MFT Interview and Giveaway with Lilith Saintcrow!

It’s the weekend, gang, and I thought I’d start it off with a bang with the amazing Lilith Saintcrow! She’s a writing machine, ya’ll, one of my favorite writers,and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions! 

*Also up for grabs is a )*signed* copy of Defiance (Strange Angels 4) to one lucky winner (see deets at the bottom of this post). Don’t forget to check the My Favorite Things Event Schedule for anything you might have  missed, and also for what’s coming your way in the next couple of weeks!

Please welcome Lilith to the blog!

You’re the author of several very successful urban fantasy series (Jill Kismet, Dante Valentine, “The Demon’s Librarian”), as well as the wonderful YA series featuring Dru Anderson! Did you always want to be a writer?

Always. I have had a wide variety of other jobs—bank teller, waitress, various retail slaveries, and massage therapist, not to mention my lifelong involvement with used and indie bookstores. All the time, though, I was writing. I never thought I would be able to make a living at it, and I’m more stunned than anyone that I seem to be doing just that. Of all the jobs I’ve had, this is the one I love the most, and the one I will continue, paid or not, for the rest of my life.

What were the challenges in writing YA as opposed to “adult” urban fantasy?

I get asked that a lot. There really isn’t any difference between writing YA and writing adult—one is simply seeking to tell the truth, tell the best story one can. The biggest thing about writing YA is remembering what being a teenager was like: hormones, no sense of perspective, feeling incredibly trapped because adults had control of every aspect of my life. Putting myself back in those emotional “shoes” was very difficult and draining, mostly because I had such an awful adolescence.I think a lot of times people ask this question and they’re really asking “what about swears and sex?” My answer is that sometimes kids cuss, and sometimes kids experiment, and if I try to pretend those things don’t happen I’m lying to my audience and being unfaithful to what I remember about being a teenager. That lie, that unfaithfulness, is the kiss of death for a story. It’s not my job to censor. It’s my job to tell the damn tale.

If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you’d be doing for a living?

I’m not proud. I’ve got kids to feed, so I would be doing whatever was required. If I couldn’t write and I had to choose something to support us…well, maybe I’d go back to school and be a paralegal. The law fascinates me. It’s also a very detail-oriented and word-oriented field, both things that agree with me.What I would like, of course, is to go back to school and get a Classics degree and be a Latin teacher. That’s my deep dark secret: if I couldn’t write but I could do anything else, that’s what I’d do.

Who did you look up to the most when you were growing up(literary or otherwise)?

My heroines all came from books—Anne McCaffrey’s female characters, Patricia McKillip and Robin McKinley’s heroines, Jane Eyre, some of Katherine Paterson and Lillian Stewart Carl’s female characters. I also depended quite a lot on librarians and English teachers. My home life was not safe, and my school life was dangerous on account of the other children, but libraries were always safe and teachers more than once were unsung heroes to a very frightened young girl.

I know many authors use music to set the mood while they write. Do you, and if so, what’s on your playlist?

Oh, my goodness, everything except rap and modern country. It just varies. I do build playlists for specific books; my writing partner is an audiophile and is always exposing me to new stuff. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of trance and ambient, and a lot of old, old blues and gospel.

In your free time, I know you like to work out. What’s the hardest sport you’ve ever tried, and what is your favorite?

Hardest sport…that would be anything with a team. I am just…not a team player. My favourite sports are running—because I can do that alone—and rock climbing. I like climbing, even though it might technically be a team sport because I generally have a belayer, because while I’m clinging to the rock everything whirling around my head just…stops. It’s a blessed relief. I don’t have to think about anything other than moving up the wall, and I find that fierce one-pointed concentration oddly relaxing.

What is the most dangerous or daring thing you’ve ever done?

Motherhood. Hands down. Dangerous, difficult, daring, and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, or will ever do.

If the Jill and Dante books were made into movies, who could you picture playing them on the big screen?

I always pictured Dante as Rachel Weisz, if one could rough her up and make her a little less ladylike, sort of how she was in Enemy At The Gate. As for Jill, I have not seen any actress that looks like her unless it’s Frances McDormand. Jill is a sort-of-plain woman; it’s her intensity that makes the eye stick to her.

I know you’re working on a secret project, but is there any other news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share?

I can announce that I’m working on a new steampunk/sorcery/alternate London series, the Bannon & Clare books, about a sorceress and a sort-of-Sherlock Holmes. They solve crimes. Also, there’s very exciting stuff happening with a fantasy manuscript of mine, and I have a whole new YA series in the works. It’s like juggling chainsaws to keep up, but I love it.


*Giveaway is for a copy of Defiance (Strange Angels 4) to one winner

*To enter: Please leave a comment and tell me who your favorite kick ass book heroine is, with a way to contact you!




  1. ohh my fav kick arse heroine is Rachel Morgan from the Hallows series.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  2. Ooh, an anne McCaffrey & Robin McKinley fan, it now makes so much sense why I love your books. 🙂

    In answer to the question, Aerin from the Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (she slays dragons how more butt-kicking can you get). 🙂

    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

  3. My favorite is definitely Kate Daniels!


  4. I'll say my favorite kick ass book heroine is Jennifer Estep's Gin Blanco. She is one stubborn woman, who takes everything that's thrown at her, but still comes out on top. She's lucky to have a great friend to heal her after all those nasty fights, that's for sure.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  5. Well, I would say Dru, but I really really adore Katniss. She's just the best!

    GFC follower

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  6. I LOVE Katniss from Hunger Games!
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    ambience.of.rain {at}

  7. I think my favorite is Nix from the IAD series.
    GFC follower

  8. Jessica ( frellathon )

    Lisbeth from The Girl who Kicked The Hornets Nest. She rocks.


  9. My favorite kick a** heroine is Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. It's epic!

  10. Cat! from Nighthuntress series! but very close second is Mercy from the Mercy Thompson series!

  11. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great interview. I love that all your heroes were from books you loved. It is really something you took and just went with up until now and now you have great heroines for people to look up now 🙂 Love the actresses you chose as well. I love hearing who an author imagines as their characters.

    Favorite kick ass heroines? Another hard question 🙁 If I have to choose one it would be Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series. She is tough, powerful, and a smart ass. Definitely has a lot of that Anita Blake spirit 😀

    Thank you guys so much, great read 🙂

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  12. great giveaway
    follow via gfc

    my favorite kick ass girl is Claire from the Morganville Vampires

  13. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    My fave is Gin from the Elemental Assassin series


  14. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good.

  15. I love Katniss from the Hunger Games-she is so brave and, at times, selfless. I also love Super Woman (dorky, I know) because she truly loves what she does and protects the people of this world :p edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  16. That is an uber hard question!! There's too many! 🙂

    Hmm…Nyx from Cheyenne McCray's Night Tracker series is pretty KA! Also I like Sabina from Jaye Well's series!


  17. Tough question but going to go with Mac from the Fever series.
    Fun to read what other people pick!


  18. my life with books -kjovus

    Holy Moly! This is one of the hardest questions I have been ask. Kate Daniels is my fave adult butt kicker and Dru is my fave young adult gal. Followed by Katsa, Mercy, Chess and Katniss.
    kjovus at gmail dot com

  19. I have read Dante Valentine and have to say she is wonderful. I felt sad when I finished because I wanted more and more! Thank you for sharing this giveaway opportunity today.


  20. I would say Trella from Inside Out. She is so uniquely kick ass.
    GFC follower
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  21. The Lovely Getaway

    Rose from Vampire Academy… she kicks major ass 🙂 thanks for hosting this giveaway! please enter me!


  22. Great intervew! My favorite kick-ass heroine is Yelena from Maria V. Snyder's Study series.
    Thank you!


  23. Sally@Always Lost in Stories

    Wow- great interview! I absolutely love the Strange Angels series, but her new steampunk/sorcery/alternate London series sounds brilliant! I'll have to look into that!

  24. I would pick Eve Dallas from JD Robb series
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  25. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! My favorite kick ass heroine is Rose from the Vampire Academy! I just started reading this series and I love her!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  26. I can't exactly say I have a favorite, I love so many of the "kick ass book heroines". I'll just mention one though. Astrid Llewelyn from the Killer Unicorn series by Diana Peterfreund.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  27. lisbeth from the girl with the dragon tattoo!
    she rocks big time!
    vvb32 at

  28. My fav is probably Anita Blake she totally kicks butt!

  29. Wow this is difficult! I'd have to go with Mac from the fever series.

  30. michellesheavenlyreviews

    Wow thanks for the giveaway, this is one of my fave series!
    I would probably pick Rose from VA or Clary from TMI.

    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  31. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 This is so hard… but I'd have to say Katsa from Graceling 🙂

  32. I love Meghan from the Iron Fey series! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Miss Lauren

  33. That's easy! My favorite kick ass book heroine would be Cat from The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. Really Cat is so awesome! She is super hot, has kick ass fighting skills, a too hot husband named Bones, and a very witty humor. To top it off she has a really big heart. So that's pretty much why she is kick ass 🙂


  34. I would have to go with two favorites, Dante from Dante Valentine Series and Evy Stone from Dreg City books from Kelly Meding.

  35. melissasmeanderings

    I love Lisbeth from the Millennium Trilogy…she's one tough cookie!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  36. Linda: By the Book

    Rose in the VA series because she's a kick ass vamp.
    Strange Angels was awesome and it's nice to know she doesn't censor, she tells the tale.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  37. I love Fire from Kristin Cashore. She has so much power, but doesn't want to misuse it. She slowly grows into her power and embraces her kick-ass monster-self.

    GFC: Candice
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. Melissa (Books and Things)

    My fave kick-ass girl is Cat from the nighthuntress novels

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com

  39. I've been meaning to start Lilith Saintcrows books for forever…she toured with Richelle Mead once and thats what popped her up on my radar…I hope ill win so i have an excuse to start!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  40. I'm very curious about this author. Probably because of her name…



  41. My favorite kickass heroine is probably Katsa from Graceling. I love the Strange Angels series although I still haven't read Defiance.

  42. I like Renata from the Midnight Breed series.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  43. Thanks for the giveaway! my favorite is probably Katniss


  44. My favorite kickass heroine is Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental series. She's awesome.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. I really like Katsa from Graceling. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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