Interview: Marissa Meyer


1. How do you come up with all the technology in these books?

Most of the technology is based on tech we have in the real world, or that scientists are currently working on. When I first realized I was about to start writing science fiction for the first time, I went to the library and checked out a big stack of Scientific American magazine, and I started poring through the articles, trying to get ideas for what cool tech I could include in my books. I realized very quickly that there is nothing I can come up with that scientists aren’t already working on – it’s amazing what we’re capable of! For anyone interested, I have some information on my web site about the technology in the books that is based on real life:

2. Which part of Cinder/Scarlet did you enjoy writing the most?

I always enjoy writing the romantic scenes the most, especially as I have a tendency to keep my couples separated for as long as possible, so that when they finally do have a chance to be together – even if just briefly! – it feels like a big breath of fresh air. Readers are not the only ones who think “Finally!” So pretty much any kissing scene is loads of fun for me to write.

3. One word to describe Kai and Cinder’s relationship, Scarlet and Wolf relationship, Iko, Thorne, and Levanna.

Interesting question! Let’s see….

Kai + Cinder’s relationship: mutual admiration (okay that’s 2 words, sorry!)
Scarlet and Wolf: passionate
Iko: wishful
Thorne: debonair
Levana: determined

~Random Questions~

4. What is your favorite sports team?

The Tacoma Rainiers! They’re our local Triple-A baseball team and I’ve been going to their games since I was a kid. It’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon. (That said, I did recently get to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Wichita Wingnuts game, so they’re contenders for my favorite team now, too!)

5. If you were to bring the fictional characters from Cinder/Scarlet to life, who would you bring?

Hm, I know lots of my female readers would like me to bring Kai or Thorne or Wolf to life (swoon!), but I would probably go with Peony, Cinder’s younger stepsister. She deserves a life much better than she was stuck with in the series.

about the author

Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


Marissa’s Books


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.


In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


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