Interview: Marissa Meyer

The Author
Photo courtesy Julia Scott

Photo courtesy Julia Scott

The Northwest’s Marissa Meyer is The New York Times best-selling author behind the young adult series, The Lunar Chronicles. The series is a science fiction retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a slight twist: “Cinder” is half-human, half-machine, a cyborg Cinderella. We caught up with Meyer following her 10-city book tour for the series’ final installment, Winter, to get the skinny on what’s next.

Q: When did you first get into writing?
A: I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, and when I was still very young, I realized that behind every book was a real person who has to come up with that story, and it was a job that you could get paid to do.

Q: You wrote a lot of fan fiction before you got your first book published. Tell us about that.
A: When I was a teenager I got really into the Japanese anime Sailor Moon. I started writing fan fiction for that when I was about 14 and wrote it all through high school and college. I credit it a lot for teaching me about the craft of writing and how to take criticism, and building a community around me of people who are supportive.

Q: How did it feel to publish your first novel?
A: It was amazing, and it never stops being amazing. I keep waiting for the day to come when I think it is old news, but it never feels that way.

Q: Tell us about your main character, Cinder.
A: Cinder is based on the character Cinderella, but in my version she is half-human and half-machine, making her a cyborg. The idea actually came in a dream. One night as I was falling asleep, I had a dream about Cinderella, but in my dream, rather than losing a glass slipper, her whole foot fell off … I just started getting all kinds of ideas about who she was, and what her story might be.

Q: Do you keep paper and pen next to your bed?
A: I used to always have a little notebook in the table next to my bed. These days I have my phone next to it.

Q: You just released another book, Winter. What’s next?
A: I have a collection of short stories that (came) out in February. Next fall, I have my first standalone novel coming out, called Heartless, and it is based on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. 

Q: Are you going to continue writing fairy-tale retellings?
A: I definitely love fairy tales, obviously, so I think I wouldn’t be surprised if I get more ideas for retellings in the future. After Heartless I’m actually going to start writing a series about teenage superheroes.­

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