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Shiver Blog Tour: Interview with Maggie Stiefvater + Giveaway!

When the opportunity to interview the delightful Maggie Stiefvater came my way, I literally jumped at the chance. I've been a big fan of Maggie's ever since I read (and loved) Lament last year. I had the pleasure of meeting her at BEA in May and I can tell you she is as spunky and funny and delightful as you would imagine the creator of Dee and James and Luke would be. Her new novel, Shiver, has just been released and you can read my review here. To celebrate the release Maggie kindly made some time in her hectic schedule to answer a few questions. The result is well worth reading. Enjoy!

First things first: What was it like seeing (and stroking) Shiver in hardcover for the first time?

Um, absolutely amazing. I was actually nervous about seeing it for the first time -- as in butterflies in my stomach odd. Which anyone who knows me well can tell you is very, very bizarre. I knew my editor was going to give me one when he met up with me at ALA, and I was more nervous for that than any of presentations or signings that I had coming up. I think possibly it’s because it’s a hardcover, and my previous one was a paperback. Or maybe just because I am so in love with the cover. I’m not sure. I did, however, discover that the text inside is all in dark blue, which makes all of my obsessing entirely worthwhile. BLUE!

When did the idea for Shiver first hit you and what (if anything) did you know right off the bat?

Well, I already had in my head that I wanted to write a bittersweet love story. Something that would make people bawl. I was just trolling my mind looking for a plot to attach to it. Then it just so happened that my editor at Flux suggested that I look for short story contests to enter, to get publicity for LAMENT. Well, the only one I could find that I hadn’t missed the deadline on was a werewolf story contest. I don’t really do werewolves. They aren’t cool, they shed, and . . . they just don’t appeal to me. But I figured, I can do werewolves for 2,000 words.

But I couldn’t. I sat all day and tried to think of some new twist on werewolves, and I had absolutely nothing. Literally I thought of werewolves for six hours straight and then, as you might expect, when I went to sleep, my brain kept thinking about them. I had this lovely atmospheric dream about wolves in a winter wood and a girl with a secret -- though I didn’t know what the secret was. As the dream went on, it became clear that these wolves were werewolves, albeit with far less slobbering than was normal for their race. I woke up, wrote the short story (which was appalling), and then realized that this was the set up I needed for my love story.

I’m very big on dreams as a way for your subconscious mind to work out problems. Whenever I start to get into plotting mode on a new book, I always start to have very vivid dreams with little mini-plots in them. I can’t stop being a novelist, even in my sleep. (Although some dreams are not very ripe for adaptation, like the one where the aliens came down and stole all of the gas station pumps, realizing this would be a great way to cripple Americans before their big attack.)

I love that you begin each chapter with the current temperature! Where did you get that idea?

Initially, I had a date at the beginning of each chapter, but it was sort of imprecise. After all, an October day in northern Minnesota is wildly different than an October day in Florida. And an October afternoon is drastically different from an October night. I was going back and forth with early readers at that point and one of them, Cyn Balog (author of FAIRY TALE) recommended that I emphasize the temperature aspect of the novel for added suspense. She meant the temperature of the characters themselves, the way their skin felt, but I thought -- aHA! And the temperature at the heading of each chapter was born. It’s one of the reason why I love my current critique partners, Tessa Gratton & Brenna Yovanoff -- even when they don’t have the answer to a plot problem, bouncing ideas off them will frequently help me come up with an answer.

How do you go about naming your characters? I heard it was touch-and-go there for awhile with Sam’s name. How did you end up getting to keep his name after all?

Well, I can’t write a book before knowing what the main characters are named. I think a name is really important to a person’s personality -- I myself legally changed my first name when I was 16 -- so I need those anchors before I can write. I need to have some idea of who these people are. So it was Sam and Grace from the beginning -- really simple, ordinary names.

So Sam. That was the issue. One of my editors brought up that there was a werewolf Sam in Twilight and wanted me to change my Sam’s name because of this. I tried -- I really did. I searched for names for two day’s straight, looking for a name that felt the same, and ended up with Lee. I did a find and replace. And then I tried to write the sequel, and it was just . . . it was like I was writing about a different person. So then I remembered there was a Sam werewolf in the Patricia Briggs’ series. And I had an idea -- I went and found a long list of werewolf Sams and instead of trying to prove how my werewolf Sam was unique, I proved how there were so many werewolf Sams that he wouldn’t stand out. And my current editor said “okey-dokey.”

So I got to keep Sam. Which made for some hilarious typos in the final manuscript, because words like “fleetingly” became “fSamtingly” when I did a find and replace. The copyeditors were very, very confused.

Grace and Sam aren’t your stereotypical angsty teenagers. Grace is so analytical and cool, while Sam is thoughtful and warm. I found them both surprisingly mature. Your wolves are also not your typical urban fantasy alpha werewolves. Were these conscious decisions on your part or did they just spring to life that way on the page?

Well . . . I was not a typical teenager myself. I try to do more typical teenagers in my LAMENT/BALLAD series, but in the SHIVER series, I needed Grace to be someone who could reason through very complex issues and take deep risks for a very serious relationship. She needed to be mature for that, otherwise is would be just . . . squicky. I met my husband when I was 19 and we got serious very quickly (engaged in a month and a half), but I was also “born old,” according to my mother. I wanted Grace to be an old soul too. And Sam is mature because of his life experiences - he had to grow up in a hurry.

As to the atypical werewolves -- yes, that was definitely conscious. As I said before, I don’t do werewolves. I didn’t want to write about slavering monsters; I didn’t want to write horror. I wanted to play with metaphor and character building and emphasize the connection to nature. So my wolves are wolves. My humans are humans. The bittersweet comes from the very fact that there is no middle ground.

Is there a Shiver soundtrack?

Well, yes and no. I wrote and recorded two songs for SHIVER -- you can hear one in the background of my stop-motion trailer I did for it. And the other is on the Borders website as an exclusive track for them. Folks have been asking me to do more music for it, an album length recording, and it would be wildly cool to go back into the studio with my sister for it. So maybe . . . after I clone myself.

There’s also a soundtrack as in songs that I listened to while I was writing SHIVER. I plan on being totally geeky and posting that on my website soon.

(You can find the playlist here!)

What’s it like writing two separate series simultaneously? Do you ever find it hard switching gears and going from one world to another?

It’s actually really nice to be able to take a break from characters, especially when I’m basically writing in Sam and Grace’s world for two years straight. I can’t write two rough drafts at the same time, as it takes over your entire brain when you do, but I can edit one and rough draft another. I also switch gears to write original short fiction for Merry Sisters of Fate. I write a new short story every third week of the month, and then the last week of the month when we do a common prompt.

The SHIVER books are very heavily realistic and slower paced than the LAMENT books, and sometimes I’m just dying to work on one or the other. I’m lucky to have options!

Do you have a particular time of day that’s best for writing? How do you work writing in around Thing 1 & Thing 2?

I actually seem to write best in the afternoon, which is ironic, because that’s the time of day which is most frequently occupied with Things 1 & 2. During the school year, I work when they’re in school. When they’re out for the summer, I work for two hours in the early afternoon while they watch a movie or read books, and when my husband has days off, he takes them to the park or swimming so I can work. It definitely makes me more careful with my time and more motivated when I do get a free moment. It’s also taught me that although I prefer to write in the afternoons, I can really write any time.

What’s the one book you’ve been gushing about nonstop lately?

For adults, I’ve been gushing about STITCHES, a graphic novel memoir that I brought back from ALA. For young adults, I can’t stop gushing about SAVING FRANCESCA and JELLICOE ROAD. Odd that neither of these creatures are paranormals, but they do have fantastic characters.

And just for fun, what’s the first word that comes to mind when I say:

Sam: Delightfully morose.

Books: My living room. And my shelf. And next to my bed.

Luke: “I am your father.”

Music: The Sounds “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake”

James: Herriott.

Writing: FUGUE, my next project

Candy: store! mmmm

Werewolves: Sam. heh.

Sexy: Sam. heh.

Faeries: The Golden Bough. I’m rereading it currently and it has nothing to with faeries but everything to do with folklore

YA: Basically the best genre ever.

Home: Thank GOD I’m here right now.

Thanks so much, Maggie!

Thank YOU, Angie!! Love your blog so much!

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And now for the giveaway! Scholastic was gracious enough to offer up a copy of Shiver to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite werewolf book is and why. If you've never read one before, tell me why you think Shiver should be your first! The contest will run for one week until Sunday, August 9th at midnight and I'll announce the winner on Monday. Please leave an email address so I can contact you.

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  1. Amazing interview! I absolutely adore Maggie and Shiver is my current favorite book. Great questions and very thoughtful answers from Maggie!

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  2. at some point I am going to have to read these ange, she sounds like an amazing author!

    you could probably guess that my current favorite werewolf series is Mercedes Thompson. :o)In fact, that's pretty much all I did yesterday - read the rest of the series. oh man was it fabulous!

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  3. I love you Maggie! I have yet to read a werewolf book but I would love to read Shiver because when I read the jacket blurb I got goosebumps!

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Loved this interview! Nice word association!

    I haven't actually read a book about werewolves. Just had werewolves as characters....I would love for Shiver to be my first because I heard SO many great things about the book. I'v read review and I love the plot.

    --Bianca

    infinitemusic19 AT gmail DOT com

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  5. Thank you for the fantastic interview, Angie & Maggie!

    I love Maggie's anecdote about how Sam got and kept his name. Great little inside story.

    My favorite werewolf story is definitely the Mercedes Thompson series (and the Alpha and Omega series!), by Patricia Briggs. Great stuff!

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  6. Hi Maggie & Angie!

    I love the idea of having a playlist to a certain book and I'm hitting itunes (as I write this!) to start downloading the songs to my ipod to have ready for when I read Shiver. Can't wait!

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  7. I totally agree with Christine, I love Briggs' werewolves book; especially her new Alpha & Omega series. Anna, the Omega, is the greatest!

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  8. Awesome interview! And a great contest too!

    I haven't read many werewolf specific books, but I've read Magic Strikes by Ilona andrews, which has weres/shape shifters that can be any animal, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, and Stray by Rachel Vincent, which has werecats. I Think out of all them, I prefer Stray. That was awesome!

    Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

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  9. Sorry, I forgot to say why; I love the politics among the shifters in Stray, and it was so exciting and hard-hitting. It was a very powerful book, and I can't wait to read the others! :)

    I hope this will count to my last comment :/ Sorry for the mistake!

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  10. I'd love to win a copy of this book, it looks like it's going to be a great read. I've read tons of reviews on it.

    My favorite werewolf novel was Blood and Chocolate. I read it when I was in junior high, and when asked for my recommendations I always let everyone know they should read it.

    Thanks for the great giveaway,

    jennilovevirgo AT aol DOT com

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  11. I have yet to read a werewolf novel (unless Remus Lupin in HP counts :)), but I'd love to read Shiver. The two protagonists sound wonderful; I have a deep fondness for logical female and friendly male leads. :)

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  12. Well, for the fav werewolf novel question my answer would be Never Cry Werewolf because it's the only book that I've read so far thats main focous is on werewolfs. Though, I love the Kelly Armstrong's Darkes Powers sereis and that features a werewof, so I guess if that counts that would my absoulte fav werewolf book.

    Anyway, I would love to be enterted in the contest, Shiver looks fantastic!

    laurenscrammedbookshelf@gmail.com

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  13. The only werewolf book I read was New Moon....save...me....lol

    tashiluvsu@live.com

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  15. Oh dear, this is what I get for not paying attention.

    I've read a number of werewolf books, and now I cannot even think of one that is my favorite--in fact the only one that comes to mind at the moment is Kresley Cole's A Hunger Like No Other and, as much as I liked it, I can't say it's a favorite.

    Thinking, thinking...

    Patrice Michele and Lori Devoti have mini-series in Nocturne with werewolves... Again, not favorites. And Michele Bardsley's Broken Heart, OK series has a number of werewolves--very funny--but my favorite? hmmm

    Thinking, thinking...

    :-(

    I can't think of a true favorite werewolf story! *wail*

    Please enter me in the drawing anyway? pretty please?


    azteclady1 at yahoo dot com

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  16. Hmm.. I posted something elaborate and great before, but it seems it didn't post properly.. =P

    Anyway, I was really intrigued that Maggie Stiefvater believes in the power of dreams too! Dreams (if you can remember them when you wake up), can convey a feeling a emotion with intensity and give a scene or moment renewed clarity and vividness. I've been inspired to write something about a weird dream scene many times! It's the best inspiration. But, of course (and I've just got to quote this): Although some dreams are not very ripe for adaptation, like the one where the aliens came down and stole all of the gas station pumps, realizing this would be a great way to cripple Americans before their big attack. Haha!

    As for my favorite werewolf themed book - I haven`t read any werewolf themed books I can remember (though I know I have read some.. it's just they didn't stay with me)! I think Shiver would really re-awaken that love of werewolves because I think Maggie Stiefvater is taking that plot down a path that I would like ("emphasis on connection with nature"). I love urban fantasy... and any fantasy for that matter, so I would dearly enjoy getting my hands on this much-talked about book! And, I really enjoyed reading this interview!

    --Sharry
    this_is_shar(at)live(dot)com

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  17. Fun interview! I admit, the only close to werewolf book I've read is the Twilight series, but I loved that, and I'm told I will love SHIVER even more. So, yes, I want!

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  18. werewolf my favorite subject :)

    well im acually dying to read shiver but u =i have read one werewolf book

    the series is about a clan of werewolf each book has a diffrent subject

    Moonlight by rachel hawthorne
    Full Moom


    Great interview

    Denise

    deniseguzman682(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. My fav is Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, it made me get that werevolves were hot. Before that I couldn't see it. Not to mention she introduced me to that world.

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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  20. 1. Great interview! Bravo!
    2. I love Maggie's work. I completely adored Lament, can't wait for Ballad, and have been dreaming of getting to read Shiver.
    3. My favorite wolf story is New Moon.
    4. I can be reached at suitejuju@gmail.com
    5. Thank you thank you!

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  21. Shiver looks like an easy exciting book to read so I think it should be my first werewolf book.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  22. I have not read a werewolf book but have just got into vamp/romance. I would love Shiver to be my first foot into werewolves as it's been highly recommended to me by my fellow bloggers.

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  23. Favorite werewolf book is the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn.
    I can't wait to read Shiver, been earing great things about this book.

    bbricke AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. Hearing great things . WOW my typing gets worse everyday.

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  25. aceofspadespup1:44 PM

    My favorite is SheWolf, by Teresa D'Amario. It was so danged sexy.

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  26. ... hmm, it seems that the internets have eaten my comment. I'll try to recreate it.

    All my life I've read books about vampires. The time of the undead is over. I want something hot-blooded with an expiration date. I crave love and loss, desire and redemption. BRING ON THE WEREWOLF BOOKS!

    ltgcontests [at] gmail [dot] com

    PS: I'm using the e-mail address I run a contest with because my other e-mail seems to have caught spam attention. :(

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  27. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur is the first in her series and I'm enjoying them! tWarner419@aol.com

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  28. Great interview! Though I did have to stop reading it halfway through, as I'm still waiting for SHIVER to come in the mail and I don't want a single spoiler!

    Blood and Chocolate was my favorite, but as I'm a huge fan of Maggie's writing and Lament is one of my favorite books ever, I'm going to have to just go ahead and say my favorite werewolf book is SHIVER.

    Marisa
    elegantsnobbery@hotmail.com

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  29. Thanks for your fabulous interview Angie and Maggie you are as interesting as your books make you seem!!

    Okay, best werewolf novel (I'm going to cheat a little here) - has to be the Mercy Thompson series. Adam. Samuel. Ben. There are more and I adore them all.

    Thanks!

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  30. I don't usually read werewolf books, but I love Maggie and I've been excited about Shiver since I first heard it. Sam and Grace sound fascinating and I love the concept. It's going to be my first werewolf book and it's definitely going to be worth it.

    email: cleareyedwolf@gmail.com

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  31. The interview was a very interesting read, it was awesome to find out about little things like the temperatures in chapter titles and the names of the main characters.
    I must admit that the first book I read with anything werewolf in it was Twilight/New Moon, and it definitely wasn't my favorite. I loved SHIVER because she made it more realistic to me, like in Twilight, (i hate comparing anything to this book) there was nothing really consequential about being a werewolf, but Maggie made it more surreal( I hope i'm using that word in the correct way) to me because even though some of the guys liked being a wolf, others hated it completely and didn't want that life at all, but they were still dragged into it for the rest of their lives. She also made her characters have much deeper emotions and I loved that, nothing was shallow about this book, everything felt like everlasting unconditional love, even though the boy was an animal for most of the year.
    Thanks,
    Kyla.

    email - kylakazam@aim.com

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  32. The Mercedes Thompson series is my favorite werewolf book so far. I just love the characters & how normal they are.

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  33. My fav werewolf book is now a repeat but it is still my fav. :) Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. It is actually one of my favorite books of all time. I've been waiting for another well done werewolf book and I believe Maggie can do it. Can't wait to read Shiver!

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  34. I love werewolves, and I'm in agreement with the others who have mentioned the Patricia Briggs series and BLOOD & CHOCOLATE by Annette Curtis Klause.

    I also loved a lesser known werewolf novel called IVY COLE & THE NEW MOON (I believe that's the right title) by Gina Farago.

    I'm dying to read SHIVER!

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  35. Great interview. I have Maggie's books on my wishlist and cant wait for the chance to read them.

    My favorite werewolf story is the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn. A DJ werewolf named Kitty, and it only gets better as the series continues.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  36. Shiver should be the first werewolf novel I read because my best friend's name is Blue (as in the color. Also the color of Shiver's font!) and she has seen every werewolf movie ever made. After I read Shiver, I will tell her all about it so she can read its sure to be greatness as well.

    ladysexton[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. What a great interview! You had really good questions: I enjoyed the one about Grace, Sam, and the werewolves not being stereotypical characters. I also liked the character name question (I, too, think names are very important) and Maggie's answer to "What's it like writing two separate series simultaneously?" Hearing about Shiver on the web introduced me to Maggie's work and I had no idea she was writing both at the same time. And writing short fiction. Very cool.

    I'm hearing such great things about Shiver that I would love to win a copy, so please count me in!

    My email: writer.bgood(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    I haven't read many werewolf-centric books. I have read the Harry Potter series, however, and Twilight. I'm also starting Victor Pelevin's The Sacred Book of the Werewolf.

    If I had to choose one werewolf character from one book...I guess I'll go with Remus Lupin. Jacob's cute, but Remus seems like such an intelligent sweetheart who tries so hard to live. It's also interesting to see how his life (and body) is so affected by it and the wizarding world's discrimination.

    For now, I'll have to say the Harry Potter series (especially the Prisoner of Azkaban) is my favorite werewolf(ish) book.

    I would love to read Shiver for a whole new perspective of werewolves. It sounds as bittersweet as Maggie wanted it to be so far. I'm very excited to read it.

    Thanks!

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  38. Definitely not YA, but I love Shelly Laurenston's Pack Challenge. Zach is oh so much the Alpha Male and Sara is having none of it. Their interactions are hysterically funny.

    I also really like her Mane series. These are lion shape changers and quite a different take on the genre.

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  39. My favorite werewolves series is Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs =)

    THanks for the opportunity!

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  40. Hi :)
    Thanks for a terrific blog post!
    My favorite werewolf book is BITTEN by Kelley Armstrong.
    My first was Silver Bullet by Stephen King.
    :)
    All the best,
    twitter.com/RKCharron
    xoxo

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  41. Well I would have to say Patrica Briggs -Moon Called series. Oh so good. I love that Mercy has a back bone but she is not without weak points. I also love that Patricia was not afraid to make the love triangle end, at least for now. There is more to her story than just sexual tension, ( don't get me wrong, sexual tension is great) however when a character is not wishy washy it is wrong to make them drag a triangle along when the character would not really do that. Sam is wonderful!
    I would like to read Shiver. Sounds interesting....

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  42. I've been dying to read Shiver! Awesome contest. My favorite werewolf books.. Well, I don't really have a favorite besides the Twilight series, which I liked for pretty much the same reasons as everyone else who likes it. I also really liked Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series and Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, both of which depicted a new spin on werewolves to some degree... They were both really interesting :D

    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. What a Great interview!

    egad, glad I didn't read it before I flung my interview questions at her so see which ones would stick. ;)

    Oh, and I found you thro' Maggie's link.
    I don't really need to be entered in the contest, I've already got a 'Shiver' and as a writer have started marking things I Really like in it! Or was that part as a reader?
    And will be buying one at her book launch on Friday as well.
    - it is a great book isn't it!

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  44. Hmm, I don't really think I've read any werewolf books before, so SHIVER should be my first, because it sounds absolutely Ah-mazing, from early reviews. PLus the whole bittersweet aspect sounds like it's got just the right touch of sadistic.

    Hahaha @ FSamtingly ;) etc

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  45. tigrlily6:50 PM

    Shiver should be my first werewolf book because i don't like your typical werewolf, so maggie stiefvater's wolves sound perfect for me!

    my e-mail:tigrlily64@aol.com

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  47. i think shiver should be my first werewolf book because the moment i saw it while browsing amazon. I had to have it! If the cover wasn't enough to have me hooked the summary was. I looked up Maggie and i have been dying to get this book! unfortunately i don't have a decent bookstore where i live so idk when i'm going to be able to get it ):

    dark blue text? I love brilliance like that! i really wanna win this book!! *fingers crossed for good luck**

    angelpup08 (at) gmail.com

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  48. My favorite werewolf book has to be Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong; before I read it, I didn't particularly like werewolves, but the heroine, Elena, is one of my favorite fictional characters.
    Shiver sounds terrific, and I really enjoyed this interview!

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  49. I don't read a lot of books that are mainly about werewolves. Though I'm a big fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, and the second book, Fool Moon, involved a number of different kinds of wolves, including werewolves. I thought it fun to read about the many 'flavors' of werewolves.

    My email address is rmsacks at hotmail dot com

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  50. I love the Women of the Underworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. Its full of action and a little bit of romance. Elena is one of my favorite werewolf characters

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  51. I haven't read any werewolf books but I would love too and Shiver sounds like a great place to start!

    tehashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Right now my favorite werewolf series is the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series by Karen MacInerney.
    LadyVampire2u(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  53. What a great interview - this book sounds SO amazing. I haven't really read any books where the primary focus was the werewolf in the story - usually they are just in the periphery, like Jacob in Twilight or Derek in The Awakening. But considering how much I loved them in the background, it should be amazing reading a book centred around one!

    deadbookdarling at gmail dot com

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  54. I have never read a werewolf book. Why? Because right now I think that vampires rule, but I think maybe a good storyline like yours could change my mind.
    zenfoxflower(at)yahoo(dot)com
    By the way, I love the title.

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  55. Hello Angie!! Thanks for stopping by (MY) interview so I thought I'd stop by yours! Hello Maggie!! LOVE your work!! Great responses!

    How great is it that you got to be part of this tour Angie? OMG you're SO lucky!

    Anyway, I've read lots of books that have werewolves in them, but none other than the New Moon book that I've really loved. I'm DYING to read this book...like maybe I'll give you my first born if you let me win...LOL OK not maybe, I will : ) (no takesies backsies when there's a whole lot of money spending and home-work doing and can I have this kinda' stuff...OK)? Now, I'm kidding for everyone that's going to get their panties in a bunch! LOL

    Thanks for hosting this Angie and I'd LOVE to win!

    Have a great mid-week and upcoming weekend and I'll certainly be back!
    xoxo Amy
    (Park-Avenue Princess)

    IAmHiMaintenance(at)aol(dot)com

    *Yes, that's my REAL email* :D

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  56. My favorite werewolf book is Night Life by Caittlin Kitteridge because is an exciting book

    I really want to win this book if not im going to have to wait forever to buy it...
    breezyobreezy@aol.com
    Names Bree

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  57. My favorite werewolf book is moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne.

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. I've never read any werewolf books and I would love to start with Shiver, I think it will simply be WONDERFUL:) I've been dying to read it and now that reviews are starting to come out, I want to read it even more, I've been hearing nothing but great things about this book:D

    sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com

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  59. I think my favorite werewolf book is The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. It is just so dark, spooky and creepy. I don't have anything against good werewolves but sometimes I want a story that gives me shivers (no pun intended). Thanks
    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

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  60. I've read a few werewolf books, but I don't really have a favorite. Most of the books aren't solely about werewolves, so I don't know if they count, but I've heard so many good things about Shiver!

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

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  61. That was an awesome interview! =D
    Ooh, this is a hard one! I haven’t read too many werewolf books so I’d have to say it’s a tie between Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. But I loved lament more than these two, so I have a feeling I’ll love Shiver even more!

    Btw, I’m so glad you got to keep Sam’s name! And I, for one would love to read a book about gas-pump-stealing aliens someday! ;)

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  63. Hehe, when I hear Sam I think "SEXY" too :D.

    I would just DIE if I won that copy! I sadly don't have my own, but I LOVED THAT BOOK (after stealing it from my good friend :D).

    It was such a beautiful book, and I love it so very very much! <3 It is definitely my favorite werewolf novel, basically because of its creative take on werewolves, wonderful characters (*sigh* Sam...), and a plot that made my cry yet shout for joy.

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  64. The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs is my favorite werewolf series. I love the werewolf world that Ms. Briggs has created, it's not all glamorized and beautiful, it's full of grit and dark places.

    I've been wanting to read Shiver ever since the reviews started popping up, it looks like a book that isn't to be missed.

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  65. My favorite werewolf is Jacob from Twilight. Please inlcude me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
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  66. Shawna Lewis
    weloveourdogs@juno.com

    You know I have never read on before I read some of twilight but I don't know just wasn't that into it I was hoping this one would not be so high schooly if you know what I mean and your review of this book makes me want to read it really bad ;o)
    Thanks for this chance to win it.

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  67. Tynan from Prophecy series...half vampire quarter lycan quarter human....she kicks serious ass.

    If needbe full Lycan that'd be Zaiya...same series...she is awesome!!!

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  68. No idea what my favorite Werewolf book is. I love Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Shifters. This book sounds awesome.

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  69. I have only read one - Wild Highland Magic by Kendra Leigh Castle. I would love to give this one a try!

    Thanks,
    kherbrand at comcast dot net

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    Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I've never had the pleasure of reading a werewolf book before, but I would SURE LOVE to start!! This sounds absolutely great :)

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  71. Wonderful interview. I read Maggie Stiefvater's Lament and loved it. I can't wait for Shiver.

    My favorite werewolf book at the moment is Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. I really enjoyed how she removed the element of dominant and submissive with Anna. Sometimes I feel like there is too much emphasis in werewolf books on who is alpha and who isn't. Cry Wolf had a great twist on that element. I can't wait until the next book.

    Mia

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  72. My favorite werewolf book would have to be New Moon from the TWilight saga because it's the only one I've read! I really like when books take something (like vampires, or werewolves) and change the way that they are percieved. Count me in!!

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  73. Omg! Okay, I Personally thought that was an amazing interview!!! And usually I think interviews are boring but I almost feel like I know Maggie now! She sounds like a very humorous and nice person(I wish I knew her:(). Anyways, i am currentley reading SHIVER and it is thee best book I have ever read! Now I read all four twilight books and I love Stephanie meyer but I never thought there could be a book better then those books and I was wrong. SHIVER is so captivating and unpredictable and suspenseful you never know what's going to happen next! Now Maggie, if your reading this right now which I hope you are.... You probably think ik just another teen telling you how fabulous your book is(which it is) but I want you to know that my friend Lauren got me to read this book and I got all my friends into it and now their obsessed just like me! So all I'm asking is that you PLEASE email me because I would feel like the most important in the world!!! One more thing before you get sick of me.... YOU HAVE TO MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF SHIVER! You would make millions!!!!!!

    <3, Angie :)

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  74. Anonymous4:24 PM

    I love this book but it baffles me how Sam managed to turn back to a human at the end and why that other guy died after he was injected -~- Also that she lost her best friend. sigh! http://buzz.teenfreeway.com/z/23/CD12987

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