Tuesday, January 26, 2010

YA Interview/Giveaway: Julie Kagawa


I am thrilled to welcome debut author Julie Kagawa to the blog today.  Julie's debut novel, The Iron King, is on bookshelves now!

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.

For more information about Julie or her books, visit her website or her blog!
The Iron King can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other booksellers.

GIVEAWAY TIME:

Julie sent me some SIGNED BOOKMARKS to share with you.  (Thanks Julie)
PLUS
I am going to throw in a brand new copy of THE IRON KING.  I love my INTERNATIONAL friends, so if The Book Depository can reach you, you can enter!

So that will be 5 winners!  To enter, complete the form AND leave a question/comment for Julie in the comments section.  Extra entries can be gained by spreading the word (tweet, post, sidebar, facebook, ect).  The deadline to enter is 2/5.  Good luck!

105 comments:

Mandy said...

Julie, I can't wait to read IronKing, but I have a question...how did you come up with the idea of iron fae? Traditionally, isn't iron the kryptonite of the fae?

Anonymous said...

Excellent interview.

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cait045 said...

This book sounds great and the cover looks awesome

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Bethie said...

Looks like something I would enjoy. Love cover.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Julie Kagawa said...

Mandy--Great question. :) It's BECAUSE iron is so deadly to traditional faeries that the idea of the iron fey came into being. The iron fey evolved from man's dreams of progress and technology, to survive in the modern world. So you have gremlins and bugs and viruses, and how they affect the faery courts is a huge part of the book.

Thanks so much for the interview, Elie!

Jo said...

I really can't wait to read this book, I am so intrigued! The idea of faeries who have evolved and become technologically aware is just genius! I so need to read this book!

Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

Stacy said...

I have had this book on my wish list for awhile!

I have never been to Hawaii but I am OUTTTT on flying roaches and foot long poisonous centipedes! *shiver* I would love to be there for the views tho!

booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

Liyana said...

I liked Mandy's question! Mine is... what is the inspiration for *glomp* and how many people have you glomped?

Have Meghan, Puck, Ash and Grimalkin been glomped? What were their reactions?

Also, *glomp!*

loony_balooga_91@hotmail.com

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This sounds so good. I love what she said about the sea and Hawaii.
Florida has some crazy critters but the water is so amazing here.

Anya said...

i cant wait to read the iron king! only heard great things about it and the interview was awesome! Oh this videogames...you always get soo easily addicted..thats why i dont play them:P I played the sims once but when i relaized how addicted i got i stopped:P

LunaMoth said...

great interview! Julie, did you have to do alot of research for The Iron King?

Janicu said...

I love the idea of the Iron Court. My question is do you have any favorite YA writers or writers that inspire you?

xxsquigglesxx said...

This book looks so amazing. I really love the cover of it too! I cannot wait to get ahold of a copy to read.

Beleth said...

This book seems so interesting! I love the idea of iron faes, im really looking forward reading it!

Brooke Reviews said...

LOL I never thought about a never ending can of soda. Hm, you're right, that'd be a lot of money saved for us stay up late folk! :D

Great interview, really looking forward to reading Iron King :)

Julie Kagawa said...

Liyana--You're so goofy! Lol, a GLOMP is actually a manga/anime thing where someone (usually a girl) tackle-hugs the object of their affection (usually to great comedic effect).

None of my characters have been glomped, but feel free to glomp them. (Probably I would avoid glomping Ash, as he might try to kill you.)


LunaMoth--I did do a bit of researching old faery tales and myths online. There's a wealth of information to be had about the different type of fey and what they were like. For the iron fey, however, I had to create my own theories of what they would be like.

Janicu--Favorite writers? Wow, there are so many. A few of them include: Maria V. Snyder (I LOVE Valek), Simone Eckoles, Jim Butcher, Terry Brookes, Anne Lamott, Holly Black, Robin Hobb, Rick Riordan, J.K Rowling ... okay, I'll stop now.

Wendy said...

Hiya, Julie! I SO can't wait to read The Iron King!! Great interview! :)

Tynga said...

Well I used to dream about Hawaii but described like that it's kind of scary =P I guess I won't head there with my insect sting allergies lol
Thanks for sotpping by!

fredamans said...

Love the cover, looking forward to reading it!

Lexie said...

Julie I love you simply because you know what 'glomp' means XD

As for a question--What's the oddest place or thing that's given you inspiration of some kind?

Lexie

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed your interview very much. Your book sounds great, I would love to read it. I am always searching for books that I can share with my 14 and 13 year old granddaughters and this sounds like a good one.

Book Monster said...

So excited for The Iron King :) Lol I haven't anyone talk about Mountain Dew for a long time!!

Wanda said...

Do you ever get ideas for stories from playing video games?
I love the interview!

angel28140 said...

Julie,

Great interview. I've been dying to read The Iron King.

Unwinding with the PS3? I'm totally with you on that one. Right now I'm obsessed with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (no one accuses me of being timid or anti-violence)!

Just_Me37 said...

This books looks really good. The other day I was just realizing how many faerie books I actually own, it kind of surprised me :P

StephTheBookworm said...

This book sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it and her other secret projects she has going on!

CallMeKayla said...

this sounds great julie :)

Jen said...

Is it just me or does the girl on the cover look a lot like the Anna Torv who plays Olivia Dunham on Fringe? lol, that's just the first thing I thought when I saw it.

Your playing Dragon Age Origins?! Me too! I absolutely love that game. I'm and elf mage arcane warrior.

Any-who, this looks amazing! I can't wait to get my paws on it.;)

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

Oh how fun! I have been waiting for this one and this was a really great interview. I am intrigued even more!

I went to Hawaii for a week and loved it, but your comments on all the scary creatures...um...not so fun!

P.S. Elie you have a blog award over at my site! http://mypileofbooks.blogspot.com

Mandy said...

Great interview! I love how she said she'd ask for a never ending can of Mt. Dew.

Nickles said...

I've been hearing a lot about The Iron King. Love the cover and the story sounds intriguing. Plus, I'm a sucker for stories about siblings. Oh, and I love her obsession with Mt. Dew haha!

throuthehaze said...

This book sounds great! I can't wait to read it :)

~Raelena

Lea said...

Awesome interview! Ha, she really seems to like Mt Dew!

InABox said...

I wouldn't get in the time machine either...what if I couldn't get back to the present?!

Also, thanks for making a mature, self-aware, non-shallow heroine. We needs more of those. :-)

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the interview with Julie & thanks to Julie for taking the time to share here & answer the comments. I'm really looking forward to the imminent release of The Iron King.
All the best,
RKCharron

Leslie said...

Looks like a great book!

Sandra Stiles said...

I have seen and enjoyed many books about the faeries. How much research did you have to do on them for the book? I am always amazed at the detail that must go into a story like this.

The Book Owl said...

Sounds like a great read. I especially love the cover!

Jessy said...

You might not be able to answer this but why didn't this get released in hardcover?

Rebecca said...

Hi Julie, The Iron King sounds amazing. Did you read any fairy books to see other viewpoints?

donnas said...

Congrats on the release!

What made you decide to write in the YA genre?

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

I was so excited to see The Iron King out at Borders last night.
Probably not as excited as you were though.

Kelly said...

Congrats on the release! I can't wait to read it!

buddyt said...

Congratulations on coming up with a totally new twist on Faeries. I think that you may just have started a new trend !
I wouldn't be surprised to see more books about "steampunk" faeries, if I may call them that.

Hope the book sells well.

I am an international Follower of the blog.

Jenny N. said...

I already ordered my copy from amazon so would love to win a bookmark.

Chase92 said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read this book!

adiba said...

The iron king looks great, love this new twist to the faerie genre, can't wait to read it. Maybe I will pick it up on my next trip to the bookstore.

Rain Maiden said...

The Iron King is already on my wish list.

Julie Kagawa said...

Lexie and Wanda--Lol, this will answer both your questions. The villian in The Iron King was inspired by Sephiroth, of Final Fantasy XII.

Jesse--Sadly, its not up to the author. Whether a book is released in hb or pb is all up to the publisher.

Rebecca--I deliberately avoided reading other fairy books, just in case I subconsciously took ideas from other authors. I didn't want any of their stories leaking into The Iron King. However, once it was completed, the first thing I did was read Tithe by Holly Black. And I loved it.

donnas--I tried to publish an adult fantasy, but my agent encouraged me to write for YA, since all my characters are teens. So glad I listened to her!

misskallie2000 said...

I think it is funny that Julie is adicted to Mt Dew..LOL.. I use to be addicted to Coke Cola (36 yrs)and had to drink it every day. After my chemo in1999 I could not taste my cokes and quit them and now drink sprite (actually better for me).
Why does the publisher make the decision of HB or PB?
Would love to win The Iron King as it is going to be a great read.
Thanks for your great interview.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Stephanie said...

I really enjoyed your interview, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

I love the fact you're obssessed with Dragon Age Origins. I am NOT a gamer but my son received the game for Christmas and I have been secretly playing the game for weeks now. I am addicted to it and have even bought Myst. Did I say I was not a gamer?

Anna ♥ said...

Great interview! Love the unique questions!

Meghan sounds like a great character. She sounds like a real go-getter type of heroine!

LOL, my younger brother is addicted to video games too! He's trying to suck me into getting addicted to these 100+ (triple digits!) hours video games. I do agree though that the fighting ones are pretty great stress relievers. XD

justpeachy36 said...

Julie,

What your inspiration for writing the Iron King?

the little reader said...

i was surprised to find out that you lived in hawaii! i've been in honolulu for about 5 years now and have managed to never see a cane spider. *crosses fingers*

i'm hoping to pick up the book soon, regardless of whether i win it here or not, and am definitely looking forward to it!

Aik said...

I loved reading about the interview! Julie is quite humorous, in fact! The Iron King sounds awesome! I hope I can get myself a copy!

Jennifer G. said...

I can't wait to read this! It sounds so good!

Do you love the movie, Labyrinth? The kidnapping part just reminds me of that. My younger sister hates that movie to this day because she was always afraid I would do that to her. What does that say about me? :-)

Michelle said...

I'm a little tired right now, so I can't think of a question...

I've read some great reviews of your book, Julie, and can't wait to read it. This is definitely one that will be purchased, even if I don't win it!

Rachel said...

Hi Julie,

Great interview!
I was wondering why you decided to write about fae-have you always had an interest in them?
Thanks!
PS-I'll be interested to hear your answer to the above question about Labyrinth too-for some reason I was just thinking about that!
Can't wait to check out The Iron King!

Justine said...

Ooh, I never knew she loved video games and Mt. Dew! Mmmm, Mountain Dew.

lovely interview :)

Hannah said...

Okay, I didn't read the comments, so I don't know if my comment is going to be redundant or not, but I absolutely LOVE Julie's response to the time machine question! Taking Mountain Dew to the future with you....GENIUS!

Angiegirl said...

I've read several lovely reviews and cannot wait to read this book. It's also so delightful to know the author is working on the 3rd one as the first is coming out! Thank you for this great interview and giveaway.

Brittany said...

Lol, I'm partial to the time machine answer as well. Mt. Dew is my fuel. Awesome contest and I cannot wait to read this book! Neither can my roomie, lol.

-Brittany

NotNessie said...

I'm so excited to read the Iron King. Great interview!

Amanda Leigh said...

Great interview! I love the idea of the iron fae. This sounds like a great read!

Cherie J said...

Excellent interview! The Iron King is already on my wish list because I think the story sounds so awesome. I love the unusual plot.

Kirthi said...

After reading Melissa Marr and Holly Black, I really want to read the Iron King! It sounds lovely, I love that they're technology faeries though, it's a totally new idea!

Emily said...

Great interview! I was just wondering if you had read any of the other fey-related books that are out there, and if so, if you had any favorites? One of the things I love about faeries is that each story is so unique. Thanks!

deltay said...

Haha, great interview - and such great answers! Gotta bring those guilty pleasure foods, for sure. Personally, pop-wise, I'd probably go with Sprite/7-up over Mt. Dew, but superworthy choice nonetheless. The concept about new legion of faeries definitely sounds awesome!

Julie Kagawa said...

Gah! My laptop got a virus a few days ago and has been out of whack. Will try to catch up on questions now.

Misskallie2000: HB is more expensive to print then paperback, so one of the reasons they have to think about is if people will actually buy it as a hardback. For a lot of debut authors (like me), they figure better safe then sorry, that way if the book doesn't do so well, they don't lose as much.

Justpeachy36: I wanted to write a faery book that was different, so creating a type of fey that was the complete opposite of traditional faeries was a big part of that inspiration.

JenniferG: Lol, you'd be surprised how often that question comes up! Yes, I adore Labyrinth. I've heard The Iron King compared to it on several occasions--teen girl has her brother stolen by goblins/faeries--its similiar in a lot of ways. However, I will say that The Iron King does not have THE PANTS of the Goblin King, nor does he dance around in them.

Rachel: Yes, I've always loved the fey. The old, creepy fey that spoiled milk and made animals sick and stole children from their beds. Much more interesting then the tiny winged sprites that love flowers. *evil grin*

Emily: I have read all of Melissa Marr and Holly Black, Leslie Livingston and Maggie Steifvator. And I've enjoyed all of them for their unique takes on the fey. :)

KC said...

Julie: Your book looks interesting and exciting! It's nice to see a strong female character!!

Erin said...

I have heard sooo many great things about this book. Great interview! Thanks for sharing.
:]

Lauren said...

The Iron King sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it. :)

Sheere said...

I can't wait to read The Iron King! How many time will we have to wait to the read the sequel, Julie? Soon I hope, you have almost finished the trilogy!

Holz said...

i read about the bok the other day and it sounds pretty interesting!

Awesome interview!

Jackeline said...

The premise reminds me of the movie Elf and The Labyrinth. I really love both!

BTW I love JK's hair!

robin_titan said...

I'm so happy she's pretty much almost done with the series bc if I like the first book I'm going to go crazy if the series is taking forever to come out ;) The Iron King sounds just like something up my alley so I'm pretty sure I'll love it. Thank you both for the chance to win it!!! :D

E.J. Stevens said...

Great interview and giveaway! The Iron King sounds fabulous.

Thuy said...

Julie really look like one of my friend of elementary school :)

I'm looking forward to reading this book. Love the gorgeous cover.

Steph Su said...

I'm trying to think of a question but all I'm stuck on is that never-ending can of Mountain Dew. Julieeee, you are opening up veryverybad sugar desires within me. How can you doooo this to meeeee?? :D

Llehn said...

Hi Julie,

If there was one book already written that you wished you had written, which would it be?

Thanks.

Jess said...

I'm glad that your character is more mature and more self aware than others her age. It gives something for us to aspire to.

Spav said...

Great giveaway.

What were your favourite books of 2009?

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

Great interview Ellie! I've heard soo much about this book, I thought it had been released awhile back! LOL

Jessica Kennedy said...

I just love the cover to this book. This alone would have me picking this book up in the store. :)

Arya said...

Sounds great! And the cover is absolutely gorgeous =)

LiLi said...

I think I share your opinion of the sea because I smell the salt on the air, I love it no matter where I am. Even if it was freezing cold outside, I'd inhale till my nostrils froze. Sad, but true nonetheless.

YA Vampire Books said...

I've heard great stuff about this book, and I have to admit that I'm curious!

And it's so unfair that Julie has lived in Hawaii :( I want to live there too! Love the ocean! :)

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Julie sounds like me with her Mt. Dew, except mine is Diet Coke. LOL!

I have been hearing so much about this book. I really want to read it and I'm so in love with the cover!

Kristen said...

I neeeeddddd this book. Julie is fantastic, I love chatting her up on twitter. :)

elaing8 said...

Great interview.I have been reading some great things about this book.I cannot wait to read it

Sarah said...

The cover for the Iron King is just divine!

ParaJunkee said...

Great contest! Can't wait to read this book.

celi.a said...

I feel the same way about coffee as you do about Mt. Dew, Julie! If I could have a never-ending Starbucks card...I'd get in a lot of trouble! *grin*

Callie said...

A mountain dew potion! I would say the same thing, except a slurpee potion! thanks for the contest.

~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ said...

Julie are you a cat lover? Grimalkin is a wonderful character.
It seem that you have got the cat attitude spot on~!
I too love the movie Labyrinth!
Your interview was fun.
Thanks Eli for posting.

celi.a never-ending Starbucks card sign me up!!!!! I<3 starbucks

van_pham said...

Great interview! can't wait to read the iron king!

Raspberry said...

Oh man, Julie, I can't wait to read the Iron King. sigh.
I love that you play so many video games. My favorites are the old NES games like Mario brothers and Zelda. Awesome. You can get this thing called a yobo for abotu 30 bucks and play all your old games on it no problem.
Thanks for the interview.

ninefly said...

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

lol I'm just realizing how much money I spend on pop too
plus, it'll reduce he amount of potential garbage to the environment! =D

really fun interview!

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Fab contest :)
Can't wait to read this book! ;P

Misty said...

So I was just saying 2 days ago how much I wanted to take a little vacay in Hawaii...only to open this up and read about it's 'horrors'. Thanks, Julie. Thanks.

:P
Seriously, though, I can't wait to read this book.

Violet said...

Thank you for sharing this interview. I've enjoyed reading through all your answers in the comments as well.

If you could borrow a fictional character from another author's book or a movie/TV show to throw into your Iron Fae world, who would it be and what kind of mischief would they get into in your world?

Kirthi said...

I love how your book sounds, I've never heard of anything like The Iron King, sounds really original!

Monica said...

I just got this book and I can't wait to read it, the cover is gorgeous too.

Julie! said...

This looks great! I heard it is great, too! Plus, we share the same name!! :D

svgirl13 said...

Awesome, I really want to read this book now.

 
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