Hey Cassie! I love your books and I love the fact you are very aware of racial diversity. My question is are we going to see African American shadow hunters in the main cast for future books? Also can you tell us more about Los Rosales. — axenicxspirit
Thank you. That is extremely kind of you to say. I was reading over Malindo Lo’s breakdown of Diversity in YA bestsellers and even though I was happy to see so many Shadowhunter books on the list it made me more aware of the ways in which, when I first started writing, I wasn’t aware of the lack of diversity in YA fiction, and my own shortcomings in rectifying the problem in past years. I am trying to do better and will continue to try.
There is an African-American Shadowhunter in City of Heavenly Fire (Maia of course is African-American, but not a Shadowhunter, though she has her own big plot line in CoHF) — her part is small, but I introduced her because she carries over to Dark Artifices where her plotline will be much bigger: she is part of the core group who lives at the Institute.
You’ll meet Cristina Mendoza Rosales’ father in City of Heavenly Fire as well, the head of the Mexico City Institute. Cristina in TDA is at the Institute because she’s just turned 18 and she’s doing what Shadowhunters do — traveling to other Institutes, like Gideon in TiD, to compare the way different Institutes do things. I don’t want to talk too much about her yet because characters change as you write them — I deleted an entire Blackthorn family member (Ariadne) (yes I’ve ALREADY KILLED A BLACKTHORN AND THE BOOKS HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED) because she wasn’t working with the plot structure. So Cristina as she is now is principled and thoughtful, she has a close, sometimes resentful relationship with her mother and father who have her whole life mapped out for her but she has a different vision, and she is two things I am not: calm and put-together. No, seriously, I haven’t seen my hairbrush in three days. *worries* Aspects of her could change, but I’ve pulled her very much to the forefront and given her more story and romance. I do speak Spanish but I’m trying to get myself to the point where my Spanish is as good as my French, for Cristina and the other Hispanic characters in TDA.
A few people have asked, having seen the cover of Iron Trial, what race Tamara, the heroine, is. She is Middle Eastern: specifically she is of Iranian descent, born in America. As a lot of you know I was born in Iran and Farsi was my first language and I’ve wanted to write an Iranian character forever. Cordelia in TLH has an Iranian mother and Cordelia speaks Farsi/Parsi so I’m excited to revisit the language.
"Hi I was wondering if you were really born in Tehran, Iran. I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous Noruz! — 1stdayofsummer"
Thanks! I really was. I was born to American parents in the Bimaristan Elizabeth (Elizabeth Hospital) on the Boulevard Elizabeth in Teheran. We lived in the neighborhood of Yousefebad at the time (we were behind the Cinema Goldis, the English language cinema. It is probably long gone by now.) My first word: شیر .
Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
Get a signed first edition of City of Heavenly Fire! I signed a couple thousand (ouch, m’wrist) so when they’re gone, they’re gone. (These are pre-orders; they get delivered to you on publication day, and yes they have the special 1st edition art inside.)
Cassandra, I heard that you said in Mexico City that Magnus would forgive Alec, is that true?
There seems to be a lot of semi-true stuff floating around based on my appearance in Mexico City — remember everything I said had to be filtered through a translation headpiece! I said, in fact, “Magnus forgives what Alec did but that does not mean they get back together.” I mean, Magnus is not a bitter grudge-holder so I never thought it would be a surprise that he would not be furious with Alec forever. :) So their chances of getting back together are exactly the same as before.
All I can say is that the continuing existence of the Herondale name is addressed in CoFA!I know a lot of people on the Shadowhunter wiki, including me, are Downworlder sympathizers, and we were wondering, will we be learning more about them (like almost as much as we know about the Nephilim) in the future series? I’m optimistic that since Mark & Helen are half-fey, we’ll learn more about the Fair Folk in TDA. But more about warlocks would be pretty cool, too.You are definitely right that you will be learning a lot more about the Fair Folk in TDA. They’re a big part of the story. They’re also a big part of CoHF, maybe in ways you might not expect? There have been some hints scattered through CoFA and CoLS about the part they play. And there is a big political issue that has to do with them toward the end.TDA also features a new warlock character — the High Warlock of Los Angeles.
Ms. Clare, I recently read the snippet of Julian and Emma from COHF and the writing with their fingers really stuck with me. When I was younger, there was one year when my cousins and I went to about five funerals and to console each other in the pews we would do the exact same thing as Julian and Emma, and we still do to this day. Thank you for that detail, and for the books that brought magic back into my life. — make-dreams-your-master
Aw…I teared up a bit . .. It is a thing I used to do with my best friend when we were kids. Though we sucked at figuring out the letters we were tracing half the time and were like “What do you mean, is there any newts?” “Not newts! NEWS!”* 1234 is etched on the base of Raziel’s statue, along with the Shadowhunter motto, above the entrance to the Silent City. What’s the year’s relevance to their history?That is the year that Shadowhunters began looking better in black than the widows of their enemies. Previously when wearing black they looked only equally as good, or worse, than the widows of their enemies.
Cassandra Clare was in Mexico City today for a Q & A and signing. She shared some new information about City of Heavenly Fire, The Dark Artifices and Malec. @TMI_Mexico live tweeted the event and @TMI_Holland kindly translated their tweets. ¡Muchas gracias!/Bedankt!
"Magnus is my favorite character because he’s a party guy. Magnus has a vulnerable and unusual heart inside for a warlock." #Previou…