Performance of scene from City of Bones
Cassandra's session also started with a performance from the theatre troupe (and they performed the same scene from Wednesday). Again, I'll do a dot-point recap:
- Cassandra had a broken toe (which I mentioned in my Wednesday post) and she told us the story of how she broke it - by dropping her suitcase on it at Boston airport (ouch!!)
- We were then treated to a reading from Cassandra's upcoming novel Clockwork Prince, the second title in the Infernal Devices series.
- Cassandra then talked candidly about why she became a writer and she said that the shared quality of writers is that they all have peculiar interests that obsess them. She then shared a couple of hilarious stories - one involving her driving around with Holly Black in the boot of her car (as part of Holly's writerly research!) and the other about an urban exploring expedition at the abandoned Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island (which ended with Holly and Cassandra surrounded by NYC police officers).
- The research process for Clockwork Angel was then discussed and the way immersed herself in the Victorian era by reading period cookbooks and etiquette guides to help create the sense of London in the 1870s. She also loves walking around London to get a sense of setting and to capture small details that contribute to the world of her characters.
- Cassandra commented that she found that kids read "for the characters they love" and that they read to find out what happens to these characters and how they react in situations and respond to the world around them. She also noted that teen readers ask very different questions at appearances and events compared to adults (like "what is Jace's favourite colour? When is Alec's birthday? - details that Cassandra hasn't always thought about!).