Sunday, December 6, 2009

Interview: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures

Please welcome Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures. You can read my review here.

1. What inspired you to write Beautiful Creatures?
Margie: A long lunch at El Cholo, about ten pitchers of Diet Coke, and the backs of twenty paper napkins. A best friend. A long time critique partner.
Kami: A shared love of fantasy, and Southern gothic lit. A group of teens. And two words – Sixteen Moons.

2. Is there something that you have to have when you write?
Enormous earphones blasting Spring Awakening. My MacBook Air. Caffeine. Reading glasses. Sometimes the Santa Monica Library or the Park City Library or a particular patio in Otranto, Italy. A good idea – which by definition is something my own teens don’t think is stupid!
Kami: My laptop. A comfy place to write (my bed is a favorite). Quiet. Diet Coke with lots of ice. Snacks – preferably involving chocolate and sugar.

3. What was it like co-authoring a book?
Kami and I have sort of a unique situation. We can fight like sisters, but never about anything that isn’t stupid. We’ve never disagreed for a moment about our vision for this book and this universe. And we have an eerily compatible writing style.
Kami: We also have a huge amount of trust and respect for each other. And it’s awesome to share the crazy experience of publishing a debut novel with one of your very best friends.

4. What is it like to be a debut author?
Margie: Terrifying. Exhilarating. If it wasn’t for our Tweethearts and blogger friends, and for the YA authors who adopted us and cheered us on from the start, we would have died of sheer fright!
Kami: It’s really scary. You put something you love out into the world and you have no idea how it will be received. I’m so grateful the YA community and our readers have been so supportive.

5. Are you working on anything at the moment? If so, could you tell us something about it?
We just finished the sequel to Beautiful Creatures, so yay!
Kami: The second book is full of surprises. It comes out this time next year, so hopefully it will give readers a chance to fall in love with Ethan and Lena the way we have.

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Visit Little, Brown’s Beautiful Creatures website at

Thanks for joining us!
cover photo credit goes to Alex Hoerner


  1. I find their joint writing process fascinating. I've talked with Kami about how they write and they seem so completely in synch. I'm reading this book right now and it is gorgeous. Love it!

  2. Awesome! You guyses are writing a sequel i am soooooo happy! So when is it going to be published and out for all readers? And whats its title? ALso (i am asking so many questions haha:) bo you think you hav any tips for wha tto do with writers block? Cause i luv writing and some day i wanna become an author but i still hav writers block and everything! Please help me what should i do?


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