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Maggie Stiefvater

El Templo #37 (diciembre 2013) por Carlota Echevarría


Many of your novels (Lament, The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys) are influenced by the Celtic culture. Where does this influence come from? (Do you have British ancestors or used to travel to the UK as a child?)

When I was very young, all of the novels I loved to read were about magic, and my absolute favorite of all of those were the novels that took place in the real world. Most of those, however, were written by British fantasy authors, so to my child-brain, the UK seemed like the only place that magic could possibly truly unfold. That dove-tailed very nicely with my exposure to Celtic myth and music — my family has Scottish roots, and my siblings and I fell in love with the music very early. I had convinced myself as an adult that the UK couldn’t possibly be as magical as I had imagined as a child, but I still remember quite clearly how awed I was when I first arrived there. It wasn’t that it was otherworldly, though — it was that I felt intensely at home. I mined that peculiar sense of belonging for Gansey’s character in The Raven Boys, actually.

The capalluisce legend isn't very popular, at least in Spain. Could you explain our readers a little about these wild creatures?

I’m not sure it’s well-known anywhere right now. I first stumbled across it when I was a kid — this legend of horses that leapt out of the ocean each November and galloped up and down the shore. If you caught this water horses, they would make the best horses you would ever hope to find. But if they caught you, they would drag you down into the ocean and later, just your lungs and liver would wash up. I thought this story was the greatest thing ever, because I owned a terrible e-racehorse that I loved dearly. The story seemed very lifelike.

When you talk about horses in The Scorpio Races, it's obvious that you know what you're talking about. When did you learn to ride? Did you enter any competitions?

I’ve loved horses for a very long time, and I saved up for my first horse when I was ten or eleven. I was a bit of a daredevil — always tearing around bareback and jumping three-foot-fences without stirrups, but the thing I loved more than all of that was dressage. I’m not sure it looks like much to someone who doesn’t know horses, but it’s one of the more difficult disciplines to master. It is a lot like dancing with the horse — you must be in perfect agreement, and know each other very well.

I showed a little bit. Hunter, jumper, dressage. But as in most things in my life, I was more interested in competing against myself than against other people.

In The Scorpio Races the romance is very subtle and in The Raven Boys there literally can be no kissing. Will Sinner mean going back to love stories?

YES. It was quite nice to think: “there should be a kissing scene here —oh! There CAN be a kissing scene here!”

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