SpineOut : June - July 2017
Q & A WITH CASSANDRA CLARE Many elements of your books – including faeries, vampires and werewolves – are taken from folk stories. What intrigues you about folklore? I read a lot of folklore from all over the world, and one thing that particularly interests me is when stories from different cultures include similar elements. Those stories seem to speak to something universal about the human experience. Location is such a fundamental element of each of your series. What draws you to a particular place? Is there any chance that you will ever bring your characters to Australia? I love to travel, and I’m always looking for places that catch my attention. I like to imagine how the world of Nephilim and Downworlders would interact with each new place I go. These flights of fancy help me come up with the settings of my books. Australia has such a striking and beautiful environment that I’d love to work it into something eventually. At what stage did you realise that the Shadowhunter world was bigger than the COVER STORY • PAGE 3 original trilogy, ‘The Mortal Instruments’? I had always imagined that the world was bigger than it was in the original series, but you never know when you start out how your work will be received. I knew I wanted to write ‘The Infernal Devices’ when I was beginning to write the second book of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ series. I’m lucky that people liked the books enough that I was given an opportunity to do it. Do you ever have to remind yourself which timeline you are writing in? How did you go about creating such vast family histories? I don’t usually have trouble keeping the timeline straight, because so much historical research goes into ‘The Infernal Devices’ and ‘The Last Hours’, but I do have to keep careful notes about the family histories, relationships, birthdays and so on. You’ve written by yourself and you’ve also co-authored, as you did with the ‘Magisterium’ series. What are the pros and cons for each method of writing? There are times when I want to be in control of the whole fictional universe, and there are times when I really enjoy sharing a fictional place with somebody else. It’s very satisfying to untangle a knotty fictional problem on your own, but it’s also really nice to have someone else around to come up with ideas that you would never have had. You have an incredibly diverse cast of characters – do you have any plans for an LGBTQIA+ protagonist? Yes, I do, in future ‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ books, but I don’t want to spoil anything by going into detail right now. Shadowhunters aren’t very forgiving of mental illness. Lady Midnight, in particular, raises questions about the treatment of neuroatypical people.
April - May 2017