is the author of the YA series
including the following titles:
Book Four, City of Fallen Angels, will be available April 5, 2011.
She is also the author of the upcoming companion series
which will be available on August31, 2010!
Book Two, Clockwork Prince, will be published in 2011.
Book Three, Clockwork Princess, will be published in 2012.
Why did you decide to revisit the world of The Mortal Instruments in a new series, Infernal Devices?
Well, one of the things I enjoy about writing in the Mortal Instruments universe is that it's so flexible. I can write stories from the viewpoints of werewolves, vampires, warlocks, demons, faeries, or ordinary humans and have them all be in the same universe. And one of the cornerstones of the mythology is that the Shadowhunters have been around for a long time, a thousand years. In TMi they use computers, they use cel phones and devices they call Trackers and Sensors. I wanted to see what Shadowhunting was like for them if I took all that technology away, how would they cope, what would they use instead? I also wanted to go back to an earlier time when the Accords had just happened and relationships between Downworlders and Shadowhunters were more raw and dangerous.
Who are your favorite characters to write?
Like Tessa, I'm torn between Jem and Will! They were both just so much fun to write. And everyone likes a hot, tormented bad boy with a secret (or in jem's case, nice boy with a secret.)
How do you think moving around and traveling so much as a child has affected your writing?
I think it made me aware that when I created a fantasy universe, I wanted it to include aspects of myth and folklore taken from all over the world. One thing that always bothered me about things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer — though I love BTVS and won't hear a bad word about it — is there's just this one girl, slaying vampires in one town, when there are clearly vampires all over the world. Who's helping everyone else out? I know I wanted an organization of demon hunters that would cover the globe.
What is your writing process like?
I tend to outline broadly, then break that outline down into chapters and outline more narrowly, and then work outward from that outline. I'm not a seat-of-the-pants writer.
How do you choose names for your characters/things/places?
I just toss things around until something sounds or feels right. Some names I just love. I love the name Will; Jace was originally Will, but it didn't fit his character. It fits Will's character.
What are some of your favorite YA books and authors?
I try to keep a pretty updated list here: http://www.cassandraclare.com/
Do you prefer writing for anthologies or novel-writing?
Novel writing. Short stories make me miserable. I have to quit agreeing to write them but they always sound like fun at the outset!
CASSANDRA CLARE was interviewed by READING ROCKS on JULY 10, 2010.
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