Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Interview: Julie Kagawa

I'm ridiculously excited today to welcome Julie Kagawa to the blog! Her Iron Fey series one of my absolute favorites and I, along with a good majority of the young adult fiction world, am anxiously awaiting The Iron Knight so I can spend an extended period of time with Ash and Puck. If you have yet to read this series, add it to your list immediately :-) Hope you enjoy the interview!

Do you have a favorite line or scene from any of the three books, or a favorite character moment that most stands out in your mind?

“I am a cat.” Nuff said. ;-)

If you were in an emergency situation (of any kind) and could call one of your characters for help, who would it be and why?

Well, if it were something major, like the Zombie Apocalypse, I would call on Ash, because he’d be able to chop through the hoards easily. If it were something like getting my cat out of a tree…I’d still call Ash, because Grimalkin would probably mock the poor cat, and Puck might turn it into a bird or something.

Which of the three published books would you say differs most from its original, unedited version?

All the books have gone through major changes from first draft to final copy, but The Iron King probably had the most changes.

What is your favorite element of the Fey in your novels?

Probably the Iron Fey. It was pretty fun creating an entire new species of Faery.

The world of Faery you’ve created is amazing and has absolutely captivated readers, is there a world from another piece of fiction that has captivated you in the same way?

Harry Potter. I wish I had written that series, only because I love the world so much and want to live there.

If you could turn one stand alone book into a series because you love the story so much and wish it would continue, what book would it be?

There was an adult, sci-fi book called Helm that I loved and wished it could be a series. Sadly, that’s probably never going to happen because the book is now out of print. In newer, YA books, I wouldn’t mind reading more about the characters from Anna and the French Kiss. Though I hear Lola and the Boy Next Door has both Anna and Etienne in the story. (YAY!)

*tries not to break out into embarrassing happy dance but fails miserably - HAPPY DANCE!*

I tend to judge a book by its cover when I’m in the bookstore staring at all the goodness on the shelves (it’s a sickness, I know *slaps own wrist here*), have you ever been sucked in by a beautiful cover alone?

Oh, many times. But the cover is what draws people to the book in the first place; it’s their first impression and what drives them to pick it up and flip it over. Book covers are very important. There are hundreds of books on the shelves; a beautiful, eye-catching cover is a must.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions Julie! For more information on Julie and the Iron Fey series, you can find her here:

Iron Fey on Facebook

Book Order:

The Iron King (Iron Fey #1)
Winter's Passage (Iron Fey #1.5)
The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2)
The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3)
Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5)
The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4)

THE IRON KING (from Goodreads)

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny--one she could never have imagined...

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth-- that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


  1. Wow, Jenny. You're so lucky to interview Julie! She's a rock star. I love her choice of quotes. Team Grimalkin!

  2. I am ashamed to say I haven't read this series yet! But I do plan to read The Iron King this summer. Like the author, I would love to live in the world of Harry Potter.
    Great interview!

  3. Fabulous interview!! How freaking awesome that you got to interview Julie Kagawa!

    I loved these questions! Pretty fun and original.

    I have been wanting to read this series so bad, but the bookstore is always sold out! Maybe I just need to order them already.

  4. Awesome interview! It had great questions. "I am a cat" was definitely a great line, and she does have a point about Ash...
    Loved the interview, love these books! (I heart Julie so bad.)

  5. Amazing interview! I love that line Julie picked. I mean how could anybody not love Grim. And I super excited for The Iron King :)

  6. OoOoOO I have a crush on Julie... Yes here.. I said it and now I sound like a Stalker. But I'm in love with her books senselessly . She created something unique and wonderful and I adore her characters! I just recently started the audiobook from "The Summer's Crossing" and ... it is ridiculously fantastic!

    Thanks for this interview Jenny!! <3

  7. Great interview :)
    I must read these books! *fingers itching to press buy*

  8. Wow lucky you! I'm like the only one who still needs to read this series. Great interview!

  9. I still need to read several books from this series, but loved Iron King so much that I have turned on most of my students to it as well as my daughter. Great interview.

  10. Love that line! :)

    Note to self: Ask Ash for help during Zombie Apocalypse, lol.

    Who wouldn't want to read more about St. Clair??!!

    Thanks for the great interview you two! :)

  11. Great interview! I met Julie at ALA last weekend and she was super nice. I'm bringing Iron King with me on vacation to read this weekend.

  12. I love this series and getting to talk to her must have been fantastic!

    I would still call Puck though just because if I am not going to survive the zombie apocalypse--I want to die laughing :) Ash is entirely to serious and fight to the death LOL

  13. Great interview! I need to get caught up with this series. I tried to, but the books kept flying off my classroom library shelf and I never got to read the second or third! Hopefully I can this summer, because I really enjoyed the Iron King.

  14. Oh I love Julie and the Iron Series!! Fun interview, I cant wait to read the new book..:)

  15. Alison - She is a rock star, I was pretty excited when she agreed to be on!

    Misha - I adore these books. The first one took me a little while to get into, but then I couldn't put the others down and I was sobbing like a little girl by the end of the 3rd one:)

    Jennifer - You should! I don't think you'll be disappointed:)

    Riv Re - I heart her as well:) And Ash.

    Nic - Grim is hilarious. I love how 4 little words pretty much sum him up:)

    Danny - It's okay to be a stalker sometimes:) But I don't think anyone who's actually met you would actually refer to your adorableness as anything remotely resembling stalker-like tendencies.

    Blodeuedd - DO IT! I just love them, I hope you get a chance to try them in the future:)

    Tyraa - Haha I feel that way with Divergent. I feel like a blogger failure that I haven't read that one yet:)

    Jan - I thought the series just kept getting better, I liked 2 better than 1 and then 3 better than 2, so I can't wait for Iron Knight:)

    Jacinda - That is a good note to self, I should make a similar one:)

    Patti - Oooo lucky you! Can't wait to hear what you think of Iron King!

    Felicia - You make a very good point, I would want to die laughing too. Or making out with Ash. Either way I'd go down happy:)

    Christina - Thanks! I hope you get caught up too, the second and third books are SO good:)

    Tina - Me either! I need more Ash immediately:)

  16. Holy cow, I do love this series! And Julie's new breed of Fey are awesome. Kind of steampunk-y in a way, with all the gears and such. Great interview!
    Happy reading,
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  17. I haven't read this series yet, but it is def on my summer reading list. I have Iron Queen but need to get the others. Can't wait to read them.

  18. Sadly, I haven't read this series yet, but I will soon. *Blushes* I keep hearing so much about Ash and Puck and I would love to meet them. :) Great questions, Jenny!

  19. Mary - They do have kind of a steampunk vibe with all the metal, I just love them:)

    Laura - I hope you get to it soon, it's a favorite:)

    Rummanah - *slaps wrist* Ash and Puck are waiting for you! ;-)

  20. I love this lady! I hope to meet her one day and get my books signed by her. I am addicted to the series!

  21. Haha, I love Julie's answers! Especially the comment about her characters getting a cat out of a tree. This needs to be written into a novella, seriously! :P
    Fabulous interview!

  22. I've never read any of the books from this series. Although, all of them look good. I think it's the fairy aspect that kind of drove me away. I don't read too many fairy books because a lot of what I have read hasn't been that good. I don't mind reading about Fae, but Fairy in general is different and IDK, drives me off. This series sounds good though. I may finally pick it up.

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  23. Savy - I hope to meet her one day too:)

    Lauren - I would so read that novella!

    Jen - I'm not really a fairy person either which is why I avoided this series for a long time, but I just love it. It's converted me:)

  24. Great interview! I'm way behind on this series as it always seems like these books are coming out way faster then I can read them.

  25. When I first saw this I was prepared to be totally jelly b/c I thought you had an early copy of the Iron Knight! (even though I hope you get an early copy so I can squee with you!) What a great interview. I love this series.


    Team Grim!! ;D

  26. Loved this interview, and I haven't even read the series (yet). Jenny, great thinking on the emergency question! I really do need to try out these book, don't I?


  27. I really, really should get around to reading this series. I know Ash is supposed to be all hot but I like the sound of Puck better since I feel like he'd be able to make you feel better no matter how crappy your day is. Maybe I'll feel differently after I actually read the series.

  28. Yay! LOVE this interview. Julie is a genius. The Iron Fey, the whole new look to a familiar world that she created was just done so spectacularly. Now that is a world I wish I could live in, under the protection of Ash of course.

    Yes, I love the Winter Prince. I'd probably call him for any emergency situation as well. He is amazing.

    Interviews with Julie are always a delight. I love her blog too! I'm so glad she is open to stalkers... like me.

  29. Jenny - There's only 3 at the moment (the in between ones are short, and while they're good, you don't have to read them to follow the story), so that's not too bad:) Plus, now you don't have to wait in between!

    Melissa - I would fallen out of my chair in a dead faint if I'd gotten an early copy of Iron Knight. can't wait for that one!

    Linds - Yes, yes you do:)

    Zahida - I like Puck, but I'm Team Ash. I get sucked in by the dark and brooding ones every time:)

    Missie - She definitely is. And I would want to live in this world with Ash's protection as well, how amazing would that be?:)

  30. AWESOME interview!!! I love the Iron Fey series!!!

  31. Love this series. Wonderful interview. Ash would definitely be an asset in a zombie apocalypse!

  32. I LOVE the Iron Fey series! I cannot wait until The Iron Knight is released! I really enjoyed the original questions you asked and Julie's answers :)

  33. What a fun interview! I think Grim's line is my favorite from all the books. Can I be Team Grim?

  34. Soooooo, don't kill me, but I still haven't started this series. My feelings on fae are quite the same as they are on vampires. So sue me. Is this yet another series I'm missing out on?

    Also, I love your ridiculous happy dance haha

    ALSO ALSO love Julie's answer about Harry Potter!

  35. Cool interview! I really like The Iron Fey series and had to laugh out loud at Julie's favourite quote:D

  36. I cannot believe you got to interview Julie Kagawa! She's one of my favourite authors now, and I'm loving The Iron King to pieces: I'm picking up the Iron Queen on my next trip to a bookstore! I'm loving the interview, and Julie's answer about HP!
    Thanks for the brilliant interview!

  37. You got to interview Julie Kagawa!!! You lucky girl! My favorite YA fantasy series is by far THE IRON FEY. Amazing stuff there.

    Julie is super funny. Her interview is exactly what I expected from her. And, your questions were great.

    I'm Team Ashy-poo! (But, Puck is so awesome, too!)

  38. That was great and so much fun. I need to try some Julie VERY VERY soon.