AS part of the IMPOSTOR blog tour, NYT bestselling author Marissa Meyer interviewed Susanne Winnacker for MPB!
I’m so happy that Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder and Scarlet, agreed to ask me a few questions. After all, she gave Impostor a blurb! Here it is if you’re curious:
"IMPOSTOR is one of those books that manages to walk the tricky line betweenfun and suspenseful. I was quickly lured into the covert world of Variants andthe hunt for a brutal serial killer, but it was Tessa herself who ultimately wonmy heart. No matter what face she's wearing, Tessa is an endearing hero whoseyearning for love and acceptance is one we can all relate to."
-Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder
But now on to the interview!
Marissa: To me, IMPOSTOR is a book that combines elements of CSI and X-Men. Sure, there's a murder mystery with plenty of suspects milling around, but then, BAM~ here are some people with superpowers too! Do you have any favorite movies, books, or other pop culture icons that inspired this series?
SW: I’ve always been a big fan of action movies. Even when I was only nine or ten I was already watching action movies that were far too mature for me. I absolutely love Avengers, Iron Man, Die Hard, X-men, Hancock, and so many more. That’s why I love writing action scenes. But another movie which isn’t quite that action-y but which I still love is Miss Congeniality. Sandra Bullock plays a cop who has to pretend to be a beauty pageant contestant, and that’s not really easy for her, but so funny to watch. That was definitely a movie that inspired me to think of other undercover situations!
Marissa: Um, hello, you live in GERMANY (home of the Grimm Brothers,woot!), so I naturally assume you spend your days writing in cool medieval castles. On the off chance this is inaccurate, where DO you like to write? Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?
SW: I WISH I could tell you I spend my days in medieval castles, but that’s not the case. At least not when I’m writing! I write at home – either in my kitchen or the living room. But whenever my husband has a business trip I accompany him and then I write in hotel lobbies, in cafés in Munich or Berlin, in parks in Würzburgetc.
As for quirks? I can’t eat when I’m writing. Not even snacks. I don’t really drink much either. I don’t like distraction very much.
Marissa: I realize that IMPOSTOR *just* came out, but I find it impossible to finish a book without immediately wondering, WHAT'S NEXT? Can you tell us a bit about what's in store for Tessa in Book 2?
SW: Oh, that’s definitely big spoiler territory…so let me see what I can say? The sequel will deal with some of the things that were revealed at the end of book 1.Not very helpful? Yeah. Tessa will have to be very strong, because I’ll torture her even worse than in book 1. Doubt and betrayal are two good words to summarize book 2!