CK: Just three? Kidding. Okay…I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of serial killers and their victims due to reading through every Stephen King book in the library when I was a kid and moving on to true crime. Let’s see…I hate most pop music but am compelled to sing along when Taylor Swift is on the radio. And if you’re allergic to cats, I have six, so we probably won’t work out.
BBB: What actors would you choose to play some of your characters if your book were made into a movie or a TV show?
CK: This question is always so hard! I much prefer to hear fan’s ideas, since I usually don’t spend much time fantasizing about the Big Movie Deal (tm.) Of course, if it actually happens my answer will change!
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
CK: Most of it is in my head. I have a pretty fantastic memory for detail, though I usually can’t find my car keys or my wallet. If I can’t remember I refer back to earlier books.
BBB: Please tell us more about The Mirrored Shard and the storyline that drives it.
CK: The Mirrored Shard is the third book in the Iron Codex trilogy, and it’s where everything comes to a head. Not to give any spoilers, but Aoife finally has to face the consequences of her actions in the two previous books, and make a hard choice to be happy but put the world in jeopardy or finally step up and be the hero at great personal cost.
BBB: How many more books there be in this world?
CK: This is the last one, sadly! The Iron Codex was always meant to be a trilogy.
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
CK: It depends totally on the story. The Mirrored Shard and all of the Iron Codex novels required quite a bit of research, since they’re alternate history novels. My modern-day set urban fantasy requires a little bit less, but I still always research details as best I can to make sure they’re accurate. Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from making mistakes, but I at least hope I’ve learned to double and triple check facts!
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
CK: Plotter, plotter all the way. I get very unproductive if I don’t know where the story is going.
BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?
CK: In the Iron Codex books: Fairies, shapeshifters, all manner of Lovecraftian creatures and monsters, goblins, and humans who control elemental magic. There’s also a plethora of steampunk machines and gadgets, and in The Mirrored Shard, Nikola Tesla’s ghost!
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2012 and 2013?
CK: I’m working on a brand new YA series, a Gothic paranormal story set in the modern day, and I’m writing a new adult novel set in the American South. It’s urban fantasy, but a totally new direction for me, so I’m very excited!
“Caitlin Kittredge is the author of 14 novels for adults and young adults, ranging from paranormal romance to steampunk fantasy. Her books have been RT Award nominees and The Iron Thorn was a YALSA Best Book for 2012. Caitlin lives in Western Massachusetts and although she writes almost all of the time, she also enjoys photography, collecting vintage anything and fixing up her 1881 Victorian house, affectionately known as Stately Wayne Manor.”
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