Exclusive Bitten by Books
Interview with Author Caitlin Kittredge
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Welcome to Bitten by Books, we are excited to have you here today!
I would like to thank you taking the time to join us for the question and answer session with our readers. It has been very interesting to get to know more about you and what makes you tick as a writer! Readers, if you haven’t done so already please stop by and get your copy of Caitlin’s upcoming release Second Skin.
BBB: What do you find the most challenging aspect of writing?
CK: Copyediting a manuscript, definitely. Once I turn in line edits, I’m ready to be finished with the book, and I have to read it again and edit for grammar. Not to mince words, it’s deadly dull but it has to be done.
BBB: What is the most rewarding aspect of writing for you?
CK: Personally, when a scene comes together just right and everything works on all the levels–plot, character, theme–that it should. Professionally, when I meet readers and get to share their reactions to the story. That’s just wonderful.
BBB: What or who was your muse that got you started writing?
CK: I’ve been writing since I can remember, but I specifically knew I wanted to write fantasy when I read Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman in college. The urge to explore the fantastic was a real driving force behind my novels and still is.
CK: Well, honestly, I like the feel of books and won’t replace them with ebooks any time soon. But you can load text documents onto the reader and the savings on printing and paper have enormous implications. I actually got my agent one for Christmas…she loves it.
BBB: What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?
CK: Really, the technology is far too new to predict long-term impact on the printed word, so I’m going to reserve judgment. In five years,we’ll have a better sense of the new model e-readers are bringing to publishing.
BBB: Do you consider your work more paranormal romance or urban fantasy and what do you like about your chosen genre over the other?
CK: I write speculative fiction. I don’t really consider my work one genre or another, besides fantasy. Urban fantasy/paranormal romance is mostly a marketing decision. That said, my work is usually plot or character driven rather than relationship driven. I guess that makes me a bit more UF.
BBB: Which of your two series is your favorite?
CK: Oh gosh, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. Black London has a tremendous amount of depth and breadth in its worldbuilding, as well as a hero that I adore. But the Nocturne City books are gritty and dangerous, a real homage to the pulp novels I read as a kid. I like them both for very different reasons.
BBB: Can you tell us what your next release (s) will be? And do you have stand alone titles forthcoming? And of course we would love to know how many more books are scheduled in your series!
CK: My next release is Second Skin, Nocturne City #3 on March 3rd, 2009. Then Street Magic drops June 2nd and that’s the first Black London novel. Black and White, my co-authored superhero novel with Jackie Kessler, releases June 23rd and I’m in several anthologies this year as well as having two more novels drop in the fall.
Luna’s story was always meant to be told in six books, and Book 5 releases in September. The Black London novels have more of an infinite feel because they lend themselves well to spin-offs. I’m currently contracted for two, Street Magic in June and Demon Bound in December, but I’d love to write more of that world. I’ve also recently sold a YA series that’s a trilogy of steampunk fantasy called The Iron Codex, which is forthcoming in 2010.
BBB: Night Life is such an interesting start to a series, how did you decide on witch and were siblings? And are you going to do a split off series on the sister and magic as the primary characteristics?
CK: I really wanted Luna to have a foil, someone very grounded and normal, who didn’t believe in violence and survival of the fittest but at the same time could stand up to a raging werewolf. Thus, Sunny is a cheerful, pacifistic soul who happens to also be a kick-ass witch. The idea of Luna being the only non-witch in her family also worked in terms of making her an outsider.
There are currently no plans for a Sunny series but she is the narrator of a short story in the Strange Brew anthology a little later this year.
BBB: How do you feel being the youngest member of Team Seattle?
CK: I believe I’m actually the mascot. I expect my fur suit and giant prop head to arrive any day now.
BBB: Does it drive you insane being called Kit Kittredge, American Girl?
CK: Compared to what Mark Henry calls the rest of Team Seattle, it’s a blessing.
BBB: Does the fact that you are one of the younger powerhouses in the genre bring any additional pressure?
CK: I do feel something of a need to hold up my end. I had a lot of success very early and if Hollywood child actors have taught us anything, it’s that instant success can bite you in the ass. I never want to stagnate in my craft, so I really do strive to make each novel I write better than the last, and I always try to learn from writers who have more years in the industry than me–their experience is invaluable.
BBB: What inspired you to begin your highly-anticipated YA series?
CK: I really love steampunk fantasy, and I’m a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft, and the two things just collided in my head and I heard my heroine’s voice speaking the first line of the novel. I know that sounds a little crazy but sometimes books come from just that small a spark and a random coincidence. I just wanted to play in a steampunk world to relax a little after finishing two back-to-back Nocturne City novels, and I ended up with an entire trilogy.
BBB: Which of your characters is closest to your heart, so to speak?
CK: Jack Winter from Street Magic, definitely. Jack has been living in my head since I was a sophomore at university, and he’s the most vivid protagonist I’ve ever created. He’s so easy to write because he will sincerely not shut up, even when I’m ready to be done for the day. Plus, if he were real I’d want to go have a drink with him, which is the ultimate litmus test for a character.
BBB: What is your favorite paranormal fiction book of all time?
CK: Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman.
BBB: What do you like to do in between all the time you spend writing?
CK: I watch movies, I read a lot, I like to bake and I do photography as a hobby so if I’m not at my computer I’m usually out wandering around with a camera. And I have two cats, so they keep me busy.
BBB: What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
CK: I was a retail clerk, a Hot Dog on a Stick girl and an MMORPG designer for ArenaNet, who make the GuildWars games. Being a game designer was a sweet gig by many standards but it wasn’t my passion, so I quit about 14 months ago to write and I haven’t looked back.
BBB: Hairy scary Werewolf or Zombie? If you HAD to become one of these creatures, which one and why?
CK: I love werewolves. I don’t find them scary in the least. I’d definitely be all right with being hairy a few days a month in exchange for Wolverine senses and super-strength.
BBB: Do you have any pearls of wisdom you would like to share with our readers here today?
CK: Hah! I’m lucky to get oysters of wisdom on my best day, never mind pearls. I would say write and read what you’re passionate about, and you’ll never steer yourself wrong. That’s the best writing advice I ever got (other than “sit your ass down and type”), so I’ll pass that along.
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