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Transcript of Cassandra Clare
Bestselling author Early Adulthood Currently Everyday Life New Books Soon Sources Quotes Early Careers Becoming involved in writing College Born High School Childhood Early Life Cassandra Clare was born Judith Rumelt on July 27,
1979 to American parents Richard and Elizabeth Rumelt in Tehran, Iran Cassandra spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. Since her
family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. Her high school years were spent in Los Angeles, she would write stories for her classmates, including a novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (which later inspired her current pen name). Cassandra wrote books in almost every genre from the time she was twelve on. She took writing classes in collage and didn’t really care for them. She, for a while, believed writing wasn’t for her. It was only when she re-read the stories she enjoyed so much as a child that her want to write was rekindled. Before beginning to write again Cassandra was a tabloid journalist and worked part-time at a children’s book store Cassandra is always asked how she 'became'
a writer. Her answer is always the same:
“This questions fascinates me because people ask writers this all the time and I’m not sure why. (Google “Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?” and you get 3,000 hits, all interviews with writers.) I think there’s a sense that there comes a moment when you know you are a writer that it’s something you’re destined to do. Or maybe there’s just a feeling that there could be an interesting story in it. Though there really isn’t for me.” You're an artist ... that means you see the world in ways that other people don't. It's your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn't make you crazy--just different. There's nothing wrong with being different.
If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do ... you will never learn from your mistakes. Cassandra still lives in Los Angeles. In 2010, Cassandra married Josh Lewis. She dislikes working from her house as she gets easily distracted by her two cats. Cassandra Clare's newly finished book, the latest in her The Infernal Devices series, will be out soon. http://www.cassandraclare.com/about/
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