Friday, May 23, 2014

Author Stalker: What You Might Not Know About Marissa Meyer

We all love books and stories that take us away to new worlds or introduce us to characters that become our friends. These characters and stories often envelop our thoughts long after we finish a novel. Sometimes, even years after reading a book, part of the story will come back to us and we'll smile because once you read a book, it becomes part of your story.

Fiction fact

I've always thought that the authors behind these amazing books are superheroes with crazy creativity superpowers. Who are these people? And how do they come us with this stuff? Butterbeer. Clockwork angels. Ingesting metals and using their powers. Wings that look like petals. A game where the winner is the only one that survives. A playing card that give you a message. Death as a narrator. Who knew?

Welcome to our new series, AUTHOR STALKER, where I (Delicious Reads Contributor, Robin) meet our favorite authors face-to-face, learn behind-the-scenes info on how their story came to be, and get to know them beyond their superhero writing skills.

What do you get when you cross fairy tales and science fiction? You get the Lunar Chronicles by  Marissa Meyer.  This amazing author of Cinder, Scarlet, and newly released Cress is one we need to keep an eye on.
Cinder, Scarlet, Cress
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Marissa Meyer, with a streak of red in her dark hair (see below), recently came to the Orem, Utah Barnes & Noble and I got to see first hand how she comes up with her stories. Her inspiration for Cinder (picture an android Cinderella racing from the ball and losing her foot instead of her glass slipper) came when she entered a contest that asked her to pick two prompts from a list of ten and write a short story. Marissa chose to write a story that was 1.) set in the future and 2.) had a fairy-tale character. Her story was a sci-fi version of Puss in Boots. Ironically, out of only two entries in the contest (hers and one other), she lost. But soon after, the idea for Cinder was born.
Lunar Chronicles
Marissa Meyer (front) at her Book Signing of Cress in Orem 2014 with Robin (Me), Kelly, Kellie, Jennifer, and Julia
Another thing I learned about Marissa is that she doesn't just write stories, she tells them too! I recorded her telling a gruesome version of Little Red Riding Hood.

And flashback to two years ago when Marissa Meyer came to Utah on the Fierce Reads Tour 2012, I still remember hearing the excitement in Marissa's voice as she discussed Cinder, her first book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I may have been bias because I won a copy of the book there, but after hearing all the authors speak, Cinder was the book I wanted to read most.
Delicious Reads Members at Fierce Reads Book Tour 2012 with
Authors Emmy Laybourne, Anna Banks, Libba Bray, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer (far right)
Marissa's next book in the Lunar Chronicles series will be called Winter. Now that we have met the sci-fi versions of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, Winter will introduce us to Snow White. Anyone have any guesses on how Marissa will bring her into the story and who the seven dwarfs will be? 

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