Q & A with Julie Kagawa + The Immortal Rules Giveaway!
Check out a fantastic A Q&A with New York TimesBest Selling Author Julie Kagawa! Here on Seeing Night Reviews!
After writing the Iron Fey series
for so many years, how difficult was it to immerse yourself in a futuristic
world filled with vampires, rabids and an enslaved human race?
was...very different. I think the
hardest thing for me was the fact that this story does take place in the real
world -- a futuristic, vampire-infested world, but the real world
nonetheless. Things had to make sense,
for example: how far can a large group walk in a single day if there were no
roads, they were going through thick woods, and there were children in the
group? I had to have logical reasons for
everything; I couldn't just make something work "because of faery
Just like Meghan Chase in the Iron
Fey series, the main character in The
Immortal Rules, Allison Sekemoto, is a “take charge and kick butt” kind of
girl. Is this intentional? What woman –
real or fictional, alive or deceased – do you look up to or admire?
Allison comes from a very different world than Meghan Chase. Meghan's upbringing was pretty normal;
Allison grew up among vampires and monsters, where every day was a fight to
live, so she couldn't afford to be weak.
While Meghan had to learn to "take charge and kick butt," Allison's
first impulse is stab first, talk later.
female role models, the first that comes to mind--when it comes to kicking
vampire butt, anyway -- is Buffy Summers.
Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me love feisty, snarky, heroines who
can dust all sorts of nasties but who also look good in a cheerleading outfit.
You mention in your acknowledgements
in The Immortal Rules that at the
beginning of your writing career you promised yourself you wouldn’t write a
vampire book. What changed your mind?
were already so many really good books about our favorite bloodsuckers, so many
stories and ideas, I thought I didn't have anything new to add to the
masses. I was actually toying with a
post-apocalyptic YA novel when my agent mentioned I might want to try writing a
vampire series. I wasn't intrigued with
the idea at first, but then I thought about combining vampires with the
post-apocalyptic novel and then rest sort of fell into place.
Allison claims she hates vampires
and believes they are monsters yet when faced with a choice of die or become
one, she becomes a vampire. Would you
have made that same decision?
personally? No. I'm like Zeke in the belief that there is
something better waiting for me beyond this life, and I just have to do my best
until it’s time for me to go. Besides, I
love pizza and Mountain Dew too much to give it up.
Who do you think the most complex
character is in The Immortal Rules?
Kanin, Allie's sire. He's a vampire who
has made his peace about being a monster, yet chooses to live by his own set of
moral rules. He warns Allison about
getting too close to humans, yet he does not kill unless he absolutely has to. He is tormented about something in his past
that he refuses to share with anyone. He
is certainly the most mysterious of all the characters, if not the most
How many books will be in the Blood
of Eden series? When will the next book
be coming out?
moment, there are three books planned, with the second coming out sometime next
spring, after the release of the new Iron Fey series this fall.
Before you starting writing full
time you were a professional dog trainer.
Do the professions share any
you have to think on your feet a lot.
And some of the small dogs could be compared to tiny snapping goblins,
but writing requires less dodging skills, though perhaps the same amount of
creativity and problem solving.
When starting a new series, like
Blood of Eden, do you have the entire series mapped out in detail or do you let
the story develop book by book?
I have a high
point that I write toward in each story; I know this and this has to
happen, but getting from point A to point B usually develops as I go along.
And for the speed round:
What book have you read and re-read,
and read yet again?
Any of the
Harry Potter books.
Favorite song to play when writing a
"favorites" change daily.
Right now its "Awake and Alive" by Skillet.
kiosk in the mall during Christmas. It
sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around the hundreds of very
breakable merchandise was quite small. I
was like a bull in a china shop.
Best vacation spot?
Sweets or salty?
One thing most people don’t know
about you – and would never guess!
I used to
play the flute when I was a kid. I was
really good at it too, but my instructor stopped teaching to have a family, and
I never went back to it.
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