Cassandra Clare is the author of the bestselling Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. Her first book, City of Bones, was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007. She was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. Clare’s latest book is Magisterium written with Holly Black.
Q: What books did you read when you were a child?
A: I was a huge fan of historical writers actually. I loved Sherlock Holmes, I loved Dickens, the Brontes, and most of all Jane Austen. Tolkien was my favorite though.
Q: If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
A: I’d be Elizabeth Bennett so I could snag Mr. Darcy.
Q: What is the best thing about reading?
A: Recognizing your own experience in a fictional character. Realizing you’re not alone.
Q: What is your all time favourite book?
A: Lord of the Rings.
Q: Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
A: I think drawing connections between children’s lives and things they’ve read about verbally — “You’re washing your hands just like the boy in that book!” — is great.
Q: How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
A: My parents were hugely supportive. My father bought me a computer early so I could write. I was allowed to take university level writing courses while in high school. My parents saved money to send me to summer writing programs.
Q: How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
A: I don’t have children or grandchildren yet!
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