Sunday, December 6, 2009

Interview: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!

Favorite fictional couple?
Kami: Tristan & Isolde
Margie: Jace & Clary

Favorite color?
Kami: Black
Margie: Why does she get to go first? She says all my answers. *sulks*

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Kami: Read & take pictures of my kids.
Margie: Read. Travel. Write. Hang out with my girls.

Favorite band/music artist?
    Kami: Favorite Band – Guns & Roses, The White Stripes / Artist – Robert Rauschenberg, Kara Walker
    Margie: Regina Spektor, Lily Allen, Ingrid Michaelson, Death Cab for Cutie, Vampire Weekend, the soundtracks to Glee & Spring Awakening.
Favorite book(s)?
    Kami: To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, I Capture the Castle, The Giver & The Golden Compass.
    Margie: TKAM, A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark is Rising, The Chronicles of Chrestomancii, Sunshine, Graceling and Tender is the Night.
Favorite unusual animal?
Kami: Tapir or Marmoset
Margie: My unusually bad beagles, Kirby and Zelda.

Favorite drink?
Kami: Seriously – you know this. Diet Coke.
Margie: *raises can*

Questions about writing:

Why did you decide to write from a boy’s POV?
    Kami: We both have brothers, and we wanted readers to experience BC from a boy’s perspective. The magic, the danger, the choices Ethan and Lena face. So few girls get a window into the mind of a guy.
    Margie: We also wanted to write about a powerful, mysterious, magical girl, and unravel that secret along with Ethan. And it was interesting to fall for the guy actually telling the story. Ethan is a sweetheart!
    After the Beautiful Creatures books, do you think you will write together? Or write books by yourself?
    Kami: I hope we’ll do both. We’re world-builders, so we’ll create another universe to work on together. But some day it would also be fun to write some smaller things & work as critique partners, at the same time.
    Margie: Which was of course how this all began; we were fans of each other’s writing long before we started collaborating on BC. But we work together so well, I’m sure you’ll see more of us as a team…
How long did it take you to write Beautiful Creatures?

Kami: Twelve weeks.
    Margie: It was like a fever dream. It all came rushing out and just sort of took over our lives. It’s still sort of like that. J
What do you do when you get writer’s block?

    Kami: This sounds annoying, but we don’t get writer’s block. We LOVE to draft.
    Margie: We get revision block!
What made you decide to write about a Southern town?

    Kami: Both of our families come from small town, mine from the South and Margie’s from the West. The South has a certain charm and magic about it that you don’t find anywhere else.
    Margie: The South is a place where, to us, magic still happens. And pie. And family and community—all of which we wanted for BC.
Questions about the authors:
Why Milk Duds & Popcorn?
Kami: We write about what we like to eat.
    Margie: Our friend Kerri introduced us to the combo. You should try it. We’re addicts now.
If you could choose a Caster power what would it be?

    Kami: I would be a Cataclyst or a Sybil. I think it would be crazy to be able to control the elements or read people’s faces.
    Margie: I would be a Palimpsest. I would love to be able to walk into some old Southern house and see everything that ever had or would happen there.
What are 3 things that most people don’t know about you?

    Kami: I love disaster movies and if The Day After Tomorrow is on cable, I literally can’t turn it off. I’m incredibly superstitious.
    Margie: I was so shy I didn’t speak to anyone outside of my family until third grade. I can still recite the poem from the front of the Dark is Rising books. I can live entirely on cheese.
    Thanks so much Kami & Margie!
    (Author Photo Credit goes to Alex Hoerner)


  1. Superb interview questions and answers =D

    I want to read Beautiful Creatures now. It's on my xmas list =P

  2. Great interview :) You asked some interesting questions. Also, milk duds and popcorn is delish.

  3. Smashing interview. Great unique questions!

  4. You asked some interesting questions. Also, milk duds and popcorn is delish.

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  7. Great interview Senfaye!!