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Shadowhunter Weekend Day 2: Cassandra Clare at YALC + a worldwide giveaway


It is the second day of our Shadowhunter Weekend recap and today we will tell you what happened at Cassandra Clare’s event at the Young Adult Literature Convention on July 18. This talk was once again moderated by Sarah Rees Brennan and like the Q & A the day before, it was over way too soon.

Due to YALC’s policy we were not allowed to film the talk, but we have still managed to sum up Cassie’s answers.

Cassie first talked about Lady Midnight and gave a short overview of the most important details: first book in her The Dark Artifices series, it is set in her hometown Los Angeles and it takes place five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire.
She addressed the challenges of writing Lady Midnight because it is a huge book and it is the first real mystery she has written, clues have to be collected and the characters almost act like detectives. The structure of the book is very different and caused her to bang her head on a table. Weaving all the different Blackthorns and their personalities together was definitely a challenge and since the characters from The Mortal Instruments will also “check in”, Cassie needed to figure out what they are like as adults and what is going on in their lives (“There is at least one engagement”).
Emma was a lot of fun to write since she has known from the start that she is a Shadowhunter whereas Clary and Tessa did not know anything about the Shadow World. Emma is a badass,she trains constantly, she loves her weapons and “she is a little bit of a girl Jace”.
Her parabatai Julian is completely different, much calmer and focused on his family. “It was interesting to write a bit of a gender-flip about what people tend to expect from men and expect from women.”

Cassie then talked about The Last Hours, the sequel to The Infernal Devices, and its main characters which live in London. “It takes place around 1903 which is an awesome time period in history and I’ve been having a lot of fun researching it.”
Most of the parents in these books are a little questionable – dead, evil or missing. Except for Will and Tessa who are great parents.

Since Cassie came straight from the set of the Shadowhunters TV show, she told the audience about watching the filming, meeting the actors and talking about their characters. She also had dinner with the cast and had “a really lovely time”.
For Cassie it is “interesting to have a show after having a movie, because they’re such different formats. Also because we already had a cast that played these parts and that I really loved … It was interesting to get used to a whole new cast … They are approaching the characters in different ways” since the characters in the show are written differently.
While on set she was shown a sizzle reel, “highlights from the stuff they’ve already filmed”, and she also saw some funny dailies. One was Dominic Sherwood in Pandemonium and he kept holding his sword wrong so they had to do it again, which also ended up wrong so Dom swore a lot.

Cassie revealed that she developed a crush on Valentine while she was on set.

She also watched Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus film a scene and she described him as graceful. Since a lot of fans want Magnus to dance on Shadowhunters, they talked about it and Harry said “maybe”.

After the TV show talk, Cassie talked about the different layers of the world she made up. At first there were vampires and warlocks, but then Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters were also added and the already established world got even bigger.
Cassie always wanted to add more to it and to created more magic so the Praetor Lupus, the Council were introduced. The reopening of the Shadowhunter Academy also changed a lot of things and “by the time that we get to The Dark Artifices, they have also reopened this school called the Scholomance which is up in the mountains and trains really elite Shadowhunters called Centurions.”
Adding new layers to the world was a lot of fun since you do not want to stay with the old stuff.
Sarah Rees Brennan also teased that we will see one of the specially trained Centurions in The Dark Artifices.

After twenty minutes fans were then able to ask some really great questions.

One fan wanted to know which Shadowhunter bloodline Cassie would want to belong to. First she wanted to pick the Fairchilds because of the red hair and freckles, but then she decided on the Blackthorns since they are such a big and close family and as an only child, having so many siblings is appealing to her.

Another fan asked for Cassie’s favourite type of Downworlder and her favourite quality about them: warlocks because she would like to live forever. She would not want to be a vampire because they have to drink blood which is disgusting and they also cannot go out during the day. “Warlocks seem to have it pretty great.”
Sarah prefers vampires and she would just drink Jace or Clary’s blood – “I’d drink Jace like a smoothie” – so that she could walk in the sunlight.

Jace gets to know Tessa and gets told stories of what has happened in the Herondale manor.

Jem is always interested in what Emma is doing and checks up on her because she is a Carstairs.

Cassandra and Sarah also talked about collaborating on The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowunter Academy. They live far away from each other so they write “over the computer”. Cassie, Sarah, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman all sat down together to plan out Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. They picked the stories based on favourite characters and themes. When it is time for the individual stories, the collaborator sends an outline, a rough draft gets written and someone else will edit everything “until we get a combined version of a story.”
Cassie’s collaboration with Holly is very different compared to this since they write Magisterium together in the same room, but do not have a planned outline. They take turns writing and editing the other’s paragraphs.

Cassandra’s author friends sometimes help her with certain scenes by playing them out.

(Sarah Rees Brennan was Magnus and Cassie’s husband Joshua was Henry)

Jem would be sympathetic, but wouldn’t get her off the island; Will would just sunbathe; Jace would be practical and build a raft, but he would annoy Cassie so that’s another reason why she picked Magnus.

Another fan wanted to know about forbidden love in Cassie’s new books and she teased that there is definitely forbidden love in The Dark Artifices and some in The Last Hours.
She likes to write about all types of love; Magnus and Alec because they are so different or Simon and Isabelle since Simon first likes her and then it is turned around. The power balance that goes back and forth is interesting. Gideon and Sophie’s love was not forbidden but it was about crossing class barriers for love.

The idea of what you could do if you were not afraid sounds great. The fearless rune does not only make you not afraid in battle, but also not afraid in life in general. Anyone gets held back by fear and therefore does not do something they would want to do and the rune would enable them to follow through.

In her penultimate answer Cassie talked about the differences and difficulties of novels and short stories. “With a short story you have to convey a lot in a much smaller space”. In a novel you obviously have more space, but you also have to pay attention to the pace and remember all the story lines.

The last question dealt with different point of views and whether switching between the characters and chapters is hard. Cassie enjoys multiple point of views, jumping from one head into the next, but they can be hard because you have to keep track of everything that is happening and match up all the times (Hell – Idris – New York).

Cassandra’s second London event ended with another signing where over 300 fans got their books signed.

Saturday was another fabulous day with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and I am already looking forward to meeting them again. I also cannot thank them and my friends from British Nephilim and Dutch Nephilim enough for an absolutely incredible time in London. Having fellow Shadowhunters as friends is the best. ♥

And now for the giveaway:

One fan has the chance to win the Lady Midnight chapter sampler and postcards of the new UK TMI covers and another fan can win the postcards.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form (tweet and follow) and leave a comment and your name on either this post or day one of the Shadowhunter Weekend recap – we will check.

Good luck!

About Cathrin (861 Articles)
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85 Comments on Shadowhunter Weekend Day 2: Cassandra Clare at YALC + a worldwide giveaway

  1. Karen Tran // July 21, 2015 at 9:25 PM // Reply

    Oh my god, I need those prizes!

  2. I can’t wait for both of these new series! I need more Shadowhunters in my life!


  3. Emily Brady // July 21, 2015 at 9:36 PM // Reply

    Just seeing these…. The Dark Artifices will be here soon! I cannot wait to read it! The latest Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was amazing, but heartbreaking!

  4. I would love to have a chance to win this giveaway!

  5. I am so stoked for Lady Midnight!!

  6. I love the UK covers! Mìla Fürstová’s work is incredible.

  7. I would love too Win!!!

  8. Mrs. Carstairs // July 21, 2015 at 9:46 PM // Reply

    Amazing giveaway! I dish I could win it!

  9. I can’t wait for Lady Midnight!! I am super excited!!!!!

  10. I absolutely love the UK covers! They’re gorgeous.

  11. Brittany Burton // July 21, 2015 at 9:59 PM // Reply

    I’m getting so pumped for the TV series and Lady Midnight. Goodness.

  12. Great postcards! Just saying, I would definitely pick Jem to come with me on the deserted island 🙂

  13. I’m so excited for Lady Midnight!

  14. I would love to win, my name is Dalma btw

  15. Adelina Andrews // July 21, 2015 at 10:27 PM // Reply

    Omg I can’t wait till Lady Midnight!! AHHH a giveaway 😋😋😍😍👏👏👏👏👏

  16. These prizes are awesome!! I just can’t wait until Lady Midnight comes out and I love love love the UK covers for tmi

  17. Nahomi Toledo // July 21, 2015 at 10:43 PM // Reply

    I am so excited for the new books! I had never gotten so emotionally invested in a book series. I even pre-ordered LM, which was definitely a first for me. And yes, I would love to win the giveaway, who wouldn’t? 😂

  18. Let me just say… I need these covers in my life! They’re so pretty! And, the closer we get to the TV show airing, the more excited I become! I am LOVING this coverage! Keep it up, guys! ❤

  19. Ellie Clark // July 21, 2015 at 10:55 PM // Reply

    The Lady Midnight book can’t come out soon enough! So excited 🙂

  20. Lena Davis // July 21, 2015 at 11:13 PM // Reply

    Sounds exciting!

  21. Courtney-Fengel // July 21, 2015 at 11:15 PM // Reply

    I am so super excited for Lady Midnight!!!:) I can`t wait to find out more about Julian and his siblings, Jem and Tessa, and Emma. I get attached very quickly to book characters.

  22. I can’t wait for the TV show and also Lady Midnight

  23. Beth Sciffer // July 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM // Reply

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway!!


  25. Evelyn Guo // July 22, 2015 at 12:30 AM // Reply

    I want that Lady Midnight chapter sampler, though I’m still not done with the mortal instruments. 😛 And the postcards are cool too!

  26. Camila Daza // July 22, 2015 at 1:20 AM // Reply

    A whole new universe! Such a genius Cassie! Need to keep reading!

  27. I cannot wait for Lady Midnight to come out! So excited! XD

  28. Erika Barrales // July 22, 2015 at 1:45 AM // Reply

    I am “dying” to read Lady Midnight. March 8th can’t come fast enough. What a wonderful giveaway! Please enter me in the chance to win. Thanks.

  29. Erika Barrales // July 22, 2015 at 2:05 AM // Reply

    This is going to be awesome! Great article, by the way.

  30. Aribah Herondale // July 22, 2015 at 2:45 AM // Reply

    Yass I want them so bad!!!! Can’t wait for Lady Midnight! 😍😍😍

  31. Mikael Hynynen // July 22, 2015 at 3:21 AM // Reply

    I hope to see Cassandra Clare some day and thanks for the international giveaway~

  32. Karina Mutul // July 22, 2015 at 3:47 AM // Reply

    Amazing post! I love TFSA and I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. Oh my gods, by the angel , I need these I cannot wait until March to read any of this book 😍😍

  34. Aideen Galligan // July 22, 2015 at 4:41 AM // Reply

    Thanks so much for hosting a worldwide giveaway! I can’t wait for Lady Midnight! Need that chapter sampler!!! Also the post cards are beautiful! Thanks again and your post is great a usual!

  35. lolamesalles // July 22, 2015 at 5:48 AM // Reply

    Thanks for all the videos and tweets and info Cat! I really enjoyed the q&a video 🙂
    Your posts are always great, thanks again for taking the time to record everything 🌷🌷🌷
    And I really hope I can win, because March is still faaaar awaaaay.


  36. lolamesalles // July 22, 2015 at 5:51 AM // Reply

    Thanks so much Cat for taking the time to record and tweet and post everything here! Much appreciated. And also, your posts are always great 🙂 🌷
    I really hope I can win this giveaway because March is still too far away! And also I need more Ty. Thanks for making this worldwide!

    Xx Pola

  37. Thank a lot!!! 😀

  38. Can’t wait for “Lady Midnight”~
    Thank you very much for this international giveaway. your posts are always great and very detailed 😉

  39. Kiri Mitchell // July 22, 2015 at 7:55 AM // Reply

    Love these recaps! Sounds like it was a really awesome weekend, and thank you so much for keepin those of us who couldn’t go updated with tweets and these posts 🙂 Awesome giveaway too!

  40. Cath Winchester // July 22, 2015 at 8:05 AM // Reply

    This snippet is so sweet. I loved how much Emma cares about him and I agree with her, no one hurts Jules!

  41. omigod i adore cassie for being a genious and creating my favorite books ❤ ❤
    – Maria xox

  42. Totally loved reading this post and the recap of day 1. Also very awesome that there is a worldwide giveaway, cause me as a fan from the netherlands love Cassie too! Good luck to everyone, although I really really really want to win!
    Love, Stephanie

    • Thank you!
      Since I am an international fan as well and know how tough it can be, it was only natural to do a worldwide giveaway. 🙂

  43. I can’t wait to read this!! Been dying for TDA, and I’m already in love with Julian ❤

  44. Alex Patrick-Dunn // July 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM // Reply

    I neeeeed those prizes 🙂

  45. I just filled out the Rafflecopter form and hope I did it correctly. Listening to the Day 1 interviews at the awesome London bookstore was wonderful. After reading the synopsis of the YALC appearance, I am moved to say that the complexity of the characters and their relationships is what I love most about the TMI universe. I rarely win anything. Maybe this time will be different. 🙂

  46. wow what a FANtastic weekend. Thanks for the posts and the chance to win thoses prizes.

  47. Can’t wait for the show! 🙂

  48. Brontay Bybee // July 22, 2015 at 11:52 AM // Reply

    Winning would be the greatest thing ever!!!! I want it sooooo much!


  50. I really hope I win.

  51. Wow really great article and thanks for the worldwide giveaway! Would be great to have one tiny part of those new gorgeous covers!

  52. Thanks for that great article, I always love some new informations. And thanks for the international giveaway! I think it would be nice to have at least a tiny part of those gorgeous new covers!

  53. Mya Ureña // July 22, 2015 at 1:01 PM // Reply

    I am soooo excited for the show. Can’t wait. This also sounds like an awesome giveaway. 😆

  54. Would love a peek at Lady Midnight. Can’t wait for it to come out!

  55. I’d love to win!

  56. Hope to meet Cassie one day! Cannot wait for the upcoming Shadowhunter novels!
    EEK I wonder who will be engaged!<3

  57. So excited for Lady Midnight! It sounds like an amazing book already

  58. chloe byrne // July 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM // Reply

    i want to win this soo bad!!

  59. WarlovckBane // July 22, 2015 at 6:41 PM // Reply

    Yay!!!! comment for the awesome give away! -dances- Hi! : D

  60. Lady Midnight cannot come soon enough! So excited!

  61. Done and dusted! That giveaway is too awesome to miss!! So excited that I’m shaking!

  62. I can’t wait for all the Shadowhunter-y goodness!!! 2016 COME FASTER!!!

  63. Thank you so much for recaping and summarizing YALC for us 🙂 I’ve been reading tweets mostly but this sums it up pretty nicely. I wish I could’ve been there too.
    I filled in the giveaway as well 😀

  64. This site is so great!

  65. Thank you for your hard work! These look amazing!

  66. They seem to have had so much fun! Good luck everyone with the giveaway!

  67. Oh my gosh I wish I could have been there! Maybe next year lol.

  68. Thank you so much for the hard work, Cat! I love reading your articels. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us. ❤

  69. I want to win these prizes!

  70. I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight next year and just maybe win that giveaway ❤


  71. Barbara Nicole // July 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM // Reply

    Can’t wait for all of the releases for 2016 🙂

  72. Can’t wait for Lady Midnight! I’d love to win the chapter Sample 🙂


  73. Nicole DeVenne // July 24, 2015 at 12:41 PM // Reply

    After reading the Mortal instruments and the Infernal Devices I can only imagine how glorious the Dark Artifices and the other series will be! And the UK covers are just gorgeous!

  74. Courtney-Fengel // July 24, 2015 at 1:04 PM // Reply

    I`d seriously love to receive a chapter sampler! I know its a one in a million chance, but that would be beyond amazing if I got it. Since I’ve had no summer break (because of my college math course) a chapter sample will make up for that, or a Shadowhunter Academy story/snippet, or even a Lady Midnight snippet!:)

  75. Ahh, this post is gorgeous 😀 So jealous. Wishing I could have gotten to meet Cassie. ❤ One day, I hope 🙂 She's amazing. YALC sounds like it was so much fun 😀 Thank you for sharing. ❤ And eeeek! Thank you so so much for the goorgeous giveaway 🙂 I would so love to win.
    Love, Carina Olsen

  76. Natalie Harvey // July 24, 2015 at 7:04 PM // Reply

    I would love to just read this. The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices were just amazing.

  77. Okay so my luck with giveaways sucks but here I am trying! By the way, thanks for doing the giveaway and thanks for keeping us covered with the information! Have a nice day!

  78. So glad that there are updates since I can’t attend, and also excited for the giveaway! Thanks so much for everything! 😀

  79. Natalie Lawinger // July 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM // Reply

    OMG!!!!!!! I am dying waiting for the new books and TV show!!!!

  80. By the Angel! This is amazing!
    I can’t wait for the new books and Shadowhunters!!

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