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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Interview with Maggie Stiefvater and Contest

OOOPS contest is for CANADIAN address' (Please see comment at end)

I was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Maggie for the blog tour. At the end of the interview you also have the opportunity to win a copy of Linger for your very own. Lucky you, the  book is great, check out my review here.

Thanks Maggie for answering my questions and for being my first blog tour author

What made you choose to write YA fiction?

A total inability to grow up. Also, because I believe that you oughta write the books that you like to read, and I love to read teen fiction. I don’t ever remember the conscious decision to write YA, it’s just something that I always thought I’d do. Except for a brief time in my teens when I thought I would write IRA thrillers narrated by Harrison Ford. But that has passed.

If you had a chance to meet any author and spend the day hanging out with, who would it be and why?

Hmm, can I spend a day in their world instead? Because I would really like to get into the world in Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci books. I love her magical systems and the food sounds yummy.

Since you are a writer, and we know you all hang around the house all day in your PJ's, what are your favorite type of Jammie's

I actually can’t really concentrate on writing so long as I think a delivery man might come to the door and find me without a bra on. I guess that sounds slightly neurotic. But regardless, I usually climb out of bed and right into a pair of jeans. Does that count?

What are your thoughts on Librarians and Libraries.

I was practically raised by feral librarians, so I’m for them. No way would I be the writer I am today if I wasn’t the reader I was as a kid, and no way could I have been that reader without libraries.

What are your opinions as a Mom and an author on sex and violence in YA books.

I tend to think that by the time a reader gets to YA books, especially upper YA, they are basically ready for whatever content you can throw at them. It’s an age where, before there was a lot of YA, most teens would skip right to adult books where there is sex, violence, and people with feet fetishes. It’s fantastic to have an intermediate place now, where teens can actually keep reading about teens, but it harder situations. They’d only be reading adult novels otherwise anyway. So as a mom, I have to say I don’t lose a second’s worth of sleep over the content in upper YA novels, because by then, my kids have gone through a childhood of reading and will be just what the label suggests: young adults.

Otherwise, sex and violence? Why, that’s Shiver and Linger, respectively. ;p

Do you read all the reviews on your books and do you ever Google yourself to find out what authors are saying - and how do you really feel about negative reviews.

Of course I google myself! Everyone googles themselves. Wait, they don’t? Honestly, I used to be obsessed with reviews, but now . . . I have a few reviewers that I sit on tenterhooks, waiting for their thoughts on my latest book, and then I’m fairly chill. I have a thick skin and there are hundreds of reviews for each of my books, so no single review really bothers me. I do get annoyed when someone gets personal, though. That happens very, very rarely, but when it does, it makes me wiggle my eyebrows in a mean way.

And that’s not something anyone wants to see. 

Maggie Stiefvater’s website:

SHIVER series site:

Maggie Stiefvater’s blog:

Author Twitter:

Author Facebook:

Maggie Stiefvater’s Linger Book Trailer: official Shiver page  

Also for my fellow Canadians:  Shiver (the first book) has been nominated as a Best Read in the 1st annual Indigo Teen Read Awards. Fans are more than welcome to cast their votes at this website:

And now what you have all been waiting for, here is your chance to win your very own copy of  Linger.  I don't want to complicate things so all I ask is that you Follow me and leave a Comment below. The comment really should be about the book or the author.  Please make sure you leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win.  Contest Ends Midnight August 7th and will post winner next day (Canada  Only)

For those who have entered contest already from the US -- I will send it to you if you win -- further entries for Canadians only -- sorry about the mixup!!!


  1. I absolutely adored Shiver and I can't wait to read Linger. Maggie Stiefvater seems like such a cool person!

  2. I love Shiver. It is definitely one of my favorite books. I cannot wait until I can read Linger.

    swordsforfighting at yahoo dot com

  3. I had my doubts about Shiver, simply because everyone thought it was so fantastic and heaped on the praise, and I must admit it scared me off.

    But I finally got around to reading it this week and I can't believe I kept putting it off! I couldn't put it down! I love the unique way she's written the wolves!

    I can't wait to get my hands on Linger, I'm positive I'll love it just as much!

  4. I loved Shiver and am really looking forward to reading Linger.

    I am a follower.

    Thanks for the chance!
    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  5. Maggie is my first recommended author to people. From the day I posted my review of Lament and she commented on my blog about it, way back when she only made enough money to buy a mattress from her book earnings, to today, now a internationally known BEST SELLING author, she has been one author I KNEW would be making it big and that EVERYONE would know about. And most everyone LOVES her books, including all of my family and friends who have read my copy of Shiver. They are now bugging me to buy Linger because they all want to read it! I borrowed an ARC ages ago (it feels like) so it's hard for me to buy the book. I'm really hoping I can win it! So thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. I relate. I decided on writing a three book series of YA novels because I like young adults and because I wanted to try a straightforward, unassuming story that would take readers to surprising places.

  7. I just loved Shiver and I can't wait to read Linger. Thanks for the great interview, I enjoyed reading it.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

  8. Hey Guys

    Just realized that they made this a Canadian address only, but don't worry if you have already entered -- I will get them to send it to me and than I will send it out to you -- must stop being such a speed reader ; )

  9. Can't wait to read Linger myself. I just became a follower and thanks for the contest :)

  10. Great interview! It's nice to see a Linger giveaway for Canadians. I'm really looking forward to reading it!