Author(s) Interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Today I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing debut authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. They are the amazing co-authors of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, a gothic romance of epic proportions that will capture your attention and hold it captive. This wonderful novel is due to hit the shelves this coming Tuesday, but you can find it out and about now.

Please come and join me for this informative interview and get to know the authors a little better. Please stay tuned for I am hosting an awesome contest and you may win your very own signed copy of Beautiful Creatures.

Some loves are meant to be…
others are cursed.

There were no surprises
in Gatlin County.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have
been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end,
there was a grave.

RR: What is Beautiful Creatures about?

K: It’s the story of a boy who lives in a small Southern town, where nothing ever changes…

M: And there’s a girl, and a curse.

RR: What’s your favorite genre to read, and what made you both decided to write a YA novel?

    M: I’m a YA fantasy girl all the way, so we were both working on YA novels before we decided to tell Ethan and Lena’s story.

    K: We both read YA fantasy, so we never considered writing anything else. And a book without magic…I don’t know if that would be quite as fun.

    RR: Beautiful Creatures is an epic novel. I admit to feeling a bit leery about reading a novel of its size, but once I began reading it I could not stop, and I do not believe that Beautiful Creatures could be told as beautifully with a smaller page count. What do you tell someone that may be skeptical to read it simply due to its size?

    M: Sometimes good things come in big packages. J A true Southern Gothic novel is a sprawling, epic story, and we wanted to do justice to that tradition. Look at Gone With the Wind…

    K: Or Anne Rice’s Southern Gothics. In the South, they spin a good yarn. Spinning takes time.

    RR: I loved the most recent book trailer that was created for Beautiful Creatures. The scenes where spot on brilliant. Where did the idea come from?

    M: That was all Vania Stoyanova, who collaborated with Kami to come up with something that really represents the world of our book. Vania is the best of the best, we were lucky to get her.

    K: It really was all Vania. She had an innate sense of the characters and the mood of the book, and I think that’s what you see in the trailer. When she showed me her test shots of Lena, I was speechless. I was looking at Lena.

    RR: I found that when I visited your respective websites that we had something in common, cemeteries. It is one of my favorite past times to go and take pictures at graveyards.

    Margie: We love graveyards. They’re so full of beauty and sadness and mystery and love. Southern graveyards are even better.

    Kami: Graveyards are about history, and remembering. They’re monuments for the people we’ve loved and lost. There’s beauty in that, and magic.

    RR: How many books are going to be part of the series?

    Margie: We just completed work on the sequel, which will be out next fall, 2010. Beyond that, we’ll let you know as soon as we’re able.

    RR: In 5 years, where do you see yourselves?

    Margie: Hopefully, still writing, still reading, still working...

    Kami: I hope I’m writing books I love and feel proud to share with our readers. I’d also like to be doing it from a house in the South, drinking sweet tea.

    RR: Beautiful Creatures had an amazing cast of characters and I have my favorites. Do you have a favorite character from Beautiful Creatures and why?

    Margie: Outside of Lena and Ethan, I would say Macon or Marian. Macon has his Cary Grant charm, and Marian reminds me of all the librarians and teachers I have loved in my life.

    Kami: I love Amma and Ridley. Amma is a tiny thing, but can scare the devil out of men twice her size. I respect a woman who shouldn’t be messed with. Ridley isn’t your typical bad girl. Although, she does drive the guys crazy.

RR: What message would you like your readers to take from Beautiful Creatures?

Margie: I’d like our readers to not be afraid to think for themselves, and to not be afraid to stand up for what they believe in.

Kami: I hope BC gives our readers the strength to be themselves, even if that person is different than everyone else.

RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you & find out more about you and your books?

Margie: We can always be reached on twitter at @mstohl and @kamigarcia or through our website,

You can keep up with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl at
Visit Little, Brown’s Beautiful Creatures website at
Author photo credit goes to: Alex Hoerner

5 comments on "Author(s) Interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl"

Ella Press wrote: November 28, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Graveyards used to spook me, but not anymore :)
It's true that they hold a lot of history.
Nice interview, thanks Kami and Margie!

Elie wrote: November 28, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Great interview. I just ordered this book, I can't wait to read it.

Bookgeek wrote: November 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Just read - and reviewed - this book and am simply in love with it. One of the best I've read this year. Nice to find out more about the authors. Thanks.

dd03 wrote: November 28, 2009 at 11:00 PM

The cover alone draws me! I'm not usually one for longwinded novels, but this one sounds good.

As for the graveyard & pics, I've learned to appreciate that after my 1st visit to New Orleans.

PolishOutlander wrote: November 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I'm reading this right now and am loving it! A sequel? Oh goodness...Even though I haven't finished this one yet, Fall 2010 can't come soon enough :) Thanks for the interview!

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