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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 Sort of! Kind of! Yes? SINNER, a standalone novel that follows Cole & Isabel in Los Angeles, is coming out from Scholastic on July 1st.
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)
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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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"Baby bunnies." She narrowed her eyes, so I grinned and said, "Adult bunnies, too. I'm an equal-opportunity bunny-eater.”
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Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!


message 3: by Tasha

Tasha I don't usually make the effort to tell people when their books are exceptional, because I know that authors probably hear that a lot...but I have to say that I have been looking for a story like this FOREVER and I'm so excited that someone finally wrote it! I can't wait for the next one.


Maggie Stiefvater Tasha wrote: "I don't usually make the effort to tell people when their books are exceptional, because I know that authors probably hear that a lot...but I have to say that I have been looking for a story like t..."

Tasha, believe me, I'm not sure if other authors feel the same, but I definitely never get tired of hearing from readers! I'm so glad that you loved it and I hope you love BALLAD too -- as soon as I finished BALLAD, I thought it was WAY better than LAMENT, and all of the advance readers so far have agreed! So I hope it lives up to LAMENT for you!

Maggie


message 5: by Sarah

Sarah BT I just finished Lament and LOVED it! It was beautifully written. I can't wait to read Ballad.


Maggie Stiefvater Sarah-Greenbeanteenqueen wrote: "I just finished Lament and LOVED it! It was beautifully written. I can't wait to read Ballad. "

Thank you! I love BALLAD even more than LAMENT, so I hope you do too.




Ellen Sara I loved Lament. :) And as much as I love Luke I was wondering if is there any chance of a Dee and James pairing. Of course you can't really tell me that can you? :) Hope you are having a great weekend. And thanks for writing such a great book!


Maggie Stiefvater Michele wrote: "I loved Lament. :) And as much as I love Luke I was wondering if is there any chance of a Dee and James pairing. Of course you can't really tell me that can you? :) Hope you are having a great week..."

I'm not sayin' anything but that James is narrating BALLAD, the sequel, and there is kissing involved. I'm not saying by whom! :D

I'm so glad you loved it!


Ellen Sara Oh man what a tease!:) I was already planning on reading it but now I can't wait!


message 10: by Haley

Haley I read Lament in the fall of last year and ever since then I have been so excited to get my hands on Ballad and Shiver. I'm so happy you chose to write about werewolves! Hardly anyone writes about werewolves. Well, not unless they're being rejected for more sparkly and dazzling mythical creatures.... Anyway, have a nice day, and thanks for adding me. =]


message 11: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Haley wrote: "I read Lament in the fall of last year and ever since then I have been so excited to get my hands on Ballad and Shiver. I'm so happy you chose to write about werewolves! Hardly anyone writes about ..."

Hahahaha -- yes, no vamps in my books, thanks, I prefer things with pulses. (no offense to the undead).


message 12: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Rachel wrote: "Maggie,

I have a question. Its too late to tell my godmother (she's already packing for ALA. I AM BEYOND JEALOUS OF HER!!), but are you giving out just Shiver or is Lament/Ballad there too? I rea..."


Nope, there will be a BALLAD signing on Saturday, too, at 1 p.m.! Thanks for the well wishes!




message 13: by Vicki

Vicki Hi, I just ordered Shiver on Amazon. I really liked Lament and was wondering when Ballad was due out?

Thanks!


message 14: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Vicki wrote: "Hi, I just ordered Shiver on Amazon. I really liked Lament and was wondering when Ballad was due out?

Thanks!"


October 1st! I hope you like it -- I love BALLAD far more than LAMENT!



Ellen Sara Almost time for Shiver to be released. :)


message 16: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Michele wrote: "Almost time for Shiver to be released. :)"

I know! Well, hardly counts, now that it's out in Barnes & Noble and indies already -- it's just Borders that we're waiting for. So exciting!!



Ellen Sara Wait! It's already out?!? I thought it was the end of this week. Must visit book store!


message 18: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Michele wrote: "Wait! It's already out?!? I thought it was the end of this week. Must visit book store!"

It was supposed to be August 1 but they put it out EARLY!




message 19: by I'amber

I'amber I just got done with Shiver today, and I fell in love with it.

It was more than amazing.

And I cried my eyes till to end, the end made me smile.

It truthfully knocks Twilight out, even tho I'm not real big on Twilight but you get what I saying [:

I'm going to read Lament soon :DDD


message 20: by Terra

Terra Hi Maggie!

Thanks so much for accepting my request. I was skimming through some of the new releases at Borders. I come here to read the reviews and check out the authors. I am going to be picking up Shiver, along with some other goodies. I can't wait to check it out! And woo hoo for the Camero!! I drive an 02 I named Vader. HAHAH she's all black! Ok, I look forward to chatting with ya! Take care!


message 21: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Terra wrote: "Hi Maggie!

Thanks so much for accepting my request. I was skimming through some of the new releases at Borders. I come here to read the reviews and check out the authors. I am going to be pic..."


Whoo, I hope you love it! And yes, I love my Camaro . . .




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Maggie Stiefvater I'amber. wrote: "

And I cried my eyes till to end, the end made me smile.

"


I am sooo glad that you loved it. Thank you for letting me know!!!




message 23: by Tasha

Tasha This is what I wrote in my review after I finished 'Shiver':

This book was phenomenal...and even though the shape-shifter thing has 'been done', Sam and Grace's story HASN'T...even better than Lament, and that is difficult for me to say....


message 24: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Tasha wrote: "This is what I wrote in my review after I finished 'Shiver':

This book was phenomenal...and even though the shape-shifter thing has 'been done', Sam and Grace's story HASN'T...even better than L..."


Wow, thank you, Amber!!! I'm soo glad you liked it. And . . . I like it better than LAMENT too. ;)




message 25: by I'amber (last edited Aug 07, 2009 08:54PM)

I'amber Maggie wrote: "I'amber. wrote: "

And I cried my eyes till to end, the end made me smile.

"

I am sooo glad that you loved it. Thank you for letting me know!!!

"



Ah, your welcome :D

I'll be reading Lament as soon as I get to Barns and noble... which will be hopefully sometime this week [:





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Haley I just finished Shiver. I looooved it! While Lament made me laugh, Shiver made me cry. Everything from the cover to the character names, to the ending was perfect. I can't wait for Linger!
Oh, and was Beck supposed to be a complete bad*ss? 'Cause that's totally how I see him, even with the fatherly image. Haha. He and Isabel are my favorites after Grace and Sam.


message 27: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Haley wrote: "I just finished Shiver. I looooved it! While Lament made me laugh, Shiver made me cry. Everything from the cover to the character names, to the ending was perfect. I can't wait for Linger!
Oh, and ..."


Hahahahah!!! Yes, I love Beck. I totally see him as a bad@ss. Rock on, Beck! And there is a lot more Isabel in Linger, so I'm glad you liked her. Thanks so much for this message! *grin*




message 28: by Sara (last edited Aug 09, 2009 01:57PM)

Sara Hello Maggie,

So I've finished! Just a few moments ago- still trying to collect myself :P

I LOVED it. I loved it the whole way through.
All I kept thinking to myself was 'finally'. Finally, a love story that is written as skillfully as it is emotional.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing the story of Grace & Sam with the world.

You are awesome!
'Shiver' has filled me with the kind of hope I thought I had lost awhile ago.

-Sara


message 29: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Sara wrote: "Hello Maggie,

So I've finished! Just a few moments ago- still trying to collect myself :P

I LOVED it. I loved it the whole way through.
All I kept thinking to myself was 'finally'. Finally, ..."


Sara, what a wonderful comment. Thank you SO much. I'm so glad you loved it. And so glad that it's inspired and moved you. It's what every author hopes to do!



message 30: by Terra

Terra I started Shiver this weekend. It was so hard to put it down. I didn't want to fall asleep last night. My eyes started drooping when something was about to happen. AHH well just about half way through and I love it!!!!! I am looking forward to buying your other books as well. I just love the way you write! Keep up the AWESOME work hun!


message 31: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Terra wrote: "I started Shiver this weekend. It was so hard to put it down. I didn't want to fall asleep last night. My eyes started drooping when something was about to happen. AHH well just about half way t..."

Thank you! I hope you keep loving it. (And I also hope you cry at a certain part of it. Nothing personal. :D)




message 32: by Terra

Terra Ah man, I've read a few comments about someone crying! I hate crying. I am sooooooooo in love with Sam. He's so sweet such a man and a sweet one at that. I mean even though he is a wolf. And even though I did not like Shelby so much, I still felt bad for her. Then with what happened, I cried a bit. So now I am a little passed halfway through and I just want to finish it, but then again, I don't want it to end. Oh and... I am stealing a phrase that Grace's mom said, I laughed out loud, "Have you eaten yet? I'm feeling snacky!" HAHA I just love it! So now I will be telling my husband, I'm feeling snacky! A hint to get me some snackin foods from the store. LOL Do you think there will be a second part to Shiver? I mean I haven't gotten to the end, but I just love the story and the characters. I want more Maggie... MORE!!! hahah keep up the awesome writing!!


message 33: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Terra wrote: "Ah man, I've read a few comments about someone crying! I hate crying. I am sooooooooo in love with Sam. He's so sweet such a man and a sweet one at that. I mean even though he is a wolf. And eve..."

*grin* Yes, snacky! And yes, there's a sequel that also follows Grace and the wolves of Mercy Falls. I hope you like the end!!! :D




message 34: by Terra

Terra OHHHHHHHHH I can't wait!!!!!!!!


message 35: by I'amber

I'amber Linger, I didn't find out there was going to be another one till like the other day, and I was like YES, all happy in such :D

Anyways I was gonna ask when do you think Linger will be out, next year.

If I have to wait a year I'mma cry [;


message 36: by Katherine (last edited Aug 13, 2009 10:04AM)

Katherine I just wanted to say, that Shiver was the best book that I have read in a long time. Thank you! I actually tried to read it slow; however, I had to know how it ended.

I love the way you write. It's brilliant! The way you made me feel like I was right there in the woods, the way I could actually feel the love and pain between Grace and Sam, and everything else in the book. Parts of this book will definately stay with me.

The breathtaking love between Grace and Sam did make me cry in some parts. Sad tears as well as happy ones. The happy ones came at the end.

Can't wait till Linger comes out. Even though it seems so far away!


message 37: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Katherine (Mrs. JQ) wrote: "I just wanted to say, that Shiver was the best book that I have read in a long time. "

Katherine, thank you so, so much. It means so much to hear that people feel like they're right there in the scene. I'm so glad you loved it (and also that you cried. :D)

Maggie




message 38: by Terra

Terra Ok, So I am about 50 pages away from being done. Jack scares me, I'm in love with Sam, and I knew about Olivia, I just knew it! I am so enthralled with this book, I had a dream I was the one on the couch with Sam and all I was doing was sniffing him!!! HAHAHAHAH Oh yeah, and I did cry already... MAN oh MAN.... so many twists and turns. This morning I was thinking about Jack in the Bronco on the way to Beck's SCARY!!! This book needs to become a movie!!!!!!!!!


message 39: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Terra wrote: "Ok, So I am about 50 pages away from being done. "

*grin* So message me again in 50 pages and tell me if you still love me. >:D


message 40: by Terra

Terra AH man, am I going to bawl like a baby!? I really hate crying, I have a feeling this is something that might scar me after I am done reading! Then I have to wait for the sequel! NOOOOOOO why must you torture your friend!!! HAHAH


message 41: by Sara

Sara Terra wrote: "AH man, am I going to bawl like a baby!? I really hate crying, I have a feeling this is something that might scar me after I am done reading! Then I have to wait for the sequel! NOOOOOOO why must y..."

You can trust Maggie, Terra! The book is amazing- start to finish =) and yay, I'm excited for sequel too!!

And Maggie, do you have any plans to come to Canada for a signing? =) please please please!



message 42: by Terra

Terra Ok, so I just finished it, and the words I said, no, yelled when I read the last two sentences was, OH-MY-GOD!!!!!!!!! Like I said earlier.. TORTURE! LOL I can't wait to read the sequel!!! And I still love you Maggie! LOL ;-)


message 43: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Terra wrote: "Ok, so I just finished it, and the words I said, no, yelled when I read the last two sentences was, OH-MY-GOD!!!!!!!!!"

LOL! Hey, at least it wasn't a cliffhanger, right!? :)



message 44: by Terra

Terra very true, I just can't wait for Linger now!


message 45: by Kelly

Kelly I really loved Shiver! Sam and Grace are great characters. I can not wait until Linger- I'm so excited!


message 46: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Kelly wrote: "I really loved Shiver! Sam and Grace are great characters. I can not wait until Linger- I'm so excited!"

Thank you! I'm so glad you loved it!


message 47: by Alethea

Alethea A Ooh! You got featured in the GoodReads August newsletter, too!! ^_^ Congrats on NYT #3!


message 48: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Alethea wrote: "Ooh! You got featured in the GoodReads August newsletter, too!! ^_^ Congrats on NYT #3!"

Thank you!!! And yes, Goodreads let me know about the newsletter advertising. I was SO flattered, out of all the books they could choose . . .


Infinite Playlist Hey Meggie,
just wanted to let you know that I just read Shiver and wow, it was amazing! The last chapter really had me shiver and run goosebumps down my arms and back and legs (even though it's quite hot here right now). Thanks for this amazing book/love story. I really hope Linger will be at least as good ;)


message 50: by Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater Spooky wrote: "Hey Meggie,
just wanted to let you know that I just read Shiver and wow, it was amazing! The last chapter really had me shiver.."


Thank you! I'm SO glad you loved it. :D I am excited about Linger, and my editor just read it and said "this is everything Shiver fans will want." So I'm hopeful fans will like it!



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