Maggie Stiefvater got interviewed by Dallas News. During the interview she talked psychics, The Dream Theives and more.
Check out the interview below:
Stacy and Kristen: The Raven Boys, the first in the Raven Cycle, was told mainly through Blue and Gansey’s perspective. Dream Thieves was a little different, told in more of a male perspective (Ronan and the assassin). Will the perspective shift again in the third installment of the series? If so, who’s story/perspective will be highlighted in the next book?
Maggie: I am amused that you think I will spoiler on myself. HA! That requires more trickery and cunning. I do very much enjoy shifting the narrative between the members of the group, because each of them sees the real world and the magical world in a different light — I like to think it gives the reader a more nuanced, complicated sense of the story. The third book will shift again, but there’s no way I will tell you who it focuses on. Though you’re free to guess. Nothing wrong with guessing.
Stacy and Kristen: Blue Sargent, from the Raven Cycle books, comes from a family of psychics. We are curious, have you ever visited a psychic yourself or have a psychic experience you’d be willing to share?
Maggie: Like Blue, the female members of my family have a reputation for being a little creepy in this department, although none of them have considered a 1-900 number. Are 1-900 numbers still a thing? I just realized that I haven’t seen one advertised in a long time. Anyway, I’m just going to settle on this: I’ve learned to trust their intuition. While I was on tour a few years ago, I thought it would be interesting to go to an official psychic and see what it was all about. I was in the process of writing The Raven Boys and thought it might give me some insight — on psychics, not on my life goals. Honestly, I didn’t expect the psychic to be any good. Mostly I wanted to have the pleasurable experience of being fooled. Of having someone cleverly psychoanalyze me as they parted me from my money. But what happened instead was a young woman in a depressingly suburban home told me she saw success in my future and danger in my past and that I’d live a nice long life as a fashionista. Then she offered me psychic protection for an additional, rotating fee. I was so utterly disappointed. She wasn’t even a con artist. There was no art to it at all. I could forge you a much better reading.
Kristen and Stacy: We are sooo excited about your planned spin-off from the Shiver Trilogy(The Wolves of Mercy Falls) featuring Isabel and Cole! They are such strong, interesting characters; we always felt they should have their own story. Why did you decide to write it now?
Maggie: I’d tossed around the idea for quite a long time, but I just didn’t have enough distance from their stories to see how I would complete their character arcs. This spring, I suddenly realized I knew what happened to them. My schedule was already stuffed to the gills — I was editing The Dream Thieves, had just agreed to write a middle grade multi-author series with Scholastic, and I’d signed on to do a book about novel revision with my two critique partners — but it didn’t matter. For me, there is never much space between having an idea and doing the idea. So I stuffed it into the schedule.
Kristen and Stacy: The Scorpio Races is one of the books of our heart; after reading it we could feel Thisby in our blood and the sea salt in our hair. We know The Scorpio Races is intended as a stand-alone novel, but would you ever consider revisiting that world in the future as well?
Maggie: I’ve said before that I might revisit that book when I’m 50. Remember how I just said I needed more objectivity in order to return to Cole and Isabel? The same goes here, one thousand times over. I am just so pleased with how The Scorpio Races turned out that I wouldn’t return to it unless I felt a sequel could match it.
Kristen and Stacy: You’re an artist, a musician, an amateur film maker – how did you choose writing young adult fiction as a means over your other artistic talents? Or are they all interrelated?
Maggie: This is a question that I struggled with a lot as a teen. I didn’t realize that really, what I wanted to do was tell stories. The music, art, words, animation . . . that’s just the medium for the story. Once I figured out what the important part was, the story-telling, the moving around of people’s emotions, I could concentrate on learning how to perfect that. Everything I take on now is just another story-telling technique.
Kristen and Stacy: As a top young adult author you have access to some of the best young adult literature, what are some of your recent reads that you recommend?
Maggie: The glory of young adult literature is that we all have access to the best young adult literature. I recently finished REVOLUTION, by Jennifer Donnelly, which I enjoyed a lot, and I’d definitely pair that with CODE NAME VERITY, by Elizabeth Wein. They are both tinged with history (the latter takes place in World War II), both have great and specific characters, and both are big, messy, complicated affairs that withstand dissection by book clubs or dinner parties.