Novelist Holly Black Discusses the Chilling Inspiration Behind “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
Holly Black, who has gained legions of fans thanks to her hit novels Tithe and The Spiderwick Chronicles, was able to sit down with Waterstones in November 2013 to talk about where she came up with the idea for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Black mentions that the original idea came to her when she was writing for a vampire anthology called Eternal Kiss and she re-discovered her childhood fascination for tales that revolved around the blood sucking undead. The ideas wouldn’t leave her, and so Black decided the only way to shake her Muses off was to write a novel.
Unlike Meyer, Black reveled in writing the gore not only because authors such as Anne Rice influenced her as a child, but also because it kept with traditional vampire lore. She also adds that while she enjoys writing high fantasy, it was also fun using the blood sucking undead to comment on the pros and cons of social media websites, reality television, and all the rest of our modern gadgets. Although there’s been an abundance of vampire literature on the market, Black’s interview gives new insight into both her inspiration for the novel and its storyline.