We welcome today one cool cat – Caitlin Kittredge. Under her belt (besides a morbid imagination) are several popular dark and urban fantasy series, including Nocturne City, Black London, Icarus Project, and The Iron Codex.
She is also the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books. She’s lucky enough to write full time and watches far too many trashy horror movies.
And, apparently, she’s also a fan of rewarding her fans with generous giveaways. Check out our Giveaways & Contests page for ways to win the entire set of Black London novels in one fell swoop. Seriously, how awesome is that?
So, without further ado…
CQ: With the story this time around focusing on LA, how big a deal was the change in venue? For that matter, how was writing Devil’s Business different from the prior three books in the Black London series? Was there any additional research you had to delve into this time around, unique to this book?
CQ: You tap into many different myths and legends in your writing. What is your favorite mythological story or legend that you have integrated into your work? What about one that you wish to use someday?
CQ: You started writing at thirteen, and have clearly come a long way since. How has your writing changed? Was it all positive, or are there some things you miss about your younger writing self?
CQ: In addition to the dark urban fantasy of Black London, your debut YA novel The Iron Thorn, for example, features a rich historical Steampunk universe. You treat readers to richly detailed clockwork, inventive machinery, foggy mists, fearsome ghouls and a creative reinterpretation of the 1950′s era. What is it about Steampunk that draws you in, and how do you go about constructing such an intricate world?
CQ: You describe yourself as a “skeptical believer in the Something Else”. What do you mean by that? How is this reflected in your writing?
CQ: You seem to have a soft spot for alternate history. If you could pick any alternate reality or historical period to live in, what would it be?
CQ: Has the digital revolution in publishing changed the way you approach your writing? What do you do differently now that digital mediums are so much more accessible? Are there any challenges you are running into?
CQ: You’ve had a prolific fan-fiction phase in your literary life. How do you feel about readers writing fan-fiction about your own books this time around? Do you ever wish you could hunker down with your favorite fandom and get to it again?
CQ: Any parting words or advice you’d like to express to your readers and fellow writers?