Marissa Meyer at North Central School/Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
I all the time go see Marissa Meyer when she’s on the town and I used to be so excited to have the ability to see her once more in Naperville, this time for the ARCHENEMIES ebook tour! The superb people at Macmilan/Fierce Reads requested me if I needed to interview Marissa earlier than the occasion and naturally I stated sure! I sat down with Marissa to ask her a number of questions concerning the Renegades collection, tremendous powers, and naturally, Harry Potter sorting.
(Parts edited for time and stream, solely affecting ease of studying and never the precise interview or solutions.)
Brittany: We’re celebrating the discharge of ARCHENEMIES, which is the second e-book within the Renegades trilogy. The collection was initially deliberate to be a two-book collection. Did you all the time really feel prefer it ought to have been a trilogy, or did that develop as you have been writing the collection?
Marissa Meyer: Initially, it did promote as a trilogy so for a lot of, many drafts of RENEGADES. I wrote it trying to make it a trilogy, however I had thought that the central concept of this hero and villain character falling in love wasn’t itself sufficient to hold it by means of three entire books. My plan had been to give attention to different characters for the primary two books after which Adrian and Nova have been going to be the central characters of the third and last e-book… and it simply didn’t work and it wasn’t working and it wasn’t working and after years and years of type of pulling my hair out, we determined, you recognize what? Let’s simply concentrate on Nova’s and Adrian’s story and make it a standalone! So RENEGADES turned a standalone. I began writing it and eventually it began to return collectively. Lastly, I used to be capable of give attention to this story between Nova and Adrian, which is what I actually needed to be writing the entire time! So I’m writing it and it stored getting longer and longer and longer, and sooner or later I noticed, hey! I feel this might truly be two books. I informed my editor and she or he was thrilled. So we made it two books and I completed RENEGADES. That was achieved and I began engaged on ARCHENEMIES, and it stored getting longer and longer and longer… And, sooner or later it turned clear that it was truly three books! And so now it’s a trilogy and dealing on e-book three, and I’m preeetty positive we’re finished at three. I’m fairly positive.
Brittany: That’s fascinating! I like that, although! It’s such as you by no means know the place it’s going to take you.
Marissa: Yeah, this e-book has had a number of surprises!
Brittany: That was truly one in every of my different questions! Was there any character scene that basically stunned you as you have been writing these books and introduced you to locations you didn’t anticipate? So I assume we sort of already reply that partially!
Marissa: Yeah. There are tons of issues that stunned me! Hmm, what are some particular examples…
Brittany: Have been there any characters that ended up getting extra web page time that you simply didn’t assume have been going to be such an enormous a part of the ebook?
Marissa: No, if something, there are characters that ended up getting much less face time than I anticipated that they might initially, nevertheless it sort of fluctuates. There are characters who you didn’t see an entire lot of in guide one, however then they arrive up extra in guide two. There’s a personality who was imagined to play an enormous position in ebook two after which it ended up not working in any respect. So now we’re going to see them in guide three and that sort of entire [concept] obtained moved to guide three. Then there’s, you recognize, concepts for scenes that you simply assume will work and find yourself not working, otherwise you’re writing alongside and all of the sudden character says one thing that utterly surprises you and you need to go together with it. I imply, there’s all the time issues in writing that come up and alter.
Brittany: I actually love a well-rounded villain, and I really like how typically we get to see the inner-workings behind the villains in your books! We received to see Levana’s type of origin story in FAIREST, the Queen of Hearts and her starting in HEARTLESS, and now we now have a lot perception to the Anarchists with Nova being a essential character within the Renegades trilogy! Are these kinds of characters harder to put in writing due to their many layers? Or does that really show you how to with a lot to construct off of?
Marissa: It relies upon! I imply, a few of my hero characters are harder to put in writing than others, and a few of the villain characters troublesome are harder to put in writing than others, so it doesn’t appear to essentially be one or the opposite. However definitely in writing the villains, I’m all the time making an attempt to make it possible for I actually perceive the place they’re coming from. Whether or not it’s one thing of their previous that has pushed them to be a sure method, or one thing that they’re making an attempt to perform that’s motivating them, I would like readers to might say, “You recognize, properly, I don’t agree with what they’re doing — they’re actually making dangerous decisions — however I can type of perceive why, or I can empathize with them on some degree.” In order the author, in fact, I’m all the time looking for methods to empathize with them and join with them within the hopes that we’ll come throughout to the the readers.
Brittany: I feel that’s actually fascinating with all the Anarchists who type of have totally different ranges — there are some people who find themselves to date gone after which Nova, particularly being a most important character — you get to see how she interacts with the heroes. And I simply assume that’s actually neat the way you get to see all of that, multi functional e-book.
Marissa: Properly, thanks! I really like writing the villains.
Brittany: Have been there any particular sources of inspiration for a few of these distinctive superpowers? Like Ruby’s? Or Honey & Danna with their insect connection?
Marissa: For probably the most half, [I go with it] if i get an concept that I feel appears actually cool. A lot of the superpowers, I received the thought for them and thought they might simply be cool concepts to put in writing about, or have been a really visible superpower. I like to write down my books to have a really type of cinematographic high quality to them and so one thing that[, the visual superpowers,] I simply thought it might be actually neat to play with in several battle sequences and whatnot, so I’m all the time drawn to powers like that. Alternatively, if there’s one thing that I feel I would love to have, like that’s a superpower that I might love, then these are likely to take prime billing too.
Brittany: Have been there any of the e-book that you simply have been ones that you simply actually needed to have?
Marissa: Nova’s… I might like to by no means should sleep! I do additionally like Adrian’s, too. I shouldn’t have any actually inventive talent and I’ve all the time envied individuals who might drive and paint. You recognize, it’s type of symbolic that there are individuals who might draw one thing, and it feels prefer it involves life on the web page. Adrian can truly make issues come to life and I simply assume that’s so cool!
Brittany: The Renegades trilogy is your first launch that didn’t have fairy story inspiration. Was the writing course of lots totally different with out having to return to a selected supply like that? Or did it have any totally different inspirations?
Marissa: So totally different, it was so totally different! I imply, once you’re doing a fairy story retelling or origin story, like with HEARTLESS, you’ve a built-in framework already. You already know, if I’m doing Cinderella — we all know there’s going to be a stepmother. We all know there’s going to be a ball. We all know there’s to be some kind of shoe that will get misplaced — like there are issues that you understand are going to occur, after which you’ll be able to type of construct the story off of that. However with Renegades being utterly unique, I had influences — loads of influences — however however, I had full freedom to do something that I needed with the story. At first I assumed that was going to be nice and really easy and enjoyable! And it turned out to be the other… I had so many concepts and so many various instructions that I considered taking the story. I attempted so many issues and actually acquired very misplaced many, many occasions and saying, “What might I do with this story? There’s so many choices!” and misplaced focus with it many times till I lastly was in a position to determine okay, what is that this story that i’m making an attempt to inform?
Brittany: Do you assume there can be any like spin-offs or little novellas for the issues that did should get pushed apart?
Marissa: I don’t know! There are a few characters that ended up getting minimize that I assumed had potential for their very own works… in all probability not within the Renegades world — in all probability a totally totally different universe’s story world — however I identical to a number of the concepts that got here together with them and I feel I might undoubtedly recycle them into one thing new sooner or later. So far as, spin-off tales… I’ve felt like there’s undoubtedly potential to do one thing from the Age of Anarchy. There’s definitely plenty of cool tales that might be pulled from that point interval! I don’t know that I’ll, nevertheless it’s one thing that I’ve considered, so we’ll see.
Brittany: There are such a lot of wonderful character connections on this collection, from household to friendship to romance to teammate. Do you’ve got a favourite character relationship within the Renegades trilogy?
Marissa: Properly, I all the time love the romance story lives clearly! Adrian and Nova, however I additionally Adrian’s dads, Simon and Hugh — I really like each scene the place we see them! I feel they’re so charming. So in all of my books, every thing I’ve ever written earlier than, none of my characters ever have good households! Like, they’re all the time uncared for, and abused — these poor characters of mine! And Adrian was actually the primary protagonist that I’ve the place he comes from a wholesome, loving household, and that’s so refreshing to have the ability to write! I all the time take pleasure in these scenes.
Brittany: For those who might get your self a tattoo like Adrian does, which energy would you give to your self first?
Marissa: That’s actually good query! I haven’t been requested that earlier than… I’m making an attempt to assume if there’s a tattoo that may let me fly…
Brittany: Wings in your ft?
Marissa: I’m going to have to consider that one!
Brittany: It’s a troublesome query! I couldn’t consider one for myself…
Marissa: Yeah, as a result of all of his are very centric on like preventing! Even just like the leaping factor — having tattoos on the soles of your ft sounds painful… so I’m unsure!
Brittany: If characters out of your different books had superhero names and powers, what do you assume they might be?
Marissa: So, the primary that involves thoughts for Cinder can be The Mechanic! She by some means have the ability to magically make things better… which she type of already has that superpower! I might completely see Scarlet having hearth energy and being… the Scarlet Witch, however that that already exists — there’s Scarlet Witch in Marvel! Hmm, just like the Scarlet Flame or one thing! Wolf would in all probability [something like a shapeshifter]… There’s one other phrase I used to be going for, however that works, so he can flip right into a wolf!
Brittany: If we have been to type the Renegades characters into Hogwarts Homes, would all the Anarchist be Slytherins, or will there be an excellent combine or stability in there?
Marissa: Good query! I virtually really feel like Nova is perhaps extra Ravenclaw than Slytherin… She may even cross for Gryffindor. Honey would undoubtedly be Slytherin. The Puppeteer, he can be Slytherin. Leroy… He might be Ravenclaw too. However perhaps Slytherin. Who am I forgetting ? Phobia! We forgot Phobia!
Brittany: That’s a great query! Are we going to get to know extra about Phobia? I’m very excited for that! I simply really feel like we’re being led as much as that.
Marissa: He’s an instance of somebody who I assumed was going to play a a lot greater position within the first two books after which ended up not likely coming to fruition, however he simply turn into extra central in e-book three.
Brittany: I’m loving the lead up, although. Like, you realize that you simply’re going to get extra info and that’s actually thrilling!
Brittany: I do know you’re keen on writing romances and I really like how naturally they develop. It’s not fast into romance, like you possibly can really feel that rigidity and every little thing main up with Nova and Adrian. Is it exhausting to not simply leap proper into the kissing scenes?
Marissa: So exhausting!! All I ever need is for my characters to start out kissing! In my very first draft that I ever wrote of CINDER, her and Kai have been kissing on like, web page 30. Like, let’s do that!! However yeah, I imply, i’m all the time wanting ahead to that half. But in addition as a reader, if the romance develops too quick they usually’re kissing too quickly, then I lose curiosity. Like no, no, no, I would like the wrestle and the strain and suspense, and I actually prefer it to final so long as attainable!
I had SUCH a good time interviewing Marissa and one other massive thanks to her for giving us this scoop and perception on the Renegades trilogy!