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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Interview & Giveaways with Cassandra Clare




This morning I have the great honor to close the Paranormal Summer Fest with the fantastic Cassandra Clare! She’s been very lovely and I’m truly grateful to have her with us today! Make sure to read along to discover more about her, but also about her upcoming release The Clockwork Angel and also a few details about City of Fallen Angels!



The Clockwork Angel synopsis is awesome, from what I gathered, Tessa is a Shapeshifter, is there a reason why we've never seen that kind of Downworlder in the The Mortal Instruments books?

Yes, Tessa is a very unique kind of Downworlder — in fact, the Shadowhunters spend a good deal of the first book trying to figure out what she is, exactly. All warlocks have something that mark them as warlocks — Magnus has cat's eyes, Elias (in City of Ashes) had bat wings, Ragnor has horns. But Tessa has no "warlock's mark" - instead she has this odd power of shapechanging. And not only can she change shape, but she can hear the voice of the person who she's changed into whispering in her head — even if they're dead. It's kind of a creepy power and the Shadowhunters are naturally very curious about this anomaly — I'd say a lot of the second book is "the search for Tessa's origins."

If you had to describe TCA mains characters by a sentence each, what wouClockwork-Angel_213ld it be?

Tessa: Tessa is bookish; she loves to read and compares everything in her life to books.
Jem: Jem is unfailingly thoughtful, unselfish, and philosophical about his situation — but he does  have a darker side which we see more of in book 2.
Will: Will was fun to write because he is so utterly self-sabotaging — he spends his life trying to make people think the worst of him.
Charlotte: Charlotte, who runs the Institute, gives off the air of being utterly competent, and she really is, but as a woman, she has to fight for her place in Shadowhunter society.
Henry: Your classic absent-minded mad scientist - in one scene he comes to dinner actually on fire, without noticing.
Jessamine: Jessamine hates Shadowhunters, hates everything about it, won't touch a weapon. She's the anti-Isabelle.

I know you read a lot about Mythology and Demonology to write your books, I was wondering what part is pure Cassandra Clare Imagination?

I think of mythology — of which demonology and angelology are a subset — as a springboard to imagination. I'd go farther and say I don't think there is such a thing as "pure" imagination — what we imagine, what we dream up, is an amalgam of our knowledge, our beliefs, our passions, and our experiences, which is as it should be. It's the way we combine and refine them that makes them unique. To answer your question more specifically, I read a lot of mythology and folklore while researching for TMI, and tried to put my own unique spin on what I learned.

Will TCA have an impact on what's to come in City of Fallen Angels?

Yes, in the sense that the past impacts the future. I don't wind either series to be exclusive of the other - meaning you could pick up and read Clockwork Angel and nothing in it will be inexplicable if you haven't read the Mortal Instruments. You can shun Clockwork entirely and still read City of Fallen Angels (though obviously I hope people won't!) However, reading Clockwork will make CoFA a richer experience — at least one important character is first introduced in Clockwork before appearing in CoFA to stir things up, for instance. Aspects of Magnus's past that have an impact on his character in Angels are also hinted at in Clockwork.

Let's learn a bit more about you ^^

It seems like you travelled a lot while growing up, what's your favorite country?

I have a special affinity for England because we lived there for a few years when I was growing up.

Do you speak other languages?

French, some Italian, some Spanish.

If you could go back in time, when would it be?

Victorian London, of course!

If you had to choose, would you be Downworlder (if so which one) or Shadowhunter?

I'd be a warlock — I like the living forever part of the deal, but the blood drinking bit about being a vampire grosses me out.

Would you share with us three surprising facts about yourself?

I only type with two fingers.
I was born in Teheran, Iran.
I once killed a rattlesnake with a shovel.

Thank you so much Cassie for taking the time to answer my questions. I really enjoyed my correspondence with you and loved you answers! Thanks for your generosity =)


Cassandra is offering to one lucky winner a signed Clockwork teaser chapter (!!!!) and a piece of rune jewelry from the Mortal Instruments store, if you haven’t been to the shop yet, make sure you do, those jewelry are amazing!

(pendant is just an example of what you can find in the store)

Fabulous as she is, Cassie will ship internationally!

All you have to do is fill the form!

Ends July 4th, 2010.


But hey like this wasn’t already fantastic enough, scroll down for more goodies!


Simon & Schuster very generously offered two box set of The Mortal Instruments series (Hardcover!) and posters (14x9)!

How fabulous is that prize? Too bad I can’t enter my own giveaway!


So if you haven’t started this series yet, or want to get your hands on this shiny prize, all you have to do is fill the form below.

Contest is open to US addresses only.

Ends July 4th, 2010.

Fill The Form


Please take note that those are two separate giveaways, and you have to fill each form separately to be entered for both!

I’m not giving extra entries to spread to word, but it’s greatly appreciated =)


Read an Excerpt of the Clockwork Angel

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Click Here if you want to Pre-Order The Clockwork Angel

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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28 People left their mark' :

  1. Wow, this is a fantastic contest(s)!

    I love the questions you asked; this interview is brilliant. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Hi Tynga i want to know if you have any problem that i translate this interview to spanish? For more people could know about the wonderful Cassie Clare!! Obviusly i will post with your link!!


  3. Wow! Nice giveaway to end a month of awesomeness! Thanks so much for all of it. :)

  4. Wow! Those are both awesome prizes!

  5. Great post! And thank you so much for making this awesome giveaway international! I can't wait to read Clockwork Angel!*-*

    Giada M.

  6. What a great giveaway. Thank you. I have not read her books. She is new to me. Love the book cover. It's beautiful.
    Sue B

  7. great giveaway-the best one yet! ok one of the best. lol

  8. Cassie - I wouldn't mind at all, but I sent Cassandra an email to ask her permission as well. I will get back to you =)

  9. Cassie - I received Cassandra's response as I was writing the first comment lol.
    You have both my permission and Cassie's permission to translate this interview in spanish as long as you link back here =)
    Feel free to let your readers know about the giveaway to!

    Have a great day <3

  10. I'm so excited for the book! I hope I win either one of those giveaways! ^^

  11. What a great interview and giveaway (I often feel the same way when I have contests -- "I wish I could enter, too")

  12. Wow, what a great challenge. I just found your site on a scavenge hunt I am doing for a summer challenge.

  13. Thanks a lot Tynga!! I'll let you know when it`s translate :)

  14. Hey Tynga, loved the interview! Great questions, I especially loved describing characters in one sentance! *crossing fingers for jewlery* that was tough to pick, great stuff in the shop :)

  15. Hello Tynga! Such a fantastic interview and the giveaways are amazing. I am such a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's. Thanks for sharing :-)

  16. I just wanted to thank you for holding such a wonderful event. I couldn't wait to stop by everyday to see who you were interviewing and what was being given away. I loved everything you and All Things Urban Fantasy did. You guys rock. Thanks again!

  17. Thanks Jacy <3
    So glad you had fun!

  18. Great author to end the month!!! I absolutely loved The Mortal Instruments and can't wait for the next books to be released!!

  19. Those. Are. Some. Jewelry!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway :) Will be following from now on.

  20. AHH!! The jewelry is beautiful!!!! I looked through all of it. This giveaway is unbelievable!!! :)

  21. What a perfect last post for the Paranormal Summer Fest!! The interview was GREAT!!! I adore Cassandra Clare! TMI is one of my all time favs!!Thanks for the sweet jewellry giveaway!

    Thanks a bunch for the awesome PSF!! It was such a blast reading all the author interviews and everything else! Its been fun finding new books to read and getting to know new authors and hearing about the "old" ones! Thanks for the great month of blog posts!!

  22. this is really great! i got your link from cassandra's forum...i'm definitely following you now :) all the best!


    Not one but Two giveaway! (not to mention the giveaway at ATUF). This is unbelievable.

    Okay so I read TMI series one right after the other- devoured them on sight- thank you SIL for loaning me her books.
    Since I loved it so much I joined Mundie Moms=)
    Basically, I am looking forward to TCA. So thank you for the character break down.

    Mahalo for all these excellent giveaways and another wonderful post!

    Cheers- this is a great way to end PSF!! ALOHA!

  24. Cannot wait until Clockwork Angel!

  25. I love her books and can't wait for Clockwork Angel!

  26. Great review :-) I just keep reading more and more positive reviews for this book. I'll definitely be purchasing this one!
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