It’s time to start the official countdown to City of Heavenly Fire coming 5.27! Grab the #COHF countdown widget now: http://shadowhunters.com/widget/And get ready for #TMITuesdays! Starting next week there will be a new #COHF related info revealed every Tuesday until the book goes on sale.
Above: One of Cassandra Jean’s ten illustrations for City of Heavenly Fire. Each is a scene from the book. 


It’s time to start the official countdown to City of Heavenly Fire coming 5.27! Grab the #COHF countdown widget now: http://shadowhunters.com/widget/

And get ready for #TMITuesdays! Starting next week there will be a new #COHF related info revealed every Tuesday until the book goes on sale.

Above: One of Cassandra Jean’s ten illustrations for City of Heavenly Fire. Each is a scene from the book. 

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Hi, is everyone really gonna die in the last book of the Mortal Instruments? — deansgirl27

Everyone is not going to die in the last book of The Mortal Instruments.

I feel like there’s been a lot of character death floating around in random media lately (Homeland, Teen Wolf, various) and I have been seeing much sad. Which I totally understand because character death often sends me off to bed with a fluffy cat and an ice pack.

I have said that six people whose names we know will die in City of Heavenly Fire. (And there was a big banner that said WHO WILL SURVIVE across the teaser cover but to be fair I didn’t come up with that one!) And I can see how that would be nervewracking.

I guess what I can say is:

1) I do think all the deaths matter. None of them happen for shock value or no reason or to get across the message that death is random.

2) No ladies are fridged.

3) While some deaths might be surprising (?) — there is a big war going on so I don’t think the fact that some characters die will actually be that shocking. 

4) My goal is not to destroy lives or drown anyone in a bucket of feels, just to tell an enjoyable story and create an end point that hopefully people will feel does justice to the story that came before. 

5) I don’t want anyone to feel jerked around. I want things to feel earned and meaningful. I am not a fan of nihilism — which is not really an overall judgement call, just a preference. The ending is not a despairing one. I believe in hope! I really do. I hope this calms some of the more trepidatious fears.  I guess time will tell — two more months — how it all works out, but that’s the goal!

And now, a gratuitous picture of my cat looking at my husband. WHO HAS FLUFFY TINY PAWS? (Josh, of course.)

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aegisdea:

Siiince I haven’t drawn a portrait of Emma aaand I also felt like I doing  laces. 
Emma Carstairs (c) The Dark Artfices, cassandraclare

I love Aegisdea’s drawings of the characters so much!

aegisdea:

Siiince I haven’t drawn a portrait of Emma aaand I also felt like I doing  laces. 

Emma Carstairs (c) The Dark Artfices, cassandraclare

I love Aegisdea’s drawings of the characters so much!

cassandrajp:

Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss (from The Bane Chronicles by cassandraclare, sarahreesbrennan and maureenjohnsonbooks )
“To die would be an awfully big adventure.” - JM Barrie

cassandrajp:

Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss (from The Bane Chronicles by cassandraclaresarahreesbrennan and maureenjohnsonbooks )

“To die would be an awfully big adventure.” - JM Barrie

Happy Birthday Molly Quinn! @mollyquinn93 Our gorgeous TMI audiobook narrator and the sweetest girl ever. Here she is with me and Robbie Sheehan at the TMI premiere.

Happy Birthday Molly Quinn! @mollyquinn93 Our gorgeous TMI audiobook narrator and the sweetest girl ever. Here she is with me and Robbie Sheehan at the TMI premiere.

Hi Cassie.
Which of the characters is into newts?
HA YOU WILL NEVER KNOW.

nephilimdaily:

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones + Posters

So the beautiful Cassandra (NOT me, Cassandra Jean) as you know collaborated to create a calendar of the TMI/TID/TDA/TLH boys — Men of the Shadowhunter Universe, I guess — and while I don’t know what we’re going to do with it yet, we decided to do a matching calendar for the girls. Cassandra wanted to work with classic pinup poses, so here’s Grace from TLH being ice queen January, and Helen and Aline being February 2014, celebrating Valentine’s Day*. Lookit Helen’s cute pointy ears! 

*But not the way Valentine celebrates it.

nikitajuice:

TMI meets Sucker Punch :D

Clary Fray

(Izzy one is HERE)

Quick picspam photo diary

*dusts off Tumblr*

So it has been an incredibly weird, strange, up and down couple of weeks — months even. I meant to try to keep updating through the publicity for the movie and so forth but all I had time to do was reblog gifsets and Instagram a few things. Beware, for there is picspam below.
So in the past few months I worked on City of Heavenly Fire in Cornwall with Jen Lynn Barnes, Sarah Rees Brennan, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Maureen Johnson, and Malinda Lo. The usual suspects.

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It was pretty. So, so pretty. I am delighted I put an Institute in Cornwall so I can go back. :-)
I dyed my hair purple:
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(Clearly I am thinking it was not a good idea)

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I went to Comicon on a jet. Tiny jets are both awesome and terrifying. They just lift straight up into the air like slingshots. Everyone ran to the windows to look out except Godfrey who was like, “Haven’t any of you ever been on a Gulfstream Jet before?” Hmph. Not all of us are international supermodels.

Oh, and we got our makeup done on the plane - which is mostly hairbrushing for the boys, but no one else seemed to share my deadly fear of getting a mascara wand to the eye.

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When we walked into the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel I yelled “Jamie, look! Your head is huge!” which might …not have been what I meant to say. Lily was signing autographs so we couldn’t get her for this picture.

Later I got to ride in an elevator with Spiderman — or whatever his real name is. Totally, you can see him behind me and Sukee (Godfrey’s manager! He’s wearing blue!

He’s talking to Robbie, who warned us that over the day, his hair would get progressively bigger. But it never did do anything dramatic.

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In August, I went to the premiere in LA. Does it look terrifying? Because it is terrifying. Everyone points cameras and shouts your name and you assume you are going to be assassinated.

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But I did get to hang out with fans…

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And I dragged my long-suffering husband along …

And also superagent Barry Goldblatt who sold my first book back in 2005. I asked him to walk on the black carpet with me but he took one look at all the photographers and bolted around the side, abandoning me. SAVE ME, BARRY!

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And of course adorable cast of adorableness was present. Robbie’s suit had its own ticket, I believe.

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I went to some amazing events where I met tons of awesome Shadowhunters holding some very perverse signs.

And then to Berlin.

In Berlin, the airline lost all my luggage, including my premiere dress and shoes — though I still had my good-luck handbag that Holly gave me. 

After much despair I wound up in a massive department store in Berlin, and scrounged up a beaded dress (that was actually a shirt, but I’m short) and Miu Miu shoes so tall that eventually I took them off and did the presentation barefoot. You’ve probably seen the press photos so here’s us lurking backstage looking nervous. 

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After which I went barefoot to dinner which was collegial and also a little sad because I had to say goodbye to Lily

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You know how she always looks perfect in photos? She always looks perfect in real life. IT’S SCARY.

Oh, and Robbie - who told several extremely funny stories during dinner, all of which are rated unsuitable for this tumblr. Alas.

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And Jamie (who I expected to see again in Hong Kong, but then a family member got suddenly, violently sick, and I couldn’t go. They are okay now, and thank you for the well-wishes - it really has been an up and down bunch of weeks.

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Also I think Jamie is asleep in this picture but my husband says he is just blinking.)

Meanwhile I had time to watch the Series 3 teaser trailer for Sherlock and OH MY GOD WHY MUST WE WAIT FOR THINGS WE WANT TO WATCH AND READ.

Hmph I say to you, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Anyway, I am heading out tomorrow to rural France with the Usual Suspects where I will be spending the next month hopefully *finishing* City of Heavenly Fire, and recovering from what has probably been the craziest year of my whole life.

I did want to add — I have of course been receiving a ton of messages about the movie: from people who loved it, people who hated it, people who are mad at me for changes made in the adaptation from book to movie, people who want me to give them Jamie Campbell Bower’s phone number immediately or they will be mad at me… It’s a little overwhelming, but I will just say: 

 I’ve always said I didn’t have ultimate control over this movie. (I said it on my website, and here, seven months ago and  a year ago : “When you give over your movie rights you have to accept that decisions about how to adapt your books will be made without you. ) I clarified my position and influence re: the movie here a month ago: : ’The producers and director and production designer were all nice enough to come to me to consult about various things. I gave my opinion. Sometimes they took it. Sometimes they didn’t take it. Sometimes they took part of it but not the rest. Some things I was never asked about and was as surprised as everyone else to see.”

Interestingly, even being on set doesn’t change that - about 60% of what I saw filmed, including a ton of location shooting in ‘Idris’ and flashbacks, didn’t make it in — I hope it’s on the DVD because I think you guys would like it. None of that is a criticism of the movie — but often if you have questions about why things were changed, or when or how, I won’t know the answer, because I don’t know either. I just hope you do know that whenever I was asked for input, I gave it with what I thought you guys would want in the forefront of my mind.

In the end, a film is an interpretation: it’s the director’s vision of a book. If you don’t like it, you’re not a bad fan. If you do like it you’re not a bad fan. If you have a ton of strong opinions well, you’re a fan. :) It’s the nature of the beast. The books will always be the books and nothing changes that. 

Speaking of the books, I found out that this week City of Bones is #1 on the USA Today list. I remember years ago sitting in Holly’s basement on New Year’s Day with Libba Bray, making our Lists of Impossible Goals: things we wanted to accomplish we didn’t ever think would happen. I wrote “#1 on the USA Today list” — because USA Today ranks every book in the country and so basically it means City of Bones, this week, was the bestselling book in the US. And that’s pretty amazing. 

I feel so grateful to have had the experience of this past year, and I know I am so lucky in my life, my career and to have you guys, most of all. And I can’t wait to start talking about City of Heavenly Fire. I just saw the cover — YES! Tell me if you want a sneak peek. ;)