1. The Iron King is your debut YA novel. Please tell us a little about your story.
JK: The Iron King is about a girl named Meghan Chase who, on her sixteenth birthday, discovers her kid brother has been kidnapped by Faeries and a changeling is left in his place. When she goes into Faeryland to get him back, she finds that her brother wasn't taken by the Unseelie Court, as she first thought, but by a whole new species of faery led by Machina, The Iron King. These are the faeries of progress and technology, the iron fey, and Meghan must face The Iron King if she wants to rescue her brother
2. How is progress coming on The Iron Fey trilogy? Are you working on any other projects?
JK: At the moment, I’m finishing edits to the last book of the trilogy, The Iron Queen. Beyond that, I do have a couple super secret projects I can’t tell anyone about yet. But I’m excited.
3. Meghan sounds like an exciting heroine, how would you describe her?
JK: Brave, stubborn, and extremely loyal to family and those she cares for. She’s a bit more mature and self-aware than other girls her age; she knows she isn’t popular, and doesn’t worry much about hair or make-up or fitting in. Her single-minded determination can be seen as recklessness sometimes, as she does tend to leap before she looks, but its all in the interest of saving her family. Mostly, she’s a normal teen who gets dropped into scary, dangerous, frightening situations and has to survive the best she can.
4. You used to live in Hawaii where you could explore the sea and the surf. How did that easy going lifestyle influence your life? Your writing?
JK: Lol, I don’t know if that lifestyle was easygoing, but it was interesting. I could tell you horror stories about Hawaii, with its giant flying roaches and foot-long poisonous centipedes and cane spiders as big as your hand. As for the sea, I do miss it sometimes. You could stand in front of the ocean and just feel so small, feel that there were things out there so much bigger than you. And maybe that played a part in my writing, I don’t know. Writing is about discovery, after all, finding out things you didn’t know existed. And that’s my philosophical comment for the day.
OK, now for a few fun questions so we can get to know you better.
5. You discover a time machine while walking in the woods one day. Do you get in? If you do, are you traveling back in time or to the future. Also, what would you take with you on your voyage?
JK: Hmm, time machines are dangerous. I’m not going back in time; I could mess up the past, and I like the present how it is. Maybe I’d go into the future, just to see what its like. And I’d take nothing with me but a month’s supply of Mt. Dew (in case it doesn’t exist in the future, gasp!)
6. A mysterious man on the street is selling magic potions for things such as wealth, beauty, love, anything you desire. What kind of potion would you buy?
JK: I’d ask for a never-ending can of Mt. Dew! Dude, do you know how much money I could save with that? =D
7. Lastly, please share your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing. Any guilty pleasures?
JK: I’m horribly addicted to video games, and the fact that I have all three consoles: Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360, does not help at all. Right now, I’m completely obsessed with Dragon Age Origins. Yep, nothing more relaxing than slaughtering a few hundred darkspawn to save the world from evil.
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