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Brenna Yovanoff is is the author of The Replacement and has published in various journals. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Recently she sat down with Maggie Stiefvater to discuss Stiefvater's Ballad and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Read the resulting interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Maggie interviewed Brenna.
Brenna: Even though we all know that characters are not authors, we also know that characters sort of are their authors (at least a little bit). Which of your characters would you say is most like you as a person?
Maggie: Well, most of my characters are delightfully single-minded, because that is what characters do. So if I were arguing a high-level thesis paper, I’d probably declare that, in fact, all of my characters are really me, just exaggerated, stripped of gray areas and less than crystal clear motivations. Even the evil ones. Maybe especially the evil ones. >br/>
That said, I’ve been told I’m quite like Isabel from the Shiver [Wolves of Mercy Falls] series and James from Ballad.
Brenna: If Cole from the Shiver trilogy and James from Ballad had to fight each other in a snark-off, who would win?
Maggie: James, I’m afraid. Cole has learned to rely far too much on his appearance to win these things and sometimes, my friends, a finely crafted chin will just not get you ahead in life.
Brenna: When your characters are romantically involved, they’re willing to fight desperately to be together, often against seemingly insurmountable odds. Like when their significant others turn into wolves and run away into the forest. Where do you stand on the topic of true love?
Maggie: I’m a fan/ believer/ proponent of true love. I think it’s worth waiting for, and I also think it’s worth fighting for once you’ve found it. I’m one of those madly in love people who just doesn’t understand why anyone would stand for anything less. I also find long-term dating confusing. I was engaged after a month and a half because, like Grace in Shiver, I am bad at shopping. I just see what I want, and then I go and get it.
Brenna: Cole St. Clair’s band Narkotika is, understandably, not a real band. However, if it were a real band, what would it sound like?
Maggie: Well, I think that Narkotika, like love, is in the eye of the beholder. It’s supposed to be an edgy, hard, slightly unsettling band, and that varies depending on what you listen to. Also, it was originally an electronica band (think Blaqk Audio). These days I go through life thinking that possibly they would sound like Ringside. Or Korn. Or Carolina Liar. Or Three Days Grace. I realize that these bands sound nothing like each other. I have no good explanation for that.
Brenna: What would you say to all the woefully optimistic girls out there (i.e., me) who want to know if Cole would date them? What if they said please?
Maggie: Oh, Cole would date you. I guarantee you he would date you. If by “date,” you mean “make out with you in a dark hallway, remove some of your clothing, completely avoid giving you his contact information, disappear, and make you have a resulting existential crisis about why you date boys who treat you badly.”
The please wouldn’t be necessary.
After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, Maggie Stiefvater is now a full-time writer and New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys. Her debut series, the Books of Faerie, is published by Flux. Maggie lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.
Follow her on Twitter at @mstiefvater, and visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
The ending of the story was satisfying, but left several unanswered questions.
With an extremely well thought out storyline, amusing characters and Stiefvater's engrossing writing made Ballad a very enjoyable read.
Ballad is the sequel to Lament but shifts it's focus from the main character in book 1, Dee, to her best friend James.
I love love the writing in this book! James is a
Character you just want to read and read. Great book!!
This novel is much better than its predecessor. It still wants for development but was a much better read. A third book would help to answer some lingering questions...Published 5 months ago by Jaime A. Sanborn
Give it a go. Deirdre doesn't have as big a part as I expected, but James pov was just as interesting. If you liked Lament you'll like BalladPublished 6 months ago by Sem
The joy of reading Maggie Stiefvater is the knowledge that the things you wonder about from the beginning of the book will definitely be explored, even if not tightly wrapped by... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anastasia Smith
I loved the development of the faerie and human relationships in this book. From tantalizing romance to grusome ghouls, this story keeps you entertained.Published 10 months ago by Rachel K. Green
Good 2nd book :) bought it for my daughter because she had to read the next book in the seriesPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an interesting sequel to Lament. It focuses more on James than Deidre. It doesn't have a tidy ending; I wonder if the author plans another installment to this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sam
I read this book in a day and a half. I couldn't put it down. I hadn't read any of this author until I read The Raven Boys a few weeks ago, followed by The Lament and now Ballad. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen Fierro
Another Brava to Maggie Steifvater! A well written, exciting, thrilling and magical tale of the ever-elusive Fey. Her writing is clear and clever. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jessie Wallace