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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Interview with Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa is the author The Iron Fey series, which, as you might know from reading my review of The Iron King, I absolutely love. It is my favourite series in the YA Faery genre because it is just so amazing- the characters, especially Ash of course, the world of the Neverever, the plot, the action, all are fantastic and I would recommend the series to everyone.

Why did you decide to write about faeries?
I've always been fascinated with faeries; they're scary and mysterious and completely mystifying. I like all the different fey creatures you can encounter, too. With vampires and werewolves you have only the one creature, but with faeries you have goblins and kelpies and sidhe and ogres and dryads and nixies...the list goes on and on.

Who do you prefer, Ash or Puck? (I'm Team-Ash myself).
I have to say that I like Ash, too. I'm a sucker for dark, brooding boys who can wield sharp pointy objects. (Don't tell Team Puck, though)

I'm hopefully getting a puppy in August. As a former dogtrainer, do you have any advice for first-time dog owners?
Get a crate. Best advice for those getting a puppy. Buy a good puppy crate, and learn how to use it. Also, puppy classes are a must.

Can you share a particularly amusing/unusual experience from when you were a dogtrainer?
When I adopted a cat, I wanted to show the class that anything could be trained with patience and kindness. So I trained my cat to Sit, Lie Down, Spin, Roll Over, Sit Up, and Jump Through a Hoop, and then had him perform in front of a class full of barking dogs. I think everyone learned that lesson. :)

What were the gory stories you wrote in school about? (An excerpt from one of them would be awesome :D)

I don't have an excerpt, it was SO long ago, lol! But the stories usually involved people being stalked and torn apart by vicious creatures (I remember werewolves were a popular choice) in extremely graphic ways.

I read in an interview that you're toying with an angel/demon idea. Could you tell us a little more about that?
Sadly, that idea has gone on the back burner, as I've been contracted for a new series, and its not about angels/demons. But, fear not, this new series will be just as exciting, I think. Think: vampires.

Thanks so much for the interview, Julie!

You can read Winter's Passage, an Iron Fey novella, here.


  1. So vampires must still very hot then?! Intriguing.

    You're getting a puppy? Cute!

    Great interview. Really fun questions.

  2. I've only heard good things about the Iron King, can't wait to read it. Very interesting interview! Loved the story about the cat trained to do tricks :)