Having questions that haven’t been asked a million times is important to a quality interview. If you don’t want it to be a waste of both your time and theirs (and your readers), do your research. If you found it in someone else’s interview, there is no need to ask it (unless you want to expand on the question/issue, in which case, do more research). That being said, it was a challenge to come up with new questions for Marissa that we hadn’t asked her before, but I think we did pretty good.
Last time we interviewed Mrs. Meyer, we asked “If you were a cupcake, what kind would you be?” And perhaps you saw my creation of The Marissa Cupcake during our Lunar Chronicles celebration. Per request of Marissa, a parcel of such cupcakes accompanied our interview. Also accompanying us was Caroline, who has only just started Scarlet, and thus we couldn’t give away any Cress spoilers during the interview. You might also see some answers from Jesse, Marissa’s husband, who willingly played along when we asked him questions.
Also, how adorable is Marissa? We absolutely LOVE her dress. “I’m wearing almost plaid!” she told us.
JB: Are there male escort droids?
Marissa Meyer: Yes.
JB: We wanted to verify that. For reasons. [That would be Cress spoilers.]
MM: Yes, there are, actually. Iko runs into one when she’s in the warehouse and there’s a moment that he kind of reminds her of Prince Kai, so she tries to flirt with him and he’s totally just… a robot.
JB: Ahh, yes! That’s in Cress. Now that you mention it, I remember that.
Rachel: We can’t spoil, but yeah.
MM: Yeah, this is going to be a really hard interview.
Rachel: Tarkan, the guy you based Wolf off of, do you actually listen to him?
MM: I’ve actually only heard one song. Somebody sent me a song of his maybe six months ago because in the song he does a weird little howl thing, and I was like, this is so weird. But I had never actually heard him before that. I’d just seen his picture, and that’s him. That’s what Wolf looks like.
Julianne: What is World War IV about?
MM: Over resources and land territories. I haven’t thought it out so I don’t know the specifics, but the general idea is that there were some countries that were very very resource rich, and by that point, so far in the future, other countries had depleted their resources and this war broke out because they thought they weren’t sharing the world equally, which then led to the conglomeration.
Rachel: What’s your method of naming? Your names are so detailed. Do you say, I want it to mean this; here’s all the words that mean this?
MM: Sort of. If it’s a fairy tale character, then I can be like, you know, Cinder… Cinderella, and those are easy. Like with Carswell Thorne, I would go to my favorite resource—babynamesworld.com—so I’ll go and I’ll search for all names that have this meaning. So I’d search for things like “thief” or “criminal” and of course nobody names their kids that. And so in a random, “Why don’t I just do a search for Cress?” then Carswell popped up and it literally translates to “grows at the watercress pond.” And I was like that’s so romantic! Because he grows when he’s with her! It just fit. So I use babynamesworld a lot if I’m struggling, and I keep searching for different meanings until I find something that works.
JB: Have you ever met a famous person?
MM: Does Veronica Roth count? I’ve met her and done panels with her. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever met any celebrities. Oh, you know what? When we were at Comic Con last year we were staying at the same hotel as all the Game of Thrones people, so in the lobby we saw Jon Snow and we saw Tyrion. Oh! And then totally randomly, but two of the guys from How I Met Your Mother were there, but not the one that I love. I forget his name. What is his name? The dancer guy. Anyway. And then Jesse, my husband, has such an enormous crush on Ygritte from Game of Thrones, and we saw her when we were down in the bar getting a drink after Comic Con, and so he got to go take a picture with her, and it was like the wallpaper on his phone. It might still be the wallpaper on his phone. But it was really cute. In the picture he has such a boyish grin.
Julianne: Do you have a muse? Like something you go back to when you’re at a wall? When you have writers’ block, what do you do?
MM: I have a Lunar Chronicles playlist that I will listen to on repeat. But I don’t have an object or anything like that. Well, I have my Harry Potter wand that lives on my desk. I don’t know how inspirational it is. It’s just cool to have it there. But usually when I’m stuck, I have different writing techniques that I use when I’m really stuck. My favorite one is to give myself really really tiny goals, so that if I’m really stuck, I’m like, “I know I can write a sentence.” So then I write a sentence, and if that’s all I accomplish that day, then at least it’s something. But usually getting started is the hardest part, and then that sentence turns into a second sentence and it just starts to snowball. But really really small, stupid goals that I know I’m capable of doing tend to work for me.
Rachel: Do you have a favorite constellation?
MM: I do not have a favorite constellation. The only one I can recognize is the Big Dipper.
JB: We were wondering if the capital of Luna, Artemisia, was named after a constellation.
Rachel: It sounds constellation-y
MM: It does sound constellation-y. I don’t think it is. Artemisia is named after Artemis. But there might be an Artemis constellation. I don’t know. But Artemis was one of the Greek gods of the moon.
Julianne: What’s your ringtone?
MM: The Harry Potter theme song.
Julianne: Do you have any hidden talents? That you feel like sharing, anyway.
MM: (to her husband, Jesse) Do I have any hidden talents?
Jesse: You can stand on your head and chug beer. That’s pretty cool.
Jesse: That’s not you?
MM: No, that was your other girlfriend. But, um… not really.
Julianne: You’re just cool all over?
MM: I just I write. Writing has always been the talent that I focused on. I went through periods where like, I made a quilt. But I don’t still make quilts. And I tried crocheting, but never got the hang of it.
Rachel: I try lots of things and then give up.
MM: Yeah, me too.
Rachel: You’ve talked a lot about mythology. Norse. Would you consider that? Because Greek and Roman is done a lot.
JB: Basically we want you to write mythology.
MM: Let me take some notes! I don’t know much about Norse mythology. I know a little about the Valkyrie. But I don’t know a lot about it. But I definitely would. I would do anything it if came to me.
Julianne: Well, a question for the husband: what’s it like being married to a famous person?
Jesse: You’ll have to ask Marissa that. (All the girls giggle.) You know, it’s pretty neat. On this book tour, it’s kind of changed a little bit. There’s a lot more excitement from her fans. They’re shaking and they’re so happy and excited. It’s a lot of fun. So it’s cool. And I’m able to go with her on book tour and I don’t have to be at home doing hard construction labor stuff, so I enjoy it. I love it.
MM: He’s really nice to have around, too.
All of us: AWWWWWW!!!
MM: (laughing) Mushy! Gross!
Julianne: I have to ask one more. What is one of your favorites or really memorable fan moments?
MM: There’s been a lot. But I think my favorite was at the Texas Librarian Association last year. They did this author speed dating type thing, so all the librarians were at these tables of ten, and then the authors would spend ten minutes at each table and then move around to the next table. So the second table that I go to there are nine librarians and then one of them had brought her eleven year old daughter. So I sit down next to this girl, and she looks at me, and looks at my name tag, and looks at me again, and then just falls over and starts hugging me. And it was so cute! At first I’m like, what’s going on? Why are you hugging me? And then when she pulled away she was in tears. She was so excited. It was really really adorable. And at that point Scarlet had just come out. Or may be there were Cress ARCs? I don’t remember. So after the thing was over I took her over to my publisher’s booth and they had one copy of the book left, so I was able to get her a copy of the book. That was a good moment.
A huge thank you to Marissa (and Jesse, too!) for allowing us to interview! (Even though she possibly only said yes because we bribed her with cupcakes.) If you haven’t read our first interview with her, you can check it out here.