I am very happy that Caitlin could free a little time for us in her schedule to answer a couple of questions =) You probably know her for her Black London series & Nocturne City series, but today she’s here to celebrate her young adult debut, The Iron Thorn (Feb 22nd, 2011)! Make sure you tag along, because she is also offering a copy of her book ^^ Please welcome her warmly =)
How would you describe The Iron Thorn, in 3 sentences or less?
A Lovecraftian steampunk fantasy about stolen brothers, haunted mansions and the girl who gets caught in the middle.
None! I’m happy not to have to deal with evil fairies and steampunk gadgets.
Would you tell us why we should read The Iron Thorn, tweeter style (140 characters or less)?
If you like your fairies evil, your bad boys bad and your technology with gears, then Aoife’s story is the one for you!
What’s the hardest part in starting a new series?
Definitely fitting the worldbuilding into the story–once the rules are established, it’s easier to dive right into the plot, but in the first book, there’s always a bit of "origin story" to get in there, so your readers can immerse themselves in the world.
About the Black London series, did you always plan to write four books, or did it grow?
There’s actually going to be at least five! I don’t have a definite end to the series planned.
Heard you like photography, a form of art I ADORE, would you like to show us some of your shots?
Sure! You can go to my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/caitlinkittredge. You can click on my "Portraits" or "Abandoned Places" sets to see some of my favorites!
My worst habit is procrastination, for sure. I’m probably never going to get rid of that one! I don’t have any weird habits, really…just standard bad ones like biting my nails!
What project are you currently working on?
Right now I’m editing Volume II of the Iron Codex series, and working on a proposal for a new adult urban fantasy series that I’m describing as Raymond Chandler meets Supernatural, with bonus! fallen angels.
And last, What’s your best Spring Break memory?
Confession time: I was homeschooled, and never actually went away for spring break. I actually have a vivid memory of being the only person in our local park one afternoon, because all of my peers were off skiing or winning wet tshirt contests. During college, I usually either slept (I worked graveyard shift and was sleep deprived all through my freshman year) or went to visit my boyfriend. Maybe I win a prize for Most Boring Spring Break Story ever? The trophy could be feet wearing sandals with thick socks…
Thank you so much Caitlin for taking the time to share with us! If we were the same age, and grew up in the same area, we would’ve been two in that park hehe, I never did anything on spring break either.
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Hereticalâ€”born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst wayâ€”every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.
If you got curious I’ve got a treat for you! On Feb 15th, Caitlin posted on her blog the beginning of the first chapter. I though you might be interested ^^
“THERE ARE SEVENTEEN madhouses in the city of Lovecraft. I’ve visited all of them.
My mother likes to tell me about her dreams when I visit. She sits in the window of the Cristobel Charitable Asylum and strokes the iron bars covering the glass like they are the strings of a harp. “I went to the lily field last night,” she murmurs.
Her dreams are never dreams. They are always journeys, explorations, excavations of her mad mind, or, if her mood is bleak, ominous portents for me to heed.
The smooth brass gears of my chronometer churned past four- thirty and I put it back in my skirt pocket. Soon the asylum would close to visitors and I could go home. The dark came early in October. It’s not safe for a girl to be out walking on her own, in Hallows’ Eve weather.”
-from Chapter 1, The Ashes of the World
Thanks to Caitlin’s generosity, I have a finished copy of The Iron Thorn to offer to one lucky reader!
This giveaway is open Internationally
To enter, just leave a comment letting Caitlin know just how excited you are for her new release ^^
Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!
If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)
Ends April 6th, 2011.
To anxious? You can purchase The Iron Thorn here: