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Maggie Stiefvater

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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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Maggie Stiefvater When I was a kid, I was a very close to my father. He was in the Navy, and I remember years when he would be gone for months at a time. Now, as an…moreWhen I was a kid, I was a very close to my father. He was in the Navy, and I remember years when he would be gone for months at a time. Now, as an adult, I am still very close to my father. The days away weren't the part that influenced our relationship: the days together were.

I've never forgotten that lesson: that I respected that my father liked his work and was good at it, and that I always felt loved and respected myself. I think it's an especially good lesson to learn because American culture shouts at women all the time — be guilty, it howls, for every moment spent away from home; don't you remember your place; do you want your children to be fed jello for dinner by an inept and unequal spouse?

The Stiefvater household is a finely tuned machine made of people who love each other and respect what each member loves. My kids don't need to be told to be quiet when I'm writing music — they know why I do it, and they'll sit quietly under the piano and watch. They don't have to beg me to read a story to them in the evening — I can tell when that's what they'd like, and I'll put aside my writing for a half hour to do it. I don't have to tell Lover I need him to make dinner while I work late; he knows, because he's watching. Likewise, if he's outside chasing down a loose cow, I don't have to guess that it falls to me to make dinner.

I mean, it's not perfect. Timing can be dreadful. But we like each other. That's really all there is to it. (less)
Maggie Stiefvater Don't listen to any of those authors. Luck plays such a tiny role in a writers' career — luck might get you published a few months earlier, or might…moreDon't listen to any of those authors. Luck plays such a tiny role in a writers' career — luck might get you published a few months earlier, or might land you with an editor who isn't planning on leaving the publishing house any time soon, or might score you nice placement on the bookstore shelf if your topic is suddenly hot in the news. But luck has nothing to do with a long-term career. In twenty years, the stroke of luck that got you ahead faster than you would have is canceled out by hundreds of events that you've influenced through persistence and skill and constantly paying attention to your surroundings so that bears don't eat you.

Writing stories for other people isn't about luck: it's about learning how to craft a story that other people love as much as you do.

So no, my friend Kent, I will not wish you luck. I will tell you: don't get eaten by bears. Keep practicing. Don't give up. That's really all there is to it. (less)
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“You're beautiful and sad," I said finally, not looking at him when I did. "Just like your eyes. You're like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again." For a long moment there was only the whirring sound of the tires on the road, and then Sam said softly, "Thank you.”
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Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
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message 316: by Sara


message 315: by Sara

Sara I think I just watched to many of your videos last night, because I dreamed that I met you in the gym and I was really excited about that and you painted something in one of my Maggie Stiefvater books. It was really weird. But as weird as it was, I wish it was real.

message 314: by Sara

Sara you are such an inspiration. Please never, ever stop writing.

message 313: by Sandra

Sandra Thanks for friending me! :)

message 312: by Cristaux

Cristaux Hi Maggie, thanks for accepting my friend request!

message 311: by Maya

Maya Pan Thank you for accepting my friend request, Mags:) I am so excited for The Raven Boys (I am from Germany and have to wait longer for the book!:[), and I want to buy me Scorpio Race soon. :)
Do you read (German) poetry or is it just Sam?:D

Love always,

message 310: by Riya (last edited Aug 25, 2013 08:43PM)

Riya Thanks so much for accepting the friend request :D I LOVED The Raven Boys and just got The Scorpio Races- I bet it will be just as amazing!!! Dying for The Dream Thieves as well!

Elevetha Thanks for accepting my friend request, Maggie!! And I'm so excited for Dream Thieves, I may faint.

message 308: by Tex

Tex Hi Maggie,thank you for accepting my friend request :)

message 306: by Nadira

Nadira i just have read your The Scorpio Races and perhaps it's best thing I've ever read in my life. you are a goddess. i love you. can't wait for the raven boys!

message 305: by Yousra

Yousra Just wanted to say that I just read The Scorpio Races and I absolutely loved it! Can't wait for more from you in The Raven Boys!

message 304: by Nawang

Nawang I really appreciate you accepting my friend request! I just want to tell you that... I love your books. I hope you keep on writing and improving.

message 303: by Yousra (last edited Apr 21, 2012 10:21AM)

Yousra Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! Also I just wanted to say I truly loved the Mercy Falls series. Everyone of the books left me eager waiting for the next. I was sad when it was over, but regardless, I enjoyed the entire series throughout. I can't wait for The Raven Boys. Really looking forward to it.

Quantum Thief~ Half Puppeter of Ice Cream Cant wait to The Raven Boys Maggie ^~^

message 301: by Adrianna

Adrianna I'm reading The Scorpio Races !!! I adore it so far =)

message 300: by Christie

Christie Hi Maggie, Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I'm so excited for The Raven Boys the cover is amazing! Hurry up September 18th! :)

message 299: by Amber

Amber Hi Maggie! First off thank you for accepting my friend request. I really adore your books. I just wanted to send you a comment about that blog post you did about people and "reviews". The other day I went to go look at the reviews for Lauren Kate's new book Fallen In Love because I really enjoyed it and wanted to see what other people thought. Almost all the posts that were at the top were negative ones that ripped Lauren Kate to shreads. The thing that made it even worse was NONE of them actually read the book. All I could do was shake my head. I hate how most of the time the top reviews on Goodreads are the horrible ones! Also wanted to say I really can't wait for MagicalNovel to be released. I love reading about it in all your blogs! Hope you have a good day! Thanks again!!

message 298: by Zennia

Zennia thank you for accepting my friend request!! i really love your books especially the wolves of mercy falls!! it's cool on how cole tries his best to get a cure for everyone and kinda sad that isabel has to go back to california... you should make a forth book for it it feels like it hasn't ended yet... i wanna know what happens to grace, if she got cured or not... but they should make it a movie!!

message 297: by Diane

Diane AHHH thank you for accepting my friend request! you are one of my all time favorite authers! i just love you and your books soooo much! THe books were honestly one of the best wolve storys i have read in a while! i loved the main characters even though in some parts of the shiver series i did ball my eyes out they were still absoultly amazing! and the scorpio races? totally different but a good type of different! I love the romance and the heartbreak in your novels ! i honestly wish i had my very own sam! i love him and think hes amazing! but i cant sad days! i really hope you will make another scorpio races even though it seemed like you werent going to i still have unanswered questions and i really really hope you do! thankyou for accepting the request and making thoses amazing books! and maybe makeing a squel....

message 296: by Lily

Lily Thank you for accepting my friend request. Just finish Linger and starting Forever. The book just gets better and better the farther I go the more i want to know how it ends for Sam. I really enjoy the characters and Cole is one of them. Sam I wish I knew him in real life sounds like a awesome guy.

message 295: by Marissa

Marissa thx for accepting! You are an amazing writer, love your series <3 xoxo :D

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Violet the Vanisher hi thanks so much for accepting my friendshoip ^)^ an i wish you a very awesome NEW YEARS an may God BBless You an your family an in everything that he has for you my friend

message 292: by Rosie

Rosie Maggie~
You inspired me to write books. You are helping me write suspensfully, cleverly, and poetically. Sam and Grace's story was so much different than Twilight! Other's comments may differ, but you came up with something SO original and SO beautiful! Thanks for hours of happy reading! Merry belated Christmas! :)
Rosie Berry

message 291: by Morgan

Morgan Brown You're my favorite author :) you inspire me

message 290: by Paul

Paul If I make 1,000 paper cranes I can have a wish right?

I will make 1,000 paper cranes and wish for more Sam and Grace....

message 289: by Benza

Benza Gonewai :)

message 288: by Evie

Evie hey maggie,
i saw u at a writers festival and thought u were awsome thanks so much for being so funny

message 287: by Anna

Anna Serra i Vidal I am soooo excited to get it! Mom just bought it for me, will have it next Saturday! Yayayyayayay!

message 286: by Lindsay

Lindsay I can't wait for Scorpio Races!!!

message 285: by Tiana

Tiana oh and btw me and bridey crowe r writing a book :)

message 284: by Tiana

Tiana hey maggie :)
i am now reading shiver :)


message 283: by Lucy

Lucy Hi Maggie! thanks for adding me. I adore your books so much!! They are beautiful.

message 282: by Holli

Holli Holli wrote: "Maggie,

Are you completely finished with the Lament/Ballad series? I just read them, (I know late bloomer), and thoroughly enjoyed them. I wish there were more books to this series! Looking fo..."

You already answered this for me on your FB Author chat this evening with Dymocks Books. Thanks for taking the time to answer all our questions!

message 281: by Holli

Holli Maggie,

Are you completely finished with the Lament/Ballad series? I just read them, (I know late bloomer), and thoroughly enjoyed them. I wish there were more books to this series! Looking forward to Scorpio Races! Sad that Mercy Falls series is at a close. I really enjoy your writing! Have a fantastic week! --- Holli

message 280: by Laura

Laura Maggie,
I recently finished Forever, and there are very few words. Your writing is pure poetry in motion. I just loved the story and characters and adored it all to the very end. I will miss this world for sure! Thank you for such an amazing, beautiful tale of love and adventure!
<3 Laura, PA, USA

message 279: by Saturnus

Saturnus SORRY BUT I'M DELETING YOU FROM MY LIFE! *clicks delete* LOADING... ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 99%. ERROR! It is impossible to delete our friendship, I love you too much. Post this to 1O people's walls who you never want to lose. If you get 3 back, you're an amazing friend :D

message 278: by Tiana

Tiana luvvvvvv ur books xox

message 277: by Ximena

Ximena Brisbane hey maggie, this is a poem about shiver that i wrote. it may be a bit vague but i just wanted to show you :)
From summer she arrives,
And further goes into their lives
his yellow eyes always inviting
and to her his kiss is enticing
The eyes of the wolves are soft puddles of hue
of greens, browns, yellows, and blues
will the young boy with yellow eyes
ever know when he will say his last goodbyes?
How could love to them be so pitiless?
but in the end, they all clean up the bloody mess
how softly they lock lips and bodies
in conclusion, they've all found their peace

message 276: by Shanna

Shanna Thanks for the add!

message 275: by Katie

Katie Thanks for the add :)

message 274: by Avril

Avril Marin thanks for the friendship maggie! i thought you clicked on ignore! guess not!

message 273: by Ayman

Ayman thanks for adding me as a friend....

Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* Thanks so much for the friendship! I just finished Forever and although I'm sad that it's over, it made me really happy to experiance that series! Shiver is definately one of my favorite books of all time! I still remember the first time I finished reading it and how floored I was. I just recently finished your Faerie books as well and they are equally awesome! Keep up the great work Maggie! :)

Gina (Fantasia Books) Hi :) thanks for accepting my friend request :) i loved reading Shiver and Linger and once my sister is finished with Forever i will read it!! :D also LOVED Lament and i have Ballad waiting for me :)

message 270: by Katie

Katie Hi Maggie, thankyou so much for accepting my friend request, I loved Shiver and I'm waiting to buy Linger and I can't wait for Forever too! :)

message 269: by ♫Sarah Love♫ (last edited Jul 22, 2011 07:56AM)

♫Sarah Love♫ Ugh, okay so I haven't read forever yet (YET!!) but I'm working on getting money! but I have an idea! (yes, i also put this on youtube) you should make a spin off series! I heard about the prank... yhou could call the first Liter! and you could name one Sam Cole Roth!!!!!!!

message 268: by Missy

Missy Maggie! I just finished Forever...It was so good! Hope I get to see you on your tour... I really want to meet you!

♫Sarah Love♫ OMG! I love love love love love love Sam! Can I pull him out of the book and have him as my boyfriend?!

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