Hi Cassie I love your books and am a huge fan but I was just wondering… Jace reveals (not that he’s had sex) that he’s been intimate before with a girl(s). I was just wondering if you had anyone in mind whom he’d been intimate with and why that didn’t even bother Clary? Would be so grateful if you answered my question Thank you — rottinpeace
I have various thoughts about Jace’s love life before Clary (we know he dated the faerie waitress, Kaelie, before Clary, because they actually snuggle and cuddle in front of Clary — I think people forget that!) but nothing so concrete I want to put to paper/Internet yet.
I assume Clary doesn’t care because why would she? It’s got nothing to do with her. He dated before her, in TDA Emma’s had boyfriends and sex before the book starts, in TID neither Will or Jem has had any sex before Tessa — people vary. I’m sure he’d tell her about it if she asked, but I suspect readers want to know the gory details more than she does. :)
Hi Cassie, I read CoHF and The Infernal Devices too and I thought that Jem Carstairs was the last Carstairs alive, so how does Emma have the same last name? I read this and got a little confused, because Jem becomes an silent brother, resulting in the ending of that last name. Please help me. (if my English is a little poor I’m so sorry, because I’m Brazilian) Kisses! — aninkheart
And I’m leaving for Brazil tomorrow! Meanwhile, this is how the Carstairs name continues.
He was stocky, perhaps in his late thirties, with a scar that ran along his jaw. Tousled, fairish hair, and blue eyes, and skin tanned by the sun. It looked even darker against his starched white shirtfront. There was something familiar about him, something that teased at the edges of Tessa’s memories.
He came to a stop in front of them. His eyes flicked to Will. They were a paler blue than Will’s, almost the color of cornflowers. The skin around them was tanned and lined with faint crow’s-feet. He said, “You are William Herondale?”
Will nodded without speaking.
“I am Elias Carstairs,” the man said. “Jem Carstairs was my nephew.”
— Clockwork Princess
The Carstairs line continues through Elias Carstairs. There are also other Carstairs. Jem never says he is the last of his line or the last Carstairs out there. Shadowhunter families can sometimes be huge — Cristina, Diego and Jaime are all Rosaleses, but Cristina is in fact related to neither of them except perhaps incredibly distantly.
about the Dark Artifices, are Jem and Tessa going to play a similar role to Will and Tessa in the Last Hours? I really enjoyed reading about the relationship in the Infernal Devices and the snippet in Heavenly Fire. I know you said in a previous post about how letting go of characters is a part of life, but JESSA. You’re amazing, your books are amazing, and Jem Carstairs is amazing. - Lily — falling-into-rain
I would say they play very different roles because Jem and Tessa are not the parents of anyone in The Dark Artifices.
Yes, Jem is distantly related to Emma through his uncle Elias, but neither he or Tessa are the parents of any of Our Heroes in TDA. They don’t even look old enough to be any of their parents. They have a more, I don’t know, almost Magnus-y role.
By contrast Will and Tessa are James and Lucie’s parents. They are obviously enormously bound up in their lives, love them enormously, and are people who James and Lucie spend their lives comparing themselves to and seeking approval and love from. They are also a generation older than them. Their friends are Jem and Gideon and Cecily and Gabriel and Sophie and Charlotte and Henry. Their kids are their kids, not so much their compatriots.
It’s known that Tatiana Blackthorn (nee lightwood) is the antagonist in TLH. I was just curious, if she still remained close to Gabriel and Gideon, and if she ever even attend their weddings? (Is this also when she started to plot her “revenge”?) — dumbledorelovessherbetlemons
Well, she is an antagonist. She may not be the only one. And she did not remain close to Gabriel or Gideon. She hates them.
Hi Cassie, I can’t wait for TLH and I would like to know what kind of relationship there’s between Lucie and Matthew? :) — warlockintothetardis
Lucie adores Matthew. He’s her brother’s parabatai. Everyone loves Matthew. He’s one of those people. Snippet:
Matthew held out his hands. “Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.”
James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew.
Hi Cassie! Correct me if I’m wrong. Jace lived with the Lightwood’s under the assumption that he was Michael Wayland’s son. But he was really Stephen Herondale’s son. In CoHF Robert says to Alec he doesn’t like gays because Michael was gay and liked him. How did Robert take care of Jace if he knew Michael was gay? He would know that Jace isn’t really his son. Thanks. ~Nat — divergentshadowhunterpotterhead
That’s not what Robert says. Here’s the text of what he did say:
“There was a time, though, when we [Michael and Robert] were close, the best of friends; there was a time when he told me that he loved me.”
Something about the weight his father put on the words brought Alec up short. “Michael Wayland was in love with you?”
“I was—not kind to him about it,” said Robert. “I told him never to say those words to me again. I was afraid, and I left him alone with his thoughts and feelings and fears, and we were never close again as we had been. I took Jace in to make up, in some small measure, for what I had done, but I know there is no making up for it.” He looked at Alec, and his dark blue eyes were steady. “You think that I am ashamed of you, but I am ashamed of myself. I look at you, and I see the mirror of my own unkindness to someone who never deserved it.”
At no point does Robert say he “doesn’t like gays(sic)” [not really acceptable terminology]. Nor am I saying that Robert is a fabulous human being and a great ally. It’s just that his feelings are complicated. Bigotry and prejudice and ignorance and discomfort exist along a spectrum. Robert was uncomfortable when Michael told him he loved him, and he treated him badly. He knows he treated him badly and Alec being gay (and in love with his own parabatai) reminded him all over again that he had been an intolerant asshole, not that he had disapproved of Michael.
There’s another thing that’s complicated, and that’s the immediate assumption on the basis of Robert’s story that Michael was gay. No one ever actually says that. Sexuality isn’t binary — straight or gay. It exists along a spectrum. Thinking about it as completely binary leads to bisexual erasure (something Alec would be unlikely to do because Magnus, his boyfriend, is bisexual.) It also erases many other identities along the spectrum. Michael could well have been bisexual. He could have been straight and in love with Robert. Robert told Alec that Michael expressed feelings for him—he doesn’t say if he thinks Michael was gay and married unhappily to a woman, or if Michael was bisexual and had a child with a lady he loved, or any of a million other options.
Because Michael did have a son. We already know that as a fact. It was his bones and his son’s that Valentine buried in his burned out mansion when he faked his own death. So since there was an infant boy there who actually existed, it would be very strange for Robert to suddenly decide that this kid didn’t actually exist and couldn’t (grown-up) be Jace.
And lastly, gay men throughout history (if you assume Michael was gay, which is a big assumption) have gotten women pregnant. If Oscar Wilde, Alexander the Great, and King Edward the Second pulled it off, one suspects Michael could also have managed.
Robert knew Michael was married, knew Michael got his wife pregnant, knew Michael had a child, and had no questions about how. Nor should he. He has no reason to, nor should anyone else. I actually do know whether Michael was straight, gay, or bi, but I think it’s so irrelevant to whether he could have had children that I’m going to save it for another post (or maybe just Shadowhunter Academy!)
Hi Cassie, so I was just wondering as Will and Tessa got older did she age herself so when they went out in in public they didn’t raise any eyebrows or did they just grin and bear with the stares of say a fifty year old man flouncing around with a sixteen year old girl? I remember in Clockwork Prince I believe Tessa realizing she can alter her physical form just slightly, like giving herself bigger lips and a smaller waist. But she chose not to because she thought it was wrong (I think), would the same thing prevent her from adding wrinkles to her skin as she aged? — flying-falling-aj
Tessa does glamour herself to appear older in any situation where she and Will are going to be seen by people who don’t already know them/aren’t Shadowhunters. She doesn’t if it’s a Shadowhunter gathering. They know who she is.
Hi Cassandra Clare! I really love your books and thanks for them. I have a question about James and Cordelia. You have said that on Twitter the reason for heronstairs marriage is an unexpected one so it is the a sham or political marriage you have talked about? In CoHF we learnt that Carstairs owe Herondales because of something is it about that marriage occured between James and Cordelia? I hope that they fell in love with eachother. You have said TLH is about unusual love triangle and if I don’t remember wrong you believe that in a triangle all of them should have a connection.As I said I hope there will be love between James and Cordelia. I am looking forward to TDA and TLH. I will be glad if you release more informations about upcoming series and reply me back. Thanks. — littlecandyy
There is at least one sham/political marriage in TLH. I also did say James and Cordelia don’t get married for the reasons anyone would think (I suspect.) They do get married during TLH so you’ll find out why they did, if it was a real marriage, if it lasted, etc, in the books. We know from Midnight Heir that James is in love … with someone else. Awkward.
Hi Cassie! I love your books! I noticed that while you’ve talked about the characters for TLH as the children of Will/Tessa, Gabriel/Cecily, Titania, Charlotte/Henry, and Jem’s uncle Elias, you’ve never mentioned anything about Sophie and Gideon’s children. Did they not have any? or maybe they couldn’t? Dying of curiosity, hope you can answer my question!
They did have children. Barbara and Eugenia are a bit older than the others and tend not to spend that much time with them. Thomas is a significant character; I just didn’t wind up asking Cassandra Jean to draw him, but I probably should. It might be interesting to get portraits of all the characters we know — Will, Jem, Cecily, Gabriel, etc — as their adult selves in TLH, too.
Hello again Cassandra! I don’t know if you remember, but I sent a fan mail a few days ago. But this one is on behalf of my sister (who sadly doesn’t have a tumblr.) I showed her one of your comments (from Twitter, I believe) saying that Julian was going to be a “sex god” and he was basically going to be hotter than the other boys. (Including the fantabulous William Herondale, who I love!) So basically her question is how?! She is a huge Jace fan, and she doesn’t believe that anyone can be better than him, so she wants to know how will Jules be hotter. Thanks and much love, Ashley P. (The Doctor’s Shadowhunter from 221b) — thedoctorsshadowhunterfrom221b
First I should say: I was joking about the sex god thing. I think someone asked me if Julian was going to be a sex god and I said yes. But mostly because I was being silly and also because I don’t think I’d say “no” about any of my characters except the evil ones. Sometimes even the evil ones. Sex God Status is almost entirely in the eye of the reader. These are book characters, they live on the page: they look how you imagine they look. What you love about them is their characterization, and each character is different. It is down to the preference of the reader who they find sexiest.
I’m glad you mentioned Will because there is also a thing I think of as New Character Syndrome. Before you have met a character — as in read a substantial amount of a book about them — you can’t imagine how you will feel about them, or how you could possibly like new characters as much as the old ones.
When I announced that I was writing Infernal Devices, while many of my readers were excited, just as many were entirely full of trepidation. They did not think they would like Will or Jem as much as Jace or Simon, or Tessa as much as Clary; they didn’t think they could possibly be as invested in the romance. There was a lot of “please, no, not these new characters, I am sure I will hate them, and Will especially" (being a Herondale, but not Jace.)
It took the first book, and maybe even a book and a bit, for me to start getting lots of letters from people who were just as invested in the new story and even liked Will and/or Jem better. So I guess what I would say is: there’s nothing I could tell you that would make you feel like you’ll love Jules (or James or Matthew or Jaime or any new, boy characters). There’s a reason “Show, don’t tell” is a (somewhat overused) watchword in writing: people don’t react to being told a character is awesome. They have to be shown it, in the pages of a book. I know this because I am a reader as much as I am a writer and I react exactly the same way. :)
The only way to find out how hot, or lovable, or whatever, you find Julian and/or Mark and/or Diego and Jaime, is to read Lady Midnight. I mean, I think they’re all hot and adorable in different ways. But my word will never carry the weight of a story, nor should it. I love Jules and he’s very different than any boy character I’ve written before. Whether you will love him as I do remains to be seen!
She had wondered, when he’d looked into her eyes and said that he’d had to learn to make do without mirrors in the Wild Hunt, whose eyes he’d been looking into for all those years. Who’d been his mirror.
Hi Cassie! I loved all of your books, especially The Infernal Devices - I fell in love with Will *-*. I have a question about Jessa after CoHF: will they have children? I hope you’ll answer me :) Thank you for the amazing world you have created! — mrsherondale-eaton-waters
Hello Cassie! I absolutely adore your books like many other people, but my boyfriend (who showed me your books) and I had one question, after Jem is no longer a silent brother, does he remain immortal like Tessa? Or will she end up losing him like she lost Will? Thank you for your time if you answer this, we’re both really curious. — sammy-mantha
Hello Cassie! I love your books!!!So… I finished to read Cohf and we know that Tessa is immortal and can have children, but I have a doubt. After so long, she can still have children? Or all these years, even with immortality, impair in any way? Thanks! — lightwoodparabatai
I love your books, and my favorite character is Jem, I just love it, then tell me we will see him next in the books of the shadowhunters? I loved him and Tessa on COHF. One more question, Jem and Tessa will have children ?? I’m so curious !!!! Please answer me !!! — anacarstairs
herondalectable said: Quick question: I know you’ve confirmed that the TMI characters will appear in future books, but what about Jem and Tessa? We know their story as far as the comic strip scene in CoHF, but what about beyond that? I’m not expecting anywhere near as much as we get of Will and Tessa’s married life (which I understand is not the main focus of TLH, but will be included as it was in TBC), but will we at least get a mention of how there doing and maybe of some Jessa babies?
gloriousburritos said: Hi Cassie! I just finished CoHF and I know this might sound weird but will Jem and Tessa ever appear in TDA since they were leaving for Los Angeles? Also, will they ever have children? I’m DYING to know because Jem is like my all-time fave character♡
Hey Cassie! I just had a little question about Tessa Gray. She’s immortal, but she was able to have children with Will. Is there any chance she can have one with Jem? Also, how does she put up with 130 years of periods? — 50shadesoftessagray
About Jem being mortal: Page 562 of Clockwork Princess:
Jem was mortal now. He would grow old like Will, and like Will he would die, and she did not know if she could bear it again.
Page 711 of City of Heavenly Fire:
“So he is—Zachariah is mortal now?” Clary asked. “Just— an ordinary Shadowhunter?” “Yes,” Tessa said. “He and I have known each other a long time. We had a standing meeting every year in early January. This year, when he arrived for it, to my shock, he was mortal.” “And you didn’t know before he just showed up? I would have killed him.” Tessa grinned. “Well, that would have somewhat defeated the point. And I think he wasn’t sure how I would receive him, mortal as he is, when I am not mortal.”
Jem is mortal. He has a human lifespan to live. That is a terrible thing for Tessa, but as I think you can probably tell by now, I’m not really a fan of “fixing” mortal-immortal relationships by making those who are mortal, immortal, or taking immortal characters’ immortality away. Immortality is a curse and a gift, and you undermine both aspects by taking it away easily; mortality is a curse and a gift and you undermine both aspects by taking it away easily.
Jem and Tessa will have a lifetime together; Jem will cross over and see Will “on the other side of the river”; Tessa will be left to mourn him. I’ve always thought of all the characters in Clockwork Princess, in many ways Tessa’s is the saddest fate. Though:
About Tessa having kids: She can absolutely have kids! She doesn’t age out of that, because she doesn’t age. Cindy Pon has even been so kind as to help me with Chinese baby names so Jem’s family name, Ke, can be represented. I imagine Tessa and Jem would want to do some traveling and letting Jem adjust to life in the modern world (I think he would enjoy having an iPod filled with violin music) — and as I said, they have their own agenda in LA — before they have children, but they can certainly have them.
About 130 years of periods: I would guess this falls under the “not so great” aspect of being immortal. However, there are pretty easy ways to not have your period if you don’t want to (birth control pills) and I’d imagine Tessa has access to magical solutions as well. Boy, I never thought I’d be answering that question!
I know you’ve confirmed that the TMI characters will appear in future books, but what about Jem and Tessa?
At the moment, they literally appear in the first chapter of Lady Midnight.
Hi Cassie, I have a question about CP2. Will obviously knows that Tessa loves him at the end of CP2, but that night in the drawing room (when Tessa burned her hand on the fireplace poker) when she didn’t tell him she loved him, he believed she didn’t and was obviously hurt. Unless I’m mistaken, which I could be, she never explained that to him later when they started dating/got married. Did he know? I mean, he’s very smart, so I feel like he could’ve figured it out, but did he? I can’t bear the thought of poor Will not knowing :( also, will Isabelle find a parabatai? D: thanks! — isabelleligtwood
Isabelle is not going to have a parabatai. Most people don’t, and Izzy is fine and happy without one. They are a lot of work and trouble. :)
I was confused at first reading the question and I thought that the question was whether Will ever realized Tessa loved him (which, after fifty years and two kids and a fabulous marriage, if he still didn’t, Will should get so much therapy) but I think now it’s whether Will realized Tessa loved him specifically that night in the drawing room.
As you said, Will is smart, and I think he figured out why she did what she did. He knows she loved him and she also loved Jem, and he knows she let him think she didn’t love him because she was trying to set him free. He would have done the same thing.
Even if he couldn’t intuit it (and he could), she does say this:
"I know how you are with your words, and, Will—I love all of them. Every word you say. The silly ones, the mad ones, the beautiful ones, and the ones that are only for me. I love them, and I love you.”
Will began to speak, but Tessa covered his mouth with her hand.
“I love your words, my Will, but hold them for a moment,” she said, and smiled into his eyes. “Think of all the words I have held inside all this time, while I did not know your intentions. When you came to me in the drawing room and told me that you loved me, it was the hardest thing I have ever done to send you away. You said you loved the words of my heart, the shape of my soul. I remember. I remember every word you said from that day to this. I will never forget them. There are so many words I wish to say to you, and so many I wish to hear you say to me. I hope we have all our lives to say them to each other.”
That’s pretty explicit. You have to be careful, when characters are explaining things to each other (especially things readers already know) that they don’t sound like they think the other character is a dunce who needs everything spelled out for them. Tessa has to trust Will’s understanding of her, because if he isn’t someone who could understand this, she shouldn’t love or marry him.
Hi Cassie. <3 I have this important question. Well, important to me, hih. Will you be writing more about just Will and Tessa? As in, scenes from Will or Tessa’s point of view? :) (Psst, LOVE LOVE LOVE the new art of them. <3 Thank you for sharing.) — carinaolsen
Cassandra Jean is a fantastic artist, for sure. I think that it’s important to remember that TLH is about Cordelia, Jesse, Lucie, James, Matthew and the rest — though Tessa and Will are in it, and they are certainly the most important parents. They do have, also, I think some touching scenes just about them … and they also loom large in James’ mind, and indeed the minds of many in their circle as a Great Love Story (there’s more about that and James worrying his own life can never compete in Midnight Heir.)
Maybe the best way to think about their role is to think about them as Charlotte and Henry in TID. They’re not the protagonists, but they’re background important figures who have their own relationship, do on occasion get POV scenes, and serve as a force of order in an otherwise chaotic world. :)
(There are definitely events in TLH that have specifically to do with Will and Tessa’s relationship, and Jem’s place in it, too. Just like there are also moments in TDA about Jem and Tessa. It’s interestingly difficult keeping the balance, but one could say that about the whole Clockwork series.)
Hi Cassie, I loved City of Heavenly Fire and cannot wait until the Dark Artifices comes out. I’ve seen the timeline you posted forever ago for the Mortal Instruments, but I was wondering if you could make a more detailed timeline that includes City of Heavenly Fire. Thank you so much!
Sure. Once more, with more details:
Here’s the basic timeline of the TMI books:
CoB: takes place in August 2007, the year the book was published.
CoA: begins in very early September 2007- a few days to a week after CoB ends.
CoG: begins in September, about 1 week after CoA ends. The whole book takes place in 1.5-2 weeks. It is mentioned that the leaves on trees are beginning to turn fall colors.
CoFA: begins in Mid-October (Halloween decorations are up, Simon mentions the month) and ends around the third or fourth week of October. In CoFA, it is also mentioned that Clary has been training to fight demons for 7 weeks.
CoLS: The prologue is set in late October. The first chapter begins two weeks later, in the 2nd week of November.
October had 5 weeks in 2007. Here’s a link to a 2007 calendar:
COHF: Takes place in early December through the end of December. It is mentioned in the beginning that people are shopping for Christmas presents. The last chapter ends before Christmas Day. Here’s where it get wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey:
The Clockwork Princess prologue then takes place in January, 2008, between the last chapter of CoHF and the epilogue of CoHF. Jem goes to meet Tessa.
COHF epilogue: May, 2008. It’s mentioned that it’s May, school’s almost out, etc. We see Jem and Tessa at the wedding, after their January meeting.
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy takes up space in between May 2008— August 2013.
Lady Midnight begins in August, 2013. (Oddly, the same month the TMi movie came out. Randomly chosen, though.)
Hi cassie! I am a huge fan of your books and i was wondering about your upcoming book series TLH. I looked it up online but I cannot seem to be able to find much on it. There is probably a limit of things you are willing to mention about the series, so I was wondering if you tell me what has been already released about the series? — thislittlebookowl
Hello Cassie! I am a huge, huge fan. :) I was wondering if you could maybe give some insight as to how the characters in The Last Hours are going to act, like their personalities and such. — thelastinstruments
There is a limited amount I can say, especially this far in advance — and keep in mind things can always change. But this is pretty much what we know so far, the illustrated version:
The Last Hours is a new Shadowhunters series set in 1903. It deals with the next generation after Will, Tessa and Jem as well as Charlotte and Henry’s children, Tatiana Blackthorn’s children, the Lightwood kids, and many more. 1903 is right around the time the Victorian era tips over into the Edwardian era — beautiful clothes, fabulous history and so much more that I’m excited to write about! (I’ve even been keeping a crazy Pinterest board for inspiration.) The title is taken from the book Great Expectations, of which the series is a retelling: those of you who’ve read The Midnight Heir installment of the Bane Chronicles probably have some ideas about certain of the characters!
You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since — on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hours of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. — Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
There will be three books: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron — also a reference to Great Expectations.
(“Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." — Great Expectations)
The books will interconnect with The Dark Artifices trilogy as two separate trilogies that are also the stories of the Blackthorns, Herondales and Carstairs, much like TMI and The Infernal Devices interconnected despite taking place in different time periods and locations. The exact order of publication isn’t decided yet. Lady Midnight, the first of the Dark Artifices, will certainly be the next Shadowhunter book coming out, and I’ll keep you up to date on the publication order when it’s nailed down.
I hope you’re looking forward to reading about Jem, Tessa and Will and their immediate families and descendants as much as I am looking forward to writing about them! In the meantime, I thought you might like to see/get to know a few of the prominent characters. Cassandra Jean drew these for me back when I was still solidifying some of the plot outlines and character details. You can also find most of these names on the family tree and identify their connections. Let’s start with …
Cordelia Carstairs. Daughter of Jem’s Uncle Elias. Bit of a scapegrace and ever since she was ten she’s had a sort of a crush on
James Herondale, who is parabatai with
the always-delightful Matthew Fairchild. James is totally in love with and has a very odd relationship with Tatiana’s Blackthorn’s ward
Grace Blackthorn, whose brother Jesse Blackthorn may or may not be dead
a mystery that occupies the busy brain of writer
Lucie Herondale, whose father would really prefer she marry
Alastair Carstairs, Cordelia’s older brother. Shown with Cortana — looks like Elias did as Tessa suggested and passed it down to his own children after all.Alastair is best friends with
Charles Fairchild, who you may remember as Potentially Buford from Clockwork Princess. Charles would like to be the next Consul, alas, and Henry finds he rather gets along better with Cecily and Gabriel’s son
Christopher, a scientist, who is the younger brother of the ever so sophisticated
Anna Lightwood, who keeps her own flat on Percy Street and everyone else’s secrets.
This isn’t all the characters, but it’s a visual tour of quite a few of the significant ones (barring those, like Tessa, Jem, Will and the other adults, who you already know!) I find having visuals of characters often helps while I’m writing so these live above my desk!
Hello Cassie I love all your books and have especially loved TID. My favourite was Jem, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love Tessa or Will. Jem was my favourite because I am somewhat like Jem myself, I am sick as well, and I understood why he did what he did and how he thinks. To read about Jem and the way clockwork princess ends gives me a lot of hope (maybe I will find a cure too) :) I want to thank you for that. I recently finished CoHf and loved every bit of it :) as you can probably guess I loved reading about Jem and Tessa in CoHf :) I do have a question for you: Does Clary ever find a parabatai? Also (2 questions sorry :p) can ascenders have a parabatai? I would love it if you could answer my questions (if you are reading this). I am very excited for TDA and restlessly await its release :) Thank you so much A huge fan of yours M3H4K :) — m3h4k
Hello! Thank you for your love for Jem, I love him too. I think you have a question about TMI a lot of people have. :)
its-carmen-venegas said: CoHF spoiler: I was wondering if in the future we will see Simon Ascend and become a Shadowhunter with his memories returned and/or him as Clary’s parabatai and finally together with Izzy? I love you stories and they have been great to read!!
Hi Cassie :) Do you think there is a possibility in the future for Simon and Clary to become parabatai? They would be brilliant for each other, in my own opinion :)
pa1g32019 asked you: Do Simon and Clary become parabatai???
Are Clary and Simon gonna be parabatai when he ascends?? — mejampo
sherlockthedivergentboywholived asked you: SPOILERS FOR CoHF I’ve just had an amazing thought. Would clary and simon become parabatai?? I think that would be the best thing ever and in the wedding scene there are runes all over simon and that would be perfect if they were parabatai.
thefaultinour-fangirling asked you: Any possibility that Simon and Clary could become parabatai??????
mayiaskquy asked you: SPOILER! Did Clary and Simon become parabatai when Simon became a shadowhunter? x
spanish-rose said: Hi Cassie! I am asking this for my cousin (she doesn’t have a tumblr) and me. After the events of COHF do Simon and Clary become Parabatai or is it too late? Or does his lack of memories change their relationship? We always saw them having a bond like that, and now that it’s possible, we are super curious! Thank you in advance if you get to our question
lovee1795 said: Did you ever consider making Isabelle and Clary parabatai? I thought you were working towards it in CoHF but then it never happened. I feel they would’ve made a great team.
are we gonna see simon ascend? is gonna continue the lightwood name or is he gonna pick another shadowhunter surname?
demi-herondale asked you: So Magnus mentioned to Simon about the ascension at the end of CoHF. Does Simon ever ascend and become a shadowhunter, or is that supposed to be up to us as readers?
yesihaveredhair asked you: The ending was beautiful, Cassie. I loved every bit of it. And I bawled my eyes out with Simon. I’m just wondering (and I’m thinking this question might be answered in Lady Midnight) if Simon does Ascend? Because that would just be amazing for him :) I’m going to miss these characters, but I’m excited for Emma and Jules! xxx
alyienated said: Cassie, please tell us more details about Simom’s ascension for I think the book didn’t really have details about him undergoing that and description of him being a Shadowhunter. I just know that Magnus helped him out and stuff to prepare him for Ascension. :)
It’s true, the book didn’t have any details about Simon Ascending because the process of going to Shadowhunter Academy/training/learning to become a Shadowhunter is a year-plus process and there was no room for it (plus tonally it would have been weird there at the end of the book.) City of Heavenly Fire ends with hope for Simon and the option of becoming a Shadowhunter, something he’s wanted, something all his friends are. Something he deserves, given how much he’s fought alongside Shadowhunters! But that’s all. You can stop there, if you want — the future of the characters is open with possibilities and you can imagine whatever you want into it, and many people like to do that.
I skipped answering this question publicly before because I was waiting for people to have a chance to read CoHF but now that many have: Simon was always meant to become a Shadowhunter in the end. When I first planned the spin-off Simon story from City of Glass it was about him becoming a Shadowhunter in the end. It was always his endgame.
As many of the characters from TMI show up in places in TDA, I had originally thought we’d find out what happened with Simon’s Ascension then. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was originally a series of novellas connected by the existence of the Academy, but it occurred to us as we mapped it out that ideally there would be a character that also connected all the stories — which is how we developed the idea of following Simon through his arrival at the Academy to his Ascension ceremony.
I think the answer to “Will Clary and Simon be parabatai?” is that Clary and Simon would like to be parabatai. Nothing is stopping them except that Simon hasn’t Ascended. If he does it on time, it’s something they could do.
And it’s always been the idea: that Clary and Simon would try to be parabatai. I understanding wanting to see Izzy and Clary be parabatai because they’re good friends and we don’t/haven’t seen a real girl/girl parabatai situation. However, Clary and Izzy just haven’t known each other long enough for it to make sense, while Clary and Simon are basically spiritually parabatai already.
We will have a girl/girl parabatai situation in Last Hours with Lucie and Cordelia, and an incredibly close friendship between girls with Cristina and Emma in TDA. Part of what’s been interesting about TDA actually is writing the difference between a friendship —Emma and Cristina — and a parabatai relationship —Jules and Emma.
As for what name Simon chooses, whether he and Izzy can rekindle their relationship, what memories he gets back and which he doesn’t — Shadowhunter Academy and TDA will have to answer that!
Hello, CC! Do you have any news for us about The Secret Treasons and The Shadowhunter Academy? Thank youuu! <3 — yssaoeyt
Well, TST is a big art project, so, it happens when it happens. I don’t know when it’ll be exactly.
I’m holding off also on saying too much about Academy until we nail down dates — it will be ten stories, like the Bane Chronicles, and like the Bane Chronicles will end up as a print book eventually. The stories cover Simon’s arrival at the Academy through to his Ascension Ceremony, but a lot of them also time-hop: back to 1830, 1893, 1900, to the time of the Circle and some switch perspectives. I’ll say more when we make the actual announcement but for now have the list of titles to play with!
Hi Cassie, I loved CoHF and can’t wait for TDA. One of my favourite scenes from CoHF was when the wish-demon thingy sent them to those dreams that were supposedly their heart’s desires. But, in Alec’s, was Magnus actually there when he told him to wake up and smell the cookies? Like, was Magnus in the cell in Edom aware that this was going on and helped out or was it just some part of Alec’s brain going “WAKE UP” and came across as Magnus? Thanks! — justdontflickrrr
I think it’s a part of the book that’s up for interpretation. I mean, Magnus evinces no knowledge it happened later, so if he was there in some sense, it wasn’t conscious.
When I wrote it, I thought of it as being all Alec. That he was seeing what he wanted in his head, to some extent, but just as it did with all the others, the demon got his ultimate desires slightly wrong (highly overboard, in Alec’s case) and — just as with the others — something in the dream-state tipped Alec off. In this case, the being tipped off took the form of Magnus, because I think for Alec — who despite being a badass fighter sometimes gets lost in his own head — Magnus is the person who pulls him out when he gets in that state. Magnus lets him be an internal person, because Alec very much is that, but he can also tell when Alec is spinning himself into a state and ground him. He tells Alec the truth about things, things that Alec’s other grounding forces don’t necessarily have perspective on (like the Lightwood family, because they’re in the Lightwood family). Magnus, despite being something of a wild force of nature, is a calming force for Alec. He also has a lot of faith in Alec that Alec doesn’t always have in himself. So when Alec hears “This isn’t what you want, you’re better than this” it might be him thinking it, but he puts Magnus’ face to it, because it’s Magnus that’s given him the confidence to believe that himself.
However, if you’d rather read it as Magnus being there in some capacity, you can.
I have a question about TID. *CONTAINS SPOILERS* Why does Jem make sure to see Tessa one day a year when he’s a silent brother and not Will? I know he loves Tessa, but he also loves Will and I always thought they were much closer than either boy with Tessa. Just something I couldn’t stop thinking about :) thanks so much!! — tessherondayl
I think there’s an innate tension between what TID is about — three people who love each other equally — and what we’re societally programmed to believe: that some loves are better, that love is always ranked somehow, that a bigger love requires a bigger gesture, that love is in any way measurable.
Jem doesn’t love Will more than he loves Tessa. He doesn’t love Will less than he loves Tessa. They’re different people. Different gestures mean different things to them. It isn’t as if Jem doesn’t see Will again during Will’s life — if you’ve read The Midnight Heir you can see he comes by enough for James to call him Uncle Jem.
A good amount of the idea that Jem and Tessa would meet once a year on the bridge forever was that Jem and Tessa have forever. They’re both immortal. They’re commemorating not just their relationship but their unchanging state and the nature of immortality with the yearly meetings. It doesn’t make sense for Will and Jem to meet in the same way because Will isn’t immortal and all the yearly meetings same-time same-place would do is highlight that in what seems a rather cruel way.
Tessa and Will are different people; they have different relationships with Jem and need different things from him. That doesn’t make anyone closer than anyone else (hard to imagine Will is closer to Jem than he is to the mother of his children, or that he is closer to Tessa than the boy who gave his life meaning for years) — it just makes them different people with different needs and different relationships. It’s as okay for Jem and Tessa to have something that’s theirs alone as it is for Will and Jem to have things that are theirs alone and Will and Tessa to have things that are theirs alone. Which - as you’ll see in TLH more - they do!
Hi Cassie! I would be honored if you answer to a simple question, you say that Ty will fall in love in TDA and i would know if we already know that person, it his a new character or we know it thanks to TMI? I hope that you’ll see this and that maybe you’ll answer, thanks for your time. — cadiamocomelacrime
We don’t know the person Ty is going to fall in love with yet. (We haven’t met many ten year olds in CoHF and I think the ones we do meet are related to Ty, and I don’t really want to swim in that river again …)
IS CRISTINA GOING TO BE ATTRACTED TO MARK, OR MARK TO CRISTINA? I MEAN: ”Cristina held back from telling Mark that there was no world in which he didn’t stand out.” and you once said Mark has a love interest/parabatai. Thank you! — emmaxjules
Well, she could just be saying that because he has antlers or something. Who can say how he came back from the Wild Hunt? Cristina has a complicated love life, and so does Mark. Mark may even be carrying a torch for someone from Faerie. (Neither Mark nor Cristina have parabatai, though.)
Hi Cassandra Clare, thank you for your books you’ve written so perfectly and your imagination, which I fell in love it. A question arises after your previous answer me. I hope you can answer. It is about whether we will see in the book scenes where Emma be jealous of another girl in love with Julian? I appreciate your response and with love. Arely — atena-moon
Hi, Cassie. My name is Hayley and, like everyone else asking you questions, I’m in love with your books! I adore the way you write and I hope to be just as successful someday. I wanted to ask you if there’s a possibility for Emma and Mark. (I don’t know if this is how you ask. Hopefully it is.) I know it seems everyone is already shipping Emma and Julian, and their story will be amazing no matter the outcome, but they’re parabati. There is no romance allowed between them and I think they’re better for each other as brother/sister. My thought is, Emma already shows some interest in Mark. It could be good for Mark to help heal Emma’s wounds from the Emma/Julian romance and for Emma to help him get over his time in Faerie world. So, is there a possibility for them? I’d love for you to answer this, but even if you don’t, I’m just glad that I actually got up the courage to write you and that you actually read it!! Thanks!! — nerdygirly811
Sure, this is a fine way to ask. Ye olde ask box.
Emma does notice Mark is cute in CoHF, though he is sure spirited away before she can declare her love (and I’m mostly kidding: her thinking Mark is cute is a function of her growing up. We often notice older brothers, sisters, of friends first because they’re older, therefore admirable, and around, therefore nonthreatening.)
Otherwise I’d just say slow down, pardner! We don’t know if there’s going to be an Emma/Julian romance for sure, or whether Emma will have wounds to heal. (Well, it’s me, probably everyone will have wounds to heal.)
I guess I would say that Mark, after coming from years in Faerie, does not view relationships the way everyone else in his family does. “in love” and “monogamy” do not go together in his mind. If you went on a date with Mark, you could expect him to kiss everyone else at the bar. Everyone else.
Hi Miss Clare! I love all your books. You broke my heart into a million pieces, especially when I read Will’s death. Anyway, i’d like to ask, is it wrong to ship Mark and Emma? It feels really weird but idk, my mind is like, “Go Mark and Emma!” but I also ship her a little bit with Jules. It would be great if you answered my question haha thanks :D — mikaaaii
You can ship Emma with anyone you want. You can ship her with Mark and Jules. Though there really isn’t an OT3 to be had there given that Mark and Jules are related.
It’s interesting to me because when people say “I hate love triangles!” (I mean, I clearly, am biased because I love them) they tend to remain drawn to triangulated relationships. Which is fine. For me, a love triangle requires two people to be in love with the same person and for them to have about an equal chance of securing that person’s love. But there are a million ways to triangulate relationships without actually having a love triangle. One, for instance, is to introduce jealousy, merited or not. Another is to introduce another person as an obstacle but not an equal love interest. If Tessa had loved only Will and felt obligated to Jem because he was dying that would have been a triangulated relationship but not a love triangle. Even a villain can triangulate a relationship. Wickham triangulated Elizabeth’s relationship with Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, but few consider it a love triangle: it however works as an important story engine! So even if you hate the love triangle, hate not the triangulation. It’s probably in a lot of your favorite romances. :)
*Sorry I gave a speech about writing love triangles to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and this stuff remains stuck in my brain!
Also: thank you guys for being so interested in the TDA characters so early on! It keeps me going.
I was just wondering how you choose which POV to tell a scene from. Like why the prologue in Heavenly Fire was told from Emma’s point of view and not Sebastian’s. I enjoyed Emma’s perspective but it seems like it could have been a chance to get a look into his mind? Thanks and if you post this could you take my name off?
Name redacted from incendiary question about viewpoints. :) No, I am just teasing. This falls into the category of “Writers, why do you do the things you do?” Which I always think is interesting, because the choices we make shape our work, but — even if I explain my reasoning, you don’t have to agree with it. :)
Prologues are an interesting thing in writer-land because they actually are controversial. Some people love them. Some people hate them. The big argument against them is often that if the information in them is important, why is it not in the main body of the work — i.e. why isn’t it just “Chapter One”?
Me, I like a prologue. I find that they give an opportunity to tell an event in the world from the perspective of a character you’d never otherwise hear from — for instance, Aloysius Starkweather’s perspective in Clockwork Princess. Yes, we can be told the information later in the narrative that his granddaughter died receiving her first runes, but it’s much less visceral than experiencing it on the page, and it’s interesting to be in the head of someone whose viewpoint you’ll never get again (as in 1878, Aloysius is pretty far gone in senile dementia). Similarly, we get Valentine’s viewpoint in City of Ashes and then, as far as I know, never again. And it gives us the birth of the fear demon, which means that when Agramon shows up later, we know what it is. No one else in the book besides Valentine could have been there for that, or they would not later have been surprised about Agramon being around.
Sometimes prologues indicate a time skip, big or small (the prologue of CP where we see Will and Jem at 12, or CoLS where we see Simon two weeks before the rest of the book takes place.) Sometimes they exist to set a mood (Will’s prologue in CP.) Prologues do a lot of different jobs.
As for why I chose to tell the prologue of The Dark Artifices from Emma’s viewpoint and not Sebastian’s — I have written Sebastian’s viewpoint before, in City of Lost Souls. Mostly as a way to let people know he was Up to Something with Faeries, but not what. But the prologue from Sebastian’s point of view would have been near-impossible without revealing his involvement with the Fair Folk, given that they were with him at the time. He would have had to spend the whole prologue deliberately not thinking about 1) the faeries right next to him 2) the existence of Edom, to which he is about to return 3) his overall plans, including his visit to the Adamant Citadel.
Unreliable narrators are great, but usually they’re unreliable because they’ve bought into their own mythology about themselves. Being coy is something else — just not revealing what a character is actually thinking — and Coyness in Writing is a whole other topic. It drives my critique group nuts though; whenever anyone’s being coy with info they get yelled at.
There are important factual things we learn in the prologue about the story — that Sebastian is attacking Institutes — but even if I’d never planned to write the Dark Artifices, I’d still have told it from Emma’s point of view. To me the Blackthorns have a symbolic weight in City of Heavenly Fire. They represent the stakes of war.
Without any representation of the people — ordinary Shadowhunters, some innocent children — that Clary and the others are trying to save, they become something blurry and distantly symbolic. We can understand that they want to save their parents, and those trapped in Edom, but when what’s at stake is saving the lives of Shadowhunters overall, putting faces and personalities to those lives matters.
(Also, in the fact that they escaped the Institute, they bring important information about what Sebastian’s doing to Idris — and they could still have done that if the prologue had been Seb’s viewpoint, but from his view they would have been a bunch of fleeing kids, nameless and undifferentiated. It would have taken all the meaning out of the scene where Emma wakes up screaming for her parents and Julian gives her Cortana. It would have taken a ton of meaning out of the end, when Helen is sent away — the meaning of her being separated from her family is greatly dulled if we don’t know her family.)
So I guess if the overall question is: how do I pick who tells a scene, which POV it’s from, usually I ask myself, Who undergoes the most change in this scene? Think about the engine that propels stories as three C’s: conflict, choice and change (ideally change brought about by choice forced by conflict.) Jace tells the scene between him and Alec, because he changes the most during it. Emma changes the most during the prologue. She makes the biggest choices, her whole life is transformed and she is changed as a person. Sebastian doesn’t change at all. So as well as me wanting to establish what the stakes of the war were, to put a face to all the lives that would need saving over the course of the book, I also wanted to show the birth of a hero, the inciting incident that makes someone who they are. The superhero origin story. :) Which I think is a fun thing to experience, whether you ever read the Dark Artifices or not. :)
I want this cat so much but my husband says we cannot have more than the three we already have. Someone please tell me the kittens were named Jace, Clary, Magnus, Will, Tessa, and Jem. I mean that had to happen, right? The gods must have been looking out for the serendipity.
I’ve decided every time I answer a Magisterium question I will include a snippet of art or info. This is one of the interior illustrations, done by Scott Fischer.
It shows the wristband of a Magisterium apprentice. When students are chosen for the Magisterium, they are issued wristbands. The metal part of the wristband is changed out every year and shows which year you’re in (first year=iron, second year=copper, third year=bronze, fourth year=silver, fifth year=gold.) There are also places on the wristband where stones are affixed when you master an element — a blue stone for water, for instance, or the rare black stone for those who have mastered the sixth element, Chaos. The wristband pictured belonged to a specific person so it does have a black stone in it.
We’ll be adding more signings in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal so stay tuned!
Now he looked at her sideways. “You don’t think I look like a Shadowhunter any more?”
“Do you want to?” Cristina asked.
“I want to look like my family,” Mark said. “I cannot have the Blackthorn coloring, but I can look as much like Nephilim as possible. Besides, if I wish to be part of the investigation, I cannot stand out.”
Cristina held back from telling Mark that there was no world in which he didn’t stand out. “I can make you look like a Shadowhunter.”
Hi Cassie! I just want to say that your last book COHF (and also the others) helped get through a tough time. My best friend (I mean my Soul Best Friend, that I know since I was 7) showed me City of Bones one day. And I got so into the saga and the characters and so I kept reading them ALL. Even TID. Anyway, that BFF, stopped talking to me last month, she thought we were ‘too different’ to still get along with each other and without any other explanation she just left me. It felt like a betryal. She was my PARABATAI. We were will and jem. Jace and alec. Emma and jules. WE DEFINITELY WERE THEM. We r different, that’s true, but we complemented each other and never had that been a problem. And I am so wrecked. And I was reading COHF while all of this was happening. And it was heartbreaking for me too read about alec and jace and how I had lost MY PARABATAI. The one person a NEVER thought I would lose. And I was just wondering, how can someone get over the fact of losing their parabatai? I know will lost jem and jem lost will, but that was kind of mutual. This time, it feels like I am the only one suffereing cause she doesnt even show or let me know that she cares about what happend. And do you believe that Parabatais maybe werent meant to be parabatais in the first place? Because I believe is worse to think that maybe she wasnt my parabatai after all… Jem will never get over the fact that he lost his parabatai and I dont want to feel this forever. Advice? Amazing fact: when we were 10 we did a pact. A pact of commitment, a pact that said we were FOREVER. Like a parabatai’s pact (we didnt runed ourselves though, we just holded hands haha) And I remember it every single day, while I stare at nothing, forever wishing this hadnt happend to me.—[name redacted]
This isn’t technically Shadowhunter stuff, so this is just my advice as a human and I hope it isn’t terrible.
Friend breakups are the worst. Here is this person you relied on and thought would be there for you forever and then they’re – gone. As with any relationship, a close friendship creates a world, a world where the two of you live, and when the friendship ends that world dies. So you’re right to mourn, and it’s okay to do so.
Jem won’t get over losing Will, and Will never gets over losing Jem. Their lives go on though and they do heal. Time makes everything better, even the most terrible things. I think you’re more where Clary is at the end of CoHF when she’s lost Simon and she’s outside his school just hoping to see him. She’s lost that world, that Clary-and-Simon world she’s had since she was little, and she feels lost. There’s nothing romantic about it; it’s pure friendship heartbreak, the worst kind.
The thing about losing a friend that makes it specifically hard is that we haven’t really made a place in our culture for that kind of heartbreak. There’s a million songs about romantic breakups but much less about the end of a friendship. There’s a big narrative space for the arc of romances and romantic experience and everyone understands coming over to their friend’s house to mourn the loss of a boyfriend or girlfriend with ice cream and bad movies. Everyone expects you to listen to sad songs and cry in your car. But people don’t really have programmed responses to understanding what losing a friend means. Friendship simply isn’t prioritized the way romantic love is, and that’s a shame.
I guess I would just say it’s okay to experience the grief. It’s often the only way to get through it and come out the other side. It’s okay to feel betrayed, but don’t lash out. You’ve no idea what’s going on with your friend, why she did this (because she didn’t tell you, which is on her, but nevertheless) and these things are cyclical. I had a best friend when I was seven; we fell out when I was seventeen; now she’s coming to spend the week with me next week. We’re friends again. We forgot the bad stuff and focused on the years of good. In a large part because neither of us did anything to hurt the other one during the years we didn’t talk. We didn’t slag each other off, we didn’t tell everyone we knew what a bitch the other one was (or make massive internet posts about it, but, you know, we didn’t really have the Internet, thank God) which is the kind of thing that you can never come back from. Lashing out is usually a form of trying to gain closure from someone else, but sometimes you need to gain closure on your own. And it’s a skill that will hold you the rest of your life.
Put the meaningful objects from your friendship away somewhere safe, but a place you don’t have to look at right now. Grieve the loss. Give yourself as much time as you need. Remind yourself what your strengths are. You can insist on respect for the loss you’ve sustained. “I just lost my best friend and I’m feeling pretty low.”
I think you’ll be surprised at the response you’ll get. Because everyone has a story of friend heartbreak, and everyone’s had the same problem of how to share and express it. And whether your friend comes back to you or not, you’ll have new friends, and they will be awesome in different ways, and one day you’ll look back on all the good stuff you had between you and smile rather than thinking about what you lost and being sad.
Hey Cassie! I actually have another question. From what we know of TDA Emma has feelings for Jules, and clearly as you’ve hinted at before there’s probably going to be a lot going on in TDA (I hope) between Emma and Jules, yet since they’re parabati they can’t be together. So I was curious as to why parabati can’t fall in love/be with each other in the first place? I mean like it’s not hurting anyone is it? So why would the Clave make that a law? — tmitidtdatlh
Sorry I’ve been gone for ages I’m working v. v. hard on trying to finish book 1 of TDA and also work on Magisterium and map out Shadowhunter Academy.
I decided I would pop back to answer questions about Dark Artifices. So this question I think has been asked/answered before. I think it is generally confusing because people tend to assume the prohibition against marrying or falling in love with your parabatai is just a practical one, like how awkward it would be if you broke up/got divorced and were still stuck with a magical bond that meant you had to be around each other, but while that’s a concern, it is not actually the Clave’s concern.
Once upon a time there was a pair of parabatai. And they fell in love. And a terrible thing happened. Like genuinely actually could-destroy-the-Shadowhunters terrible. And because of that the Clave has laid down this prohibition, to keep this thing from happening again. This has not yet been explained to readers because in fact, it isn’t a thing most Shadowhunters know. But the Silent Brothers do. (Like for instance, a certain Zachariah.)
The Clave makes a lot of dumb laws, laws influenced by bigotry, etcetera. This may not be the most brilliant solution/law of all time but it is basically practical.
Can parabatai decide to break their bond? Can their bond be broken by means other than the death of one member or the other?
Death, exile, either of them becoming a mundane or an Iron Sister or Silent Brother. They cannot choose to break it themselves and remain Shadowhunters.
Cristina looked after Emma, her hand going to the pendant at her own throat. It was silver, in the shape of a circle with a rose inside it. The rose was wrapped around with thorny briars. Words were written in Latin on the back: she didn’t need to look at them to know them. She’d known them all her life. Blessed be the Angel my strength who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. The rose for Rosales, the words for Raziel, the Angel who had created the Shadowhunters a thousand years ago. Cristina had always thought Emma fought for her parabatai and for revenge, while she fought for family and faith. But maybe it was all the same thing: maybe it was all love, in the end.
I’m not sure if you have a boyfriend/husband but if you don’t.. Does writing about make characters such as Jace, Will, Jem, Alec, Simon and so on give you high expectations of when looking for guys? Or do you think it gives other people high expectations? Maybe their qualities are what you found in other people? — theres—always—hope
I am married. Four year anniversary coming up. I think we get tin or paper or something. Before that I had boyfriends who I liked in varying degrees. But you know what I also had?
Crushes on boys in books.
Crushing on fictional characters of any gender is totally normal and it also doesn’t meant you want to date a person just like that. It’s totally normal whether you’re in a relationship or not in one.
Fiction gives us a safe space to explore what we’d never want to experience in real life. Being in jail, being a pirate, being a murderer, being an epic hero, being an epic villain. Dating a bazillion types of people and getting to experience the highs and lows of love without actually having to commit yourself to anyone with an evil father, or anyone currently dying of magical drug addition. I mean, how much fun would Will be if you met him in a bar?
You: Well, hello there, tall dark and handsome.
Will: I am cursed. Cursed!
You: I could buy you a drink.
Will: EVERYONE WHO LOVES ME WILL DIE.
You: This seems like potentially a lot of drama.
When we see characters, we’re seeing them in extremis, pushed to the edge of who they are by circumstance. We’re seeing them at the most exciting point of their lives, when they are most tested and most interesting. But there’s a big gap between “I love this character!” and actually wanting to marry them. I have a lognstanding crush on Mr. Darcy but have to admit he was a product of his time and probably I wouldn’t enjoy actually being married to him.
Mr Darcy: What are you doing, darling?
Me: I am writing a book.
Mr. Darcy: There is no need for such things when you have Pemberley to look after!
Me: *smashes a lamp on his head*
Do fictional men (and women) raise your standards? Maybe, but it’s not terrible to have high standards for yourself. I think it’s useful to break down what you like about a character — Will because he likes books? Simon because he’s into anime and nerdy stuff you like? Jace because he’s funny? Jem because he’s a musician? You can find all that stuff in real guys alive on the planet today. My husband is actually a musician who likes books, is funny and also a nerd.