Larissa: When did you first start writing?
Julie Kagawa: Oh, goodness. Probably when I was in second or third grade. I remember folding a stack of papers together and drawing “illustrations” in them, with the intent that the story would come after. I began my serious, “I want to be an author someday” writing when I was in high school.
L: Have you always been interested in Fantasy?
JK: Always. In school, it was all I read. The only other genres I bothered with were the books I had to read for class, and even those were read reluctantly. I've recently branched out, though. I'll read contemporary and sci-fi and historical fiction, but the great majority of what I read is still fantasy and paranormal.
JK: YA readers are so passionate about books, even more so than adult fans. I love the genre and I love that passion. I just like writing YA, I guess.
L: Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?
JK: Too many to count.
L: What is your favorite subject in the Fantasy Realm?
JK: My first love was with dragons. I think I'll always have a spot in my heart for them.
L: Favorite Paranormal themed Movie?
JK: The Return of the King. (Lord of the Rings part III)
L: Favorite Paranormal themed TV Show?
JK: Toss up between Buffy and Firefly.
L: Favorite Paranormal themed Book?
JK: Oh wow, my list of favorite books is far too long. ONE of my favorite books is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.
L: Favorite Author?
JK: Too many awesome authors to have one favorite. Here are a few: Maria V. Snyder, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Jim Butcher, Rick Riordan, Holly Black, Maggie Steifvater.
L: Favorite YA Fantasy Author?
JK: See above question. ;-)
L: Who is your favorite of your own characters?
JK: I'd have to say Ash, because I have a thing for dark, dangerous Bad Boys who can wield pointy objects. But Grimalkin runs a very, very close second.
L: Which was the hardest to write? Why?
JK: Meghan was actually the hardest to write, as it was difficult to balance bravery and stubbornness with the vulnerability of a normal teen girl.
L: What would you be if not a writer?
JK: Well, I was a dog trainer before I became a writer, and I love working with animals, so I'd probably go back to that.
L: Coffee or Tea?
JK: Ick, neither. Mountain Dew!
L: Up or Down?
L: Virtual or Real?
JK: As I'm always on my PS3 or Xbox, Virtual.
L: Right or Left?
L: Day or Night?
L: Fairies or Humans?
JK: Fairies (obviously)
L: Angels or Demons?
JK: Ooh, that's a hard one. Demons if they're good, and Angels if they're fallen.
L: Reading or Writing?
JK: Yes. :P
L: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
JK: Creating characters and figuring out the plot.
L: What is your least favorite part?
JK: Writer's block!
L: The iron Fey series in your own words?
JK: Once ordinary girl discovers her faery heritage, and must confront the Iron Fey to claim her destiny.
L: What is coming up next for you?
JK: After the Iron Fey, I'll be working on a brand new YA series. Think: vampires.
L: Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?
JK: Just keep writing, and don't let anyone discourage you. The only difference between a published author and a non-published one is that the published one never gave up.
L: Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?
JK: Just, thanks so much for your support! Authors are nothing without their readers, so thank you for giving Iron King a chance. J
L: Thanks so much for being here!
JK: Thank you for the interview!
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