Monday, March 12, 2012

In Which Maggie Asks "Any Questions?"

Today I was scraping chunks of files off my desktop and I realized I had a document that was called "Reader Questions" that I'd been keeping to answer on the blog. I opened it and was delighted to discover that I had been studious by accident — I'd already answered all of the questions in it. So I figure today is a good day to ask if you have any questions you'd like to see me tackle on the blog (keeping in mind I answered a bunch HERE recently).

This is also where I am going to embed a video that the entire world has seen, but just in case you haven't you must. It combines many of my loves: absurdly complicated videos, alt rock, and CARS.


The only thing that would make that better is if it had been done in a Camaro. My Camaro, possibly.

Loki in the Corn

Oh, heck, and while I'm spamming you. Go buy the latest album by Fun., if you haven't yet. This is what they sound like live, and on the album, they are like that + Queen + summer + awesome. Just do it.

27 comments:

Katie Elizabeth drysdale said...

Will you be returning to australia after releasing The Raven Boys? I am honestly really hoping so!!!

ryan graudin said...

How many hours a day to you actually write? And when you do, what is your average wordcount pace?

chaoticprose said...

What are your tips for creating/writing strong female characters?

Erika said...

I know that all fan mail to you is sent to Scholastic, but do you ever get to see it? I want to send you a letter (handwritten!) thanking you for everything, and also a tiny bit of artwork (I was thinking about sending you a sock, but I've decided against it for some reason). Fan mail wouldn't be an inconvenience on you, would it?

VOLLZIN said...

I’m so happy that you’ll answer new questions. Mine is: What tips do you have to give for an aspiring author that have problems of concentration — and because of it, problems on writing on computers, even after hand-writing his rough draft. Plus, what you’d say to him overcome some personal problems that made him blocked to write and with lack of self-confidence in his words — even though he has the hunger to do it.

Anonymous said...

Can you go more into detail about The Raven Boys- how it originated, the kind of research you did for it, etc?

Anonymous said...

I adored Ballad and Lament - can you give us any further information on Requiem? Even just a few words? :) Thanks.

Azariascout said...

Perhaps maybe an odd question, but where did you get your satchel? I've been looking for one which expands, and yours appears to do so very well!

Anonymous said...

I think some of the replies got eaten.

Any tips on writing/plotting/structuring a series?

Anonymous said...

Here I go again, I keep losing my question. What time period was Scorpo
Races set in? Sometimes it seems modern,often not so much. Maybe it is just set in an alternate universe. At least I hope not to meet any carnivorous horses in this one!
-Sherie

Temre Beltz said...

Hi Maggie - thanks so much for this opportunity :) My question is related to the previous one about writing/plotting/structuring a series. How far do you tend to plot ahead? Do you know the ending for book three before you've written book one? Are these plot resolutions fairly concrete before you commence writing? Has an ending to a series ever surprised you (at least as far as what you set out to write when first beginning book one)?

Anonymous said...

Erica J.D:

So I have a few Questions that I really need answered, So if you can please answer them!
Firstly what do you do when you reach a crossroad in your story line and need a to make a major decision but REALLY don't know what to do and all your ideas are bloody grand but you just need to pick one for the book to work? What did you do, before you became an author and was still a writer, when you just had no initiative to write even though your plan was ace? What do you do when you suffer from Authors Block? Also I have a question when you become an Author do you get to decide on the cover or is it someone else?
Also Does Cole St Clair have a younger brother that's about sixteenish to fifteen that's single? :P

Anonymous said...

Erica J.D, again,
Oh and also will you please do a tour where you come to Asia, PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

Erica J.D.

Does any of your characters have an epic hair flip,you know such as Cole, I mean he was in a band right, so He's bound to have a epic hair flip. Oh and wen u come to Asia PLEASE bring Cole!

Crystal Cook said...

I love your books, totally and completely adore all of them, but I really miss your art that you used to post to your blog. I was wondering if you miss making art (by this I mean painting or drawing) on a daily basis like you used to? Is writing your true creative love?

Amanda Olivieri said...

Hi, Maggie! I have kind of a silly question about The Scorpio Races (which I adored). I don't remember if school was ever mentioned in the book, maybe in passing, but I did notice that we didn't see them actually going to school. I assumed it was a cultural thing on Thisby, or because they were busy working just to survive. But do they go to school? I love the world you built on Thisby, so was just wondering about that!

Anonymous said...

I have a bunch, if that's okay! I tried to ask them on one of you last live-chats, but none of them got through:

1) Did you have to fight to get the text of the Shiver series to be different colors, or did everyone think it was a great idea?

2) Now that you're a full-time author, am I correct in thinking that once you finish a book, you're given some time to think of another story to write? I mean, what if (rhetorically) once you're done with the Raven Boys Series, you have no other ideas for the moment. What would happen?

3) How long does it usually take you to brainstorm a whole book? I have a book idea that I really want to do, but I can't seem to figure out all the gritty details, how to end it, or even what to do in the middle of it. It all seems so much. How would you recommend I get my brain less muddled and more into the story?

4) Did the Shiver series become so popular eventually because they're just amazing (which they are), or did the company/people you published and worked with help in terms of their standing in publishing famous books?

Thanks so so much!!! ~Hanna S.

Amanda Jayne said...

I know it's not your big thing these days, but you do such amazing colored pencil work. I love my Prismacolors with a passion, but I don't do them justice. What are your tips?

Karla said...

I work in a public library where I have become the unofficial e-book expert. What is your opinion on e-book lending in libraries? Every publisher has their own idea about what the rules for library lending should be and it can make things inconvenient and confusing for our patrons.

Anonymous said...

HI!!!!!!!!!!!!
I HAVE TO START OFF BY SAYING I ABSOLUTELY ADORE YOU AND YOUR BOOKS! PLUS WE'RE NAME TWINS! MAGGIE REALLY IS THE BEST NAME IN THE WORLD. :)

ANYWAY, I WAS WONDERING, HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH NAMES FOR YOUR CHARACTERS? PARTICULARLY LAST NAMES THAT SOUND NICE WITH THE FIRST NAME, (I HAVE SO MUCH TROUBLE WITH FINDING THEM)

OH, AND HOW DO STORYLINES COME TO YOU? LIKE DO YOU GET AN IDEA YOU EXPAND ON, A COOL TITLE THAT YOU BUILD A STORY AROUND OR DO YOUR STORIES START OFF WITH THE CHARACTERS?

I'VE NOTICED THAT YOUR SHORT STORIES DON'T TEND TO APPEAR IN ANTHOLOGIES, AND I'M WONDERING, WHY IS THAT? I KNOW THAT THE MERRY SISTERS OF FATE COULD BE GETTING AN ANTHOLOGY OUT SOON, BUT OTHER THAN THAT AND "KISS ME DEADLY" I DON'T THINK I'VE SEEN ONE OF YOUR SHORT STORIES IN BOOK FORM.

AND SINCE YOU'D PROBABLY LIKE TO KNOW: "THE SCORPIO RACES" MADE ME CRY. :)

THANKS A BUNCH!

PS, IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY THIS IS ALL IN CAPS... I DON'T KNOW EITHER, CAPS LOCK IS JUST COOL LIKE THAT. :)

RachelKiwi said...

1. which of your characters do you identify with most and why? which character is MOST "maggie"?

2. i have crushes on sean from scorpio and cole from wolves of mf. i already sense i'm gonna be swooning over dick from raven boys (despite the unfortunate name). do you find yourself attached to the swoon-worthy male characters you create?

Erika said...

I have another question that I was curious about: was your character, Blue Sargent, named after John Singer Sargent?

Moonlight Called said...

Hi! I was wondering if you've run into problems with finishing any of your works, even though you care about it very much to not wanting to see the idea die and to see it finished? Any tips of how to handle this to a very indecisive 16 year old?

PS Love Shiver, and it took my already bad obsession with wolves and magical things to a whole other level (Really loved Grace, she was just obsessed as me^.^ probably more...) and not to worry I've even found more books to add fuel to the fire haha.

Anonymous said...

How old is finn in the scorpio races? It's something that i think of every time i read the book.

Jen (In the Closet With a Bibliophile) said...

I actually got to see The Format a ton, live in Arizona (as that's where I live and where Ruess is from) before they split and Nate Ruess joined up with Dost and Antonoff and created Fun. Love their stuff. His voice just really gets ya. My favorites are Tune Out and On Your Porch.

Anonymous said...

Sorry this comment is so late, but i recently re-read the series and Scorpio races, and i was dying for a new book by you so i checked your blog to see what is happening and i saw this.

When you came to my school, you mentioned that Forever had an ending that left questions - and when i first read this I was confused as to how people would think this way, but when i re-read this it made me re-think what i had previously thought. When i first read forever i had the impression that Cole was going to go to California with Isabel, but when i re-read this i couldn't figure out where i got this from. Were you meant to imply that they had a future together?

Sorry for the essay. I am blown away by your writing as it has such depth and magic to it - Thankyou so much for you books - i am obsessed with the mercy falls series and Scorpio races. Forever was my faveourite book of 2011. <3

Claire Brewer said...

Hi! I have a random question: Why malaria?

My tall, dark and decidedly wolfish husband was diagnosed a few years back with lupus. Seriously... Lupus.

He takes an anti-malarial drug to control his inner wolf's outbreaks. When I read Forever, I felt like you were in on our little inside joke. Is this a stellar coincidence? Or did you know that malaria and lupus were linked?

Thanks so much! For your time and for bringing your lovely stories into my world.

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