I was lucky enough to snag a awesome interview with the lovely Maggie Stiefvater!
I asked her a bunch of questions about her newly released book Linger that came out July 20th. So have fun reading her book and this interview!
Do Sam and Grace represent anyone from your real life?
Well, I’m a big time thief when it comes to people’s personalities, but I don’t usually steal someone whole-cloth. That wouldn’t be quite as entertaining -- characters are like art. You can take a snapshot of a bowl of apples or you can take that same bowl of apples and paint it with cool colors and globby paint and put your own interpretation on it. And while some people love that photorealistic art, most people, I think, would prefer to hang a good painting.
So that’s my long way of saying, no, not really. They have kernels of people I have met, but that’s wrapped with bits and bobs from other places.
Where do you go to get inspired to write these books?
Driving. It sounds bad but all my best ideas come to me at over 65 miles an hour.
What was your favorite scene in Linger?
It really depends on the mood you catch me in. There’s a painful scene involving a bathtub I like. Also one with a deer. I tend to like the ones that make you go “Ew” or “aw.” Something with a “w” at the end.
What was your overall mission when writing these books?
To make my readers cry hard enough that snot comes out of their noises. Also, to look at the idea that we choose the people we want to be, no matter what our circumstances are. But also, the snot. That bit’s important.
What is your favorite series (or multiple series) of books?
Hm, I tend to be less patient with series than I used to be -- all of my favorite series seem to be middle grade. Like The Dark is Rising, The Black Cauldron, and the Harry Potter series. I like things with wizards, zapping, and angst. Unicorns help, but are optional.
If you could be any character in Linger who would you be and why?
Ohmigosh. I would not wish to be any of them -- they all have terrible things inflicted upon them and are in bad need of therapy. Maybe Karyn from the bookstore. Nothing bad has happened to her . .. yet.