Tuesday, January 3, 2012

In Which Maggie Tackles Questions Asked a Lot in December

I thought in this segment of Maggie-Does-Blogging, I might tackle some questions I've gotten asked a lot in the last month or so.

Will The Scorpio Races have a sequel?
No. That’s the short answer. The long answer is maybe when I’m 60 and feeling very nostalgic, I will write something called RETURN TO THISBY that won’t be as good as the original, but will please both me and lovers of Scorpio. But like I said. It’ll be in 30 years. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

I would like to talk to you about the ending of FOREVER. Will you?
No, but I will tell you that I did talk to readers about it in this chat hosted by Mundie Moms. I think it might answer your questions. http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2011/08/live-author-chat-with-maggie-stiefvater.html (Click on “replay” and it will show you the archived chat)

What is it with you and cliff-hanger endings?
Psh. Double psh. I have only written one cliffhanger ending in my life, and that is Linger’s. The endings to all of my other books are “open” endings, which means that not every eventuality is described in an epilogue, but the immediate conflict has been solved/ conclude. A cliff-hanger is where a new conflict is introduced right before the end. A NON ending is when the conflict the characters have been grappling the entire book is not resolved. One of these things I might possibly do again. The latter I would not dream of doing ever.

Open Ending Example: Beauty & the Beast. The immediate conflict is resolved. Do Beast and Belle get married? We don’t know. Do they have 8 children? We don’t know? Does Beast get stomach ulcers and become an accountant? WE DON’T KNOW.

Non Ending Example: End of the first Lord of the Rings movie. We begin by questing, and end by questing. Tune in next week for more!

Cliff-Hanger: The second Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Certain people who were supposed to be dead suddenly appear in the last scene of the movie, cut to credits, cue the screams from the audience.

Will you write another book in the Shiver series? Will you write a spin-off series?
Nope. That series is about hope and beginnings and the last thing I want to do is follow the remaining characters to the bitter end. Unlike The Scorpio Races, the nope will remain nope, even when I’m 60 and feeling nostalgic.

Will there be another book after LAMENT and BALLAD?
Yes. It’s called REQUIEM, it’s the last book in that series, and I’m working on it right now. Currently, the first two words of the rough draft are “Luke Dillon.”

Did you see that your book(s) was(were) in People Magazine/ New York Times/ Salon/ NPR/ Seventeen Magazine/ Los Angeles Times/ that new Stephen King miniseries with Pierce Brosnan/ on adverts in the London tube?
OMG yes. YES, I did.

When will you release another book?
I just finished editing MagicalNovel, which is secret and I can’t tell you anything about RIGHT NOW. Well, I can tell you it was a very hard book to write for reasons I can’t tell you about yet, and that it took 9 months to write a rough draft, which is crazy for me. But I will be telling you something about it, including its real title, in a few months, and it will be on shelves in the second half of 2012. It involves teens. That’s all I can say right now.

I also have a weird short story anthology called STORYBOOK that I did with my critique partners, Brenna Yovanoff & Tessa Gratton. I say weird because some of them are stories you can already find online at www.merryfates.com and weird because most of the anthology is actually us talking about our critique partner relationship and what we were thinking and learning as we wrote about each of the stories in the book. That’s coming out mid 2012, I think.

Will Shiver be a movie? What’s going on with the movie? Can I be in the movie!? Don’t make the movie! Do make the movie! Please can Chase Crawford play Cole/ Sam/ Beck/ Grace?
I get asked about the movie. A lot. A lot a lot. Its film rights were optioned shortly after it came out by Warner Brothers/ Unique Features. Optioning means that they’re looking at assembling all of the movie parts, but it’s all very tenuous and at any time it can perish. No, it does not have a release date (everything you see online to the contrary is lies and damn lies). No, it does not have a trailer (although some fans have very fine editing skills on YouTube). No, they are not casting. And no, I have no say in any of the previously mentioned things, so all of the headshots I keep getting sent? Deleted. I can’t do anything with them. I get asked a lot if there are new developments. Trust me, if there were new developments, I’d be howling them from the rooftops. And by rooftops, I mean Twitter.

Will The Scorpio Races be a movie?
Scorpio just got optioned by Warner Bros/ KatzSmith Productions and I had a great and optimistic phone call with the producers. Remember what I said about optioning above, though. It’s early stages. And even with full speed ahead, it would be YEARS before the movie comes out. Did you guys see Hugo last month? Yeah, the book it was based on came out in 2007. Twilight the book was published in 2005. Twilight the movie appeared in 2008. Books-to-movies take a long time. I swear, I promise, I declare that if I get any new news, I will shout it.

I made your November Cakes recipe. Do you want to see them?
YES. Post them on Twitter or Facebook, pretty please.

Can I use your lyrics/ words/ poems with my own music?
You can sing them all you like so long as you don’t try to sell them or mass-produce them (I realize this removes most of the fun from it). The rights to the lyrics belong to me and to Scholastic and the only versions of Summer Girl, etc., that are out there on iTunes have been approved by both of us. So, singing them in the shower = good. Singing them at your local gig = bad.

Did you send out your queries letters in bulk or one at a time to agents?
In tiny batches. Here is my blog post about queries: http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/147714.html. All of my writing posts are tagged with "how I write."

Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?
In matters of Team Dude A versus Team Dude B, I’m usually Team Sanity. That said, I think Peeta is a better guy for Katniss, because Katniss is an ass and pairing her with another ass seems ill-advised. I say this with all fondness, as I adored Hunger Games.
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