Q&A and Giveaway with Kevin Hearne!

The wonderful Kevin Hearne, author of the upcoming Iron Druid Chronicles: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered, was kind enough to answer a few questions about the series and tell us about a few of his favorite things! Also up for grabs is 2 copies of Hounded that will go to 2 lucky winners (please see giveaway details at the end of this post).

Please welcome Kevin to the blog!

MBW: Kevin, you’ve got Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered coming out in May, early June, and late June! Whew!! You’re a writing machine! Can you tell us a bit about the series?
Sure. The Iron Druid Chronicles shows you what happens when Atticus O’Sullivan, a Druid who’s been running for two thousand years, decides not to run anymore. He’s been hiding out from an Irish god named Aenghus Óg, and once he stands up to that god, there are all kinds of consequences, both on earth and in some other places. Though Hounded focuses mainly on the Irish pantheon, as the series continues we get visits from the Norse, Greco-Roman, Slavic, and Native American pantheons, and I’m planning on more. I’m having tremendous fun with the character, by the way; what is important to a man who’s been walking the earth for over two millennia? Why does he go on living when everyone he’s ever known and loved has passed on?

Your degree is in English Education, and you currently teach high school. Did you always want to teach? What did your students think about the news that you were getting published?
I didn’t know what the heck I wanted to do at first. I was a graphic design major originally, but I found the business side of it distasteful, and a bit of soul searching got me out of it for good. I didn’t want to be on my deathbed someday, looking back on my life, and realizing that my greatest accomplishment was this wine label or that corporate logo. My love for literature and the desire to do something meaningful with my working life settled me on teaching. Some of my students think it’s cool that I’m getting published. Actually, they don’t think it’s cool—they think it’s “sick,” which is this really bizarre development in American slang that I don’t understand. Some of them, I suspect, think I’m joking, and others are unaware, because I don’t talk about it all that much.

What are some of your biggest literary influences?
I love Ken Kesey. If you haven’t ever gotten around to reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, please do. The movie was brilliant, but if that’s all you know of it then you’re missing out on the point of view, which is entirely inside of Chief’s head. It makes a big difference, and it’s an important theme: we must all struggle to maintain our identities in the face of societal pressure to conform. It’s sad that I’m not allowed to teach it.In terms of sci-fi/fantasy, I’m a fanboy of Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson. Patrick Rothfuss is probably the best storyteller walking right now. And his beard is “sick.” I want a sick Author Beard like that, but my wife won’t let me grow one.

I noticed in your bio that you’re a Mountain Dew fan. It’s safe to say I’m an addict. Have you discovered the pure joy of Mountain Dew Throwback (Made with REAL Sugar)?
Heh! No, I haven’t had the pleasure. I don’t drink much Mountain Dew anymore, because I tend to get my caffeine from coffee these days. If I did the Dew on top of that I’d be twitching too much to type. But Mountain Dew was certainly a staple of my high school years.

Other than Star Wars, what are some of your fave films?
I loves me some Tarantino. The Matrix is a classic. Shakespeare in Love. And under the category of guilty pleasure, The Fifth Element. “Aziz, light!”

I’m so excited for the release of your trilogy! Is there any news or teasers you can give us about upcoming projects?
Currently I’m working on Tricked, the fourth book of The Iron Druid Chronicles, plus an untitled epic fantasy and a super secret project that I’ll hopefully get to announce sometime in the summer. Thanks so much for having me!

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Read my review of Hounded

**GIVEAWAY DETAILS** 
1.Giveaway is for 2 copies of Hounded by Kevin Hearne to 2 winners
2.Please leave a comment to enter along with a way to contact you.
3. I LURV me followers, so please let me know if and how you follow this blog (GFC, Twitter, Facebook, Email, etc) and I’ll give you an extra entry!
4.Must be at least 13 to enter
5.Giveaway is open to US/Canada ONLY
6.Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on  May12th, 2011
7.Giveaway books generously provided DelRey

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    I have been seeing this series a lot and I am excited about it. I think that my son might like it too, he is 12 and I love to find books about boys for him to read. Also, Mountain Dew Throwback is AWESOME!
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  3. Great Q&A!

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  4. I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book. Sounds great and I love the covers of this series.
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    Yay!!!! I can't wait to read this one!
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  10. Oh Hound me!
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  11. This has been on the TBR since I first saw it. The interview was fantastic. Thank you! And Fifth Element = awesomesauce 😉
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  12. I'm a blog and twitter follower
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    Oh I want to read this series.
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  14. I'm really looking forward to reading the Iron Druid Chronicles. The more I hear about the books, the more eager I am to read them.

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  19. I read your short story online, and really liked it. This series intrigues me. I would love to win a book.
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  21. Lovely interview! I sympathize with being a graphic designer and trying to get out of it. That is currently my predicament as well.

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  22. I've actually preordered this series for my Kindle, but I'd love to win a hard copy for my permanent library.

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  23. Another great book and another great giveaway.

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  25. Very interested in this one. Will likely purchase if I don't win (and may purchase one anyway, I can always give it to someone as a gift!).

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  26. Oh I wanna read Hounded so bad! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy! 😀

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  27. Looks really great thanks for the giveaway.
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  29. yay for kevin! and love matrix too.

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  30. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great interview guys! I have seen this book around everywhere on the Internet. I would love to win this. Man I am loving the covers, so amazing! And I am so happy to meet another Tarantino fan and The Fifth Element is a guilty pleasure for me too, be proud LOL! Thank you guys for the great interview & giveaway, definitely signing up 🙂

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  33. Awesome interview, been dying to read this!

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  34. I would love to read this book. Lots of people are interested in this one, and it's exciting to have the chance to win. 🙂

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  38. Sounds like a great book. I'd love a copy!!

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  39. I just found your blog and love it ! I found it when research this new series The iron Druid, which looks really good. I am signing up for GFC and fB.

  40. I have these on my wish list! Hope I can win! Great interview – thanks for hosting.
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  41. Please count me in for this giveaway. Thanks!

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  49. I hope this is enough to get me the chance to win! *crossing fingers*
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  50. Sounds like a great book.
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  51. I followed a link from Kevin's twitter post to your blog. I read Hounded on my Kindle and would love a hard copy to share with my students.

  52. Thanks for the chance to win!!
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