What’s your favorite Norse myth?
I enjoyed the bit where Loki turned himself into a mare, got mounted by a stallion, and then gave birth to Sleipnir. That’s a pretty amusing story.
Atticus isn’t a very common name; why did you choose it for your main character?
To Kill A Mockingbird! I think Atticus Finch is one of the greatest heroes ever, and I was hoping some of that honor and dignity would rub off on my character. Not sure if it worked.
Why did you switch from Celtic to Norse mythology in Hammered?
It’s not a switch so much as a natural progression of the story that began in Hounded and Hexed. The Celtic gods are still there, but you also have gods from many other pantheons in Hammered. You can also look forward to seeing an even wider variety as the series continues, but the Celts will never go away.
What kind of wolfish goodness can werewolf fanatics like myself expect out of this series?
Hammered will most likely be your last hurrah in terms of werewolf shenanigans. Hal Hauk and his pack will make cameo appearances as lawyers but won’t be an integral part of the plot from here on out—sorry! Mostly that’s because Atticus can’t stay in Tempe after Hammered.
I hear that readers can expect at least three more books in the Iron Druid Chronicles; when you first set out to write Hounded did you ever expect to find yourself here?
No, when I first wrote Hounded I was thinking of it as a standalone, and then the series suggested itself to me as was going through the second draft.
I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, the book responsible for giving you the writing bug, blame it on my French education. Why did Ken Kesey’s book make such an impression on you?
It’s simply a spectacular use of voice and a testament to what can be accomplished with first-person point of view. Chief Bromden’s observations are brilliant and you don’t get that at all by watching the movie. It’s such a moving book to me, though I know it doesn’t speak the same way to everyone.
If you could be any Norse mythological character for a day; which one would you choose and why?
I’d like to be Bragi. He was quite a skald and I think you could go on worse ego trips than performing for the gods.
What made you think of giving Atticus the ability to mentally communicate with animals? Was it your inability to speak dog?
Precisely. I’ve always wanted to have conversations with my dogs. They’re so damn happy all the time and it has to be infectious. I think we’d all be happier if we could talk to our dogs. It would probably end all war, and we’d probably take more walks.
I can’t believe that 23 agents passed on Hounded before you were finally signed. What’s your secret to dealing with rejection without getting discouraged?
I’m not sure that it’s a secret; it’s just a frank admission to yourself that not everyone is going to love your work, and that’s okay. My experience is certainly not unique—with very few exceptions, every writer gets rejected multiple times, and I wanted other aspiring writers to know that so they wouldn’t give up after three or four.
What’s your favorite novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles and why?
Hammered is my favorite because I got to draw a map for it and I also got to play around with narrative voices. There’s a section in there where five different narrators take over for Atticus, similar to The Canterbury Tales. You get the Vampire’s Tale, the Werewolf’s Tale, etc. So that experience was challenging for me in an amusing, nerdy way and I appreciated the chance to live inside some other characters’ heads for a while.
Kevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first three books of the series will be released in May and June of 2011.
An Arizona native, Kevin got hooked on comic books at an early age and embraced his inner nerd. Later he got hooked on coffee, but that did nothing to ameliorate his nerdhood. He spent time as a singing waiter in college and also contributed to the college newspaper as an editorial cartoonist and feature columnist. It was during this time he got the writing bug, thanks to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
He now teaches high school English, reads lots of fantasy, and paints miniature dwarfs because the redundancy amuses him. He’s currently working on the fourth book in The Iron Druid Chronicles
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