Interview: DL McDermott, author of Cold Iron

DL McDermott’s brand new book, COLD IRON, just came out, and she was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions about the book, and more!


dlmcdermott1You’re a Yale grad and have degrees in Classics and Art History, as well as an MFA in film production, but did you always want to write fiction?
I did always want to write fiction! I glommed Nancy Drew in grade school and after that I was hooked. There was a terrific used bookstore in the town where I grew up called The Paperback Exchange. It was stuffed with old science fiction, fantasy, romance, thrillers, a little bit of everything. And you could find really old paperbacks by classic writers like Fritz Leiber or Jack Vance for a quarter.

Will you tell us more about your new book, COLD IRON?
The heroine of the book, Beth Carter, is an archaeologist who disturbs the rest of an ancient Celtic warrior. The fun really starts when he follows her home to Boston and she discovers that the Irish gangs of Southie and Charlestown are actually warring groups of Fae.

What do you like most about Beth, and why do you think readers will root for her?
Beth is very good at what she does, but her ex-husband has been taking credit for her discoveries for so long that no one truly knows her real capabilities. I think a lot of readers understand what it’s like to put in the work without receiving the credit, and they’ll root for Beth to come into her own.

coldironDon’t suppose you’d like to dish a bit about Conn…
An ancient badass with a grudge, he starts off icy and thaws when he gets to know Beth. He’s got an agenda when he comes to Boston but unfortunately the Fae there have an old score to settle with him…

Why write about the fae, as opposed to other supernatural creatures?
A lot of supes have lost their bite (pun totally intended) through familiarity, but when you go to the source of most fairy tales you find a kernel of badass at the core.

What kind of research did you do for the book?
I read a lot of Irish mythology and researched Celtic burial practices. My own fields of study in college, Art History and Classics, overlapped with archaeology, so I was already familiar with Beth’s world, and I’d worked in a museum for eight years so drew on a lot of my own experiences.

What do you like to see in a good book?
I enjoy being sucked into a story and spending time with characters I love.

Speaking of good books, read any that you’ve particularly enjoyed lately?
I’m re-reading all the Night Watch books by Terry Pratchett. Once I start, I can’t stop.

When you’re not writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I run, I cook, and sometimes I make movies.

What’s next for you!
Pocket is releasing the first three books in the COLD IRON series back to back, so SILVER SKIN will be out in April and STONE SONG is coming in June!

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About COLD IRON:
The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.

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