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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.
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This thing dragged. It made my eyes roll. It made me sigh and groan and say horrible things. What it didn't do was entertain.
This book moved at a CRAWL. Read more
Well Maggie Stiefvater I definitely was not expecting a story like this one! I mean I know it is the sequel to Shiver but this book was just so different with the plot line. Read morePublished 4 days ago by jeanette auberry
Could not get past the first few pages. It did not get my interest at all. I kept trying then thought live is too short to waste my time on it.Published 11 days ago by susan boyke
I WOULD SAY THAT IT IS SO GOOD I JUST WANT TO CRY. ITS UNDRESCRIBABLE HOW AMAZING THESE BOOKS AREPublished 16 days ago by Kelly Faulkner
Oh, my goodness. I thought this series would be like her other animal series. Instead it is 'Twilight' light. Not for me at all. Read morePublished 26 days ago by R. Buckley
I loved Linger. At first, I was a bit thrown off by the additional points of view. I wasn’t sure I was ready to hear from Isabel or the new wolf, Cole. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Megan
Fantastic series! And I can't wait for her companion series coming soon for some of the Mercy Falls characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trish Long
I loved this second book of the trilogy, and it increased my desire to want the third one, even though I had to wait for the author to finish (it is out now). Read morePublished 1 month ago by andrea frohman
Great read. My daughter loved the book. It is a series to a couple other books which are all goodPublished 2 months ago by Heather T.