New Cassandra Clare Interview!

It just so happens that our book of the month author Cassandra Clare has a new interview out! Thanks Cassandra, we know you are busy but new interviews make us so happy!
Here is a bit of the interview. Be sure to click the link at the bottom to read all of it.

Cassandra Clare first introduced the heroine of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary Fray, in City of Bones, where she falls in with the Shadowhunters of Manhattan and its Downworld (New York’s “shadow self”). Now meet Tessa Gray, star of Clockwork Angel: Infernal Devices #1 (McElderry, $19.99, 9781416975861/1416975861, 496 pp., ages 12-up, August 31 laydown; also available on CD and for download from S&S Audio), which kicks off a companion series, set in London 130 years before Mortal Instruments. Tessa, an ordinary American girl, comes to London in search of her brother and is promptly kidnapped. “In this iteration, the Hell Fire Club inspired the Pandemonium Club,” Clare explained. “They practice black magic and believe they can use Tessa for their nefarious purposes.” Here the author talks about her fondness for cities and their shadow selves, trilogies and the parallels she has created between hers.

Did you originally conceive of Mortal Instruments as a trilogy?

I did think of Mortal Instruments as a trilogy when I first constructed it because I was a huge fan of trilogies as a kid. There’s a theme that runs through it that’s [inspired by] Milton and The Divine Comedy. There are little epigraphs at the beginning of each section: the first is the hero’s descent, the second is about hell and the underworld, and the third as an ascent out of the underworld. I think of it as Clary’s heroic journey.

What drew you back to the series for City of Fallen Angels (to be released in April 2011)?

A graphic novel company asked if I could do a story set in the universe of Mortal Instruments, so I storyboarded out a concept for a new story that would take off from the end of City of Glassand focus slightly more on the character of Simon, Clary’s best friend. The project fell through, so I went to Simon & Schuster and asked how they’d feel about me turning this into a novel. And they said, “But it’s a trilogy!” And I said, “I think Scott Westerfeld has proven that a trilogy has four books.”

Read the rest HERE: ShelfAwareness

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