Posted on May 25, 2011 in Urban Fantasy
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Welcome to Day 3 of My Favorite Things: Steampunk Week!
Today on the blog I have the awesome Caitlin Kittredge ! She was kind enough to answer a few of my questions and is also offering a copy of The Iron Thorn, her new steampunk YA novel, to one lucky winner! Please see giveaway details (it’s International!)at the bottom of the post, and welcome Caitlin to the blog!
**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
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You’re the author of four amazing series, Black London, Nocturne City, and The Icarus Project with Jackie Kessler, and the newest book, The Iron Thorn, is the first installment in the young adult Iron Codex series. What made you decide to write a YA novel, and how different was the experience from the other novels?
I didn’t actually set out to make the Iron Codex novels YA. Aoife just started talking to me, and made it clear she was a teenager, so the YA designation grew out of that. It was a very, very different experience than writing my adult novels. The drafting and editing process was exacting, and it was definitely the most difficult novel I’ve written to date. (Not least because it was about 40,000 words longer than any of my other books.) But I had a fantastic time, so I’m glad I get two more chances at least to write in the Iron Codex world.
The Iron Thorn is an exciting new addition to the Steampunk genre. What do you think has made Steampunk so popular?
I think steampunk is popular now because we’re in a period of flux as far as genre novels go. I think readers are looking to step away from the status quo of paranormal and SF literature and find something new and truly innovative, and that in a lot of ways, steampunk is an answer to that because it’s a genre of ideas, of not being afraid to ask what if?
I’ve always noticed the attention to detail that’s put into all of your novels. Do you have help with your research or do you handle it all yourself?
Everything is 100% me! I wish I could afford a research assistant sometimes…maybe in some parallel dimension, my alternate self has one!
I know some authors rely on music to get the creative juices flowing. Is there anything in particular that helps you write? Do you have a muse?
I listen to a lot of different music—I prefer punk, classic rock, New Wave and some classic country, but for the Iron Codex I started listening to a lot of 40′s and 50′s pop music like the Andrews Sister and Roy Orbison, as well as soundtracks that evoked a particular mood—Sweeney Todd and the soundtrack for the new Sherlock Holmes movie were in heavy rotation.
What authors or novels have inspired you the most, creatively?
I’m inspired by so many things. Making a list would be a futile effort, but I will say I’m a big fan of gritty urban fantasy of the type put out by writers like Charlie Huston or Mike Carey, as well as classic noir—I’m a huge Raymond Chandler reader.
What’s your favorite kind of pie?
Chocolate cream or cherry. In a pinch apple or blueberry. Or pecan. Or Boston crème. That’s not even getting into savory pies. About the only kind of pie I disavow is rhubarb. Seriously, what’s the point of it?
Is there any news of upcoming projects that you’d like to share with us?
I just wrapped a major rewrite on the second Iron Codex volume, which will be out in Spring 2012. My next adult book is a Black London novel, called Devil’s Business, which will be out in September 2011, and I have a Black London novella, The Curse of Four, coming on Halloween, 2011. (Best release day ever!) Everything else is still under wraps, I’m afraid.
Visit Caitlin at her website
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