Today I welcome the mind behind The Iron Fey, author Julie Kagawa! Her series has quickly proven to be a YA favourite and I’m so happy to host her today on the blog! Julie talks twitter, Ash and Puck and what we can expect from her next up!
Q: Your ‘Iron Fey’ series has proven to be insanely popular among the YA reading audience as well as most of the blogosphere. How does it feel to be one of the most talked (and blogged!) about authors of 2010 and 2011?
To be honest, its a little overwhelming sometimes, though I mean that in a good way. I never expected The Iron King to do so well, and I’m truly grateful for all the bloggers and readers who made it a success. Thank you.
Q: Most authors these days like to get involved with their readers via the internet; be it twitter, blogging or something else entirely. How do you think this has impacted on the release of your books?
Oh, Twitter has been essential in connecting with readers and bloggers. Online media is so important nowadays, be it promotion or just chatting with readers and fans. Plus, I love talking books with like-minded people. Though it is very distracting sometimes. ;)
Q: Your series has one of the toughest decisions regarding the gorgeous leading guys. I know I was personally torn between Ash and Puck, jumping back and forth between the two. Just how hard is it to write not one, but two, amazing male leads?
In many love triangles, I find that you usually know who the heroine (or hero) is going to end up with. We all knew Bella was going to choose Edward, or Clary was going to choose Jace. For the Iron Fey and Meghan, I wanted both guys to be equally lovable in their own way, almost mirror opposites of each other. Ash is a gorgeous Winter prince, but Puck is a legend. How can you choose between them? That’s exactly what I hoped readers would think. :)
Q: And, I’m sure you get asked this a lot but I can’t resist, who do you like slightly more than the other?
Nope, sorry, can’t say. If I choose Puck, Ash will sulk and be (more) broody, and if I say Ash, I might find I’ve been turned into a hedgehog, lol.
Q: There are a lot of fae stories on the YA market at the moment. How do you dive into the genre while making sure your stories stand out from the rest? Just how do you go about making a tried and true theme breathe new life?
You just have to find your own voice, find the story you want to tell and make it yours.
Q: And finally, what can we expect to see from Julie Kagawa in the future, now that the ‘Iron Fey‘ has come to a close?
At the moment, I’m working on a new series set in a post apocalyptic world. With vampires. :D