Debut Author Interview: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Welcome to Author Marissa Meyer!

MARISSA MEYER was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn’t actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.

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If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

I’m kind of a klutz, so I have a fascination with gymnastic-type superpowers. Extreme grace, agility, flexibility… the ability to do a cartwheel. Stuff like that.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate chip cookie dough. I like to eat all the actual ice cream first so at the end I’m left with just big spoonfuls of cookie dough. Yummmm.

One food you would never eat?

I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater, but I don’t think I could do anything in the insect family. *shudders*

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

From a kick-butt heroine to a charming prince, cruel villains and hilarious sidekick androids, technology and “magic,” romance and action, I really do feel that CINDER has something for just about everyone.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Right now I’m plugging away on the rest of the four-book series and I’ll be in revision land for quite some time. After that, though, I have lots of ideas for more YA books, from fantasy to paranormal, contemporary to historical. We’ll see what I’m inspired to write next when the time comes.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

“Invincible” by Muse feels to me like it was written for The Lunar Chronicles. The idea that by joining together we become invincible is definitely a theme in the series.

How did you know you should become an author?

It sounds melodramatic, but there were times when the desire to be an author would leave me practically in tears—I wanted it so bad. I don’t know that there was ever really another path for me.

What movie are you looking forward to this year?

Hunger Games!!! And also The Hobbit.

What’s your favorite season/weather?

I love autumn. In the Pacific Northwest we get a lot of gray, drizzly days, which are perfect for spending with a cup of hot cocoa and my laptop, or a book.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I had a bottle of champagne I’d been saving for a year or two. I’d even made a special tag for it with a gold-stamped “P,” for “Get Published.” I enjoyed it with my family.

Write a Haiku about your book

Cyborg cinder girl.

Android fairy godmother.

Still has prince charming.

Horror or Romance?

Definitely romance. I live for kissing scenes. Plus I’m a huge scaredy-cat, so horror stories tend to infiltrate my imagination and keep me up at night.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Cinder was released on January 3, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan