Q & A with Marissa Meyer

February 19, 2014 | Helena

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With the recent publication of Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, we are looking forward to spending some time with author Marissa Meyer.

As already mentioned here, Marissa will be appearing at the North York Central Library on Monday, February 24th at 2 p.m.  

Raincoast Books kindly coordinated a Q&A with Marissa.  Read on to find out what Marissa's connection to Sailor Moon is, what she's working on next, and which, if any, lunar power, she would like to have.


1. Who is your favourite love interest from the Lunar Chronicles?

This is the meanest question ever!! I truly do love all of them, for very different reasons. But for me, the one that’s the most fun to write has to be Captain Thorne. He has a tendency to say and do hilarious things whenever he’s around, and I never quite know what’s going to happen next. It’s nice having a character that I can just let do his own thing, and trust that it will be awesome.

2. What does a day in your life look like? Tell us about your writing process.

No day seems to be quite the same as any other day, as it’s completely dependent on what sort of promotion/marketing tasks are happening, or whether or not I’m traveling or giving school visits, or having a book signing, and of course where I am in the writing process – whether I’m currently drafting a new book, or working through copyedits, etc. An IDEAL day would be: wake up, have coffee, check emails, spend an hour or so connecting on social networks and tackling promotion tasks, then write/revise/edit until the early afternoon, go to the gym, come home and eat dinner and read a great book.

3. How did you discover fanfiction and how has it impacted your writing career?

My best friend introduced me to the anime Sailor Moon when we were fourteen, and I completely fell in love – but I was never happy with how the two main characters fell in love in the show, so I started writing my own stories, showing my version of events. Then that same best friend showed me this web site, “A Sailor Moon Romance,” full of fanfiction! I had no idea that other people were doing the same thing I was, and discovering that community was huge. Being able to share my stories and get good feedback and encouragement was priceless for me as an aspiring writer. I do think that I still would have gone on to be a published writer someday, but I know that being involved in the fanfiction community gave me the confidence to pursue it sooner and with more determination than I think I otherwise would have had.

 4. Can you give us any sort of sneak peek into your newest project, Heartless?

“Heartless” is a prequel to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” telling the story of The Queen of Hearts – how she became the queen… and also a tyrant. I think it’s going to be a very quirky, whimsical book (it is Wonderland, after all!), and I plan on making use of a lot of our favorite characters from Alice. Mad tea party, anyone?

5. If you had lunar powers, would you use them or hide them? And what would you use them for?

I DO NOT want Lunar powers, because I don’t think I would be able to resist the temptation of using them. I play with this theme a lot in the later books – when is it okay to manipulate someone? Is it EVER okay? What if that person says it’s okay? – It gets very complicated. But once you start controlling the people around you, your relationships lose all authenticity. It would get very messy, very fast.