Julie Kagawa is the author of the highly acclaimed The Iron Fey series published by Harlequin Teen. She is also writing a vampire trilogy, the second book is being released sometime very soon and we were able to question her about her career.
Welcome to Beauty and Lace Julie, thanks for speaking with us.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Probably sometime in high school. The original life goal was to be a veterinarian, but then I discovered you had to be somewhat good at Math and Science and MATH to really pursue that career. And since numbers hate me, I decided to give the writing thing a go.
Can you tell us a little about your journey to publication?
I met my agent at an annual writer’s workshop in Louisville, KY. I’d been going to this workshop for nearly ten years, trying to get published, but that year my agent liked my writing enough to take me on. But she never sold that first book, and after a year of rejections from various publishers, she told me to start writing something else. So I did. I wrote The Iron King in about two months, and at that point Harlequin Teen was just beginning to look for novels for its new YA imprint. My agent sent them The Iron King, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Where did the inspiration for the Blood of Eden series come from?
I was toying with the idea of writing a post-apocalyptic series after The Iron Fey, when my agent asked how I felt about writing vampires. Granted, I’d never planned to do a vampire book, but then I wondered what would happen if I combined the two, vampires and post-apocalyptic. And voila, the idea for The Immortal Rules was born.
Can you tell us a little about your forthcoming release The Eternity Cure?
The Eternity Cure follows heroine Allie Sekemoto as she searches for her sire, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by an evil psychopath vampire named Sarren. She follows his trail back to her old home in New Covington, and discovers quite a few surprises waiting for her. And anything more would go into spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.
Does heroine Allison Sekemoto remind you of anyone you know?
A little of myself, actually. Not that I based her off of me, but we do share similar traits. We’re both short (as in, not tall), we’re both a little sarcastic at times, and we’re both rather short-tempered. Or, I was when I was her age. But I think all authors have a little of themselves in each of their characters, based off our own life experiences.
Have you got a set number of volumes in mind for the Blood of Eden series?
It will be a trilogy. The second book in the series, The Eternity Cure, is coming out this April, and the final book (untitled as of now) will be out sometime next spring.
What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I think I’d be training animals. I was a dog trainer before I was a full time writer, and I really enjoyed it.
Have you any advice for aspiring writers?
Just keep writing, and never give up or quit. All authors started exactly where you are right now, and the ones that made it are the ones that kept going, no matter what.
Is there anything new you are working on that you can tell us about?
I just sold a new, five book series to Harlequin Teen, and it was just optioned by Universal Studios for film rights. Sadly, as of now the project remains top secret, but I hope to be able to share sometime in the near future.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Only that I can do anything I put my mind to, and I know others can do exactly the same.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Julie, I can’t wait for the top secret news to be revealed.