~post by Emily
“Marissa Meyer is the author of Cinder, a sci-fi twist on the Cinderella story.
Emily: Which of your characters do you think you’re most like?
Marissa Meyer: Peony because we both daydream a lot.
E: Where did you get the idea for Cinder?
MM: I entered a writing contest for a Sailor Moon fanfiction. I then took the story I wrote and developed it into a novel.
E: How is it being a debut author in the YA lit scene, and what’s your favorite part?
MM: It’s awesome. The other YA authors are really nice, and it’s a great community.
E: Did you plan on making Cinder into a series?
MM: I knew I wanted to write four books, but wanted there to be little crossover between them. As I wrote, they just came together into a series.
E: Why did you decide on the four fairytale characters the books are about?
MM: I started with a list of about 15 characters, and as I wrote, those four characters’ stories just fit together.
E: What is your favorite genre to read?
MM: I enjoy all young adult books.
E: What is Scarlet like as a character?
MM: She’s feisty, hot-tempered, makes rash decisions, and doesn’t think things through.”