Erin Morgenstern

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 in People | Comments Off

If you’re looking for a great stocking-stuffer or just a good read this winter, look no further than “The Night Circus”, dewy author Erin Morgenstern’s debut hit novel. This story is laden with romance, mystery, suspense, intrigue and imagery to rival Fitzgerald’s. It weaves cleverly through intertwining stories and eras that all revolve around the same unique circus and focuses on Marco  and Celia. These two young magicians are pitted against each other in a secret and dangerous game of magic they’ve been honed and trained for since childhood. Their decisions and actions affect all those involved with The Night Circus and the game must continue until a winner is declared. Unexpectedly, they fall deeply in love, making the game all the more complicated and the results all the more impactful. Circus Girl Magazine’s exclusive interview with Ms. Morgenstern gives us an inside look into the makings and ideas behind “The Night Circus”.



Circus Girl Magazine:  Good morning Ms. Morgenstern, first of all thank you for taking the time to give our readers some exclusive insight.

Erin Morgenstern:  Oh, you’re welcome, I’m happy to do it.

CGM: Well let me start off by congratulating you on the success of your new novel. I’ve just finished it and enjoyed it very much. How did you come up with the idea behind “The Night Circus”?

EM: Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know, I still can’t believe this is all happening. Well, funnily enough, I sort of just stumbled onto the idea. I was working on a different story and I was getting bored so I decided to take my characters to see a circus and the circus became much more interesting and much more fun than the actual story it was originally part of so I decided to see where it would take me and ended up with “The Night Circus”.

CGM: Did you do much circus research in order to write the story?

EM: You know I actually didn’t. I did read up on some circus stuff and found some interesting facts. For example, I learned that in the 1800’s some trapeze performers for Barnum and Bailey circus performed wearing evening wear and top hats which I found just fascinating. The circus in this story is really the backdrop for a story about magic so that was really my focus.

CGM: What was your inspiration behind the black, white and red color scheme of the circus?

EM: I really just liked the idea and look of it. I knew I wanted the circus to be nocturnal and unique and really just wanted to make it elegant and different. I wanted it to be striking and visually captivating and I thought that I could achieve that with that color scheme.

CGM: I was also intrigued by the seemingly abusive relationship between Celia and her father.

EM:  Yes, the relationship between Celia and her father is very strained.

CGM: Bailey, I found in the end, to have a pivotal role in the story and I have to say I was a bit surprised since at first his character didn’t seem to harbor that much importance to the whole of the story.

EM: Yes, to me Bailey’s story was always just as important as that of Celia and Marcos’. It was important to me to tell his story and have him sort of fulfill his destiny.

CGM: How do you expect and, more importantly, want circus artists & performers to perceive your book?

EM: That’s a very good question; I would hope that they’d enjoy it for what it is: a story about magic set in the circus. I, in no way, consider myself a circus expert or anything like that and wasn’t trying to convey that with this book. I hope that they’ll see my fascination and intrigue with the circus and how I was inspired with it to develop my story.

CGM: Finally, do you have any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?

EM: Oh, yes, I’m working on something right now. My new book is very different from “The Night Circus”, however. The best style label I can put on it is like a “film noir” heavily influenced by 1930’s/1940’s detective stories.

CGM: Cool! I look forward to reading it. Again, on behalf of all our readers, thank you so much for your time Ms. Morgenstern and congratulations again on your success! ■


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We leave you with an excerpt from “the Night Circus” courtesy of the author and Doubleday.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.”