Interview: Marissa Meyer – author of Cinder & Scarlet

June 13, 2013 Author Feature, Interview 14

Interview: Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer
My Reviews in this series: Cinder, Scarlet , Glitches, The Queen's Army, Cress, Fairest

Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder & Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles [read my review of Cinder, Read my review of Scarlet] was kind enough to give us an interview!


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– What made you want to be a writer? Aching to have carpel tunnels? a desire to poke out ones eyeballs as words pour from your fingertips?

More like a desire to work at home in my pajamas all day! Plus, I just really love writing. It can definitely be hard work at times, but it can also be a lot of fun – meeting new characters in your head and watching them say and do crazy things. I always had an overactive imagination, so writing has long been my way of channeling that energy, and I feel so lucky that I now get to call it my job.

 – Tell me about one of your typical writing days…what are your routines? Favorite places to read, write. Music? millions of notes strewn all over the floor?

You know, there really isn’t a typical writing day for me. Somedays I’ll write for an hour or two in between other promo or business tasks, sometimes I’ll write for 12 hours straight. Sometimes I write in the mornings, sometimes the evening. I use my home office for a lot of the detail-oriented stuff (like copyedits), but I enjoy going out to a cafe or restaurant during the more creative stages, like when I’m working on the first draft. I always have to have a beverage to sip at while I’m thinking, but that can be water or coffee or wine… anything, really.

 – How active do you think you are in the book blogging community and how has it treated you? Eaten you whole?

Ha! Not at all. I’ve had really great experiences with bloggers, and I personally admire the dedication that a lot of bloggers put into their content. Most don’t get paid, and yet many of them treat it like a second job, which is impressive. Yes, there is that small percentage of bloggers who can be needlessly rude or melodramatic, but it seems to me that the vast majority are just book lovers who want to support authors and encourage people to read more.

– Do you have any experiences with bloggers you’d like to share? Or pet peeves?

I think it’s a pet peeve for most authors when a blogger demands a review copy or acts as though they’re entitled to it. They need to realize that it costs money to produce and mail review copies, and we authors usually get a very limited supply of them. Also, new bloggers should be aware that it takes time to develop their audience, and they shouldn’t expect free stuff right away. Show your value as a reviewer by reviewing books that you buy or get from the library first.

– Do you have any embarrassing moments with a fan or while on tour? Oh come on now… we will only tell….everyone.

Honestly, no! *knock on wood* I did meet a fan who started crying when she met me – which was very flattering and sweet, but also bizarre. I can’t think of anything that’s embarrassed me, though.

– Personally I am hoping The Lunar Chronicles is the next YA series to get chosen for the big screen, I think I would love it as much as 5th Element if they do you justice.  What do you think? Any actors/actresses in mind if you could pick a cast at this point?

Me too! I’m happy to report that rights have been sold, although I’m not allowed to talk details yet. (Boo!) But I’m very excited and have my fingers and toes crossed that it will happen. As for actors/actresses… er, anyone but Kristin Stewart?

– Are there any specific reasons you chose to write in the YA genre rather than adult? and do you think you’ll try your hand at adult fantasy?

I think this is where I naturally fit. I started writing my first novel when I was 16, about a 16-year-old princess (naturally). I kept writing as I got older, but my characters always stayed in their teenage years. I think it’s the newness that draws me in – that optimism about finding true love and one’s ability to be heroic and stand up for what’s right. Adults tend to be more cynical (one might say practical) about such things, which just isn’t as much fun to write about. But while I plan on writing YA for the foreseeable future, I wouldn’t rule out any genre. I’ll write whatever I’m inspired to write.

– Do you already know how the whole story is going to end for Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Iko and Thorne?

Yes, indeed. 🙂

– I know we can expect new characters in the next book CRESSDid you always plan on doing the retelling that way featuring a new fairytale each book?

Yep! My original plan for the series had been to keep each book as a stand-alone retelling, so that they would take place in the same world but not necessarily connect with each other. But then the evil Lunar queen started being a tyrant across all four tales, and pretty soon the tales started to merge together into one continuous storyline.

– How was your experience with getting published – hardest thing you’ve ever done? Like catching a greased pig?

Er, I’m one of the lucky few authors who had a very fast and easy road to publication. *dodges the flying tomatoes* The hardest part was writing the book – CINDER took about two years. But then it took only about two months to sign with an agent, and I ended up signing with the first agent that I’d queried. Two weeks later I had a book deal. I was ecstatic, of course, but also boggled. I’d been completely prepared for the hard slog of rejections!

– Do you prefer e-books over physical books? *Be warned …. your answer might cause me to go into mass hysterics.

I’m fine with either. E-books are fantastic for traveling, especially as I could never pack just one book. But if I’m at home, I’d rather have a physical book. Partly because I enjoy looking at how many pages I’ve gotten through (such a sense of accomplishment!) but also because I like being able to stop and admire the cover art.

– and the most IMPORTANT question you will ever answer *drumroll please* – What are your thoughts and feelings on the Amazingly Delicious – Canned Not quite Meat – SPAM?

Well, the zombie apocalypse is coming, so people who stock up on SPAM are probably on the right track…

– Ok so maybe SPAM isn’t the MOST important question…How about: Do you have a confession for us?

I don’t know if it’s a confession so much, but now that I have the zombie apocalypse on the brain, I will confess to having a survival plan in place. But that’s just smart, right?



The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


MarissaMeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.. WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

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14 Responses to “Interview: Marissa Meyer – author of Cinder & Scarlet”

  1. Richelle Nicole

    That was a fantastic interview!! Of course I loved your unique line of questioning, very Pabkins!! 🙂 Marissa Meyer is such a talented author, loved both her books and I’m impatiently waiting for the next installment of the Lunar Chronicles. Yes yes!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m gnashing my TEETH for the next book! haha thanks! Glad you enjoyed the interview! Hopefully next year I can convince Marissa to do a character interview for us. I sooo want to chat with Iko or Thorne!

  2. Dianna (Stories After Twelve)

    Such a fantastic interview. I really enjoyed reading it. I still haven’t read that series, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. Can’t wait to pick up Cinder! : )

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! Yes you definitely need to pick it up! I have loved it so much. I don’t know anyone that hasn’t liked it! I mean come on a Cyborg Cinderlla? You just can’t beat that!! Thanks for visiting!

  3. [email protected]

    Oh boy, what an awesome interview! I actuallydon’t read many interviews, but this is about Marissa Meyer 😀 I adore her books and I really liked the questions & answers. I can see that it’s very annoying when bloggers are expecting to get a free review copy. And yes, I prefer paperbacks, but e-books can be so handy 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      She was very spot on and honest about the bloggers thing. I have encountered that before. Personally I love buying books – I have a book buying disorder I swear. If I walk into a book store I can’t walk out without a big bagful of books. I have been chastised about this many a times from the husband. I think so many more people should use the library too! Reviewing from all sources is key. And personally – I don’t like only seeing reviews on only new releases. When blogs roll out nothing but new release titles it just makes me sad – what about books that were printed YEARS ago?

      I’m glad you decided to read the interview Mel!!

  4. Aranza

    I loved the interview, I enjoy her series because even if they are a loose retelling, she captures the main part in each of her characters. I personally love Wolf.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Glad you enjoyed it! I think the retellings are wonderful as well. You get just enough of a taste from the original stories but in such creative ways! Wolf is my total heartthrob!

  5. Alex U.

    I can’t wait to read her books, Cinder is sitting on my bookshelf waiting! Great interview!