Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Author Interview: Caitlin Kittredge

Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the idea of writing a story about a werewolf who fought crime.

Two years and many, many drafts later, she pitched Night Life to a bevy of agents and one of them, Rachel Vater, sold the series to St. Martin’s.

Caitlin collects comic books, print books, vintage clothes, and bad habits. She loves tea, loud music, the color black (especially mixed with the color pink) and ghost stories. She can drive a stick shift, play the violin and knows more English curses than American ones.

Caitlin lives in Olympia, WA with two pushy cats.
*Bio taken from Caitlin's website
Is it different having a YA book coming out as opposed to an adult book?
Very. It's a completely new audience for me and I'm really excited to see how the book is received. I hope I did an all right job...there's a lot of me in the book and I just hope everyone loves Aoife's story as much as I do.
What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for The Iron Thorn?
I loved it! I think my first thought was actually "Really? I get this as my cover?  Not a joke?" It's definitely one of my favorite covers for any of my books, YA or adult.
 This is easily one of my fave covers ever! I love everything about it.

I have to ask, how in the world do you pronounce Aoife?
It's an Irish name that's pronounced "Ee-fah".
Do you have a specific place where  you do your best writing?
A place with a plug for my laptop.
If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?
I'd never want to be a paranormal creature! Way too much hassle. I would, however, love to have a superpower.
 It does seem like a hassle to be a paranormal creature nowadays...superpowers seems the way to go. See that up there ? Batman is my fave superhero. Gotta represent!

If you could live in one book for a day, what would it be?
I'd never survive for 24 hours, but I'd love to live in the world of Hellboy and the BPRD (Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense.) Fighting monsters, solving paranormal crimes, hanging out with guys like Hellboy--pretty neat!
 Um, this answer is incredible. Hanging with Hellboy and Abe sounds like a blast. A dangerous, possibly life-ending blast, but a blast.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
I'm not sure this is exactly "crazy", but I once got lost for almost 10 hours in the Sonoran Desert when I was hiking. Certainly seemed crazy while I was trying to find my way back to the trailhead, but in the end everything worked out!
What was the last book you read?
The Marvels Project, a comic about Marvel's Golden Age superheroes like Captain America and the first Human Torch.
And the most important question last: What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Chocolate chip!
I don't know why I insist on having this question in interviews. It just makes me hungry.

*See my review for The Iron Thorn here.

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Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Love the paranormal question! I'd like a superpower too, but I can never decide just which one.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

The Slowest Bookworm said...

I read a couple of reviews of The Iron Thorn over the last few days and it sounds really good.

Cookies? White chocolate and raspberry mmmmmm.

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Hell Boy's world would scare the crap out of me, but yeah, great fun while I lived.

Hmmm, I'm hungry now too. Great interview!

Sniffly Kitty said...

Heh, comics are pretty awesome. I'm glad you enjoy them!

I agree with Alyssa that Hell Boy's world would scare me heh~~

Sniffly Kitty
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Brandi - Paranormal creatures are too much of a hassle, right? I'd love some superpowers, but it would be so hard to decide which ones.

Bookworm - White chocolate raspberry cookies? Sounds delish!

Alyssa & Kitty - Hell Boy's crazy world would probably leave me dead nearly instantly. But I think I'd have fun while it lasted.

~The Book Pixie said...

So glad you asked her how to pronounce 'Aoife'! lol. Cause I didn't have a clue. :P I suddenly wanna cookie. Though not chocolate chip. More like a snickerdoodle. Great interview!


Bere said...

Awesome interview, Nikki! Let me first say that Batman is my favorite superhero too hehe! Okay back to The Iron Thorn, I'm actually really looking forward to reading this one. It sounds so great. And the cover is just so cool. I love everything about it, too. Omg, lost for 10 hours in the Sonoran Desert! This sounds a little scary!

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