Interview with Cassandra Clare

October, 2009
Cassandra Clare

Quick Start

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

CC: So many books, so little time.

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

CC: Crowded apartment, crazy cat, piles of books, laptop!

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

CC: Dorothy Dunnett, Dorothy Sayers, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, Susan Cooper

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

CC: Gaudy Night, Famous Last Words, Carry On, Jeeves, The Return of the King, Emma

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

CC: I reread Wodehouse's Jeeves books every year.

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

CC: Write what you love to read.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

CC: When will there be a movie?

What Readers want to know...

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

CC: Sharks.

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

CC: London.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

CC: People who talk to me while I'm reading.

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

CC: Traveling.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

CC: Movie location scout.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

CC: Let's make it a tie between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

CC: "Don't pet the cat, he bites. Oh, too late."

SS: What do you regret most?

CC: Not learning a foreign language when I was young enough to become fluent.

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

CC: Being able to draw or paint.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

CC: Alphabetizing my entire library.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

CC: Laziness.

SS: What’s your best quality?

CC: I'm short, so I have a low center of gravity and corner well.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

CC: Percy Blakeney, because he hides his heroism.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

CC: Alex of A Clockwork Orange. I mean, I don't like him, but he's interesting.

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

CC: Chocolate.

General Questions

SS: What were your previous occupations?

CC: Taboid entertainment writer.

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

CC: The one I have now.

SS: What is your favorite movie?

CC: L.A. Confidential

SS: What is your favorite television show?

CC: Veronica Mars

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message 1: by Aniqa (new)

Aniqa Wow our pet peeves and television shows are the same.

message 2: by Gabby (new)

Gabby Same pet peeve, :)

THE--BOOK--WORM! same pet peeve too!

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