In Which I Blather

A happy addition to my BEA schedule: On Saturday, May 30, from 1-3pm, I'll be signing books with Melissa Marr at Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, New York City.

For today's post I direct you to the podcast of my recent conversation with Deirdre and Maria at the Mount Kisco Library in Mount Kisco, New York. Deirdre and Maria had some great questions about Graceling and YA lit! Here are some of the things we talked about:
  • Katsa's relationship with Raffin
  • the nature of Graces
  • fantasy character names
  • why YA is such a great genre
  • Megan Whalen Turner and why "write faster!", though often meant as a compliment, might not be the most empathetic thing you can say to a writer
  • the anti-marriage thing (which, incidentally, I blogged about once, here)
  • how my characters surprise me as I'm writing
Warning: there are a few Graceling spoilers in the podcast.

Go here to listen. Thanks to Deirdre and Maria!


StefanieEmmy said…
The interview is great! And you mentioned the German edition and Po's name in this edition - I thought it would be something like Bo and I promise to try to tell noone what his "real" name is. ;)
Btw I can't wait to finally see "Die Beschenkte" in my local bookstore and when the time is come I'll tell everyone reading my blog to check it out. :D

Greetings from Austria
pens said…
Great interview Kristin! Always interesting to hear from authors and their perspectives. I was interested in your comment about not being able to explain the subtext of your books. Can you expand on that? Is it because you want to encourage reader interpretation? As I've mentioned here before, Graceling was one of the best things I have read in a while, recommending it to everyone! :)
CLM said…
I am only able to attend BEA on Friday so am disappointed I will miss you. I hope you will do a booksigning for Fire in Boston in the fall!
Artemis Grey said…
I'm listening to your interview as I'm typing this! It's fantabulous! I was listening intently and thinking, 'Oh, I have no idea how I would answer that!' And then it occurred to me that since the thing I want most is to get published, I might well have to answer such things some day. For a moment, it scared the tar out of me!

I do have one question for you: What makes a book YA? I mean, is it your characters age? Merely the fact that they're experiencing some things for the first time? What? It vexes me, not being able to pin down 'what' makes a book YA.

So love your 'I can't answer that' answer to Katsa and marriage. If I had a dime for every time someone asked me why I'm not married or dating, as if because I'm a woman of eligible age I should be doing one or the other, like it's an unspoken rule... I'm not dating. It is what it is.

All in all, awsome interview! It was fun to hear you talk about where it all came from! =..=
Sarah Weir said…
Hey Kristin!!!
I started a review blog site and Fire was my first review!! :D ARCs are so lovely!!
Here is my review for anyone that wants to read it. I don't think there are any spoilers.
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Kristin Cashore said…
Dear Fireflight, please don't take it personally that I removed your comment -- it contained a screaming spoiler and no warning! I needed to take it down for the sake of blog readers who haven't read Graceling yet.

Thanks for liking my book and writing in! I hope I'll get to Montreal someday.
Unknown said…
The interview was terrific and it was nice to hear your perspective first hand. It must be hard to be interviewed - but especially over the phone! I don't know how you stayed focused - I would be doodling or eating or something and miss something important and totally give a quirky answer.
I'd be curious to hear the answer to A's question - I think it's a good one and would enjoy reading your definition. A great book is just that - a great book - regardless of the genre. Graceling definitely fits that category!
Kristin Cashore said…
Hi Pens, yes, that's exactly it -- I don't think the writer should stand outside the book interpreting the book for people or explaining what she meant. The book needs to be its own answer and people need to be allowed to create their own interpretations. I get asked this a lot, actually, so I'm going to add it to my FAQ list. Thanks for asking!

CLM, I may be at the Penguin book for part of the time on Friday, but I'm not sure when, which probably isn't very helpful. I'm SURE I'll be doing signings in Boston in the fall, though!

Stefanie, thank you for keeping my terrible secret! :o)

Sarah, thank you, you're so sweet.

Artemis and Angie, you know what? I don't have a definition. I can't really figure out for myself what the difference is, and I never approach a book thinking of my audience as a particular age. Maybe it's YA if it's in some way a "coming of age" story? What do you guys think?

Have a nice weekend, everyone!
Misrule said…
Hi Kristin,

Just wanted to let you know that an ARC of "Fire" arrived at work for me last week. I was VERY excited and have been meaning to drop by and say thank you, as I assume you were behind this? I am crazy busy at the moment reading up for the Sydney Writers Festival and Reading Matters conference—I am chairing panels at both—and Fire will be my reward at the end of all that. (My niece Lucy wants me to send it to her NOW, but she's going to have to wait!)

Thanks again. Can't wait to read it!


You can read about the panels I am chairing here:!.html
Kristin Cashore said…
Judith, YAY, I'm so glad it got to you -- and pretty fast, considering how far it had to go! You're very welcome, and good luck with the festival and conference!
Lady of Shalott said…

I'm so excited that you are coming to Books of Wonder! Possibly my favorite store in all of nyc. Looking foward :).
Ash said…
Hello! First off, I loved the interview. My favorite part was you explaining (or trying to!) the names that you'd come up with. 'But why Po?'
It's okay, I love all the names. And also, I'm thinking about taking the train down to NYC to go to your booksigning. I just need to convince my mom. We haven't ever really been to the city, despite living not too far from it. It would be really fun, and I'd look forward to meeting you. Hope your signature hand will be rested!
CL said…
I love Books of Wonder and miss NY. But I now live in a small town (Asheville) with a wonderful independent bookstore called Malaprops. If you are ever in Western North Carolina, it would be awesome if you came to Malaprops. My book club (of grown-up women) love YA and loved Graceling-- we'd all be thrilled to meet you!
Kristin Cashore said…
Lady of Shalott and Ash, I hope I see you there! And Con, Asheville is one of my favorite towns; if it weren't so far from family, I'd consider living there. I think I even know Malaprops. I hope I'll get to visit eventually, when my schedule allows it! Please say hi and thanks to your book club :o)
Anonymous said…
Books of Wonder is my favorite book store! I admit that I am prejudiced--we have known Peter Glassman (and his no-longer-with-us partner, James) for many years. Over 20! His store is truly a "wonder". I've seen people ask one of the people working there for suggestions. "My nephew/niece/whatever loves to read. The last couple of books were blah, blah, and blah. Can you suggest what I might get as a gift?" They immediately take the person to the appropriate area and introduce them to several books. This is because...they all READ the books. Voraciously! I'd love to be there to see and hear you and Mellissa Marr. Unfortunately, planning to fly from south Florida takes a lot. Have a wonderful time and, if you think of it, tell Peter that Libby and Rick (Dodd and Beardsley) send their love.
Hope to meet you at BEA!

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