Today, I am so excited to welcome Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys Book Two), The Shiver Trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and Books of Faerie to my little spot of the internet. I am a huge fan of Maggie’s writing, and in additions to being an awesome author, I think she is a huge badass as well! Yep. She drives amazing cars and looks tough driving them — something I really wish I could pull off. So, I was psyched when I heard she was going to write about her love of cars for MY blog. Seriously, pinch me. Am I dreaming? Take it away Maggie!
THINGS THAT GO
If they were to write my biography, it could be called Maggie Stiefvater: Things That Go. [<<<Tweet This] A pretty complete life story of me could be told involving only transportation. My childhood as a navy brat, after all, involved several cross-country road trips following moving trucks. My father restored old cars, and countless hours were passed sitting amiably by the side of the road, waiting for assistance. My sister and I were obsessed with horses, and my teen years were all spent on horseback: jumping and falling and jumping more. In my college days, I was a regrettably unapologetic street racer, and as an adult, I drove my ’73 Camaro across country on my book tour for Forever.
I still love cars and trains and planes and buses and horses and motorcycles and pretty much anything that goes except for Nissan Altimas.
The Dream Thieves is sort of a car book? Note the question mark. I don’t think it really is — certainly it’s no more a car book than The Scorpio Races is a horse book — but it does have a lot of car things in it. Really, the cars are important to some of the characters, and so they should be important to the readers as well. If I’ve done my job right, they are very nearly characters themselves. Ronan, with his shark-like BMW who learned how to look shark-like from Ronan; Gansey, with the Pig, the flawed but beautiful old Camaro; Kavinsky, with his nimble little Mitsubishi with a knife painted on the side. Really, though, it is not about the cars: it is what the cars make the people DO.
During the research for The Dream Thieves, I went to a Mitsubishi dealership to research Kavinsky’s car and I accidentally bought one.
This set off a series of events that I was powerless to prevent. Because once I’d accidentally bought the Mitsubishi, I was forced to learn how to drive it sideways through dirt, which made me get into rally racing. And then I bought a proper rally car, again, mostly by accident, although I did very purposefully design it to be a Raven Boys car:
Then we sort of won our first event out and I accidentally lost interest in rally so I gave my race car away and instead came home one weekend and accidentally painted a knife on the side of my Mitsubishi.
Then I decided after a few months that I’d drive it from Virginia to Kansas City for the launch event for The Dream Thieves and I’d let readers spray paint it while I signed their books.
After I’d turned in The Dream Thieves, my editor asked me if the next book was going to involve so many loving descriptions of car smells. No, no, it is not. I have gotten it out of my system, mostly. At least on the page. For now.
Though yesterday, I did just get my motorcycle license.
(Maggie looks like a TOTAL badass on the motorcycle. Thank you to Maggie Stiefvater and all of the awesome people at Scholastic for choosing my entry in the Maggie Stiefvater Blog Contest. You guys rock, and I can’t wait to read what Maggie writes next! – Mandy)
FTC Disclosure: Courtesy of Maggie Stiefvater and Scholastic Inc. in conjunction with the Maggie Stiefvater Blog Contest. © Maggie Stiefvater 2013.