Maggie Stiefvater & Lucy Christopher
Yesterday, May 15, Figment held a live chat with authors Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races) and Lucy Christopher (Stolen). It was an awesome event, though I knew a lot of the information given because I follow both authors. I found out a lot of cool, random info!
Things I Learned at Figment (that fateful night):
A list by Amelia Robinson
- The first line in Shiver is one Maggie Stiefvater had had in a dream. It remained unchanged.
- Lucy Christopher got the first line to her novel, Stolen, while driving home one day. She rushed home to start writing the story behind "You saw me before I saw you." The first line also remained unchanged.
- For Maggie, all the magic happens (understanding character motivations, etc.) at the 10,000 word mark.
- Both authors say they need to know the character arc or what a character learns before they really get started on a book.
- The fact that Margaret Atwood can't spell very well gives Lucy comfort. (This phrase has been put in consideration for a Figment t-shirt design.)
- Lucy sometimes bases her character voices on people she knows. For instance, Ty from Stolen is a culmination of a bunch of Aussie boys she'd met at some point in her life.
- Maggie steals from other people all the time. She likes picking up turns of phrase and motivations. She listens to speech patterns.
- Maggie Stiefvater is a self-proclaimed eavesdropper.
- Lucy likes to steal body language more than actual voices from those around here.
- Maggie Stiefvater warns you not to sit next to her on an airplane, for fear she will steal your voice.
On tools for creating voice...
- Maggie and Lucy both read their books out loud, though this is a new thing for Maggie, who started because she was intrigued at hearing the Shiver trilogy narrated.
- Lucy Christopher loves the Shiver audiobooks.
- Lucy reads out loud mostly to check whether her punctuation is right where it ought to be.
- Maggie Stiefvater hates character charts.
The chat was highly entertaining (despite the fact Maggie wasn't answering any questions about surviving zombie attacks). It was a great experience! The only thing I regret is that it all seemed a bit superficial, like we were just scratching the surface. I really wish we had gotten deeper into their stories and writing processes. But that info can be found on their respective blogs.