and old with long white beards. (In fact, sometimes people still say to me they picture Magnus as having a long scraggy beard, because he’s a warlock!) So I was trying to get at the opposite of that. I wanted to create an ancient warlock mentor figure who was also a guy who threw parties, who wore glitter and leather pants, who hid his wisdom under a party-boy facade. I never expected him to grow so important, he’d have his own book, but I’m very glad he did.

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TheBookAddictedGirl: OK, I’m just as much dreading City of Heavenly Fire as I am freaking desperate for it…therefore: Can you give us an estimate about how crushed/destroyed/dead-inside City of Heavenly Fire will leave us? You know, in terms of: How long will I lie in the fetal position on my bed, comatose and beyond consolation; how many tubs of Ben & Jerry’s PhishFood ice cream will I need to eat; how many episodes of Friends/Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother will I need to watch to cheer myself up; how long will I be unable to even consider picking up another book, knowing just how freaking scarred and heartbroken CoHF left me?

I posted about this on my tumblr recently. I have said that six people whose names we know will die in City of Heavenly Fire. (And there was a big banner that said WHO WILL SURVIVE across the teaser cover, but to be fair, I didn’t come up with that one!) I can see how that would be nerve-racking. I feel like there’s been a lot of character death floating around in various media lately, and I have been seeing much agony about it. Which I totally understand because character death often sends me off to bed with a fluffy cat and an ice pack.

Here’s what I can say about CoHF: I do think all the deaths matter. None of them happens for shock value or no reason or to get across the message that death is random and terrible. My goal is not to destroy lives or drown anyone in a bucket of feels, just to tell an enjoyable story and create an end point that hopefully people will feel does justice to the story that came before. I don’t want anyone to feel jerked around. I want things to feel earned and meaningful. I am not a fan of nihilism (bad things happen for no reason without a glimmer of hope)—which is not really an overall judgment call on nihilism, just a preference. The ending is not a despairing one. I believe in hope! I really do.

Radhika: Did you cry in any chapter? And if so, what was it called?

I cried a bit in the epilogue, but that was because I had to say good-bye to everyone as a writer. I don’t know if you’ll cry!

Click here to read the complete Goodreads interview which also answers questions about Magnus Bane, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Cassie’s future Shadowhunter series and many other interesting things.

Less than 7 days until the release of City of Heavenly Fire!

Make sure to check out TMI Source on May 24 for our interview with Cassandra Clare and a giveaway.

Cassandra Clare to take over Max Pop Twitter, answer fan questions

cassie clare headshotShadowhunters, do you have any burning questions for Cassandra Clare? Well, here’s your chance to get them answered! Cassie will be taking over the Maximum Pop Twitter at 5 p.m. (GMT) today answering your questions. Submit your questions to #CassieClareMaxPop!

Be sure to get your questions in!

Appearance: Cassandra Clare at Hay Fever in Wales on May 24

Attention UK Shadowhunters! Cassandra Clare will be making an appearance at the Hay Fever Festival in Wales on Saturday, May 24, where she’ll be talking all things The Mortal Instruments, including City of Heavenly Fire.

The event begins at 1PM and tickets are £6.00. You can find more details below:

CASSANDRA CLARE

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

Event HF7 • Saturday 24 May 2014, 1pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Cassandra Clare

An interview with the creator of the hit YA series The Mortal Instruments. City of Bones was adapted into a blockbuster movie in 2013. 12+ years
Price: £6.00
Will you be attending Hay Fever?

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to appear at BookCon

Today, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, authors of the upcoming Magisterium series, were announced as guests at New York City’s BookCon.

It looks like Cassie and Holly may do a panel and sign books, but BookCon has said to stay tuned for more information.

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BookCon is on May 31 in the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, NYC.

If you want to find out more, visit their site.

Watch: ‘The Mortal Instruments’ was a question on Jeopardy

This would have been the easiest $800 any of us Shadowhunters made. The Mortal Instruments was a question on the hit television show Jeopardy. And it was answered correctly!

Sounds like Terry is a fellow Shadowhunter or the mundanes are catching on…

Cover reveal: ‘The Bane Chronicles: The Course of True Love (And First Dates)’

We are one week away from the final installment of The Bane ChroniclesThe Course of True Love (And First Dates) – and Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life has released the cover for the 10th ebook.

Check it out below:

TBC #10

Furthermore, they added that the hardcover, which will be published on November 11,

will feature the 10 already-released original e-short stories, and will include a never-before-seen 11th tale. The hardcover will also feature 10 illustrated scenes.

The last installment of The Bane Chronicles was written by Cassandra Clare and the official synopsis from Amazon.com says:

When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame…

Sarah Rees Brennan – co-author of The Bane Chronicles – also tweeted about the hardcover’s special content and shared

Click here if you want to read a short snippet of The Course of True Love (And First Dates).

How excited are you for this e-book and which edition will you be buying? Sound off in the comments.

Pre-order your signed copy of ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

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Cassandra Clare recently shared that she had signed about 2,000 first editions of City of Heavenly Fire for Barnes and Noble and you can now pre-order your signed copy of the last The Mortal Instruments book!

In addition to Cassie’s signature, these copies

 will also be stamped with a rune stamp, and some of them — totally randomly — have [Cassie's] sketch of Church in them.

Pre-order your signed copy of City of Heavenly Fire from Barnes and Noble or from Books of Wonder.

The US first editions will also

have a portrait on the inside of Jace, Simon, Maia, Alec and Isabelle done by Cliff Nielson [...] All the books will also come with a note from one of the characters in the end that is handwritten and printed, and leads into the Dark Artifices series. That’s every book, not just the first editions.

Fans can also get their copy signed during the City of Heavenly Fire launch in New York on May 26.

Furthermore, I’ve made a list of internet stores where fans around the world can preorder City of Heavenly Fire:

Amazon US / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository / Amazon UK / Amazon GermanyAmazon Canada / Amazon France / Amazon Spain / Amazon Italy / Amazon Brasil / Amazon India / Amazon Japan / Amazon China

If you are going to preorder City of Heavenly Fire in your bookstore then these numbers will be useful:

ISBN for the McElderry hardcover:  978-1442416895

ISBN for the Walker Books paperback: 978-1406332933

ISBN for the McElderry paperback:  978-1481417761

 

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