[29.06.11] Questions de lecteurs sur goodreads

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[29.06.11] Questions de lecteurs sur goodreads

Message par Laura le Mer 29 Juin - 18:16

Certains connaissent sûrement le site goodreads, et bien Maggie a accepté de répondre aux questions des lecteurs ce mercredi 29 juin ! Voici les réponses qu'elle a donné (je ne mets pas les questions car elle résume bien). Pas de traduction, parce que c'est vraimeeeeent pas mon truc, mais si quelqu'un veut si coller... c'est avec plaisir ^^



Okay, so Saundra, Ela, Sandra, Annie, and Malxox what's next? People ask me if it’s weird to finally move away from writing the Wolves of Mercy Falls, but honestly, SHIVER, LINGER, and FOREVER feel like one long book that I’ve been writing for years. I knew where I wanted to end up and when I finished FOREVER, I finally felt like I had gotten to the end of the book and I could close the cover.

So starting my next novel (which is coming out October 18th in the U.S.) felt exciting and different and like I had completely forgotten how to start novels -- because it felt like the last time I’d started a novel was when I began SHIVER, and the rest were just chapters in that long, long book.

Anyway, THE SCORPIO RACES is a standalone novel (not part of a series) for upper teens and adults. I know the Goodreads description is a little cagey, but here is one of my favorite early reviews for it so far (they got an early reviewer’s copy): [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]

It’s about a tiny remote and rocky island where, every November, savage water horses emerge from the ocean. The islanders tame them like tigers and race them, and the island relies on the income of this savage, bloody race -- The Scorpio Races -- to support them for the rest of the year. The novel follows two people in the race: Sean Kendrick, the taciturn 4-time winner (think Mr. Darcy) and Puck Connolly, a girl who reluctantly chooses to race in an attempt to keep her older brother from emigrating.

I know the whole homicidal horse thing sounds gory, but it’s not a horror book. In fact, I think it’s my most delightful book yet (sort of Chocolat meets The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain). It’s also not a horsey book, even though the island’s defined by horses.

It’s my most Maggie Book yet.

Annie, Sandra, Ashley, Caren, Lenmeo & Landy asked about whether I would consider spin-offs and/ or epilogues for the Wolves of Mercy Falls and the answer is no. I mean, I never like to say never, because I said I'd never write about werewolves either, but it feels like a very non-possibility right now. It was always about those characters, and their story is done. I also have to say that I'm not a huge fan of epilogues, because sometimes they tell me things about the characters' lives that I could have imagined better. I'm all "WHAT!? HE ENDS UP WITH A BUNGALOW? THAT'S IT!?!?!? I IMAGINED SO MUCH BETTER FOR HIM!" Sometimes the best gift a writer can give me is an ending that lets me fill in the cracks.

I also get asked why FOREVER must be the last in the trilogy and it's really that idea that the series was like one long book. It only ever had one ending place, and it's hard to imagine where I would go with it if I picked that world back up again.

It is really amazing how these have captured readers' hearts and it would be fantastic to be able to do it again, with a different world. We'll see! Smile



Sort of as a continuation to the “What’s next!” questions, I figure I could answer the questions about my faerie books now. I really loved writing my faerie novels LAMENT and BALLAD -- and LAMENT was my debut novel, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart -- and it still thrills me when readers come up to me at my signings and say “I’m such a James girl!” or something like that.

There are quite a few questions today about whether or not I’ll write more in the faerie series (Matilda, Landy, and Laura), and originally, I had thought the answer to that was yes -- the series had been planned as a longer one. But SHIVER happened (SHIVER was just a side project, written for me), and I started tackling a lot of the emotional questions that interested me in that series instead of in an additional faerie story. I completely cannibalized things from my first series into my second, and there were also some other business-related issues that came up with the first series that complicated issues as well. So will there ever be a third faerie book? Far more likely than there ever being another Wolves of Mercy Falls book. But I’m not sure when it might be.



Now onto the millions of questions about FOREVER!

You guys TOTALLY know I’m not going to tell you anything about what happens, right?

*grin*

I have posted teasers on my Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/mstiefvater) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MaggieStiefvate...) every Tuesday. A lot of them have been recapped here: [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]

And here are your questions:

@Maxine: Will any/many new characters be introduced?
Not really. This is really about following how Sam, Grace, Isabel, and Cole work through these problems. I will say that they do find both help and hell in the arms of characters you haven’t really scene a lot of since SHIVER.

@Rivkah: How did you feel when you were writing the end to Forever?

I was at relieved and . . . weirded out. Like, this was a moment I had imagined for SO LONG and here it was. The first time I wrote the ending I still felt incomplete, like there was more to tell. Then I went on tour overseas and I was in Bulgaria, I think, when I realized I needed to reframe the last scene -- the same things happened, but I wanted to change the camera angle. And immediately I just felt . . . zen. Everything had fallen into place.

@Rivkah: Can you tell us which girl died when you read the first two pages??? Not Grace, right??

AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

I mean . . . um, no.

But I think it’s nice of you to try asking me. >Very Happy

@annie: Maggie, You love to make your readers cry, but did you cry when you typed your last words?

Nope. I only cried once during the Shiver series, one tear from each eye, and that was in Shiver.

@Ashley: Okay I absolutely love Sam and grace! Okay so is there going to be a love scene with them in the book? Aka a sex scene? Are they going to be kissing and stuff? Please let me know!!!!

Again, I can’t tell you anything specific. But I can say that there is definitely more kissing in FOREVER than there was in LINGER.

@Shannon: Maggie, Music seems to inspire you a lot, I write the same way, and if you had to pick one song to pair with 'Forever' what would it be?

I should say that I always use a playlist when I write, and my playlist for FOREVER is my longest one yet -- iTunes informs me that it is over twelve hours long, and 197 songs, everything from “Talk Amongst Yourselves” by Grand National to “One Last Message” from the City of Ember soundtrack. I would say there are two songs that I used to establish mood though, more than any others. “Sandra’s Theme” from the Big Fish soundtrack, and “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” by Greg Laswell.

I do love music. One of my favorite things is when readers bring me mix CDs at my signings. Smile

@Darlene: Hi Maggie! Love reading your books and can't wait to read Forever. I completely love Sam in these books. He clings to his humanity even though he has every reason to want to let it go, even refusing to be with Grace as a wolf. I love that! However, I found myself fascinated with Cole and looking forward to his chapters to learn more about him. He is so complicated and not what he seems and I love how you reveal a little about him at a time. Will we see more of Cole in Forever?

Ahhhh, thank you!! Yes, you will definitely see more of Cole in FOREVER. All of the demons inside themselves the four main characters have been trying to ignore come out to play in the last book.

@Jia: will forever have a sad ending i mean u lyk books which make u cry so....i thought anywayz luv u !!

Thanks! And also HA! DOUBLE HA! I will not tell you.



Phew. I am back. I had to take two minutes to make myself a cup of tea. It's Ginseng tea, and I think it tastes fairly gross, but it also looks really good for me, so I do my best to drink it when I'm home.

Okay, Okay, I'm focused now. I am answering more questions now!



I have a bunch of folks asking me what inspired me to write the Wolves of Mercy Falls. (Riykah, Rachel, Alex, Dannie, )Well, here it is: I would like to say that I was inspired to write Shiver by some overwhelming belief in true love, but here’s my true confession. I wrote Shiver because I like to make people bawl. Before I’d started SHIVER, I’d just finished reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger for the second time, and even though I knew what was coming, I cried anyway. And I am NOT a crier. I am kind of a serial career non-crier actually. If you look up ‘schadenfreude’ on Wikipedia, you’ll see a picture of me with a snide smile on my face. And so the fact that this book had made me cry not once but twice, and not just cry but storm around the house doing the seven stages of grief, it really kind of inspired in me this desire to do the same thing to other people. With Shiver, I wanted to write a book that would make someone sneak a peek of it in their cubicle, and then mascara would run down their face, and they could shake their fist at the sky and curse me to the heavens.

Honestly, I write for mood. It’s like when you go to the movies and say “I want to see a funny action flick!” That’s how my novels start, not with a plot, but with me saying, I’d like to tell a bittersweet love story!

@Sue: What or who inspired you to create Sam and why were you inspired to come up with him?

Sam was a direct response to me reading a lot of urban fantasy where absolutely everyone was kick-ass. They all had kung-fu action, witty repartee, and possibly leather boots. That was all very cool, but it didn’t feel very realistic. I wanted to write a book about what normal people would do in response to this very extraordinary situation, and I wanted to write about a strong girl and a boy who was damaged but trying to fix himself.

@Rachel: was there a location that inspired the imagery in the books?

I stole a lot of real places for the books (the candy shop in SHIVER is a real store -- well, parts of it -- , as is the bookstore and the diner in LINGER, the woods are real, and so are several of the locations in FOREVER.) because I think as an author, I tell lies for a living. And lies go down much better if you make them as true as possible.

@Anna: Why are there two alphas, one when the pack members are human and one when they are wolves? I always thought wolves fought for dominance.

These are my internal rules for the novel -- obviously there are no real werewolves that I could walk up to and say, hey, what’s going on here? But the personality traits that make wolves respect each other are not always the same as the ones that make humans respect each other. Beck is a better human leader, but Paul is a better wolf leader.

@Annie: Who/what was your inspiration for Cole, and what made you come up with the idea for his effect on the story? -Whenever I picture him, I see Jordan from The Ready Set . . . but that's just me. Wink

Originally, Cole was meant to be the opposite of Sam. I love writing about opposites -- very good things and very bad things, very pretty things and very ugly things, very bold people and very shy people. Cole was meant to emphasize what sort of person Sam was by being a complete tool. However, it turns out that it’s very hard for me to write novels about complete tools.

Ultimately, it became a way for me to talk about suicide and teens who choose to lose themselves instead of dealing with the sometimes crappy, sometimes alien life that we’re all in.

@Lily: My question for you is, who is your favorite character from Werewolves Of Mercy Falls to write?

I can’t admit this, because the other characters will come after me in the night and murder me.



Okay, and now some little unrelated questions!


@Matilda: And will you keep on doing blog videos? They are so awesome!

*grin* Thanks. (For those of you who don’t know where to find me on Youtube, it’s here: [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien] I definitely will be. I’m working on a trailer for THE SCORPIO RACES and I’ll also be doing videos while on the road for my giant FOREVER road trip book tour.

@Cristina: You've mentioned that you like (love?) to make your readers cry, did you cry while writing any of your books?

@Andalee: At which part of SHIVER did you cry?

I cried two tears in the car crash scene of SHIVER, and I felt insane about it then, and I feel insane about it now. An author should not cry over her own books.

@Sue: Is it true a movie is coming out?

Well, it’s true that Warner Bros./ Unique Features has optioned the movie rights, which means they are working on it. They have a screenplay and a director, but everything moves veerrrrryyyy slowly in Hollywood. I also don’t have a say in any of the casting or anything, so I am a little out of the loop.

@Jen: Maggie, you often tell us about awesome books you've read, and I love your recommendations, but are there any books which have literally defeated you? (The kind of book you keep trying to read, love and finish, but for some reason, you just can't get through it!)

Hahaha! I am actually very picky, annoyingly picky, in my reading, and I am sad to say that many, many books defeat me. Either I don’t make it through them or I do make it through them but I throw them across the room or I sigh sadly and close them, unsatisfied. But I think that reading is such a subjective thing that it’s more useful to talk about the ones that I really loved rather than the ones that really stymied me. Although I understand the desire to write a hilariously scathing review, I don’t think they really help other people figure out what the read. It’s better to suggest a book to someone that they might not have picked up otherwise than turn them off a book that they might have loved even if you didn’t.

@Becca: What draws you to writing YA fiction? Have you ever thought about writing for children or adults?

I got a really good piece of advice once: Write what you wish you could find on the shelf. And it means that YA is pretty much my home, because that is what I love to read. It doesn’t mean I don’t have several middle grade or adult novels I love too, but YA has always been my favorite. I identify a lot with teens -- their furious passion and that sense of all possibilities laid out at their feet.

@Angela: Have you ever considering writing any contemporary fiction (without paranormal or supernatural elements)?

I suspect that this will never happen. I feel like I talk about the real world now, except through the lens of a paranormal metaphor. I also can’t imagine writing a book without a kiss in it somewhere. Magic and love sort of power my world.

@Eleanora: My question for you is why you love to write?

@Kimberlee: I just wanted to ask you what's your favorite part about writing, and the Shiver series?

I write because I have to tell stories. This just seems to be the way that I am. If I don’t tell them, they bottle up inside me and I have wild dreams with coherent plots and I create massive paintings that tell stories and I write songs that are soundtracks for aborted novels that cannot happen. I write because, when I do, I feel content in a way that I never can when I don’t. The stories don’t have to be about me -- they just have to be stories, and they have to be told.

My favorite part of writing is when I suddenly get a brilliant solution to a plot or character problem that’s been nagging me. This nearly always happens when I’m going over 65 miles an hour behind the wheel of a car.

@Ela: I was wondering if, because you wrote books about werewolves, wouldn't it be only fair if you wrote a series about vampires and/or ghosts?

Hahahah! Well, I can tell you right now that vampires will never happen, because I really want my characters to have a pulse. But I wouldn’t say never to ghosts. I’m quite fond of ghosts.

@Darlene: Who would you cast to play these four main characters in a perfect world?

Oh, this is a dangerous question, because then people assume that I really am casting these folks in the movie, and I have no part in that. I’m always quite flippant about it, I’m afraid, because in my head, there’s no one who looks precisely like them, and I’m sure they look quite different in other readers’ heads. But James Franco for Cole, and Rachel Hurd-Wood for Grace, and Taylor Momsen for Isabel, and Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys for Sam. ;p

@Kaci: All the questions I have have been answered, but I just wanted to post a comment and say that I love your books. You make it seem so real. You are a great writer! Smile

Thanks. Smile

@Shannon: maggie,
first of all, i absolutely loved shiver and linger! by far one of my favorites. the way you wrote the stories made me feel so close to sam and grace and all of the characters. cried my eyes out in both books. my question is, will there be another gut wrenching, tearful goodbye for any of the characters? (not just sam or grace)

Yes. >Very Happy

@Melissa: If you could have a superpower, which would you choose and why?

Understanding lots and lots of languages! Or . . . knowing exactly where in a strange city I can find a good pastry shop! Or . . . being able to sleep less than 8 hours a day.

@Sydney: In your books, what experiences did you share with some of the main characters?

I steal a lot from my life for my characters, but often tiny, unrecognizable things. Only rarely do I steal big parts: there is a bagpipe instructor scene in Ballad that really happened, and a Northern Lights scene in FOREVER that also happened, and the pom-pom hat scene really happened -- but when I say they “really happened” I also mean that they actually happened entirely differently from the way they went down in the books, because they happened for different reasons, to different people. You just can’t take things exactly from your real life because your life is unrolling in an entirely different way than your characters. It would be like pasting a scene from Star Wars into The Fantastic Mr. Fox.



Now for a giant batch of writing questions. I should mention before I answer these that I talk A LOT about writing on my blog, and all of the posts about writing are tagged with “how I write” -- so you can look up fuller answers to these questions on there. This is where you can find the blog on LiveJournal (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com), and here’s where it is on Blogger (http://maggiestiefvater.blogspot.com). The tags are on the right-hand side.

Aj: What is the hardest part about writing a book? Was it easy for you to write this trilogy?

Tamara: And what's the easiest and the hardest part of being an author? Smile

Fact: Writing is hard. A lot of people think that since anyone can type or tell a story while standing in the lunch line, writing a story is easy. However, I bet that none of these people have ever actually tried writing a novel. If you’ve tried -- and I think many commentors here have, judging from the questions -- you know it’s hard. And the thing is, it doesn’t get easier. I no longer struggle over the same things that I did when I was first starting out. But new things keep popping up, like a whack-a-mole game. I also get more stern with myself. I become more and more of an evil perfectionist with each novel.

So the hardest part about writing a book changes with every book that I write. Sometimes it’s character, sometimes it’s plot, sometimes it’s time management.

Maligan: I was wondering how you plan your books. do you just come up with an idea and then write the rest of the book or plan it to more detail? say if you only have a couple of ideas for plot, how do you turn these ideas into a fully planned, detailed novel?

Alexa: My question is: approximately how long does it take you to write a book?

Kaye: How fast do you usually write a draft? It's taken me nearly five months to get to 90% in my novel. Is that normal?

Riykah: How long did it take you to write them?

Four months. ish. Sometimes by four I mean three. Sometimes by four I mean six. Sometimes by four I mean that I write it in four, hate it, and throw it all out and write it all again in another four.

That’s just the first draft. Editing can take even longer than the first draft.

There is no “right” answer to this question, because some authors can take two months, and some authors can take ten years. It depends on how complicated your book is, how long it is, and most importantly, how you write. If you edit as you go along, it could take longer to write the first draft. If you write a very skeletal first draft, if could take you less time. Also, you can get a little faster once you know your process. I know now what it means when I start to slow down and I can fix that before I get totally stopped, for instance.

Julia-Anne: Do you ever plan out your plot and then find it hard to write a difficult passage later? (death of a character, heartbreak) How do you get yourself to write those passages?


Very rarely, but sometimes. There was a character that was meant to die in one of my novels that I felt very badly about killing (not saying which of my novels, but it’s one of them coming out in 2011), and in the end, I just had to bite the bullet. But I felt badly not for me, but for my readers. When I make a drastic decision like that, I want to be sure it really serves the story and isn’t just for shock. I generally have very little compunction about breaking my characters. If they didn’t want to be hurt, they shouldn’t have wandered into my novels.

Monica: What can you tell me about having a critique partner?

That I highly recommend them. The thing about writing novels is that you get totally wrapped up with the story in your head, and often it doesn’t look the same on paper as it does in your head. If you have a critique partner to read for you, they can tell you what they see and you can compare those two visions to try to make them the same. It’s really crucial that your crit partner enjoys the same kind of novels that you write and read, though. I have a place to find a critique partner here: [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]


@Sindy: So in reading some other writers blogs, I noticed some of them post, scences that did not make the cut. Do you have deleted scenes? If yes, are there a lot or just a few?

I have loads of deleted scenes, because when I get writer’s block, I know that it means that I took a wrong turn and the only solution, for me, is to cut out that scene that my subconscious is telling me is wrong. I have 51,000 words on the novel I’m writing now. I’m looking at my outtakes folder now (That’s where I put all these deleted scenes) and it is over 25,000 words long. The thing is, they aren’t deleted scenes proper, like in a movie. Usually they are the same scenes that are in the finished book, just told very wrong. In the wrong setting, or too slow, or with bad dialog.

Marissa: Do you use your dreams in your writing, day dream even?

Definitely. I think most authors do -- dreams are a great place for your subconscious to work on story ideas without your logical brain stepping in. I often dream about characters. And I often use my dreams as a base for my monthly short stories on [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]

Andalee: You've said before that you don't start writing a story until you know the ending, but how long does it usually take you to find an ending (and a plot) for an idea? Because the real issue I have when writing is that I tend to abandon stories halfway through because I have no plot.

Sometimes it can take me years -- I have several ideas gestating at any given time. The novel I’m writing now first appeared in my head almost a decade ago. The ending and idea for THE SCORPIO RACES took a year to really grow. SHIVER gestated for several months. The important thing is to be willing to give your brain that time to simmer what you’re really trying to say with your novel. If it’s just about blurting the plot out, you’ll lose interest. If it’s about really creating a mood and tone, you’ll take your time. Also, I won’t go out on limbs when I’m writing. I generally think about what is going to happen in the scene before I sit down and write it. I have written myself into enough corners that I don’t feel like doing it any more.

Bambi (Kaylabear): How do you start writing? What's your writing process?

Ayundabs: I want to be a book author and I am trying to write a book. Do you have any tips on writing a good story like you?

Emilie: When you're first starting to write a novel, do you have the plot and all written down or do you just make something up along the way?

I MUST know the ending. If I don’t know the ending to my stories, I will not ever get there -- I already know this. I have dozens of unfinished novels from my teen years. After that, I start brainstorming core scenes -- the scenes I’m dying to write. I jot the ideas for them down, in order, and then I start to write, trying to connect the dots. This is just my process, but your process might be very, very different.

If you’re an organized person in general, you’ll probably want an outline. If you’re a more spontaneous person like me, that dot-to-dot method might work. Really, you have to experiment.


Emilie: How many hours/day do you spend writing? Daytime or nighttime?

I generally try to write one scene a day, if I’m not running up against a deadline. For me, a scene is generally 2-3,000 words, and it can take an hour, or it can take 14 hours. I write until that scene is done, and then I tackle e-mails and business paperwork and blogging.




J'éditerais sûrement quand ce sera fini... en tout cas, y'a de la lecture lol.

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Message par JULIANA le Dim 3 Juil - 15:35

Ouf, enfin la fin ! C'était très intéressant en tous cas !
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