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It's release day for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" DVD, Blu-Ray. I had the opportunity to talk to author Cassandra Clare on her experience of the film's production, the series' finale "City of Heavenly Fire," and actor Aidan Turner stripping his clothes off (do I have your full attention yet?)

Q: What was your favorite moment from the whole "City of Bones" production process?

A: The first time I walked on the set was a big moment for me. It didn't feel real until then. I was blown away at the detail and attention to detail of the sets especially the Institute and it's library.

Q: What is your favorite deleted scene we'll see on the DVD?

A: I haven't seen the DVD and do not know which deleted scenes will be included. However, there was a scene filmed when Aidan Turner (Luke) was getting ready to turn and he strips his clothes off. I though it was a particularly great scene and was sad to see it cut from the final film.

Q: How many times have you watched the movie?

A: I've seen "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" 12 times.

Q: Is there a scene that has grown on you now that you've seen the film multiple times?

A: Yes, I've really grown to appreciate the fine details of scenes and the sets. There are a lot of fine details put together by talents artists. I also love seeing how the cast holds character so brilliantly in the background of scenes. For example, Kevin Zegers is perfect when they are in the church getting weapons. Lily and Jamie are talking but I love how Kevin is looking around and just being perfect as Alec.

Q: Do you have a new favorite scene after so many viewings?

A: Yes, my favorite scene is when Clary and Simon hug after the fight with Dorothea. Their acting plus the look on Jamie Campbell Bower's face is perfect for the scene and only gets better for me each time I see it.

Q: After your experience with the production of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," what are you most looking forward to with "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes?"

A: I'm excited about them making it. I mean, nothing is final in Hollywood so I'm excited that they are working on it and reworking the script, which I feel is a good idea. I'm very excited about Sigourney Weaver being attached to the project. She is a very talented actress and I'm a fan of her work so that's exciting. The whole experience was very intense and so much fun. I wasn't really prepared for how exhausting it would be. After the production, premieres, mall tours, press events, etc. I collapsed and slept for a month. If I could go back and tell myself to drink lots of energy drinks I would. It was a fascinating process that was hard not to get caught up in and I was lucky to be included in so much of it.

Q: How has this experienced helped you learn for your "Magisterium" project that you and co-author Holly Black are writing the script for?

A: It was a great learning experience for me as I'm working on "The Magisterium." It was amazingly helpful to see the process and all the different versions of a script. I doubt people truly understand how long, extensive and how many drafts go into a movie script.

Q: How will you celebrate the DVD, Blu-Ray release?

A: Well, we just moved into a new house so I'm having all my friends come over and watch the movie. I was traveling so much for the film's theatrical release that I didn't get to see it with any of my friends.

Q: How has this experience helped you as you've been writing the final Mortal Instruments book, "City of Heavenly Fire?"

A: Well, I'm still writing it! I've been moving so life has been crazy. For me it was good to go back and visit these characters from their start. I know how the series will end and it was great to see the beginning and experience that again.

So what did you think of my exclusive chat with Clare? "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray. Check out your purchasing options here.

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