Cassandra Clare, author of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series, answers a few questions…
What would you put on a shelf-talker for your book?
This prequel to ‘The Mortal Instruments’ contains a brave heroine, a magical, gaslit London, romance, automatons, handsome Shadowhunters, Magnus Bane, a vampire ball, and has been known to cure Demon Pox.
If you had to spend the rest of your life on a book tour, where would you go?
I want to say Australia to earn brownie points but I’ve never been there yet! I would say Italy because the food is so good.
What is the silliest question you’ve ever been asked on a book tour?
Someone asked if they could smell my neck.
And the most profound?
Someone once asked me if I would prefer that people take away answers from my books, or take away questions. I thought that was a nice way of putting it. I would say questions.
What are you reading right now?
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown).
What was your favourite book of the past year?
White Cat by Holly Black (Victor Gollancz).
What was the defining book of your childhood?
Five Children and It by E Nesbit (Random House).
Which is your favourite bookstore?
I couldn’t pick! If you’re a bookstore, you’re automatically my favourite kind of store.
Who would you like to challenge to a literary spat?
Lord Byron! He famously boxed, but I think I could take him.
Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter—it’s the best way to get news out, and these days one of the best ways to pick up on news. It’s how I found out Prince William got engaged!
If I were a literary character I’d be …
I would want to be Lyra from ‘His Dark Materials’ but would probably end up being a girl Adrian Mole.
In 50 years’ time books will be …
Absolutely relevant, just as they are today. Even if they’re digital.
Cassandra Clare is the author of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series and its prequel ‘The Infernal Devices’ series (all published by Walker Books). She is a guest at the Sydney Writers Festival and the Auckland Readers & Writers Festival in May. This questionnaire first appeared in the March issue of Junior Bookseller+Publisher magazine. Sign up for the free fortnightly Junior Bookseller+Publisher newsletter here.