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Thursday, February 9, 2012

What We Know About Cassie Clare's The Dark Artifices

There's been lots of questions lately about Cassie's The Dark Artifices, specially about a post Cassie made on Tumblr lately confirming that one of the main characters would be Emma Carstairs! So here's what we know so far:
The Dark Artifices is not part of the TMI series, but it will still have Shadowhunters in the storyline. So what do you think? I know I don't want the TMI and ID series to end, but when they do I'll be looking forward to this new series of Cassie's.

*Text above quoted from Cassie's tumblr post

Thoughtful Thursday: Getting Lost In The Music

I originally was going to skip today's Thoughtful Thursday due to the fact I've had sick kids over a week now and I didn't plan anything for today, but than I watched this, this morning and I wanted a good excuse to share my addiction to the brilliance of the music and creativity of The Piano Guys. Listen to this mesmerizing cover for Beethoven's 5 & One Republic's Secrets. Enjoy getting swept away in this music...

Pure Blog Tour: Interview with Author Julianna Baggott

Mundie Moms is the next stop on the Pure blog tour, and I'm excited to introduce you to Pure author, Julianna Baggott. First, here's a little bit about Pure.

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again -quoted from Goodreads

You can find out more about Pure here

Purchase Pure from: Amazon

How would you describe Pure in 3 words or less?

I've got it to two. What endures. (Extra bonus point for shaving a word off?)

You have a lot of elements you bring into your book, love, survival, hope, destruction, hate, etc. What was your favorite element to write about or bring to life in your book?

I think that hope and love are more important than destruction and hate. Amid SUCH destruction and hate, what can endure? That was my task.

I like that in your acknowledgements you mention the importance of not wanting people to forget the horrors that come from the atomic bombing that took place during WWII. Giving similar accounts that take place in Pure, as an author why do you feel that's important for readers to remember this?

We can't afford to forget. If we do we risk repeating the past. The atomic bomb invented new ways of dying, ones that had never entered our consciousness. I wasn't taught much of anything about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in school. That's not only shameful, but short-sighted and dangerous, to my mind.

What's something that surprised you with your characters? What do you admire the most about them (as a society or individually)?

The best parts of writing are when your characters really take over the narration. Sometimes I don't know why they're doing something until I realize that they were preparing all along. This novel held many shocks for me as a writer that I hope translate over to the reader.

If you could write one of your favorite literally characters into Pure, who would that be and why?

I just envisioned a character named Sugar with a rooster on his head -- in Mermaids of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan. THAT is what appeared in my brain.

What's one thing you've learned about yourself as an author while writing Pure?

It took me 17 published books to get to the place where I could hold this much architecture -- world building, multiple character perspectives, and intricate, fast-paced plot -- in my head. But there it is.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring authors, what would that be?

Nothing goes to waste. Even your failures are part of your process. Keep the pieces that don't work, put 'em in your junkyard, because, from that wreckage, some beautiful things can bloom up.


Thank you Julianna for stopping by Mundie Moms today!

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