There are only a few series I can honestly say I've been addicted to since page one. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan, New York Times Best Selling author Cassandra Clare's urban fantasy, The Mortal Instruments series, is smart, witty and gripping.
Ms. Clare was kind enough to answer some of our questions concerning the development of her series as well as the future of our beloved characters. Enjoy!
Hi Cassie! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! First off, over here at The Reader's Quill, we love all sorts of books and music. We're curious, what are your top three favorite books? And top three favorite musicians?
I don't have three favorite books! I can tell you three OF my favorite books, will that help? Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers, Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley, and Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. Musicians: again, it's very hard to pick three. I'm fond of Belle and Sebastian, VNV Nation, and Brand New.
Your books have a lot on biblical, Dantonian and poetic references. In what ways do you feel these works have influenced your writing?
Various of mythical creatures are featured in the series, what kind of research did you do to learn more on them? What advice would you give to young writers who also want to write fantasy?
We've noticed that Clary's dreams always seem to come to fruition. Is this a consequence of the "experiments" the Faerie Queen alludes to in City of Ashes?
Will Jace and Clary's star shaped scars feature prominently in City of Glass? If so, does this have any connection to Amatis, Celine and the Inquisitor?
Are any of the characters based on people in your own life?
Who is your favorite character in the series? (Personally, I'm partial to the ever-courageous, kind hearted Clary.)
We know you love to travel. Do you find that your travels have influenced your writing?
We are really looking forward to City of Glass. Any hints you can give us as to what's in store?