Saturday, March 7, 2015

0 Claudia Gray, author of SORCERESS, on learning to write each book

SORCERESS is the final book in the Spellcaster series, and we're happy to have Claudia Gray join us to share more about it.

Claudia, what do you hope readers take away from SORCERESS? 

More than anything else, I want readers of the SPELLCASTER trilogy to feel like, at this end of this long journey, they've reached a wonderful destination. Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have been through a lot in their struggle against darkness -- and in some ways this is the darkest thing I've written for YA. But everything the characters have endured has armed them for the epic final battle. Hopefully readers will feel like the trilogy goes out with a bang! 

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or in a coffee shop or the library, etc? 

I don't have a ritual per se. Honestly, I think those can be dangerous; a helpful routine can too easily become a crutch, at least for me. But I do listen to music most of the time, when I can, and in fact create soundtracks for every single book I write. Listening helps me get in/stay in the mood of the novel. Although I do most of my writing at home, I sometimes head to a coffee shop when I just can't look at the same four walls any longer. 

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers? 

The advice I wish someone had passed on to me: Every book is different. Every book presents its own challenges. Nobody ever learns "how to write a book," because you have to learn how to write *each book,* all over again, every single time. At first I found this discouraging, but now I've grown to enjoy the process of evolving and discovering each novel. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sorceress
by Claudia Gray
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/3/2015

The triumphant conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's dazzling Spellcaster series.

To save the lives of countless people in Captive's Sound, Nadia swore herself to the One Beneath—to black magic. Her plan, and the town's only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of evil. But now that she's separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to the growing darkness.

The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of a New Orleans–based writer, she is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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