By: Lara V.
PANAMA CITY – September 14th, 2018
Marissa Meyer is an American novelist, and author of the best-selling series: The Lunar Chronicles. Her novels have beautiful references and include intricate critiques on society. They rewrite classic fairy tales in a futuristic setting, as the back of the book states, “This isn’t the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.”
She is the recipient of many awards including the Charlotte Award (2014), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2015) and Grand Canyon Reader Award (2015), amongst others. She has a wide fan base (which includes members within the ISP community), which has propelled her to be a major figure in young adult literature.
Meyer told the ISP community about her writing process, all the way back to when she was seventeen. She never finished a book until Cinder. But that was all right. All those mistakes were what allowed her to grow and learn to make her first published book the best she could.
Throughout this process, she expressed her love for anime and romance since young, humanizing herself, and, in turn, her work. Marissa let the MS and HS student body know that it was perfectly okay, and even necessary in order to realize your dream, shamelessly providing herself as an example. The writing was no longer this beautifully graceful poetic process that we have heard of from other authors, but a real, hard endeavor that required passion and grit.
She helped us understand that everything was fixable in the process of reaching your dreams. Another quote from Cinder is “even in the future the story begins with once upon a time.”
This was a sentiment she expressed to aspiring writers and previous fans of her work that took the opportunity to meet with her. She offered priceless advice on others works and patiently answered any and all questions. Here are a few of the facts obtained through this questionnaire:
- Yes, she knows Sarah J. Maas (author of Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Kingdom of Ash, amongst others), but not closely.
- To write, she gathers with a group of authors at a café in Seattle and they discuss their ideas.
- She loves writing from a villain’s perspective.
- Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, though she could never write in that style.
In the words of admirer Gabriella Barrat, fan of the author, “she’s just very chill and cool” and “it was like meeting a minor celebrity.” She truly made a great impression within the ISP community.
ISP might just have received the presence of the most human author, nay, speaker, yet. We could not have hoped for anything better. Marissa Meyer gave ISP students the right to their own modern once upon a time.
To find more about her go to: https://www.marissameyer.com