(This interview was originally posted on RoundRobinWrites.com and conducted by Elizabeth DiPietro on behalf of RRW)
She’s the bestselling author of the Shades of Magic Series, This Savage Song, and Vicious. We’re looking at a Shades of Magic TV adaption on the horizon so there’s no slowing down V.E. Schwab. Despite traveling all over the country/world and drowning in deadlines, Ms. Schwab still managed to take some time out to answer a few of our questions.
Q: A trademark of your books are strong, complicated female characters (Lila Bard, Kate Harper). When you’re working on these characters do you ever find it difficult to not let them blend together?
VS: I think the problem is we still don’t see enough strong female characters, so we don’t always realize that it’s a spectrum unto itself. I may have multiple strong female characters, but they all want different things–to be seen, to be remembered, to be valid, to be free. They have to be people first, and everything else second.
Q: In regards to This Savage Song, what inspired you to combine music and monsters?
VS: Honestly, the fact that I have no talent when it comes to music has always made the ability to play vaguely supernatural, so it was only a matter of time before it played a prime role in one of my books. And when I listen to instrumental music, I feel…elevated. Like part of my mind is coming free. So in designing my soul-eating Sunai, it made sense to me that music might serve as a way to bring those souls to surface.
Q: Is there any possibility that you’ll revisit the world of Vicious?
VS: Yes! I’m working on the sequel, VENGEFUL, right now 😉
Q: Speaking of finished stories, this year you’ll finish both the Shades of Magic Series and the Monsters of Verity duology. What has it been like finishing these series and letting go of those characters and their worlds?
VS: It’s really difficult. These characters have been with me for so long, and I with them, it’s bittersweet to let go, especially because authors never REALLY get to say goodbye. Those characters wander on inside their heads.
Q: You’ve written about being an “Over-Night Sensation” after years of hard work, for aspiring writers what’s something you wish you knew before you hit it big?
VS: I wish I’d known that just as there is no right way to write a book, there’s no one path to publishing. Every single person’s journey will be different, and you can only focus on your own.
The final book in the Shades of Magic Series, Conjuring of Light is now on sale. Our Dark Duet debuts June 17, 2017.