Marie Lu

Literary Birthday – 11 July – Marie Lu

Happy Birthday, Marie Lu, born 11 July 1984.


  1. I have to remind myself that these kids are growing up during a time of such rapid change. It’s not that we don’t all live through change, but the pace has grown faster and faster, which is both fascinating and really terrifying. Speculating on what that might mean for the future, even just 10 years down the road, really appeals and is unsettling for a lot of people.
  2. I always knew I wanted to write a story set in a very near future where worldbuilding revolved around a game that took over the world. A lot of the moments and experiences in Warcross were inspired by specific moments that I remember as an intern working at Disney or having fun with my co-workers. A lot of it is very anecdotal.
  3. I had an erroneous idea that writing a duology would be simpler than writing a trilogy because I would get to cut out the middle book. It turns out it was actually harder because Wildcard became this combination of having to write a book two and three at the same time.
  4. I’m not much of an outliner in general. I tend to wing my way through all my drafts, which means writing a series is a very chaotic and panic-inducing experience. I’ll be writing the third book in a series and think, oh I really wish I’d put that in book two. I just feel my way through. In a duology, all of the threads that you unravel in the first half of the second book, need to be closed by the end of the book.

Marie Lu is an American young adult author. She is best known for the Legend trilogy, novels set in a dystopian and militarised future. The novels form the basis of a film to be produced by Lionsgate. She is also the author of The Young Elites series, the Warcross series, and Batman Nightwalker in the DC icons series.

Photo: Author Website / Quotes

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 10th July 2020