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Maggie Stiefvater
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Maggie Stiefvater   Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced Steve-Otter) is the New York Times best-selling author of Shiver, a young adult novel about the relationship between a girl and a werewolf. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie, which deals with secret, sometimes homicidal, faeries who blend in with high school students. In addition to writing, Maggie plays the harp, piano and even the bagpipes (but that's a long story). She's also won some awards for her colored pencil drawings.

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This episode originally aired on 10/29/2009 with the following authors:
Note: The following interview has been transcribed from The Author Hour radio show. Please excuse any typos, spelling and gramatical errors.

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Matthew Peterson: Let me ask you a bonus question here. As a fairly new author, youíve been fortunate to have some great success. What advice would you give new authors who are trying to break away from the pack? (No pun intended) [laughs]

Maggie Stiefvater: [laughs] Mmm. Thatís a good question. Okay, I would say that itís really important, especially in YA to have devoured everything, (no pun intended!) to have devoured everything in your genre and sub-genre. Because itís important to . . . you need to fit nicely into it, but you donít want to re-invent the wheel.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah, thatís good. What are some of your favorite books?

Maggie Stiefvater: Oh I love Diana Wynne Jones, itís an old classic, but I love all of her books: Fire and Hemlock, Howlís Moving Castle and Iíve read Dogsbody. Gosh, dogs and bodies keep on coming up in this conversation. [laughs]

Matthew Peterson: [laughs]

Maggie Stiefvater: Just recently I read, Jaclyn Dolamoreís, Magic Under Glass, about a clockwork man. And itís a love story. So if you thought that werewolves were improbable . . . this girl falls in love with a clockwork automaton. See, Iím plausible in comparison to that, but no, it was a great story.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah. Thatís awesome. I havenít read that one yet.

Maggie Stiefvater: It comes out, it should be, end of December, beginning of January.

Matthew Peterson: Oh. Okay, whatís the name of it?

Maggie Stiefvater: Magic Under Glass.

Matthew Peterson: Magic Under Glass. Well, thatís interesting. Yeah, Iíve seen some TV shows and some movies of some crazy relationships, like in love with a painting . . .

Maggie Stiefvater: Or a mannequin, flash backs to the Ď80s.

Matthew Peterson: Or a mannequin. Oh, Mannequin! I remember that. I think thereís a sequel to that too.

Maggie Stiefvater: [laughs] How could there be a sequel?

Matthew Peterson: I donít know! [laughs] I remember that when I was a kid. Oh boy.

Maggie Stiefvater: Oh yes, well the Ď80s were great for those idealistic fantasy romances and soft focus and love with mannequins.

Matthew Peterson: Well, thanks so much, Maggie. Itís been nice talking with you.

Maggie Stiefvater: Thank you.

Matthew Peterson: Bye bye.

Maggie Stiefvater: Bye.

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