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Meyer, Stephenie. Barnes and Noble Studio. May 2008. http://media.barnesandnoble.com/.

Hi, Barnes and Noble customers. This is Stephenie Meyer and I'm excited to tell you about my new novel, The Host.
With The Host my fans can expect a similar experience, I think, to the Twilight Saga. It's still a story that's based on the characters, that's about the love story, that's about what it means to be human, rather than really being a science fiction novel that's about ray guns and
space ships. I'm hoping that people will feel the same draw to the characters and the same concern for their well-being that they do with the Twilight characters.

When I first was describing The Host to friends and family, I called it the first love triangle with only two bodies involved. I still haven't been called on that one yet, so I'm not sure if something else exists, but the reason that I call it that is because it is a Invasion of the Body Snatchers style experience and two of the characters are existing inside the same body, and the two of them fall in love with the same person, which gets incredibly complicated.

The most challenging thing about switching over to another story while working on another series was having to adjust to having new voices in my head. It takes a few days to switch from one set to the other and that was something I had to learn as I started writing The Host. It was a really rewarding experience, though, because I was working through the tough part of writing, which is the editing, where it's not about the creativity and the story anymore. And so to have something new to work on and a new world to create and to inhabit, that was a really restful place for me. And writing The Host for me was just really about me having fun, which is always my favorite way to write.

I don't really have a typical writing day. Generally I try to write at night. It's easier for me when I know there are not going to be any interruptions. During the day while the kids re at school I work on editing, self-editing quite a bit. I like to read through the stories again and again. That helps me to find the little flaws or maybe new directions that I want to go. Of course every day is different when you're writing because every day the story goes a different direction or every day something new will occur to you and the hours sort of shape themselves around that.

My fans are really, really cool. All of them that I've had a chance to meet generally I get along with really well. I think there's enough of myself in the books that the people who respond to them strongly enough to come out to an event or to try and get in touch with me, we have a lot in common. Being able to have a presence on the Internet, being able to know people through MySpace and having my own site and the other fan sites that I frequent really gives me a sense of who these people are and to know and to like them quite a bit.

I've been reading a lot of YA fiction, kind of keeping up with the genre, and some of my favorites right now that I'm into are Shannon Hale and Cassandra Clare and Polly Shulman. I really enjoy stories where the characters are the principal focus, even when you have some really great, fantastical elements, it all comes back to who the people are. I'm always reading Orson Scott Card, Shakespeare, Jane Austen. These are writers who really get me because the stories of course are brilliantly written, but really it's about who the people are, and the characters behave the only way they can. They're so human that how they act is exactly how you would act in that situation. And that brings such a level of reality to it. I love writers that can make me forget that I'm a writer, and I'm just a reader again, and those are some that do that for me.

I hope that the readers of my books ultimately come away with a really fun reading experience. I mean, I would hope that they care about the characters when they're done, that they would want to know what would happen for them next, or feel satisfied that they behaved in a way that was true to who they were. But mostly, I just want them to have fun. I hope they have a really great reading experience. I hope that they and come away thinking, "that was a day well spent."

Stephenie Meyer


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May. 10th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Missing Author
I noticed you have a blank after the author Cassandra Clare...Stephenie said Polly Shulman. She's referring to Polly's book Enthusiasm that she has recommended several times in interviews. You can see that book at this link http://www.amazon.com/Enthusiasm-Polly-Shulman/dp/B000GUJHEY/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210393961&sr=8-2
May. 11th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Missing Author
You know that you rock, right?

Thanks so much for the info! I had no idea who it may be. :)
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