Michelle Hodkin answers readers questions
(may or may not contain spoilers)
Q: When does TSC take place? Are they in college or is it before that?
Michelle: The first book in The Shaw Confessions picks up not long after the end of The Retribution of Mara Dyer—before what would’ve been the beginning of Noah and Mara’s senior year of HS (spoiler alert: they’re otherwise occupied).
Is the new book called The Becoming of Noah Shaw? It appeared in Goodreads. Is it coming on November 7?
Michelle: Good questions that I wish I could answer! I’m not being coy–I honestly
don’t know. I tend to end up working on my books right up until the
moment they’re on shelves–this is terrible, by the way, and I don’t
recommend it, and so everything else is in the publisher’s hands. When I
know anything for sure, I’ll try and share it as soon as I can.
Q: What kind of state is mara and noah’s relationship in? Will TSC have the same level of maturity that the mara dyer series did?
Michelle: I’m not sure if I’m getting your question right, but I will say that in some ways TSC is a more mature book (thematically, at least—Noah has a history of suicidal ideation and I tried to do his experience justice by exploring that as deeply and meaningfully as possible given my own history with depression). On the other hand, Noah’s not quite as developed as Mara is, emotionally. She’s experienced so many things that he hasn’t, and the trilogy leaves her in a radically different place from where she started, but Noah wasn’t on the same ride. He’s going to realise that he has to go back before he can move forward.