DOGYELLOW583: Is there more evidence for T39C being real than against it being real? Or is it the other way around?
JW: DOGYELLOW583, you are a very clever person. That is an extremely interesting and sly question which I cannot answer. You are undoubtedly clever enough to know this.
SHYRAINBOW5: Mission Titanic WAS awesomesauce!! Thank you for dedicating it to "all the clue hunters on the message boards"!
I do think Ian will make a great leader. Great leaders are made, not born. His mother usurped Ian's ability to lead when she was alive. Amy became the leader after The Clue Hunt and did kind of learn to be a leader due to The Clue Hunt, but then she became kind of whacked out during Unstoppable, which wasn't Amy's fault and that shouldn't have happened. I think the others are pulling for Ian to be a great leader. Amy is biting her tongue. Ham was encouraging him. Cara was semi-harassing him toward better leadership. It will bring him down a notch in his own eyes and appreciate the leader Amy was and he will want to be as good of a leader, and better, than Amy was. I believe that in the end, Carian will be the leadership of the Cahills/Madrigals for anything else that should arise post-Doublecross!
I think it's way too convenient that EVERYTHING points to Nathaniel Hartford. Why would the team that created the "mission" reveal everything with the release of the first book? It would take the fun out of the next three books. So, it has to be a red herring - or "red snapper" to make Saladin happy!
JW: First of all, SHYRAINBOW5, I was super psyched when Scholastic approached me to tell the next part of the Cahill story, and I knew IMMEDIATELY that I wanted to dedicate the book to the message board fans, because ALL of us on The 39 Clues team think that you guys are made of double awesomesauce.
I love your analysis of Ian! Probably because it’s just what I think! High five! Ian came to respect Amy but I think he always suspected (in his Ian way) that he could do a better job as leader. (Maybe all Lucians feel this way!) It’s a whole other thing when you have to step in and actually do the job. And I agree—I think everyone is really pulling for him. He has to take on the role without worrying about his own performance all the time. As Cara pointed out to him, he has to stop looking in the mirror.
As for who the Outcast is, I cannot speculate. Sometimes the obvious is true. Sometimes it isn’t. That’s what makes a mystery.
ANALYZINGWIZARD7: I hope Alec Spasky realizes that his sister sacrificed herself for Amy and Dan, and turns good.
JW: Hi, ANALYZINGWIZARD7! I always hope that villains will turn around and do the right thing… but they rarely do! If Alek does learn the true story of Irina’s sacrifice, he’ll either feel contempt… or it will make him think. I don’t know right now which way he’d go…
RACOONWAVE4: This book was amazing!
How did you research Antarctica?
What was your favorite part?
WHO IS THE OUTCAST??? Could it be Grace's husband?
JW: Thank you, RACOONWAVE4, and I’m so glad you asked that question. I absolutely loved doing the research on Antarctica! I’ve never been, and never knew anyone who had. So I went to the library and checked out some terrific books, and I searched the Web. There are tons and tons of great articles and photographs available. I also searched through lots of travel blogs, because I think it’s super helpful to get first-hand accounts from people who aren’t scientists or explorers or journalists. I also watched a documentary, which allowed me to get as close as I could to that wind and knife-edge cold as well as the amazing colors and sounds and sights.
Whenever I think of favorite parts in MISSION TITANIC, it’s always the times where everything seems lost, but our gang figures out a way to escape. I especially liked breaking out of a summer station in Antarctica by tipping it over so it broke like an egg. How cool is that?
You know I can’t answer who the Outcast is. I’m in enough trouble with the Cahills already for telling their stories to the world. They aren’t entirely comfortable with the exposure, you know.
FAIRYUNICORN507: Do you ship Carian?
JW: With apologies to all those Amy and Ian ships out there, I do! Think about it, FAIRYUNICORN507-- they could make an amazing team, if Ian can learn some humility. I’m not sure how patient Cara is, or how long she’ll wait. But I’m rooting for them.
DREAMTIMEHEROINE2: Who did you enjoy writing about the most?
JW: DREAMTIMEHEROINE2, by this time, I love all the Cahills, so telling their stories is the most fun ever. But in each series I get to write about new villains, and that is huge fun as well. In DOUBLECROSS I get to introduce Alek Spasky and I have a feeling he is going to surprise us again and again.
Confession: I also have a soft spot for Mabel Chen. I think she’ll grow up to be a great Cahill agent.
DUSKDRAGON98: 1. BRIT-FUFF-FUFF 4EVER!
2. I loved Loot, too - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING A SEQUEL! I CAN'T WAAAAAAAAAAIT!
3. Thank you SO MUCH for the dedication! It meant a lot and it was really special, especially since it was coming from a 39 Clues author that's come from the Clue Hunt to Doublecross. So THANK YOU!!!!!!!
JW: You are welcome for all of those things, DUSKDRAGON98! You’re the reason the 39C Team keeps telling the unfolding Cahill story. Everyone on the message boards gets heard, and we’re so grateful for your participation! And thank you for reading LOOT. I’m sure March, Jules and the gang appreciate it. They’re in a spot of trouble right now, so you’ll have to excuse me. I have to get back to them!
Miss Jude thanks for writing Mission Titanic!! it was awesome. you are my most favourite author!
i would like to ask you a few questions. here they are:
~Was it your idea while writing the book to bring Amy and Dan back into Cahill business?
~When does mission hindenburg release?
~Do you get to choose the disaster you want to write about?
~Sarwat Chadda seems to be hinting that he will kill amy/dan/ian/cara/hamilton/jonah or nearly all. you like
it if he does that? what will you do?
~what will you do if Sarwat Chadda makes the outcast win?
JW: Thank you for the compliment, BOOKWORMLIBRARY68! I appreciate it so much. The answer to your first question is that when I started talking to my editor at Scholastic about the story, we tossed around lots of ideas, but one thing that I think we both knew from the beginning was that Amy and Dan had to come back. The trouble was just too big. Ian clearly needed help, and they wouldn’t turn away. No matter what, they are on Team Cahill. So I would say that nobody really made that decision, we just knew it, because we know Amy and Dan so well.
Mission Hindenburg will be released on July 28. And I can’t wait to see what C. Alexander London is going to come up with!
Yes, I did get to choose the disaster. I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Titanic, so I was super excited from the beginning.
Sarwat Chadda had better move to an undisclosed location if he kills any of my kids. Oh wait, he already lives in an undisclosed location. As a brand-new Cahill agent, I hear he’s brilliant, fiendish, and secretive. I’ve already warned him to keep my kids alive. Or I’ll have to go underground and plot my revenge…
I LOVED Mission Titanic!
Did you listen to any music while writing the book? Also, did you decide which disasters to write the DoubleCross books about, or did you and the other authors collaborate to choose the disasters?
I thought it was pretty cool how the riddle could work for both the Halifax Harbor explosion AND the sinking of the Titanic. And near the end of the book, I liked how you added all of that suspense for both the Cahills on the Titanic II and Sammy and Nellie. Overall, the book was AWESOMESAUCE :-)
JW: Thank you! It’s totally weird that you would ask that question, SUNRISESILVER15. I never listen to music while writing, I find it too distracting. However! While writing Mission Titanic, I created a “movie soundtracks” station. The music was dramatic and stirring and just HUGE, and perfect for a story about terrible betrayals and huge disasters. I found the experience really fun, and I’m in the process of creating a playlist for the sequel to LOOT. Guess where I got this tip? From Cahill agent Patrick Carman!