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Interviews | May 16, 2013 0 comments
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Cassandra ClareDescribe your latest project.
Well, the book that's coming out right now is the last in the Mortal Instruments trilogy City of Glass. And I'm so excited about it coming out, because it brings the story to an end and I'm really looking forward to readers letting me know what they think. Hopefully, they'll be happy about the way everything turns out! The book brings all the characters together in the Shadowhunters' mysterious homeland, Idris. Valentine is busy getting his hands on the last Mortal Instrument and planning to bring a war against the Shadowhunters unless they accede to his demands. Meanwhile, the protagonists are busy falling in and out of love and getting in trouble like they always do, and most of them are faced with terrible, life-altering choices that determine their futures.
Well, the books that are exciting to read are generally not books where you feel it would be enjoyable to be one of the protagonists. It's fun to read about dramatic events, less fun to experience them personally. "May you live in interesting times" and all that. Even when I think about living in a Jane Austen book, in which the concerns seem slight on the surface (marriage, romantic ties), I have to realize that they were hardly slight concerns at the time. I wouldn't mind living with Hilary McKay's Casson family they're a big, messy, fun, artistic family you'd love to be a part of.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
Lord Worplesdon was Florence's father. He was the old buster who, a few years later, came down to breakfast one morning, lifted the first cover he saw, said "Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! Damn all eggs!" in an overwrought sort of voice, and instantly legged it for France, never to return to the bosom of his family.
What is your favorite literary first line?
"'I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he is the one.'" from Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
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Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. She was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Cassandra lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, their two cats, and these days, even more books.