If you’re a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater and live in Toronto or the greater Toronto area, then you will likely already have bought her July 12, 2011 release, Forever, which is the final installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy. What you may not know is that if you hurry, you might have a chance to meet her in person today and tomorrow. On July 16, 2011, she will not only be stopping at the Chapters Oshawa Centre at 12 p.m., but also she’ll be making an appearance at Indigo Yorkdale at 6 p.m. If you want to go – and I mean, who wouldn’t – then you still have time to cancel your lunch or dinner plans, stand in line for awhile and go all fan-girly or fan-boyish (no discrimination here). Of course, if that’s impossible, then make it a road trip Sunday, and catch her while you still can at Chapters South London in London, ON at 2 p.m. to get your copies of Shiver, Linger and Forever signed.
Can’t make it to any of these Toronto area events? Live vicariously through this joltleft.com post as the author drops by for a fun interview in five, four, three, two, one…now:
Toronto Young Adult Fiction Examiner: In Shiver, the story is about saving Sam. Linger switches to saving Grace. Forever is about Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel saving everyone. Why was it important for you to move from the intimate relationship to a bigger canvas for the final novel in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy?
Maggie Stiefvater: It was really about pulling back and seeing why these four people have been chosen to tell the story of the wolves. Forever is all about that moment when their lives intersect, four people all connecting at once. It’s also about finally dealing with the external world after extinguishing personal demons, so I think that makes it big picture by default.
joltleft.com: Have you ever been to Canada, and specifically the Toronto area, before or is this the first time? What is the best part about travelling to Canada?
MS: Man, I haven’t been, and I’m so excited. The best part? I have Canadian friends, and they have just talked it up so much that I want very much to see it for myself. I wish I had longer than three days, though.
joltleft.com: So do all of your fans! In Linger, many of the characters break ties with those outside of their small group, but in Forever, they forge relationships with other people again. Why is it important that they build a community outside of the trusted few?
MS: One of the themes in Linger is choosing your family; as you get to be a young adult, you start to assemble the people around you who will be your rocks in the years to come, and often those people come from outside your family. As you learn who you are, you can better surround yourself with friends who make you a better person, and that sometimes only happens when you disassemble old relationships. Linger‘s really also about repairing your ability to form deep relationships, especially friendships. Oh, oh, and also about how real love just can’t happen without that basis of friendship and trust.
joltleft.com: What similarities and differences to the Wolves of Mercy Falls can one expect from your next book, The Scorpio Races?
MS: The biggest similarity is that the setting is very important to both books. They’re also both character-driven. I think the biggest thing I would hope readers will bring to the table when they read The Scorpio Races is trust — that even if the plot and characters look totally different in this book, the story-teller is still the same.
joltleft.com: Thanks so much for taking some time out of your busy tour schedule to stop on by to answer these questions, Maggie! Hope you have a great time on the rest of the This Is Teen tour and most importantly, that Canada is everything your friends told you it would be and more.