Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Interview with Maggie Stiefvater

5 Questions with Maggie Stiefvater

Thanks to Flux for the Interview Op and Thanks to Maggie for stopping by.

I live in Minnesota and loved that Shiver was set there. What inspired you to set the story in Minnesota?

Because I thought Minnesota would make a great tax-deductible vacation spot? No, I’m kidding (although my husband says, “Why couldn’t you have set SHIVER in Bermuda or something?”). I picked Minnesota because I wanted someplace in the U.S. that already had an existing wolf population, so I could slip my werewolves in unnoticed. Also, I wanted someplace where the difference between summer and winter was well-defined and dramatic, so any place in my home state (Virginia) was out. Also, I lived for a year in Wisconsin, and have relatives in Minnesota, so I didn’t feel I was going completely out on a limb and writing about something totally alien to me.

Since becoming published, what has been your favorite part of the process?

I am terribly fond of seeing my covers. Both the domestic ones and the foreign ones. I just got the Italian edition of SHIVER in the mail and spent far too long reading it (I do not read Italian, in case you’re wondering).

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book?

One, I must have tea. Sweet tea or hot tea, one of those. I need caffeine. Two, I must have music playing. Otherwise, all I’ll think about is the laundry I need to do and the emails I need to answer and the presentations I need to polish. Three, I must have a bowl of cookie dough sitting on the counter so that in between chapters, I can run over there and get some to reward myself for prose well written.

When your not writing what kind of books do you like to read?

Anything with pretty prose, complicated sibling relationships, or homicidal supernatural creatures (combining these things is nice) is up my alley. I’ve been working my way down the Alex Award winners lately and they’ve been making me very happy.

Is the Books of Faerie series an open end series or will it be a trilogy too?

In my head, it’s a series of five, but it’s behind a few other things to be written, so we’ll see!


My reviews of Shiver and Ballad can be read here & here

Wolves of Mercy Falls:
Linger - Coming July 20, 2010

Books of Faerie:


  1. Very nice interview :)
    I do have to start one of these books one day, I hear such great things

  2. I really want to read Shiver! I haven't seen it in the store yet (but I live in the boonies so that's probably why. Can't wait to get this one though.I'm about to break and order it online.

  3. Great interview!
    Man, I just made cookies yesterday and now she has me craving some cookie dough again!

  4. Great interview! I just finished Shiver and can't wait for Linger to come out!! I also can't wait to read Lament and Ballad.

  5. Like the interview. Love your blog: http://emeraldfiresbookmark.blogspot.com/2009/11/honest-scrap-award-from-steph-bookworm.html

  6. Oh this was a great interview...glad I saw it on Twitters so I did't miss it!


  7. Nice interview! I adore Maggie's poetic writing and smooth story telling voice.

    I'm terribly fond of seeing Maggie's book covers, too! Each and every one is very beautiful. So excited to hear there's more to come in the Books of Faerie series! :)

  8. Now I really need to read Shiver :)

  9. Thanks for the interview!
    I LOVED Shiver, and can't wait for Linger.
    Maggie spoke about beautiful prose, and that's one of my favorite things about Shiver --as well as the wonderful story!
    I actually listened to the audiobook, which was a wonderful production. The readers were excellent.

  10. Glad everyone enjoyed the interview. :)I was blown away by Shiver. I picked it up cause I kept hearing so many good things about it and ended up loving it.



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