We have a special treat for all you FanWings -- a Q&A with Amanda Maciel, Tui’s editor! Amanda is an executive editor at Scholastic and an author of YA novels. Fun fact, she and Tui used to work together as editors and have been friends for a long time, long before Wings of Fire!


Amanda has been kind enough to agree to answer some questions -- about Wings of Fire, about editing, about which ship is her favorite (oops, I forgot to tell her about that one!). Post all of your questions below and next week I’ll share Amanda’s answers! We can’t promise she’ll answer every question, but she’ll definitely answer a bunch!

 

What do you want to know? (And as always, mark any spoilers for Darkness of Dragons, at least, very clearly!)

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Which book is your favorite? How often do you have to correct errors?

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{Personification/Stone}

Bakugou Katsuki

"THE REASON HEROES WEAR CAPES IS SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE TORMENTED LITTLE GIRLS IN THEIR PAIN AND SUFFERING AND CLOAK THEM IN IT'S COMFORT" -Toogata Mirio

'Even I want to fly'-Kouchi

MHA

Who do you ship O3O have you come up with any of the names?

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➴Fossil

 

Skeletal Dragon

Mask Dragon 

 

#FourmerCornerClub

#Anime

#WoF

 

Main Ocs:

Nightkiller

 Hawk

Isosocles 

Swordfish

 

 

Mages of Fairy Tail...specialize in property damage!-Natsu

 

 

Dec 15 2015  

When can we expect books 11-15?

Which character of the second arc is your favorite?

Will there be a book from Kinkajou's point of view?

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*~Ivy~*

 

THIS SIGNATURE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

What are your top ten favorite ships? (Can be less that ten...)

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{Blueangel}

Also known as Red sea

[she/her]

 

BOO

#TrashySignature

#CheeseRights

 

saw it all burn before his eyes

but all he told was lies.

says he saw nothing

but, we can all see it in his eyes

He says he's happy.

But, he's a liar.

blame the arson for the fire

Is there any possibility for the ship that happened in DoD to change in the next arc?

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Keep going, friend :D! I believe in you!

 

#ProtectThePuddle

 

#WinterProtectionSquad

 

#EmbraceTheDanger

 

'Goat like yelps'

-Hootsie 2k17

 

#DugongProject

 

IT'S SPOOKY TIME

 

C o m f o r t i n g

 

#UniquaIsAUniqua

 

Basic psychology. Also I read a lot of memes.

SECOND!

 

what were your least and most favorite scenes to edit? (Like sad parts or SHIPPING etc)

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~Sapph~

Queen of SpOoPy Poms

 

<(I can't run in flats!)

  (WELL I CAN'T RUN AT ALL!)>

 

Sisters: Vertigo + Longclaw

 

#ICan'tColorfadeHalp

#Hamiltrash

#HappyHALLOWEEN!

#I'mAVirgo

 

the cringe is strong in this one

 

 

 

 

Which character needs a hug the most?

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I'm Bengal. General Grievous Trash, FNAF Trash, Forum Siamese Cat

#Ninetales

PeaceLoveCats

I'm Foxstar, Warrior

I'm Kayla Frostfur, Greencloak

I'm Stormie, Rain/Sea hybrid

RememberTheLost

TheRageQueen

Get dunked on, sweetie

Caspian was here

Grif’s Bestie

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become a book editor or an author?

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Z~Luna~Z

Joined March 7 2015

 

Wiccan

Bisexual

Miraculer

Ravenclaw

 

 

#ThreeMusketeers

 

 

"If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention."

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

 

do you know anything about the lost continent tribes yet?

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: marx | seawing | riverclan | arcane :

: queen of glitter | forum novakid :

: late fall aesthetic :

HOW IS QINTER

IS IT AT LEAST SEMICANON OR NO

IS IT YOUR FAVORITE

IS THERE GOING TO BE A LEGENDS SEQUEL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO CLEARSIGHT AND WHITEOUT

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★★★S.e.c.r.e.t.k.e.e.p.e.r★★★

Previously Jayfeather and Cindering

Ultimate queen of spoons, supreme overlord of mismatched socks(and socks in general), queen of cats and messy buns

LGTBQ+

Self-taught artist

How did you and Tui meet?

 

Who's your favorite character?

 

What's your favorite tribe and what tribe would you join if you could join one?

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Kitsune

 

Bisexual

 

Official fan girl of

 

 

Spirit animal

 

Harry potter

 

Percy jackson

 

wings of fire

 

Hunger games

 

Star Wars

 

Steven Universe

 

#Love iLove

 

 

Do you have any OCS? Fantribes? I dare you to sing the Dragonets are Coming. Please.

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~NIX~

Queen of Potatoes and Square Trees

#Spoopy

Apples can keep anyone away, if thrown hard enough.

When life gives you Lemons, squirt them in people's eyes.

 

"Yoink!" - SpiderMan, SpiderMan Homecoming

 

 

 

What are your favorite ships?

What is your favorite tribe?

Can you tell us about the Lost Continent tribes?

Spoilers in white:

Is Anemarin canon?

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~Wetdog~

Unstoppable Bookworm, Punmaster and Funmaster Supreme, Randomness Queen, Procrastinator Extreme

<Drycat>

 

Obsessed With Flight Rising

#PROUDFANWING

Proud CHRISTIAN!

#FreeCookies

#SpreadTheMarshmallowJuice

Level 79 Balance Wizard

What is the (DOD SPOILERS AHEAD IN WHITE INK) name of the new-tribe dragon that appears at the very end of DoD? Not their tribe name, but their actual name.

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<+> Wild <+>

 

A Seawing and a >Gryffindor

LGBTQ+

{ QUEEN OF MIND CONTROL }

Forum Annoying & Childish Sister

"QIBLI IS ME, YELLING AT A BOWL WHILE THE WORLD BURNS AROUND ME" -Mer

get spooked

Ooh

 

What's your WoF OTP? 

Which was your favourite book to edit?

Which book took the longest?

(DOD spoilers I guess?) Did you like Darkie and Foeslayer's ending?

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<~Spring~>

"No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn."

 

#Ravenclawpride

#Noflameinthelibrary

#AwkwardCanadianInTheCorner                         CHIKN

 

\Global Nature Society/

 

#LightSPIDER

Leaf 

Shurika

 

#StayPeculia

 

If you can say, what are some of the more notable things you and Tui have changed in a book before it was published? How long does the editing process for each Wings of Fire book generally take? Which one took the longest, and which took the least amount of time?

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Clever, A Very Clevery Guy

he/theyintj-a hipster nerd

loves that razzle dazzle aesthetic ☆

[mariachi band playing The Sound of Silence]

How do you feel about LGBTQ+ ships, like Qinter, Thoughtstalker, Peruby?

Which book was the hardent and most time consuming to write

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<> DYNASTY <>

 

Just your average Bi, 1year old

Some introverted Trumpetist

 

IT'S SPOOKYTIME

#Spookaesthetic

 

-Vertiture

-Noot noot

-Kit Kat

-Rawr

-Birds and Flowers

Oh, and even though I know this one won't be answered for the sake of objectivity, who is/are your least favorite character(s)?

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Clever, A Very Clevery Guy

he/theyintj-a hipster nerd

loves that razzle dazzle aesthetic ☆

[mariachi band playing The Sound of Silence]

HI!!! i dare you to sing both the rowdy bar version of the dragonets are coming and the soulful one they sang while clay was in the sky prison

 

WAHT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EVERYTHING!?!?!?!

 

who do you ship, moonbli or wingerwatcher!?!

 

whats happening to cleril?

 

waht about turtlejou!?!

 

WHAT WAS THE HIVE REFERENCE SUPPOSED TO MEAN OR SET UP AT THE END OF BOOK 10!?!?! OR THERE WASPWING!?!

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CRAZY Sirjani Bloom Elementorial

Venom

KING OF crAzy, ravens, blobs, and some other stuff

PRINCE OF ice, wolves, phoenixes

Jester of animals

Guard of candy

ANIMALS RULE!!!

"I reject your reality, and substitute my own!"~Adam Savage

WRITER

Magician

#ThreadGhost

(sorry if these questions were already said)

 

 

What's your tribe?? (I'm a rain/sky hybrid myself)

 

How long have you and Tui known eachother?

 

What's your favourite tribe? which character from the 2nd story arc are you most like/most identify with.

 

 

 

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{Rose}

Proud Huffleclaw

 

"Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it's a plan." The Doctor 

"Don't be a lasagna."

 

#TheChocolateChipCult

#mangoes

 

"If the sky could dream, it'd dream of dragons."

 

haIL chOColATE

Always have a taco in your pocket

ForumCrazyPerson

What, in your opinion, is the most heartbreaking scene in WoF?

What does Clearsight look like (if you know that)?

 

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  ~Mer~

-Elodie-

*Saffron*

{Bellissima}

Queen of velociraptors, writing woes, and angst

 

 FanWing

 

Proud Christian

Moonbli!

 

 

 

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise!"- Les Miserables

#REMEMBERTHELOST

#UniteTheForums

 

 

If you were to be a dragon which tribe will you live in, and what name will your dragon be?

 

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  Galaxy

 

 

  My OCs!!!

 

 Wof

 Pheonix, Typhoon, Camo, Ambush,

 Frost, Storm, Acid, Cacti, Slime, 

 Cavern, Pompeii, Sea, Gold.

 

 Warriors

 Frostbite, Midnight, Pheonixfeather, 

 Mantlepaw, Treestar, Cheetahstar,

 Flamebreeze, Beechkit.

 

 Survivors

 ...

 

 

What can you tell us plot-wise about books 11-15? Aside from the usual 'It's going to be great,' and 'You're going to love it!'

 

Thanks!

 

~Rey~

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~REY~

 

THE

Jedi

 Lunar

  Icewing

    Avenger

     Slytherin

       Nightfury

         BYU COUGAR

           #TheLastJedi

Which dragon do you relate with most and why?

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Magic

Sea/Nightwing

Riverclan

User of Foxcraft

Spirit Animal

Pokemon 

(Mew!)

Ravenclaw

Thunderbird (House)

And much more!

Main Ocs: Scorch Swamp Starstorm Mango Sandy Fox Snake Tide (The main main Oc) Splash&Splosh

First day:2/10/16

 

If you could enchant one object, what would it be? :3

 

(by the way, you're really awesome! :) Thank you for editing this epic book series!)

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{Call Me Happy!}

{She-Her} {Christian} {Probably The Mom Friend} {Potato}

 

"And when you're broken on the ground, you will be found." - DEH

 

{You are worth so much.}

{Keep believing!}

 

{Happy Spoop Month!}

 

 

 

 

 

What's your favorite and least-favorite parts of editing? 

If you could have any other job in the world, what would you choose and why?

If there was one thing you could change in the books (event, tribe of a dragon, e.t.c.) what would it be, and why? 

Do you read fanfiction and/or do anything in the Wings of Fire fandom? 

Who's your favorite minor character?

Who's your favorite villain?

Which character do you think doesn't get enough love?

What's your favorite book cover (so far)?

Aside from Wings of Fire and the other books you've edited, which book is your favorite, and why? 

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<|RUBY SKY|>

-Your local Lord of Overprotectiveness!

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Queen of Strawberries and Unknown Words!

"Tell me a lifetime."

-there's so much more-

 

#NOFLAMEINTHELIBRARY

#RememberTheLost

#HufflepuffPride

#PrideForAll

 

Bye!

Who's your favorite character? Mine's Moon

Did you like the ending?

Whats ur fav ship?

If you had to pick one dragon to marry, how would it be and why?

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 Call me... *~Reading~*                 

Fanwing

Gryffindor 

Bookworm

  Jedi

Christan

Book Jumper

Pegasister

"When in doubt go to the library" ~J.K Rowling

#TheShippingIsReal

#BeMoreFictional

"There are more dangerous things than a little magic" ~Nikolai

Do you have any tips for editing and writing wof fanfics???

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           ❄️ ALPHA❄️

 ❄️ Snowdust  ❄️

      queen of the wintertime

 

Forum Sister: CP

#Cappity

#Spember

#SnowdustSaysMeow!

#ThanksgivingTurkey&MashedPotatoes

According to Google I am DROUGHT

 

 

 IT'TIME TO BE AWESOME!

 

FIZZLEPOP BERRYTWIST

what was the worst part of editing

 

when did you agree to edit wings of fire

 

have you ever edited any other book series

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~~~~ Tesla ~~~~

 

i am the forum snek

 

 

 

thread ghost

libra for life

 

 

How did i even get here

 

the forum Russian blue

 

the meaning of life is 42

Will Sunnyflight become canon?

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                              ~NightWolf~

 

Forum NightWolf

*{DayWolf}*

FarraclawXIsla

✼Greencloak✼

✧Sunnyflight

✥RememberTheLost

✯ForumtonSquad

"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." ~Hedy Lamarr

I support LGBTQ+!

*gasp* I must think of questions

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Slytherin anDivergent

ReaderWriterArtist

Banana was here :|

Hey, Puppy!

Don't go, Arienne...

#LikeAGirl

#StopTheFlame

#RememberTheLost

#LikeTheRainbow

"You can be that

Somebody's someone,

Somehow, someday..."

~Call me Laurel~

Defender of the World

|-/

I'm sorry if any of these have been asked. 

 

What jobs and steps have you gone through to bring your career to where it is now? 

Do you ever help plan out plots or develop characters in WoF? 

What is your favorite book (in WoF and in general) and what is your least favorite book (again, in WoF and in general)? 

What is your favorite part of your job? 

Do you have specific work hours? (Sorry, random question...)

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Slytherin anDivergent

ReaderWriterArtist

Banana was here :|

Hey, Puppy!

Don't go, Arienne...

#LikeAGirl

#StopTheFlame

#RememberTheLost

#LikeTheRainbow

"You can be that

Somebody's someone,

Somehow, someday..."

~Call me Laurel~

Defender of the World

|-/

Which Hogwarts house are you in? 

 

 

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----{-SNAPPLE-}----

 

                    *banshee shrieks* 

           

        

 

                     I'm not very active

 

                 Status: Celebrating life 

 

           

                         

 

 

 

                  

All right, here are some glorious doozies. XD

 

Do you prefer the Dragonets of Destiny or the Jade Winglet?

Who is your favorite villain?

Do you ship Claynami or Cleril?

 

(yes, I know, these are evil.)

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I'm the friend you need....

CP~~

she/her

aka Dapperpaws

Christian

#Capperity

#Shadowlight

#Twizzlepop

#CheesePie

#Flimjack

#QuibbleDash

#Fluttercord

#Spember

#Starmaro

Forum sister: Snowdust

"No. Just no." -Shiro

Thanks for answering these! really appreciate it:)

 

1. How much input do you get in the books, and do you help Tui with any of the creative choices?

2. Do you do alot of editing with the Winglet books too, even though they're shorter and online only?

3. Who is your favorite male dragon to edit/read/help Tui with?

4. Same question as #3, but female!

 

Thanks! heard you talking in that interview last week, you sound really cool!

 

Bonus 5. you probably cant answer this, but will we get any WoF content in between now and book 11, because of the year long wait? i know about the graphic novel, but i mean like a new story or something( a Winglet or two would be perfect!!)

 

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Which WoF character can you relate to most? 

Where in Pyrrhia would you want to live?

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RubyDolphin

 

Call me Ruby 

 

#HARRYPOTTERFAN

#WINGSOFFIREFAN

 

 

"When you fall down, get back up. Don't let your problems drag you down. Climb every mountain, no matter how hard, with determination. Be the person you want to be." ~RubyDolphin

 

~Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Love Triagle? 

Best ship?

 

 

 

I can't think of anything else :P

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Call Me Laughter

She/her 

Proud Fanwing

Happiness 

Loyal

Magic

OTP's

Clayril

Ripnami

Glorybringer

Starspeaker

Turtajou

#ProtectThePuddle

#LaughYourHeartOut

Don't forget to laugh! 

Do you ever think about how old your soul is?

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Zealot~ I don't choose sides I just do what I want.

Kindness~ I wish Cealot was here.

Jovial~ Cheer up

Zealot~ No

 

 

 

 

I'm Autistic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How different was Tui's rough draft of Darkness of Dragons than the real thing?

 

Also, any editing tips??? 

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Pearl- 

Shiver 

Loyal WinterWatcher

SCIENTIST FOREVER! 

Winter rules! 

#Winterwatcher

#nevermoonbli!!! 

I ♥ Ballet

 

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