Wednesday, March 2, 2011

PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Caitlin Kittredge



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.

If you were a character in your own book, which one would you be and why?

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:  You can click on my "Portraits" or "Abandoned Places" sets to see some of my favorites!

I’ve heard you collect bad habits lol, which one is the weirdest and which one would you like to get rid of?

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 Heretical—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 way—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 =)

Tweet: Win! The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge hosted by @parajunkee & @Tynga #ParanormalSpringBreak #giveaway pls RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

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263 People left their mark on “PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Caitlin Kittredge”

  1. Zoë

    This book looks awesome, I would love to read it! thanks for sharing the awesome post and the great photos. I am excited for this book and would love a chance to be entered 🙂


  2. mariska

    Hi Caitlin,
    I’ve been wanting to read this book when i read the blurb ! So excited about it 🙂

    cuniquas at gmail dot com

  3. JenM

    The blurb sounds great and I’ve really enjoyed the other steampunk books that I’ve read. Best wishes on the book. Evil faeries and steam engines seems like a great combo.

    jen at delux dot com

  4. BLHmistress

    I haven’t read any steam punk books but I have been wanting to this one has been at the top of my list.


  5. buddyt

    Steampunk, Lovecraft, Faries !

    Sounds like a fun mixture.

    Please enter me in the giveaway and thanks for making it International

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  6. Vivien

    The premise sounds fantastic. Plus the fact that Richelle Mead recommends it has to be good right? I’m really excited for this new series.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  7. Cade Crowley

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I saw it a few months ago on a friend’s blog 😀


  8. winnie

    Seems like a cool steampunk fantasy read! Congrats on this YA debut, Caitlin! So excited for you! 🙂


  9. Katy

    This book looks amazing! I’ve seen it popping up everywhere and I really REALLY want to read it! Thanks for having this giveaway and giving me a chance to try it out 🙂

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  10. aobibliophile™

    hi Tynga! everything about the book sounds cool – from the cover to the blurb! thanks for making this giveaway international! c”,)


  11. natalie23

    I remember reading about this book somewhere at the end of 2009, and knowing it was going on my xmas 2010 list, then the release date was changed so now it’s on my birthday 2011 list, along with Demon Bound and Bone Gods.

    I got Street Magic and Nightlife for xmas 2010 instead of The Iron Thorn, but haven’t got round to reading Nightlife yet.
    I’m English, (from the north) and I think it’s great that you managed to write English characters that didn’t have me wincing every time they spoke. I think you pulling that off just made me want to read The Iron Thorn that much more.

    I also love Black and White and Shades of Night, I’d love to read more about those characters.


  12. cait045

    I am getting excited for this steampunk series. I have only read the Iron Duke by Meljean Brooks and if that what the genre offers I think I found a new favorite genre.


  13. mpyff

    This book sounds so great! Yay bad boys!! And I love the name Aoife!
    Can’t wait to get my hands on this. 🙂


  14. Stephanie M. Lorée

    Spring break has never been so awesome! I am definitely excited about the new release. Blurb looks great. Here’s hoping I win!

    stephanie AT stephaniemloree DOT com

  15. chiara

    I love the steampunk books, at least the books I read until now. XDD
    Your book has a delicious appearance. I want to read badly.


    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  16. Allison

    Been looking forward to the Iron Thorn for a while! Gorgeous cover, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Bethany C.

    I love your other books so this must be great too! The blurb made me sure I want to read this one.


  18. Bethie

    Congrats on the release of the book. It looks wonderful. I just put it on my wishlist.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  19. dani_nguyen

    I really can’t wait to read The Iron Thorn. I’m loving the steampunk trend. Thanks for the giveaway!


  20. Judy

    Thanks for the great interview!! Congrats on your debut into YA. This book really looks great. The cover is also very eye catching.


  21. Mary Ellen

    Thank you for the interview and the chance to win!
    I put a request in for The Iron Thorn at the library at the beginning of Jan. but they are still fighting budget cuts so I don’t know if they’ll be able to get it. It would be great to win a copy to donate to them! Of course I’d have to read it first, lol.

  22. Marie-Claude

    I don’t usually read stempunk, but I’m willing to try The Iron Thorn. It look so good and the beginning of chapter one is great!!! I’m intrigue now and want to read more!!!

    Thank for the giveaway!!!

  23. Teril

    I am SOOOO excited. when I saw this book pop up on a goodreads list I immediately added it to the TBR. I cannot wait to read it (well I would at least have to wait to get paid at the end of the month)but I would love to read and review this book. The steampunk era sounds absolutely smashing to read.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  24. KayaH

    I would love to read and review this list. The storyline sounds awesome and the cover is beautiful. I cannot wait for this steampunk world twist.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  25. Holly

    Just added it to my goodreads list.It sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it! I’m loving that steampunk is becoming popular 🙂

  26. elaing8

    I really enjoyed the Nocturne City series.And I’m looking forward to reading The Iron Thorn.

  27. Neri

    I LOVE the Black London series! I love the world that Caitlin builds in her books. This book is definitely on my tbr list. Hopefully I will win a copy 🙂

  28. Pisinat

    I love the pictures of this post! They’re gorgeous!

    Thank you SO much for this giveaway and making it international! I read really good things about The Iron Thorn, plus I love the cover… On the top of my wishlist =)


  29. Lexie

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I am so excited to read this book! Looks fantastic!

  30. Jessy

    I haven’t read many Steampunk novels, so I’m excited to get started on The Iron Thron. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  31. Jessica

    Really excited about this book! Remember hearing about it last year and couldn’t wait!


  32. Capucine

    Ever since I saw this on Goodreads, I thought oh yeah, looks good! Great giveaway!! Thanks for the chance! I am soooo excited!

  33. Mia

    I can’t wait to get my hands on The Iron Throne. I’ve read both the Black London and Nocturne City series. The writing is amazing and this new story sounds just as amazing. Thanks for the great giveaway.


  34. Kaity

    I’m super excited for this book!!1! I own Caitlin’s adult series and expect this book to be just as wonderful.

    bittenbooks at gmail dot com

  35. .Ambur.

    The Iron Thorn looks and sounds like a fantastic story. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    Thanks for the interview, and for the sneak peek into the first chapter 😀


  36. Jenny N.

    I’ve seen some positive reviews on The Iron Thorn which has got me even more excited about it.


  37. Barbara E.

    I’m really excited to read The Iron Thorn. It sounds like such a fantastic story, and yes, I like me fairies evil, my bad boys bad and my technology with gears, so this story is definitely for me.


  38. Erinberry

    I love Caitlin’s other books, so I can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  39. Wendy V

    I’m absolutely excited about the release of The Iron Thorn. It sounds absolutely interesting.


  40. Alyssa

    I can’t wait to read this! I love steampunk-y books and I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Iron Thorn so far!


  41. Jackie

    Everything about this interview was amazing! Caitlin seems like such a totally rad person. Her photography is pretty neat too! Lovecraft, asylums, brass chronometers, gears and cogs? I am totally stoked for this book!

    Aside from The Iron Thorn, I’m thinking I need to get my hands on some of Cailin’s past works.

    jacqueline.c.goodman AT gmail DOT com

  42. donnas

    Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to its release! Thanks for sharing

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  43. Amy

    I haven’t read any of Caitlin’s books, but it sounds interesting and I love faery books!

  44. The Library Owl

    Awesome interview! The Iron Thorn sounds amazing. Not only is it steampunk, it sounds like dystopian as well with a slightly spooky atmosphere! Also, the cover is gorgeous which is always a bonus. I’m so excited for this book 🙂


  45. Deea

    Well, of course I’m excited about this book! I’ve been intrigued by the new concept of it and the story ever since I spotted it on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge list.:D So thank you for the giveaway!<3

    Oh, and I love Caitlin’s second photo!;)


  46. Kulsuma

    This sounds SO amazing. Cannot wait to read it! The cover is beautiful.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. linda2060

    I’m so excited! This book sounds and looks awesome! I’ve wanted this book since I’ve first heard about it and it’s killing me to have to wait! And I love steampunk books.

  48. Melanie L

    This book sounds awesome and I love the cover! I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  49. skyla11377

    I have never read a steampunk type book but I would love to make The Iron Thorn my first one. It sounds really kool and a book I would be interested in.


  50. Chidori

    It´s true, books looks awesome. Thank you for an article and interview, it got me really curious about Caitlin´s story :). It sounds like exactly for me: dark, mysterious, fantastic :). I really can´t wait to read – sooner or later, but I hope sooner :))
    Bye and thanks for a giveaway :))


  51. Misha

    This book loogs great and I’m really looking foward to read it. And that cover is beautiful!

    misadevilgirl at seznam dot cz

  52. Emily

    I am excited for this book because it sounds unique, and that rings my bell in a big way. Thanks!

    whatbookisthat at gmail dot com

  53. Tiffany Drew

    I *SO* want to read this book! It looks so amazing, not to mention the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


  54. Lil

    I haven’t actually jumped into steampunk yet but have been very curious. Would love to see if the family is as mad as is to be believed and to see the heroine’s journey.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  55. Riv Re

    I’ve heard so many awesome things about this book, and it looks so incredible. That cover is just awesome, and the premise is brilliant!
    Thanks for the contest, Tynga!

  56. Llehn

    I’ve been hearing good things about this book so I would love to read it!


  57. dor

    I am very excited about the new release, as well. Sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the write up.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  58. rachel

    This sounds like an exciting series. Not something I have rad exactly before and I am ALWAYS looking for something new!

  59. Miss Bookiverse

    Those photos made me especially curious about the book. It looks really dark and interesting. I totally wanna read it!


  60. Cassay

    Everyone seems to be talking about this one. *adds another book to the TBR pile*


    cassandra dot crouser at yahoo dot ca

  61. Sinnaye

    I hear a lot of good things about this book, so I’m quite eager to read it (even though my TBR is like a mountain!). Normally I’m quite hesitant towards reading books that get all this praise and hype, because they tend to turn out as a disappointment. But this book really seems like a great read, so yeah, really forward to reading it!


  62. RachyBee

    I don’t know how to actually describe how excited I am. People who have already read it have been raving on about it on Goodreads and a few other sites. It’s getting such great reviews.

    Fabulous contest! Perfect way to celebrate a great new addition to the book world =D

  63. Lora1967

    I know how exciting it can be for a new release and I hops it is going well. I know its gotten alot of buzz. and its on my TBR List. If i win this book it will be donated to the Middletown High school library where it will find a permanant home. The school is hurting for new books and we sure hope we win yours.
    Dedicated to putting books in the hands of teenagers.

  64. Kasumi

    If I’m lucky, this will be my first steampunk book, and I think is important that the writer know about what she writes, and Caitlin loves it.

    Thanks for the international chance.


  65. Gian Faye

    Hi Miss Caitlin, I’m so stoked for the new book. And thanks for making this International. ♥

    Gian Faye
    mynameisgianfaye *at* gmail *dot* com

  66. jmspettoli

    I’ve heard so many awesome things about this book (and I’m completely in love with the cover). Thanks for the giveaway!

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  67. Jessy

    Think a lot of people have mentioned that already, but thanks for making it international! 😀

    Okay, about the book. I shouldn’t have read the beginning, ’cause now I wanna read it all! hahah

    @jessygt on twitter (:

  68. Callisto Star

    Thank you so much for the interview and giveaway! This book sounds interesting and very different from what’s already out there. I can’t wait to read it!

  69. Audra

    Fabulous interview! The author is new to me but clearly needs to be a part of my reading, stat! Thank you for the giveaway; I’ve tweeted.

  70. Natasha

    I’m a huge fan of your novels Caitlin! I have all your books and I’m begging for this release!


  71. Jade

    I’ve heard about The Iron Thorn and I truly have never been so hyped up about a book in so long! It sounds interesting, no doubt about that 🙂 I’m already hooked on those few lines. I feel like chanting “I want more, I want more!”
    Thank you for this chance! I really have my fingers and toes crossed!


  72. Jenny

    I am seriously so excited about this book. I read a chapter excerpt months ago and I actually was so enthused about it that it was the first book to be given away at my new blog New Books for New Bloggers back in February when it first released. It received a rave review from the giveaway recipient but I still haven’t gotten to read it. I can’t wait!

  73. Michele L

    Thanks for the interview!! I haven’t heard of these books before, definately something I would be interestedin…Thanks…for making my TBR pile even bigger!!

    jmluker (at)

  74. Dinda

    Hi Caitlin…
    Your book looks really good, I would love to read it.
    Thanks for the chance !!!


  75. Anonymous

    Excited to see The Iron Thorn release. I want to try steampunk but just had not gotten to any yet, so I’d love to try Ms Kittredge story. The summary and excerpt sound really good! TY for the chance to win a copy.

    islandgirl33774 @ yahoodotcom

  76. Christie

    I’m new to trapping demons but maybe lure them with something they want then catching them in a steel trap.

    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  77. Pam S

    Oh gosh sooo exited about this one! Fell in love with Caitlin after her Black London novels landed into my ever grateful little hands ;). Love her world building and eager to see what she comes up with in this.

    pams00 @

  78. Ina

    I’ve heard fantastic things about it and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
    greetings, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  79. Cait

    Thanks SO much for making this international! I’m excited for this book for so many reasons. It sounds so unique and awesome, and the cover is amaaaazing, and me and the author share the same first name! So I can *almost* imagine it was me who wrote it haha.

    tweet soon to follow

  80. jen7waters

    Hello Caitlin! I’m VERY excited. Some books just call for me when I first lay eyes on them, and The Iron Thorn was one of them. =)

    jen7waters at gmail dot com

  81. FurryReaders

    How do you pronounce the name Aoife? Like your other series, this one sounds different and intriguing. Also the new adult UF or maybe we should say noir supernatural series sounds fascinating too! Looks like 2 more series for me and the hubby to look forward to.


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