THE ROOTS OF PARANORMAL ROMACE/URBAN FANTASY
To add additional perspectives to the paranormal romance/urban fantasy conversation, I approached a number of the editors who work in these categories to participate in an editorial roundtable of sorts. Of course, getting any group of editors together, even by email, isn’t as easy as you might think. Jury duty, vacations, overstuffed email inboxes, a tornado, and a power outage all took their toll.
Melissa: When we were first talking about Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy month in the Tor offices, it was fun to think back about the modern roots of these genres (modern, of course, being a relative term). Everyone seemed to have a favorite television series, book, or film that he or she considered a seminal influence on the paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy as we currently know them.
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LINGER’S MAGGIE STIEFVATER DISHES WEREWOLVES
We’ve got the scoop on Linger, the highly-anticipated sequel toShiver, a book about werewolves from Maggie Stiefvater. How did this incredibly talented author become fascinated with werewolves and how did she make them so darn sexy?
What got you interested in writing about werewolves?
Maggie Stiefvater: Like all things that change your life permanently, it was an accident, really. I have always been incredibly, terribly, horribly in love with homicidal faries and British farie lore, so I just figured that I would end up writing about them for the rest of my life. It’s what my first two novels are about, after all. But while working on finding short story contests to publicize my debut novel, I found one on werewolves.
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CASSANDRA CLARE TO EXTENDED MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES
Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has announced it will publish City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire, the fifth and sixth installments in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, which currently has more than 3 million books in print.
City of Lost Souls will publish in hardcover in May 2012, and City of Heavenly Fire will publish in hardcover in September 2013. The deal, which is for U.S. rights, was negotiated by Karen Wojtyla, Editorial Director of Margaret K. McElderry Books, and Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC.
News of the extension to the series precedes the much-anticipated publication of the fourth series installment, City of Fallen Angels, due to hit stores in April 2011.
Cassandra Clare took the world of YA literature by storm in 2007 with her debut novel, City of Bones, which immediately became a New York Times bestseller. The Mortal Instruments series books—which include City of Bones, City of Ashes, andCity of Glass— have gone on to become New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers.
Beginning this August 31st, Cassandra will be touring in Princeton, NJ; Exton, PA; St. Louis, MO; Naperville, IL; and Decatur, GA, for Clockwork Angel, the debut title in The Mortal Instruments’ prequel series, The Infernal Devices. She will also be participating in some of the stops for the “Smart Chicks Kick It” YA author group book tour in September. Her complete schedule and wildly popular blog can be found at www.cassandraclare.com.
“Cassandra Clare is an incredibly talented writer and a master in the fantasy genre,” said Jon Anderson, Executive Vice President of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. “Cassandra has a huge following of fans, not only of teens but adults as well, who I’m sure will be as thrilled as we are that she decided to add two additional titles to this bestselling series.”
Says Clare, “I initially envisioned City of Fallen Angels as an ending to the story begun in City of Bones, but I soon realized that in fact where my pen was taking me was into a new trilogy, one even more epic, dark and passionate than the first. In the first three Mortal Instruments books the fate of the Shadowhunters hung in the balance; now it’s the fate of the world. I can’t wait to share this journey with my readers as familiar characters are deepened, new faces introduced and relationships tested like never before.”
In Book 5: City of Lost Souls, the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling. In Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire, Jace, Clary and their friends are drawn inexorably into a war that pits Heaven against Hell, angels against demons—a war that threatens to destroy our world entirely if the Shadowhunters can’t end it first.
The film rights to The Mortal Instruments series have been optioned by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne’s Unique Features.
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