I don't think I could say it enough: I love to see authors interact with their characters. There's just something so beautifully surreal about it, and it seems to touch upon the fantasy that I know so many of us writers share--that desire to dive into the world that you've created and meet your own characters. Even horror writers might entertain the notion from time to time (although...hmm...I've got an interview coming up by Robert Crull, and I can't help but assume he might not be all that thrilled to meet his main character....)
At any rate, today I bring to you the delightful Sarah Maas and her interview with Celaena, the main character of her young adult fantasy QUEEN OF GLASS--and a most delicious character at that. I fell in love with her just from this interview. I can't even begin to imagine how rockin this book will be. And I must say, I just adore Sarah, who has been a delight to work with. She's one of the most pleasant people I've encountered...not to mention clever, talented, and remarkably encouraging. So, of course, I wish her tremendous success, and look forward to seeing her name splashed across the covers of books on my bookshelves.
About the author, in her own words:
Sarah J. Maas grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where her parents indulged her somewhat extreme passion for fairy-tales. At the age of sixteen, she began writing QUEEN OF GLASS –a YA fantasy trilogy centered on a Cinderella retelling. Three books and five years later, she completed the series. An hour after that, she opened up the first book, and spent a year revising everything. Now twenty-three, Sarah currently resides in Los Angeles, and is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Agency. The first book of QUEEN OF GLASS is on submissions to editors.
In my words: Sarah rocks. Follow her blog. Follow her on Twitter. Follow her with a camera and an autograph book. She's a star, folks, and her series will blow you away. So get on that bandwagon. Now check out her interview with Celaena, the mc of her YA fantasy QUEEN OF GLASS, and see what I'm talking about.
An Interview with an Assassin: Not Your Average Cinderella
Celaena: Celaena Sardothien
Sarah: …Is that your real name?
Celaena: [picks at nails] Perhaps.
Sarah: [sighs] Age?
Celaena: What a vulgar question.
Celaena: World’s Greatest Assassin.
Sarah: Modest, much?
Sarah: …That wasn’t a question. [sighs again] Okay. So: tell me why you, the World’s Greatest Assassin, are currently residing in the glass castle of Adarlan’s capital.
Celaena: Well, it’s a long story—filled with intrigue and romance and adventure. Starring myself, of course.
Sarah: Of course.
Celaena: A year ago, my life was perfect: I was the most notorious assassin in the empire of Adarlan, and getting paid mountains of gold for my services. People would scream at the very mention of my name. It was delightful. That is, until I was captured.
Sarah: You, Adarlan’s Assassin, were captured? By whom?
Celaena: If I knew, they’d be dead.
Celaena: Indeed. Anyway, after I was caught, the King of Adarlan shipped me off to the Salt Mines of Endovier, where I spent the past year working off a sentence of nine lives’ worth of hard labor. Of course, I terrorized all the overseers and had my run of the place—
Sarah: Did you really?
Celaena: [stares pointedly] Yes, I did. That is, until the Crown Prince Dorian DeHavilliard and Chaol Wydrael, Captain of the Royal Guard, arrived to offer my freedom in exchange for the lives of Wendlyn’s royal family.
Celaena: The kingdom across the sea? Adarlan’s greatest enemy, and the sole country that has withstood Adarlan’s growing shadow? Don’t you know anything?
Sarah: …Just keep talking.
Celaena: [huffs] Naturally, I said yes. And so they brought me to the glass castle to revive my strength and to train. Train! Like I need any training! If anything, it’s that recalcitrant and bellicose Chaol who needs training!
Sarah: Chaol, hmm?
Celaena: Yes, Chaol. The Captain of the Guard? I already told you this. He’s close friends with Dorian.
Sarah: The Crown Prince of Adarlan?
Celaena: Yes. [snorts] Though it’s more like the Crown Prince of Womanizing.
Sarah: What, exactly, is your relationship with Dorian DeHavilliard?
Celaena: That bumbling moron? He’s the greatest fool ever to have walked in the miserable halls of this pretentious glass castle.
Sarah: I heard through the grapevine that you two were spotted together at the last ball—and that there were serious sparks flying between—
Celaena: Well, you heard wrong. [crosses arms]
Sarah: Are you blushing?
Celaena: Absolutely not. I’m just flushed from my training.
Sarah: Oh? For what, exactly, were you training? Did the Crown Prince of Womanizing oversee it?”
Celaena: [glares] I’m not blushing. There’s nothing between Dorian and I.
Sarah: Very well…
Celaena: [leans forward] I can kill you with a hairpin, you know.
Sarah: Point taken. I think this interview’s over.
Celaena: Thanks ever so much for wasting my time. [tosses her hair] I’ll be in the library if you need me. For your sake, I hope you don’t. [stalks off]
Sarah: [rubs temples] You’re truly delightful, Celaena.
So what is it about Celaena that makes you love her so much? One, she takes you by surprise at every turn...that's always pleasant in literature. And two, she says things like, "I can kill you with a hairpin, you know." So...of course, what is there not to love? Well done, Ms. Maas. I applaude you for your brilliance and thank you most heartily for sharing Celaena with us. I'm honored to play a small part in presenting this interview. I wish you the very best, and look forward to being able to say, "I knew her when she was subbing this book."
If you are interested in participating in the Character Interviews series, please drop me a line at cvaldezmiller AT gmail DOT com. Would love to see what you can do. Also, please be sure to check out the how and why behind the interviews series.
Until next time, happy blogging/writing/editing/breathing...though, if all you're doing is breathing, I recommend you take up a hobby. Like hatmaking. Or cherry stem weaving. Or Tortilla Sculpting. I bet you could have some crazy fun with tortillas.