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Q: Shiver and Linger center on werewolves, yet your previous books were fantasy novels focused on the world of faeries. What draws you to the fantasy genre in the first place and what inspired you to switch from faeries to werewolves?
Stiefvater: Oh, I’ve always been addicted to contemporary fantasy--fantasy set in the real world. I’m thinking Diana Wynne Jones was possibly the one who first made me fall in love. But I remember all of these great middle grade books that were magic in the real world . . . The Girl With the Silver Eyes, The Castle in the Attic, The Indian in the Cupboard. All of the Narnia books. Mmmm. Now I’m wanting to re-read! I still have most of my favorites.
I guess I just love that feeling of otherness. Of moreness. That you could turn the corner and bam, something strange would be there. I was never drawn so much to a complete fantasy world. The appeal was slipping something fantastic very cleverly into our world. So werewolves . . . I happened on them by accident, when I was looking for something bittersweet to write about, something about losing your identity. I don’t think you’ll see werewolves from me again after this series. My next books are about other magical things altogether.
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing for young adults (and for those of us adults who can’t resist a good YA read)?
Stiefvater: I love writing for such a passionate audience. They’re not afraid to feel completely, to believe in true love, to want to be incredible people who may possibly also be astronauts or rock stars. Young adults want something more and that, in a nutshell, is what I like to write about.
Q: In Shiver, the narration alternates between Sam and Grace. In Linger, you add two more voices—Isabel and Cole St. Clair. What were the challenges (and joys!) of doing so?
Stiefvater: Oh, it was insane. The hard bit was keeping everyone’s voices straight and consistent of course. They had to sound distinct while still sounding like they belonged in the same book. Each had a distinct vocabulary. Sam, for instance, says “amongst.” The others can’t say amongst. Isabel has her own particular brand of swear words. Cole has his own way of describing the world. Grace sees action in a particular way. The challenge was picking which character narrated each scene; who saw what I needed the reader to see? They were all so different. Of course, that was the joy as well. Hard to get bored that way . . .
Q: At the end of Shiver, Olivia changes—a lot. What do you think she is doing right now?
Stiefvater: Something spoilery that I’m not going to tell you about.
Q: We read your blog and know you love music. If you had to pick one song each to represent Sam, Grace, Isabel, Cole, and Beck– which would you choose?
Stiefvater: First of all, thanks for reading my blog! And yes, I’m crazy about music. Okay. Songs for each character?
Sam: “A Message” by Coldplay. The sound is great, more acoustic than Coldplay’s usual stuff, and the lyrics are very appropriate for Sam.
Grace: “Winter Song” by Ingrid Michaelson & Sara Bareilles. It’s a song about wanting things, but it’s also a peaceful song, which I think speaks to Grace -- she’s very solid in who she is.
Isabel: “You’ll Find A Way” by Santogold. Isabel’s a very . . . noisy character. The mind at war with itself.
Cole: Oh man, Cole is difficult, because he’s so . . . volatile. He changes a lot over the course of the trilogy, but at the end of Linger, I’ll go with “Gutter” by Paper Route.
Beck: Oh Beck, you complicated thing you. Can I have two for him? Can you stop me? He’s many things to many people--most of all to Sam, and a big part of the series is Sam coming to grips with all those sides of him. I’m going to go with Bjork’s “Vökuró” and Gravenhurst’s “Black Holes in the Sand”.
Q: Who would you rather spend a Saturday afternoon with—a faerie or a werewolf?
Stiefvater: A werewolf. Just so long as it was warm and they weren’t a Pearl Jam fan.
(Photo by Kate Hummel)
Loved new character, Cole and his story and the continuance of Sam, Grace and Isabel's story!!
This book was just so boring, and slow it felt much longer than it actually was because the pacing was just dragging.
Shiver, the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, was one of the most enjoyable reads of 2009.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater is a great sequel. It’s hard to top a book like Shiver but Linger gives a good attempt. Read morePublished 4 days ago by toobusyreading
Loved it, it left off pretty close where Shiver ended. Grace starts to fade away in this story, she is slowly dying, its been 10 years or more since she was first bitten and so... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lenna
This book was as good as the first one. The author did an excellent job! I can't wait to read the next book!Published 1 month ago by Shari
your profile for book said was in good shape..when received no cover page torn an dirty not happy with itPublished 1 month ago by tammy
maggie is one of the best authors I've ever read I really enjoyed her books my son is the one that introduced me to this author everyone should read at least 1 of her booksPublished 1 month ago by smiley
Read the series because it was suggested to me by a student. Read this book because the student was right you can get caught up in the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denise C. Ryan
"Linger" is the second book in a trilogy, and somehow second books are always sort of shady in my liking-meter. Read more
Really cool book new characters involved kind of a cliff hanger because the next book has Shelby in ;-) ;-)Published 2 months ago by Riley
I have enjoyed the series a good love story about young love. I feel bad about family in the story and I am glad to see her find family since her parents do a bad job of parenting.Published 2 months ago by Lorna D.