So you've seen my review of The Iron Knight... *points to post before this* It took me a while to actually read the book because I wasn't really prepared for the series to end. Just goes to show how much I love the series that I can't quite accept that it has ended already :)
Anyway! I had a chance to ask Julie a few questions about The Iron Fey series and if you're interested, check out her answers below:
Can you pick one sentence (from any of the books in the Iron Fey series) that can describe it as a whole?
"This should be very interesting." ~Grimalkin, The Iron King.
(Okay, so that was a cheater line, but just one sentence is hard, lol.)
How did it feel writing The Iron Knight, knowing that it's the end of Meghan and Ash's story?
It was a little sad and a little scary, too. Last books come with such high expectations, and you know not everyone is going to be satisfied with it. Plus, switching to Ash's POV was a pretty big gamble; what if people hated the real Ash? But I'm very pleased with the way everything turned out for Ash and Meghan. I can leave with a sense of peace knowing their story ended exactly as it should.
Would you rather be: An Iron Fey, part of the Summer Court, or the Winter Court?
I wish I could say I was Winter, because I like snow and ice and despise the heat, but I couldn't live without my video games, so I'll have to say Iron.
Have you ever considered killing / writing off any of the major characters (Ash, Puck, Meghan, Grim) from the story?
Oh, goodness, I shudder to think of the consequences! I think the fans would kill me, lol. But I will say this, if the story demanded it, if there was no other way, then yes. But killing a main character is a very serious, solemn business and one that I do not take lightly. If, someday, I do decide to sacrifice the main character, it was because it was the only logical way the story could end.
Was there any part of it (the series as a whole or just one book) you'd want to rewrite if you had a chance?
There are a few scenes and chapters I know I could write differently now, but a writer is constantly changing and growing, and there comes a point where you just have to say you wrote the best book you could at that time and not look back.
Please tell us something about your new book, Immortal Rules! (Can we get a teaser quote from the book?)
The Immortal Rules is a post-apocalyptic vampire series, set in a world where a plague has decimated most of humanity and vampires have risen up to take control. The protagonist is a girl named Allison who suddenly finds herself turned into a vampire, and must struggle with what that means, while at the same time protecting a group of humans in their search for the vampire-free city of Eden.
And here is a small teaser:
My vampire creator told me this:
"Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. Accidentally, or as a conscious, deliberate act, it is unavoidable. The question is not if you kill them, but when. Do you understand?"
I didn't then. Not really.
I do now.
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
You will kill. The only question is when.
In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.
Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.
Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.
AND FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
You might want to check me out on Twitter (@amaterasureads) because I will be having a flash giveaway of my ARC of The Iron Knight tomorrow (sometime around 8 pm, Philippine Time). If you haven't read it yet (WHY!?) here's your chance to read the conclusion of Ash and Meghan's story!