MFT Interview and Giveaway with Caitlin Kittredge!

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!


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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.

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  1. Great interview! The cover of The Iron Thor is stunning!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for this interview — I really enjoy her books! 🙂

  3. Great interview! I've had The Iron Thorn on my shelf since it came out and I really am anxious to read it, but that's along with about 100 others… but hopefully I'll get more caught up soon and I can devote some time to it. I know my brother wants to read it too (he LOVES Steampunk <thanks to me 🙂 so I should read it soon so I can get it to him.
    I've been wanting to read Caitlins other series' as well…

  4. Thank-you for making this giveaway International ^_^. I haven't read any Steampunk books yet but a good amount are on my TBR list including this one!

  5. I have really been wanting this book
    thanks for the giveaway

  6. Super awesome giveaway! I've been dying to read Iron Thorn. Thanks for the chance!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  7. Laura (All of Everything)

    I have The Iron Thorn on hold at the library, but in the meantime I'll be checking out Caitlin's other books for sure. Thanks for the giveaway!
    And on a side note I'm totally a pecan pie girl ;P

  8. Offbeat Vagabond

    I loved this book. I rented the audiobook from my library and loved it a lot. I love how she said that Aoife let her she was a teenager. I really need to work on this character thing LOL! And what she said about Steampunk being popular is spot on. I love the genres I read, but Steampunk really goes out of the box. I love it. Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway guys 🙂

  9. The Iron Thorn is one of my favorite books so far this year (and any year!)I borrowed it from the library but would love to own a copy. Thank you for the chance to win!

  10. OMG that's awesome !! Thank you for the interview and the giveaway !! The Iron Thorn sounds like a great book, than you for this opportunity !!

  11. Thank you for the interesting interview and for the giveaway! 😀
    Fingers crossed!

  12. I loved the Iron Thorn! So awesome to read interviews with Caitlin Kittredge– she immediately strikes me as such a fascinating person. (Maybe it's the picture, maybe it's her reference to rhubarb pie…) I love what she said about steampunk being all about 'what if?s' and being so different from the genre norms. I already own the book, so I won't be entering, but great giveaway! 🙂

  13. I've really wanted to read this and I love the cover! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  14. The Iron Thorn has an amazing story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I'v been looking forward to reading The Iron Thorn for a while now. Sorry if I entered twice my internet decided to stop working at the wrong time…

  16. Thanks for the giveaway!

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