SLJ managed to get an interview with Suzanne Collins, although it contains no spoilers. But it’s fascinating nonetheless, for both readers and writers. Like this excerpt:
“Is it easier for you to write dialogue than descriptive passages?
Oh, yeah. I’ve been doing scriptwriting for 27 years and books for maybe 10 years now. I think I started the first Gregor book, Gregor the Overlander, when I was 38. I’d be clicking along through dialogue and action sequences. That’s fine, that’s like stage directions. But whenever I hit a descriptive passage, it was like running into a wall. I remember particularly there’s a moment early on when Gregor walks through this curtain of moths, and he gets his first look at the underground city of Regalia. So it’s this descriptive scene of the city. Wow, did that take me a long time to write! And I went back and looked at it. It’s just a couple of paragraphs. It killed me. It took forever.”
You can read the whole interview here.
Want to know how they are going about marketing it? I’ll give you a hint. A lot of it has to do with it being top secret. You can read more about the marketing here.