Today, reader Katie asked a question about New Moon from Twilight: The Missing Pieces, and I thought I would share my answer with the followers of the blog.
Q: Which chapter of Edward’s story was the most challenging and which was the most fun to write?
A: The most challenging part of New Moon (Edward) was to fill the time between when Edward abandoned Bella and when he received the phone call from Rosalie telling him that Bella had died. What did he do all those months?
The only hint I had from Stephenie Meyer was that Edward “tracked Victoria” to Texas then to Rio de Janeiro. Ms. Meyer has said that she would never write Edward’s New Moon story because it would be boring, and I had a difficult time trying to make it not boring given how listless, alone, and depressed he was. Edward repeatedly buries himself in the ground in Texas, because he (as well as I) simply needed some time to pass.
No part of writing New Moon was “fun”, exactly, but some parts that captivated me were the scenes where Edward stares out his window in New York, obsessively counting things, while his family members kept interrupting him; and the scene where Carlisle finally grabs Edward around the chest and metaphorically squeezes life back into him, knocking him out of his depressive trance.
It was interesting to write about Alice meeting Edward in New Orleans, the conversations Edward overheard in his attic in Brazil, and the part about Demetri being gay and having the hots for Edward–a little comic relief in the difficult book (inspired by actor Charlie Bewley’s evocative physical appearance in Breaking Dawn, the movie). I enjoyed Edward’s interactions with the Volturi Guard in general: Corin, Felix, Demetri, and Jane and Alex too.
Research-wise, I was fascinated to learn about the colonias on the U.S.-Mexican border, the street children in Rio, the urban favelas in Brazil (so like the U.S. colonias) and, surprisingly, about surgical techniques of the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, in which Carlisle plays a part. I also thoroughly enjoyed making Victoria jump into a tank of sewage. Ha!
As for the hardest and most fun parts of the other books, they each have their own. I enjoyed writing the honeymoon sex scenes because they were just so…absent…in the original saga, and I really liked writing about Renesmee’s childhood in Edward’s 🙂. I discovered a side of him we didn’t get to know much about in the original books, Edward as a father. I also enjoyed writing about Edward’s sexual angst in Midnight Sun and Eclipse, especially when he goes to his brother Emmett for advice.
Thanks for asking the question, Katie. -PAL