Julie Kagawa, author of The Iron King which has just been published in the UK by Mira Ink has kindly stopped by to answer some questions:
I asked Julie why she chose to write about the Fey, what her influences were/are and how she continues to develop her Fey universe.
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.
Do you read in the YA genre and who do you recommend?
I do love reading YA, and some of my favourite authors are Maria V. Snyder, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and Suzanne Collins.
many thanks for stopping by Julie and thank you MIRA Ink for arranging it.
At last count, there were 5 free copies of the e-book of The Iron King available from Mira Ink.
The Winter's Passage novella is available to download for free until 30 April from enterthefaeryworld.com.
The Iron Daughter is to be published in the UK on 15 April and The Iron Queen on 15 July.