Tacoma-based Marissa Meyer is the New York Times best-selling author behind the young adult series, The Lunar Chronicles. The series is a science fiction retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a slight twist; “Cinder” is half-human, half-machine, a cyborg Cinderella. We caught up with Meyer following her 10-city book tour for the series’ final installment, Winter, to get the skinny on what’s next.
Q: When did you first get into writing?
A: I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, and when I was still very young, I realized that behind every book was a real person who has to come up with that story, and it was a job that you could get paid to do.
Q: You wrote a lot of fan fiction before you got your first book published. Tell us about that?
A: When I was a teenager I got really into the Japanese anime Sailor Moon. I started writing fan fiction for that when I was about 14 and wrote it all through high school and college. I credit it a lot for teaching me about the craft of writing and how to take criticism, and building a community around me of people who are supportive.
Q: How did it feel to publish your first novel?
A: It was amazing, and it never stops being amazing. I keep waiting for the day to come when I think it is old news, but it never feels that way.
Q: Tell us about your main character, Cinder.
A: Cinder is based on the character Cinderella, but in my version she is half human and half machine, making her a cyborg. The idea actually came in a dream. One night as I was falling asleep, I had a dream about Cinderella, but in my dream, rather than losing a glass slipper, her whole foot fell off … I just started getting all kinds of ideas about who she was, and what her story might be.
Q: Do you keep paper and pen next to your bed?
A: I used to always have a little notebook in the table next to my bed. These days I have my phone next to it.
Q: You just released another book, Winter. What’s next?
A: I have a collection of short stories that comes out in February. Next fall, I have my first standalone novel coming out, called Heartless, and it is based on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
Q: Are you going to continue writing fairytale retellings?
A: I definitely love fairy tales, obviously, so I think I wouldn’t be surprised if I get more ideas for retellings in the future. After Heartless I’m actually going to start writing a series about teenage superheroes.