What can you tell me about City of Heavenly Fire, the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments?
I actually was writing it while I was on the set of City of Bones. I guess I could tell you that it’s a really epic conclusion for the story of Jace and Clary and their friends. We face in Sebastian an almost unbeatable enemy, and one who knows all of their weak spots. The Shadowhunters are going to lose a lot before they can win this one. So expect a very hard-fought battle and a lot of epic romance. [City of Heavenly Fire is scheduled for 2014.]
What about Clockwork Princess, the last installment of The Infernal Devices series?
Clockwork Princess comes out March 19. It was really fun to write because it takes place all over England and Wales. I went to England and Wales and mapped out the routes the characters would take. Part of the reason I wanted to write The Infernal Devices is to have this huge love of the gothic romances of the Victorian era. I wanted to end it on that note. So there are mistaken identities. There is a headlong race on horseback across the countryside in the dead of night to rescue someone. And Tessa, of course, is torn between the two boys she loves.
As if you weren’t busy enough, what can you tell me about your new series The Dark Artifices?
The Dark Artifices takes place in Los Angeles, and it’s really a direct outcome of what happens in the sixth Mortal Instruments book, City of Heavenly Fire, which is pretty much that the Shadowhunters’ whole world has changed forever—the way the Nephilim live and they way that they operate. The next generation of Shadowhunters is going to grow up in a very strange world. I wanted to write about that and those kids. In The Dark Artifices Jace and Clary are going to be intertwined too, but as slightly more distant figures who are very famous in the Shadowhunting world to this new generation of kids. The new generation of kids have this whole new set of problems. And it has many of the elements that I always love: humor and romance. I wanted to take the Shadowhunter world and work a really fundamental change on it, so that when I was writing the new series it would have a different feel to it.
Anything else you want to add?
I also have a middle grade series coming up that’s co-written with Holly Black called Magisterium. I love writing YA, but I always wanted to do a really classic kind of coming of age. Something that would span a kid’s life more. With YA you’re a little more restricted to writing in the age of 15, 16, 17. You want to stay around there so that it’s relatable. But the hero of Magisterium is Callum Hunt. He starts at the age of 12 and ends at the age of 17 so we really get to explore his whole life with him, and I’m excited about that. And the movie rights to Magisterium are with the same people who are doing City of Bones. Holly Black and I are co-writing the screenplay. It’s fun for me to be writing a screenplay at the same time that I was watching them make a movie out of City of Bones. They would literally rewrite scenes if something wasn’t working, so it’s a fascinating thing.
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