Wednesday night, Houston fans of YA paranormal romance packed Blue Willow Bookshop to see and hear Maggie Stiefvater present the sequel to her bestseller Shiver. The new book, Linger, continues the saga of The Wolves of Mercy Falls.
Maggie didn’t have to wait for the crowd to warm up. She brought the party mood with her—she arrived early looking happy, relaxed and ready to have a great time. Thanks to all the bloggers who have interviewed her, Maggie said she already knew what The Question about Linger would be. When she went on tour to promote Shiver, the bloggers had already prepared her for the one question that everybody asked:
Her answer: I’m a terrible person. I like to see people cry. I stay young on the tears of my readers. I’m really eighty.
So, The Question (actually, there are two questions with a capital Q) all the bloggers have for Linger is:
1) Did you do a lot of research like read werewolf books?
2) Why Werewolves?
Answer Q1— I did hours of medical research and spent hours torturing my father (doctor) about viruses and genetics. I spent hours watching wolf documentaries, so many that my dogs started howling in their sleep. I spent hours reading rehab forums and spent more time reading poetry that I spent on personal hygiene. But no, I did not read werewolf books. Everybody knows about werewolves.
Answer Q2— I don’t write about werewolves. I write about wolves and teens. They’re never teens and wolves at the same time.
And of course, everyone wanted to know when the final book in the series, Forever, will be released. Maggie said it is scheduled to come out at this time next summer. She taunted the crowd a bit by giving us two hints about Forever: There will be happier and sadder moments than the other two books. but no, she won’t tell us what color the cover is or what color the ink will be.
She also teased us that while on a recent vacation to Nagshead, while her husband and kids frolicked int the surf, she wrote Forever spoilers in the sand and cackled as the waves washed them away.
Maggie did give us her thoughts on who should play in the movie for Shiver. Click here to see her picks.
And for the fans of her Books of Faerie series, Lament and Ballad, she told us that the name for the third book is Requiem.
Thanks for visiting us, Maggie! And thanks to Blue Willow for hosting this fun event.