Interview with Robin Wasserman – Author of The Book of Blood and Shadow

Welcome to Author Robin Wasserman

I’m the author of the Cold Awakening Trilogy (Skinned, Crashed, and Wired), Hacking Harvard, the Seven Deadly Sins series, and The Book of Blood and Shadow. I’m also a crazed Stephen King fan and David Foster Wallace evangelist with an embarrassing list of Important Books I’ve Never Read But Can Bluff About Well Enough to Discuss at Cocktail Parties. I’m working on it.



If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?  
The future (much higher chance of indoor plumbing)

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 
Stephen King, Judy Blume, Joss Whedon, Tom Stoppard, and Stephen Sondheim

What is one book everyone should read? 
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Salted caramel

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 

Night owl, or early bird? 
Much as it pains me to admit it…early bird

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms (you have to ask?)

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was read—so when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “writer,” figuring why would I want to spend my time doing anything but making books?

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? 
A Wrinkle in Time

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
You don’t have to be the best. You just have to be the most stubborn.

Favorite Candy? 
Cadbury Creme Eggs

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 
Degrassi The Next Generation (though obviously not that embarrassed)

Horror or Romance? 

Favorite quote from a movie? 
“You know that Shakespearean admonition, ‘To thine own self be true’? It’s premised on the idea that ‘thine own self’ is something pretty good, being true to which is commendable. But what if ‘thine own self’ is not so good? What if it’s pretty bad? Would it be better, in that case, *not* to be true to thine own self?… See, that’s my situation.”—The Last Days of Disco

Describe your book in five words or less. 
Murder. Puzzles. Explosions. Romance. Betrayal.

The Book of Blood and Shadow

It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark. 
But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer. 
Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.