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Original Essays | September 30, 2014 0 comments
Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
Cassandra ClareDescribe your new book.
City of Bones is the first in a trilogy. It's an urban fantasy about a sixteen-year-old girl named Clary Fray, whose search for her missing mother leads her into an alternate New York filled with mysterious faeries, hard-partying warlocks, not-what-they-seem vampires, an army of werewolves and the demons who want to destroy it all. She also finds herself torn between two boys her best friend Simon, for whom she's developing new feelings, and the mysterious demon hunter Jace. She becomes a part of the secret world of the demon hunters, or Nephilim, and as she does she discovers that rescuing her mother might mean putting their whole world in jeopardy.
When I was about eight years old I went on vacation with my parents to England. I was really fascinated at that point by English history, especially stories about the royal families. We hit all the usual tourist spots, like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, and my parents would tell me stories about various incidents in the lives of the kings and queens, and I was totally enthralled. They kept saying to each other, "She has such a vivid imagination!" Then we got to Westminster Abbey, where a lot of famous historical figures are buried, and my dad started telling me who was buried where, and how they died. I guess he didn't notice I was turning slightly green, because eventually he dragged me over into a corner, pointed at the ground, and said, "And this is where Mary Queen of Scots is buried...IN TWO PIECES." At which point I immediately threw up on the floor. After that my parents were like, "Maybe her imagination is a little TOO vivid."
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
What is your idea of bliss?
Why do you write books for kids?
Tell us about your pets.
What's your favorite holiday and why?