Thursday, April 26, 2012
Today Harlequin Teen has provided me with some great Q&A from Julie Kagawa all about her new book The Immortal Rules! Read on if you want to find out about Julie's favorite butt kicking heroines, why she decided to write a vampire book after all, and whether or not she would choose to die or become a vampire!
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?
It was... very different. I think the hardest thing for me was the fact that this tory 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 magic," lol.
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?
As for 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 of 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?
Well, there 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 the 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?
Me 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 on. 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?
Probably, 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 complex.
Lol, well 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:
Any of the Harry Potter books.
Favorite song to play when writing a fight scene?
My "favorites" change daily. Right now it's "Awake and Alive" by Skillet.
Working a kiosk in the mall during Christmas. It sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around hundreds of very breakable merchandise was quite small. I was like a bull in a china shop.
Walt Disney World
Sweet 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.
A big thanks to Harlequin Teen for providing this awesome Q&A!
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