A few weeks ago I was contacted and asked if I would like to participate in Julie's Blog tour for the release of Iron King under MIRA Ink in the UK! I was very honored to have been asked and prepared a few questions for Julie that I think myself and other readers have always wondered the answers too.
For those who don't know, The Iron King is the first in the Iron Fey series and blends adventure, danger, romance and the mythical world of Faerie into a beautifully woven story that many readers, including myself, were unable to put down.
Anyway, I'll stop babbling and Ill put the questions and the answers that I got and let you read them.
And if you haven't read The Iron King yet, go give it a go, it truly is an amazing novel!
1. Many, many authors have wrote about the Fey but I have always been curious; where did the idea of the Iron Fey come from?
Faeries, the old, ancient fey, not the glittery winged sprites, have always fascinated me. But I wanted to write a book that was different than other faery books. So I began thinking: what are the fey afraid of? The answer, in most ancient mythos, is iron. Faeries can’t stand the touch of iron and steel. So, what if there was a new type of fey that had evolved with progress over the years? What if they weren’t only immune to iron, their existence was slowly poisoning and corrupting the lands of the traditional fey? And I realized we already have “monsters” in machines: gremlins, bugs, viruses, ect. And from that thought, the Iron fey were born.
2. Writing can take a long time, especially with the amount of drafting and re-writing that can take place but how long did it take to write The Iron King?
The Iron King took me a little under two months to write, but that’s because I wrote it for NaNo WriMo, which is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I was already halfway done with Iron King and super eager to finish, so I used NaNo to write like a madwoman until it was finished.
3. Who is your favourite character and why?
It would have to be Ash, because I have a thing for dark, brooding bad boys who wield pointy weapons. But Grimalkin definitely runs a very, very close second.
4. As I'm sure your aware, there's major fan bases for both Ash and Puck, which of the two leading men do you like the most and why?
By my previous answer, I would have to say Ash, but I love Puck too. Puck is my snarky boy, and the story wouldn’t be the same without him. I need Puck to balance Ash out, to bring some lightness to the story, and to always look out for Meghan. Besides, he’s my favourite character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
5. Did any of the characters take up more page time than you meant them too?
Yes, a certain snarky cat. Originally, Grimalkin was only supposed to guide Meghan to the Summer Court, and that was all. But he kept popping up and popping up, so finally I conceded and made him a main character. There’s just no saying ‘no’ to Grim.
6. And finally, Do you have any place for further Iron Fey books after the Iron Knight, or is that going to be the final book?
At the moment, Iron Knight will be the last Iron Fey book, and right now I’m working on a new series set in a post-apocalyptic world. (With vampires!) But, after that, who knows? I might return to the world of the Iron Fey, we’ll have to see.
A big thank you to you Julie for your time in answering these questions for me and I wish you all the best in the new series you have planned (I love vampires!).
And to everyone else, I've included some links where you can find out more about the Iron Fey series. Check them out and join Meghan, Ash and Puck in their adventures in the Never Never!
Julie Kagawa's Website
MIRA Ink Website
Julie's Goodreads Page
Hope you enjoyed reading this :-D xxxxxxx