Author Revealed

About Cassandra Clare

Q. Previous occupations

A. Taboid entertainment writer.

Q. Favorite job

A. The one I have now.

Q. Favorite movie

A. L.A. Confidential

Q. Favorite television show

A. Veronica Mars

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Crowded apartment, crazy cat, piles of books, laptop!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. So many books, so little time.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Sharks.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. London.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Let's make it a tie between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Don't pet the cat, he bites. Oh, too late."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not learning a foreign language when I was young enough to become fluent.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Being able to draw or paint.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Alphabetizing my entire library.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Laziness.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm short, so I have a low center of gravity and corner well.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Percy Blakeney, because he hides his heroism.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Alex of A Clockwork Orange. I mean, I don't like him, but he's interesting.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who talk to me while I'm reading.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Traveling.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Movie location scout.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Dorothy Dunnett, Dorothy Sayers, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, Susan Cooper

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Gaudy Night, Famous Last Words, Carry On, Jeeves, The Return of the King, Emma

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I reread Wodehouse's Jeeves books every year.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write what you love to read.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. When will there be a movie?

Q. How did you come to write Clockwork Princess?

A. I've always been obsessed with Victorian England. I read all the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was about eight. I've always wanted to write a book set in that place and time, and I also knew I wanted to write a companion series about Shadowhunters that would function as a prequel to City of Bones. When I decided to combine the two ideas, the Clockwork series was born.

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