Interview with Authors: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Interview with Authors: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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Episode Title: 

Ep. 8 - Interview with Authors: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare 

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Guests Bios:

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling fantasy series Magisterium with Holly Black. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted as both a major motion picture and a television series. Her books have more than fifty million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three fearsome cats.

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy books, including the novels of Elfhame, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Spiderwick Chronicles, her adult debut, Book of Night, as well as an Arthurian picture book called Sir Morien. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. She invites you to visit her online at .

Episode summary:

In this interview, LitJoy owners Kelly and Alix interview two power house New York Times best selling authors and best friends, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Cassie & Holly, the beginning of a beautiful friendship [2:57]
  • Writing at home vs. writing away and how being outside of your environment can spark creativity [7:27]
  • Cassie & Holly workshopping each others writing [12:04]
  • Irritating edits, DON'T KILL SIMON! [16:00]
  • "Write drunk, edit sober" [18:33]
  • Favorite characters from each others works [19:10]
  • Hanging out with the Ragpicker King from Sword Catcher [21:30]
  • Two kinds of research that go into writing [24:28]
  • Prioritizing peace and finding time for yourself as an author [31:27]
  • Write Holly a letter ! [34:38]
  • Cassie and Holly discuss if they prefer audiobooks vs. books in hand [41:10]
  • Cassie & Holly's discuss which of their books were the hardest to write [45:54]
  • "The perfect kind of fame" [50:44]
  • Cassandra Clare is a pen name [53:00]
  • What Cassie & Holly are working on now [56:15]
  • What Cassie & Holly are reading right now [57:17]

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • Books by British sci-fi and fantasy author, Tanith Lee
  • Faeries by Allan Lee and Brian Froud book
  • Starling House by Alix E. Harrow book
  • The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells book
  • A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher book
  • What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher book
  • The Heroine with 1001 Faces by Maria Tatar book

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