Author Cassandra Clare met us for an exclusive video interview to dish how the world of the Mortal Instruments even came to be. “I’ve always been fascinated with stories about angels and demons,” Clare admitted of the story that is previewed in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones trailer.
Believe it or not… the real genesis of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was in a tattoo shop. “A friend of mine was showing me her flash book of her tattoo art and I got the idea of this race of superheroes who were part angel who had these magical tattoos that gave them strength and speed… and these superhuman powers that would allow them to protect us.”
As The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is set to debut in theaters August 21, Clare talks why star Lily Collins was a perfect choice to portray her lead, Clary. “She has strength and vulnerability, which is a combination you don’t always see together,” Clare said. “Lily is amazing. She blew everyone away.”
She even lets us in on how the pressure to follow up the success of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was an enormous hill to climb. When she wrote the first novel, she never imagined anyone would see it. When it came time to write the second, she had an audience in the millions.