In Which Tahereh Mafi Invades My Blog!

You guys! I’m very, very excited about who has stopped by the blog today.


She’s the author of the Shatter Me trilogy ,which I love, and she is one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter because she always makes me giggle. I also got the chance to meet her when I went to Chicago and she is the SWEETEST ever and she needs a shoe cam to follow her every move because she has the COOLEST heels ever. (I’m jealous that she can walk in them so well).



I’m very excited to have the opportunity to ask Tahereh some questions in celebration of Ignite Me‘s release this past Tuesday!!

ย Shatter Me series cover

1. Describe the Shatter Me series in six words or less for people who have no idea what it is about (are there people out there? I give back my blogging card if readers of this blog don’t know about Shatter me)

first of all, you are very sweet! thank you for that! but hmmm..

shatter me can be described in a million different ways, i think. but at it’s heart, for me, it’s always been about a girl trying to find herself.

2. Out of the many series out there, I’d have to say the “Team” debate I hear most often is Team Adam vs. Team Warner. Fans are PASSIONATE about this but also quite divided. What are the most convincing arguments you’ve heard from fans about THEIR ship?

oh man i don’t think i can answer this question. i’ve heard incredibly articulate arguments from both sides, and often the most compelling have been, these, like, massive essays and phd theses. brilliant, really. and fascinating. and i have to say: i’m extremely flattered anyone would take the time to write such complex arguments for characters who live in my head.

3. With creating such a compelling SHIP debate and an amazing story in general (seriously HOW IS THIS GOING TO END?), how hard is it to conclude a series knowing you are going to make one team/fans in general upset potentially? How do you still write the story you know needs to be written with the fan pressure I’m sure you get? It’s been such an interesting phenomena to watch reader’s reactions to series endings and I’m sure you are hyper aware of that as an author.

i’m generally not a plotter with first books, because i like to use those pages to get to know my characters — to hear their voices and understand their needs. but every book after that has to follow the rules of the world you’ve created, so there’s a lot more plotting and outlining and deliberation. after writing the first book — while plotting the second — i knew exactly where the story needed to go. and at the end, i looked deep into the hearts of these characters i know and love — and have lived with for three years — and searched for what was most important to them, to their happiness, to their future. once i found it, i tried to give it to them. they may be fictional, but i love them, and i want them to be happy.

but it’s hard to meet readers’ expectations. it really is. i get heartfelt, heartbroken messages from both sides every day. my inbox, flooded. my twitterfeed, flooded. facebook, tumblr, instagram, everywhere. so it’s hard. how can i not love those who love these books? it’s my heart in those words, on those pages, and the journey of author and reader is so very, very intertwined. but ultimately, i realized that, in the end — no matter what happened — the third book would be very controversial, because it’s impossible to please everyone, no matter my intentions.

4. What has been your most favorite minor character to write? Is there a character who has emerged as more popular than you originally thought they would?

kenji! without a doubt, kenji. he has become more real to me than any of the other characters, because — well, because he’s based on my brothers. i have all these older brothers i adore, and i squished all their personalities into one person. he’s the easiest character to write, and the most fun to write, because a lot of what he says and the way he says it is ripped directly from conversations and interactions i’ve had with my brothers. i’m thrilled people like kenji so much. he’s my favorite.

5. You’ve created one of the most complex villains EVER in Warner. It’s easy to hate him but we also learn a lot about him that makes us sympathize with him and connect to him as a human. Where did your inspiration come from with him/how do you create such a compelling villain? Do you enjoy writing baddies?

i’ve always been fascinated by the way in which human beings judge each other. we’re quick to make assumptions about a person, even with very little information. often this is a good thing — a survival mechanism, instinct we should trust — but sometimes we’re just wrong. this is what’s happened to juliette when we meet her at the beginning of the book. a girl who, in black and white, has killed a small child, and been locked up for it. but was it really that simple? what really happened to her? who is she — really? i ask this same question of adam and warner and kenji, too. there must be more to who they are, and why they are the way they are.

i feel very deeply that there exist entire worlds of feeling and experience in the people we meet every day; it’s just that we seldom get to see any of it. with this series i wanted to explore complicated characters with complicated lives; i wanted to explore the impact of change, opportunity, love, success, self-confidence, and loss. i don’t believe things are ever black and white. in villains, especially.


6. We’ve all seen your new collab Youtube channel with Ransom (you guys are the cutest and my most favorite ship ever) but I’m curious, besides that, what’s up next for you? Can you give us any hints on what you are working on next? Shed any lights on your plans for further world domination?

yes! (and thank you for the kind words about the youtube channel :D) i’m working on something new that i can’t talk about yet — but will very soon, i hope — and it’s my favorite thing i’ve ever written. that’s really all i can say at the moment, but yes, yes. new books! more soon!

I decided to bring my readers in on the fun instead of hogging all the questions for myself because YOU, lady, are in demand so here are some GREAT questions from my readers.


1. Where did the shoe hobby/obsession start? What are the craziest pair of shoes you own? (From @novablogder & @smokeandbone13)


i’m not sure! i’ve always loved shoes, but i quickly found i was never quite satisfied with a simple pretty pump or a normal, practical boot. but i love fashion in general; it’s real, live, wearable art. i find it fascinating. and i’m not sure, re: the craziest pair of shoes i own. i don’t really think i own any “crazy” shoes (at least not in my own estimation), though someone else might look in my closet and think all my shoes are crazy. haha. but i like my heels high, i do.

2. Do you feel a sense of loss now that your first series is done or are you overwhelmed with excitement for your next work? (From @lilreflects)


i gave these characters an ending that i feel really, really good about, so it’s easy for me to move on. i feel like they’re exactly where they need to be now, and ready for a world of adventure on their own. so i am definitely overwhelmed with excitement for the next thing.


3. I LOVE THIS QUESTION SO MUCH. Would you ever consider writing a book with Ransom? Why or why not? What type of novel do you think it would be? (from @jennadoesbooks)

maybe! we’ve definitely talked about it. but ransom and i have very, very different writing methods (he’s a big-time plotter and i’m more of a pantser) so i’m not sure how that would work out. haha. but maybe!


Rapid Fire Questions:

1. I do this with all the interviews I do…kiss, marry, kill time!! Adam, Warner, Kenji

i really wish i could play this game, but i’m afraid people will think my answers are indicative of the end, so i will have to abstain!

2. If Shatter Me had a theme song it would be….

Can’t Touch This.

3. If you could do a mashup of any tv-show/movie with a book what would it be? (example: Twilight meets celebrity death match)

Gilmore Girls meets Anne of Green Gables

4. When I need to have a dance party I turn on this song:

hmmm.. you know, mostly i listen to pandora, but recently i’ve had a soft spot for The End Has No End by The Strokes. it always makes me want to run around the house and dance with the cat.

5. Ransom’s most annoying habit is:ย 

i say this at the risk of making everyone throw up in their mouths a little, but honestly, he does nothing to annoy me. he’s really quite exasperatingly wonderful.

6. Last book I bought:

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

7. One of my most favorite books is:

The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelsonย  (mine too, Tahereh!! God that book is perfection)

8. A movie that made me cry is:

12 Years a Slave. i sobbed like a baby.

9. Favorite place I traveled:

ahhhhh.. this is hard! i don’t know if i can choose! my three favorite places so far have been santorini (a greek island); cappadocia (in the countryside of turkey), and palawan (an island off the coast of the philippines). magical destinations.

10. If this food stopped existing I’d be grumpy:

persian food. i can’t live without it.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, Tahereh! And thank you for bringing life to such a wonderfully complicated characters and taking us on their journey! Cannot WAIT to see what is up next for you!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. What an awesome interview, Jamie! Tahereh’s answers blew me away, every one of them. That’s probably why I adore her series so much. I thought IGNITE ME was phenomenal and a perfect ending for her characters. I couldn’t have pictured anything better. I really do wish that Kenji had his own novella. I love him! I bet it was certainly interesting living in her household.

  2. Hooray for such an awesome interview, Jamie! Tahereh’s answers are pretty much amazing, with my favorites having to be when she talks about Kenji (who I love, love, love forever and always) and when she mentions Palawan in the Philippines. I can’t wait to get my hands on Ignite Me by Friday — it’s definitely getting read ASAP!

  3. I love this interview! Tahereh is the absolute best, so endearing.

  4. Great interview, Jamie! I love her so much and I can’t wait to meet her in like 2 weeks when she’s in DC! I just finished Ignite Me yesterday and it was so good. I’m going to go watch your spoiler video later today now because I’m dying to know your uncensored feels. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is such an interesting interview! I love that Kenji is based on Tahereh’s brothers–he’s such a fantastic character(my favorite), and he does seem like he’d be quite fun to write.
    I laughed at the theme song for Shatter Me being “Can’t Touch This”, haha. True!

  6. What an awesome interview! I absolutely love Tahereh Mafi and {what I’ve read of} the Shatter Me series! I was able to meet her last June {along with Ransom Riggs} when they came to my state on their book tour. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next!

  7. What a great interview! Love these questions…especially that last one (I can’t imagine how epic a book by them both would be). I am so jealous because I’ve never gotten to see Mafi in person ๐Ÿ™ I keep hoping she’ll make it to my area but so far not happened *sobs* I’m so intrigued with what her next project will be! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I can’t even read this because I am waiting for my library to send me Unravel Me and I am sooooo afraid of spoilers, but I’m practically doing backflips with excitement because I WANT to read this post soooo bad!! hahaha! I am going to see Tahereh at my Barnes & Noble later this month, so my library better hustle! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL! And now all I’m going to do is look for her shoes when I see her! WOO!

  9. Tahereh is so spectacular, I can hardly handle it.

  10. So jealous! What a fun interview!

  11. What a great interview! I loved getting some insight into the writing process when it comes to series.

  12. Such a great interview! I absolutely adore her personality and it was so great to about her writing process and more about her characters! Lovely!

  13. Its so exciting that you had the opportunity to interview Tahereh Mafi! I just finished reading Shatter Me & enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books ( & novellas).

  14. AH! I’m super jelly that you got to interview Tahereh FREAKING Mafi, and MEET HER! AH! I’d die! For real, though, I probably would! I absolutely adore Tahereh and Ransom. CUTEST COUPLE EVER! I ship them so hard! Their youtube videos are so awesome!!!! I hope to have a love like that one day. I just can’t get over the cuteness!!! I loved the story about Kenji’s personality being a mash-up of all her brothers! That is so endearing and sweet. I cannot wait to hear what she’s working on next too! I’m sure it’s amazing! A collaborative work between her and Ransom would definitely be interesting just because their writing styles are so different! I would definitely buy it though! I’m sure it would be brilliant!!! FAB review, Jamie!!! I cannot wait to get my copy of Ignite Me, even if I’m sad to say goodbye to these characters! Such a bittersweet feeling! Thanks for sharing! I LOVED IT!!!!!!

    xo, Becca <33

  15. OMG SQueeeeeee best interview ever! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ok and now in a professional comment mode: I think it is so wonderful that you got to interview the super fun authoress Tahereh Mafi. I really enjoyed reading her responses, thank you for sharing with your readers.
    OK back to fangirl mode: SQUEEEEE!! I’m super excited to see what she writes next.


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