I was extremely thrilled to meet all of them, and the feeling was definitely echoed throughout the room. As we waited for the authors to arrive (they got caught up in LA traffic), we watched the book and the movie trailer, and in two contests, fans competed for posters of, Will and Jem, popular characters from Clare’s books.
Once the authors arrived, they jumped right into answering our questions about their books and the upcoming City of Bones film.
Here are a couple of them:
Cassandra Clare, where did you get the inspiration for your books?
She got the idea of Shadowhunter from one of her friends who was a tattoo artist and talked to her about the history about tattoos. They were believed to give people strength in battle and during journeys, and Clare thought that it would be cool if there was a race of people for whom these tattoos would actually work.
What characters are the three of you most like?
After thinking the question over for a moment, they agreed that Sarah is like Magnus Bane because of her fiery personality, Maureen is the most similar to Alec, and Cassie was compared to Jace because of her ability to “have a little faith” like he does in times of trouble.
They then moved on to lightning round:
Who do you like more: Tessa or Clary?
She couldn’t decide between the two. Tessa is more like her, but she admires Clary for her bravery and recklessness.
Do you all eat, or do you survive solely on the tears of your readers? (This seemed to be a recurring question.)
Clare responded by saying that she likes to take the hearts of her readers and put it in a cocktail glass and make a heartini.
How much involvement do you, Cassie, have in the film adaptation?
She has had a good amount of input into the film. She answered questions that the production team had, and she had a heavy involvement in the casting process.
Once the Q&A session was complete, we were able to get our books signed! Overall, the event was one of the best signing that I’ve attended. All three of the authors were incredibly funny and kept me laughing the entire night. They joked about the ways they toy with our emotions and all of the wonderful boys in the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series. It was an honor to meet all three of the authors, and I want to thank them for visiting Mission Viejo.
-Mariah W., 11th grade