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September 30, 2009 posted by Nikki

Another Movie Announcement: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

In a recent interview yaReads conducted with author Maggie Stiefvater, it was uncovered that there were ‘talks’ of Shiver – her popular new werewolf novel – being made into a film. Well, it seems that these talks have actually eventuated into something concrete. Variety’s online magazine published an article confirming that yes, Shiver WILL be made into a film:

Unique Features has acquired screen rights to “Shiver,” a bestselling supernatural romance novel by Maggie Stiefvater that is the first of a three-book series.
Pic will be produced by Unique Features partners Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.

Book covers a bittersweet paranormal romance between a teen who becomes a wolf each winter and his girlfriend, who helps him find the secret to staying human. The first installment was published by Scholastic Press in August and has been on the bestseller lists for six weeks. The sequel novel, “Linger,” will be published next August. Unique acquired all three books in the series.

Shaye and Lynne, who at New Line covered such fantasy and supernatural subject matter as “The Lord of the Rings” and “Blade,” sparked to the author’s voice, and said they couldn’t ignore the grip that otherworldly stories have on young viewers.

“I’m not the biggest werewolf or vampire fan, but the author has a strong take on a young adult sensibility,” Shaye said. “It’s also a sexy love story that isn’t too over the top.”

Shaye and Lynne used their discretionary fund to acquire the book in a competitive bidding situation. They will bring it first to Warner Bros., where they have a first-look deal, and will set a writer shortly.

Unique adds “Shiver” to a slate of pic projects that include an adaptation of the Paul McCartney children’s book “High in the Clouds,” a Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of the musical “City of Angels” and the Broadway-bound musicals “Elf” and “Secondhand Lions.”

So what do we think? Yay, or nay?

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater
Author Interviews
September 29, 2009 posted by Nikki

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is one of our fave authors here at yaReads. So when we were presented with the opportunity to run with her as our feature author for the month of September, we jumped on it. Although we realize we’re now in the very last days of September, we reckon her interview is better late than never. As always, she’s got some pretty interesting things to say. Be warned, this one contains spoilers!

Why did you choose Minnesota as your setting?

I was looking for someplace that already had a resident wolf population in the United States. Someplace cold. Cold and suburban. I could’ve done Wyoming, but I lived in Wisconsin, right next door to Minnesota, for a few years as a kid, so I had some experience of the landscape.

Grace thinks the reason she never turned into a wolf when she was bitten was because of the fever she got straight afterwards … are you going to elaborate on this in future books?

Oh am I ever.

When was the exact moment that Sam realised he was in love with Grace?

That is up to reader interpretation. I’m inclined to think it was probably while he watched her read on the tire swing. Readers love other readers.

Some of us here at yaReads are also wondering what exactly happened to Jack’s body. Can you tell us?

At which point? You mean, after he met his untimely end? I’m assuming he’s buried out in the back forty. The FBI could probably have a field day with Beck’s backyard.

Can you dish any goss about the next novel?

No, I can only be enigmatic and say that there is a lot more Isabel, and Grace, and it will be fun.

In an age where more and more books are being adapted for screen, we love to try and ‘cast’ the characters in our fave novels. Who can you envisage playing Sam and Grace?

I actually did a long blog post about this (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/123623.html) but the short version is that I see Alex Turner (the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys) as Sam and Eliza Bennett (from Inkheart) for Grace.

In the event that someone wanted to buy it, would you sell Shiver to a film company?

In a New York minute. There is considerable interest but that’s all I can say at the moment.

Since Lament came out, you’ve been super busy. How long did Shiver take you to write?

Four months.

For you, what has been the best thing about your ride to literary success so far?

Whew. Um. It was pretty wonderful seeing the cover for Shiver for the first time. Also, hitting the bestseller list was pretty amazing and woozy-making.

Any downsides?

There’s an incredible amount of busywork that is associated with it — a ton of emails and edits and non-writing things. Also, there’s some pressure to make the next book at least as good as the last one.

In books about paranormal teen relationships, why do you think the boy is most often the one with the supernatural abilities?

I think because it’s more interesting to look at the supernatural from the outside, and the protagonists are often girls because that’s the intended audience for a lot of YA. So we get these girls looking at these supernatural guys from the outside. Thought in Lament, Deirdre also has her supernatural bits, and it’s not at all the dynamic in Ballad. Also, you’ll see a complete shift in Linger.

The YA paranormal romance genre is huge right now. What is it specifically about werewolves, vampires and the dark side that you think is so appealing?

For me, it’s because I believe in that . . . *something more*. Something outside of ordinary. It’s not that I believe in werewolves or faeries per se, but I do believe in . . . something more. And writing about them lets me write about that feeling of wonder and curiosity. I also love to play with metaphor, and werewolves are great metaphors for all sort of different things.

Can you imagine yourself ever writing in a different genre?

I could possibly shift from urban fantasy to dystopia. I have a lot of ideas in that department. But I think I will always write something that can be classified speculative fiction.

What are you working on at the moment?

The third book in the Shiver series, Forever.

Guest Reviewer: Maggie Stiefvater
Guest Reviews
September 16, 2009 posted by Nikki

Guest Reviewer: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver is our Book of the Month here at yaReads. When Maggie took time our from her ridiculously busy schedule to write us a guest review, she confirmed our suspicions that she’s a real life Wonder Woman. She chose a book called Magic Under Glass by debut author Jaclyn Dolamore. Enjoy!

The audience didn’t understand a word we sang. They came to see our legs. As the posters said TROUSER GIRLS FROM THE LAND OF TASSIM! We were billed just underneath the acrobats and the trained dogs.

So begins Magic Under Glass, a debut novel by Jaclyn Dolamore (Bloomsbury, Dec ’09). It follows Nimira, a music hall girl, a dark-skinned oddity in light-skinned Lorinar, as she leaves the security of the music hall for employment with the mysterious and dashing Hollins Parry. Mr. Parry wishes to retain her services to sing with a handsome automaton — a man-shaped clockwork machine that plays the piano when wound (sexy, right?). Apparently Mr. Parry has had some problems with retaining girls in the past as they insist the automaton is haunted. They claim it mumbles to them, which is admittedly terrifying, and then they run away.

Nimira, however, is no wimp. So when the clockwork man does his mumbling thing for her, she doesn’t go running to Mr. Parry. Instead, in a completely refreshing sequence where she doesn’t spend pages agonizing over what she really saw (a pet peeve of mine in fantasy), she gets over her shock and disbelief and settles down to business: finding out what . . . or who . . . the automaton is. And what he is a angst-puppy trapped in cogs and springs. In other words, my brand of fun.

The result is a whimsical, smart novel that is sort of like a cross between Howl’s Moving Castle and Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell. The details are lovely, the voice consistent, the characters complex. And Nimira is refreshingly clever throughout. The ending is a bit muddled and weirdly paced, but it wasn’t enough to put me off my game. My biggest complaint was how short the book was — I could’ve been happily entertained for twice as long.

My verdict? I really enjoyed this novel now, but I have to tell you that, as a teen, I would’ve married this thing and had little clockwork babies. Highly recommended.

September 10, 2009 posted by Nikki

Shiver Giveaway

As part of our Book of the Month promotion for September, we’re giving away one hardcover copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and one audiobook of the same title.

Just to clarify that we’re all on the same page here, there will be two winners for this competition – one will receive the book and the other will receive the audiobook. Please don’t ask for one or the other as we’ll be drawing this one via an online randomiser. We believe that this is the fairest method in circumstances like these.

Competition is open until Wednesday September 30, and is – unfortunately – open to US residents only.

Site Updates
September 2, 2009 posted by Nikki

September Book of the Month

Hi yaReaders,

I just wanted to let you know that our chosen Book of the Month here at yaReads in September is Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

For those that haven’t heard of this one yet, here’s a synopsis:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Stay tuned for a review, guest review and an interview with the lovely Maggie. All coming your way this month!

Lament’s Brand New Cover
February 18, 2009 posted by Ivy

Lament’s Brand New Cover

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater has a new cover to go along with the second book Ballad.

This is Lament’s German cover:

Author Interview With Maggie Stiefvater
Author Interviews
February 11, 2009 posted by Nikki

Author Interview With Maggie Stiefvater

We here at yaReads love us a bit of Maggie Stiefvater. She’s the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception , and she has two more books on the way. Maggie sat down with us this week and let us pick her brains a little. Here’s what she had to say…

So Lament is a book about evil faeries that essentially want to snatch Dee, the main character. How much research into fey folk lore did you do before writing Lament?

A lot. But it doesn’t count, because I did most of it for my own personal entertainment value when I was a teen. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with homicidal faeries in myth and legend since I was young, so I read every book I could get my hands on. When I wrote LAMENT, it was just a matter of consolidating. I do think it’s pretty true to the lore, though. The only really big original concept is that of the Cloverhand, which is all mine, baby.

How did you come up with your character names, or perhaps I should rephrase and ask what on earth possessed you to call your protagonist Deirdre?! 😛

Hahaha! I started writing LAMENT back when I was sixteen and very idealistic and melodramatic and obsessed with all things Irish, and back then, I named all of my characters things like Deirdre and Fiona and Colleen and just about every cliche Irish heroine name ever invented. By the time I got to the publishing process with Flux, I had outgrown it and tried to avoid it by calling her “Dee” a lot in the novel.

What I was too chicken to do at the time was ask my editor if I could change her name, but I was such a newbie author, I didn’t realize that I could. And later (far too late to change it), he confessed that he hated the name too. But it turned out all right, because it did end up being important to the plot. Still, I like to think I’ve become a little more typical with my naming habits.

How did you choose your fearie names?

I went with old Irish names for most of the faeries — trying to stick with ones that were pretty to look at and hopefully not impossible to pronounce. Most of these aren’t the faeries’ true names — they’re the names that they’ve acquired over the years — so some of them have slightly more modern ones.

If you were fey, what would your faerie name be?

I would say Nuala, because I always loved the name Nuala (sounds good too: Nooooooooooola), but I just used it for the main faerie girl in BALLAD. So now I will be forced to choose something else. I’m not sure what — Maggie is a name I chose for myself when I was 16, so choosing yet another that really fits me is a bit challenging.

Dee plays the harp and I know that you also do as well. What else do you have in common with Dee?

Mmm, not much. Dee is a nervous-barfer, and I can’t remember the last time I threw up. Dee is also very self-conscious, and I got over any self-consciousness I had left somewhere around the delivery of my kids, when everyone in the world comes and takes a look under your hospital gown to see how things are coming along. Dee’s also able to sing. I don’t think you’d like to hear me sing.

I think I’m probably a lot more like James, if truth be told.

Did you model any of your characters off of people you know? If so, which ones and who?

Yes, I steal all the time. But I’m very insidious about it. If I stole someone whole-cloth, they’d notice. So instead I steal someone’s shyness, someone’s accent, someone’s bad habits. And then I reassemble them into an entirely different character. Still, I think a clever person who knew me could probably tell where I got some of my influences. Dee is rather like my sister Kate. And like I said, James is a lot like me. My husband shows up in a very hard-to-spot form in SHIVER.

Tolstoy once said that by the end of writing Anna Karenina, he’d spent so much time with Anna that he ended up hating her. Are there any characters in Lament that you dislike, or did not enjoy writing about?

Ha! There was a point where I was hoping that Dee would be hit by a literary car. I’m not sure why that happened with her, since I’m still in love with James from BALLAD and Sam and Grace from SHIVER, even after all the edits. I think it’s probably because I started the seeds of LAMENT years and years and years ago, so I’ve been around Dee for longer than my husband.

The following Q&A might contain spoilers.

Now I’d like to ask some plot specific questions. Firstly, how did you decide that Luke’s soul would resemble a pigeon?

Well, dove. I wanted the idea that a soul before anything happened to it was this pure, innocent thing, and a dove represents that idea. I also liked the idea that it appeared different to different people. The Queen obviously saw it in a much less flattering light than Dee, who was in love with Dee.

Luke’s soul was a dove? I swear I saw the word pigeon. Maybe I was reading too fast!!!

No, you were right, in a way — Dee saw it as a dove, but the Queen saw it as a pigeon and said as much at the end — because they both saw Luke in different ways. To Dee, he’s something amazing . . . to the Queen, he was just . . . ordinary and to be looked down on.

What exactly was in the pasty concoction that Granna was working on?

Mmm. Good stuff involving all the herbs and plants and flowers that faeries cannot abide. There is a lot of plant and tree-lore that relates to the faeries, and I’d like to play with that more in another novel.

Will we find out in Ballad (the sequel to Lament) who is responsible for hurting Granna?


How did Dee’s family end up with a faerie hound?

It was a good way for the faeries to keep tabs on a family that had been of interest to them for a long time, especially after they began to suspect that Dee might be more than she seemed.

Was Luke in love with Dee before, or after he approached her at the recital?

After! Beforehand, he was definitely just thinking of her as yet another job that he really didn’t want to complete.

At the beginning of the novel, Dee is in the bathroom before her harp performance puking her guts up – is that something you’re well acquainted with as well?

Years and years of playing music in public means that I don’t really get nervous anymore (my agent tells me orange juice is great for settling nerves, by the way — I will say it makes me feel pretty even-keeled before speaking to large groups). Even back when I used to get really nervous, I generally busted out with goosebumps instead. But I do know nervous pukers and I thought it would be a pretty visual method of getting Dee’s phobia across.

End of spoilers.

What is your fave YA novel you’ve read in the last six months?

Tough choice, but I’ll have to go with SAVING FRANCESCA, which is surprising, because I never used to like contemporary YA that didn’t feature any supernatural elements terrorizing the main characters. But I was just writing the review for SAVING FRANCESCA for you guys and it made me want to read it again — so it must be love.

You’ve got two kids, right? How do you fit writing in around looking after a family?

Heh. It’s a very delicate balance. I have to say right now that my husband is amazing and supportive and no, you can’t have him. But he’s always been good about taking the kids out of the house and out of my hair when I need to get work done on his days off. They’re also in school three days a week, which helps.

But when it comes down to it, I wrote LAMENT back when my husband’s work hours were crazy, the kids weren’t in school yet, and I was working full time as a portrait artist to make my living. I wrote it in three hour chunks once a week — so don’t let time be your excuse for not finishing your novel!

You’ve got two more books planned for release. Please tell us a little about Ballad and Shiver…

I’m really, really excited about both of these, because I feel I grew so much as a writer during and after the LAMENT writing and editing process.

Ballad, the sequel to LAMENT, comes out October 1st. It’s narrated by James and takes place at Thornking-Ash the fall after LAMENT ends. The official descriptions for both BALLAD and SHIVER are here at my site: www.maggiestiefvater.com/forthcoming.html, but I can add that BALLAD is about coming to grips with the elements in LAMENT that were pushed to the side by the overarching threat of the Faerie Queen. It’s about what it really means for James to be psychic and for Dee to draw faeries to her all the time. It’s about James coming to grips with his feelings for Dee and vice versa.

And SHIVER. Oh, SHIVER. It’s not set in the same world as LAMENT/ BALLAD, and it’s the first unabashedly romantic novel that I’ve written, where the whole point of it is the love story. It’s about a girl who has always watched the wolves behind her house and a boy who must turn into a wolf each winter, and it’s happy, and sad, and bittersweet . . . and I’m really proud of it. I love the plot in BALLAD, but I feel like with SHIVER I really matured even more and played with words in a way I couldn’t when I wrote LAMENT.

We’d like to extend our thanks to Maggie for taking the time out to answer our questions!