Q & A: Cassandra Clare

Posted on 8th March 2016 by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare talks about her hotly-anticipated new novel, Lady Midnight and her love of noir.

Cassandra Clare is the author of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Her new novel, Lady Midnight, which is released today, is part of a sequel series, The Dark Artifices. Here she answers a few questions for us on her creative process:

Can you tell us what to expect from Lady Midnight? Any sneak peeks?

The Dark Artifices is set in Los Angeles, a city that I love. The Shadowhunters of the LA Institute are embroiled in a murder mystery, one that has high stakes for all of them. The story is deeply influenced by my love of Phillip Marlowe and sunlit noir. LA has this contrast between the glamorous and the seedy that was great fun to play with in the context of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Forbidden love, devastating loss, and the refusal to accept death are all aspects of the series as well. It’s partly inspired by Annabel Lee, the poem by Edgar Allen Poe. The story explores the Blackthorn family motto, ‘a bad law is no law.’

Are you excited about the UK tour? What bit of touring do you most enjoy and what bits don't you look forward to?

I am excited! I love the UK. I love getting to meet and talk to fans from all over the world. My readers often surprise me, and I learn a lot from them. I don’t enjoy going in and out of security at the airport.

Lady Midnight is set in Los Angeles - did you spend time in the city for research and what are your favourite things to do in LA? 

I grew up in Los Angeles, and spent my teenage years there, so writing about teenagers in LA feels very natural. Emma and Julian visit many of my old haunts in the Dark Artifices, like Leo Carrillo state park, Canter’s Deli, and Hidden Treasures, a store that sells vintage clothing and other weird stuff. Los Angeles is a fascinating city because it’s so modern and sprawling, but set in this place of enormous natural beauty, where mountains and desert and ocean meet. I have gone back on a few trips to do research, and it’s been fun to revisit my old stomping grounds.


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