Thursday, 28 July 2011

Interview with Kevin Hearne

Hey everyone few days ago I had a short Q&A with...yes obviously the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, Kevin Hearne. Although I did go a little overboard with my question (he is now on my favorite authors list.YAY!) but he was kind enough to answer few of them and I'd like to share them with you guys. 



Q: Did you always have in mind to be a writer or it just happen?

I've been wanting to get published for 19 years. It doesn't just happen unless you sit down and put in the time at the keyboard, learn from your mistakes, and don't give up.

Q: When you sit down and write do you know how the story will end or do you just let the pen take you? ie Do you develop character profiles and outlines for your novels before writing them or do you let your ideas develop as you write?
I actually do both. I have a pretty decent outline to begin with and then I feel free to ignore it as I go. Things get added and rearranged.

Q: How did the idea spring in your mind to write about our resident iron druid?
It all started with the idea that I wanted a character who could converse with his dog. A Druid was a class of character that I thought could communicate with animals, so that's where it began. I researched from there.

Q: Did you always know that you wanted THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES to be a six part book or did it only come up after you finished with the first three?
It's going to be longer than six books. The publisher just tends to put writers under contract for three at a time. If the books don't sell well, you don't get to finish the series, so if you do enjoy a series and you want to see how it ends, make sure you tell all your friends about it so that it will get finished. I do have a definite end for the series in mind.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your next book TRICKED?
Atticus and Granuaile will have to deal with the fallout from their actions in HAMMERED, and of course you will find out what happened to the widow MacDonagh.

Now some simple questions and more fun^^

-Your favourite author?
Patrick Rothfuss.

-Your favourite band/singer?
Rush.

-Twitter or Facebook?
I use both, actually.
-Favourite place in the world?
Colorado.

-Last movie you watched at the cinemas?
Captain America.

-The last book you’ve read?
Mouseguard, Winter 1152.
-Have you ever googled yourself?
Yep. That was a trip.

-If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?
Well, I have a day job, so I guess I'd be that: a teacher.

-And last one....print or ebooks?
I read both. Reading is good regardless of format.

Q: The covers of HOUNDED, HEXED and HAMMERED are really awesome and sexy. Did you have any inputs in it? Who is featured as Atticus on the covers?

I had quite a bit of input to it. There is a detailed discussion of it on my Goodies page on my website, first link at the top (HERE). I have no idea who the model is for the cover.


Q: What advice would you like to give budding authors or those who want to start writing?

Finish writing your book. Get honest critiques. Learn from those, and write some more. That's all you can do. Most first novels (and often second novels) are "practice" novels. Published authors usually sell their third or fourth novels, so there's no way around it: you have to write a lot to get the hang of it.

10 comments:

  1. Hi! :) I'm a new follower.
    GFC: Stephanie.
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/StephLikesBooks/status/96911430233759745
    My blog is http://stephlikesbooks.blogspot.com if you want to take a look :)
    stephbarkerdrew(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I have heard such great things about these books, I HAVE to read them now!!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway, and congrats, Kevin, on the huge success of your books:)

    I am a GFC follower.
    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/jwitt33/status/96917954846932992

    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  3. This series sounds great!
    GFC follower Julie S.
    I re-tweeted the tweet above (@juliecookies)
    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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  4. Hello, Aparajita!!

    Thank you for a great Giveaway, courtesy of Kevin Hearne! Wonderfully generous!

    My GFC name is Patricia Blomeley-Maddigan.
    I have also signed up for your email subscription.
    My email address:
    madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca
    My Blog:
    https://thejoyofthewrittenword.wordpress.com/

    Thank YOU!
    Patricia

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  5. Please enter me in the draw!

    I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/DarleneBookNook/status/96957326765993985

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. These sound really interesting!

    I'm a follower! ElfRenee

    I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/ElfRenee/status/97178409536466944

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Amazing giveaway!
    GCF: Cassandra Ruiz

    #40 follower.
    Tweeted:https://twitter.com/#!/BookLoverC/status/97243510952038400

    Been seeing these books a while. Will be great for my Sony e-reader. Thanks again.

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  8. Perfect! A giveaway of the Iron Druid Chronicles out so far!


    Google/ Blogger: Lyn Merkat/ Lynkat http://lynkat.blogspot.com/


    Tweeted 7/31: https://twitter.com/#!/Gr8Apekat


    Thanks,


    -Lyn Merkat


    Email: mergekat@charter.net

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  9. Howdy! GFC is NovelGoddess and my site, where I will be posting a link to your contest is:

    www.novelgoddess.com

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  10. Awesome giveaway!
    blogged:http://enchantedreads.blogspot.com/2011/08/crazy-giveaway-alerts.html

    GFC- Mendy
    mendyha26@gmail.com

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