Marissa Meyer is the author of Cinder, a fun twist on Cinderella. Marissa dropped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she also brought presents! One winner will score a copy of Cinder, as well as a Cinder mirror!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Marissa Meyer] I’m a diligent optimist who’s always wanted to be a writer and am now UNBELIEVABLY ECSTATIC to see my debut novel come into the world.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Cinder?
[Marissa Meyer] Cinder is a futuristic take on “Cinderella,” in which our heroine is re-envisioned as a 16-year-old mechanic who’s part-human, part-machine. Cinder’s innate ability to fix things brings her in contact with the handsome Prince Kai, and soon she’s caught in a political battle of wills between Earth and the cruel Lunar queen who wants to rule it.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Marissa Meyer] A few years ago, I entered a writing contest with a futuristic retelling of “Puss in Boots,” and that gave me the idea for an entire series of futuristic fairy tales. A few months later, I was drifting off to sleep when I had a flash of inspiration: Cinderella, but as a cyborg, with a prosthetic hand and foot. I saw her fixing androids and hover cars, as opposed to the more traditional vision of her mopping floors and serving tea. Other characters started to fill in the story gradually, some inspired by their fairy tale counterparts, such as the wicked stepmother, and others entirely my own making, such as Dr. Erland who offers lots of insights and twists in the book.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Marissa Meyer] I struggle with villains, and there are two main ones in this book—Adri, Cinder’s stepmother, and evil Queen Levana. My imagination always wants to make them pure evil, and I have to really work to give them dimension and back story, asking myself what made them this way and how they see themselves.
[Manga Maniac Café] Which of your characters are you most like?
[Marissa Meyer] In Cinder, probably Peony, Cinder’s younger stepsister, who is chipper and boy-crazy and afraid of creepy-crawlies, which describes 14-year-old me in a nutshell.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your biggest creative influences?
[Marissa Meyer] I’ve definitely been influenced by those writers that have done so many amazing fairy tale retellings, and keep them from ever feeling stale, such as Shannon Hale and Gregory Maguire. I also really admire Scott Westerfeld and how he’s been able to seamlessly switch between such varying genres, which gives hope to a girl who has book ideas for every YA genre out there!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Marissa Meyer] A beverage (doesn’t really matter what it is), my fingerless gloves, a quiet mind.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Marissa Meyer] The Chronicles of Narnia—they were the first novels I can remember reading, and I was enchanted by them.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Marissa Meyer] Read, obviously! I also like going wine-tasting and having games nights with friends and family.
Thank you so much for being a part of the Blog Tour, Julie!
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
Click here to see the entire schedule for Marissa’s Cinder Blog Tour!
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Contest ends January 22