I know that I have a couple of featured posts that need to go up for November, I think I am going to roll them over for something else. This month, I am featuring Kevin Hearne on my blog. He is the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, and the new Fantasy series, The Seven Kennings. I will be re-reading as many of his books that I can this month. But to kick it off, I am going to share an interview with Kevin Hearne.
Now For the Interview!!
TLP: Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be? How did you get into writing?
KH: No, I originally wished to be a graphic designer, but the desire to write came along in college. I wrote plenty of terrible stuff and learned a lot until I finally got the hang of it and sold my first novel at age 39. I kept my day job for three years after that.
TLP: Would you mind sharing some writing rituals/traditions that you have while working on a project?
KH: I wouldn’t mind sharing them except that I don’t really have any. Routine doesn’t work for me; I get bored with doing the same thing all the time. I work in different places at different times of the day, always seeking something fresh. Doesn’t mean rituals are awful or anything; they just aren’t my cuppa joe.
TLP: Are you a pantser or plotter?
KH: I’m a hybrid. I use an outline but don’t feel bound by it. The drafting process usually brings up better ideas and I follow them.
TLP: Which book was the easiest to write? The hardest?
KH: Easiest book to write was STAKED, book 8 of the series. I wrote that in four and a half months. Hardest book to write was SCOURGED, the series finale, book 9. That took more than a year. When you’re trying to make sure everything’s wrapped up, it’s a bit of a juggle.
TLP: Which character is your favorite? Why?
KH: Owen Kennedy, the archdruid who came forward in time two millennia to join us here, is probably my favorite because he is so disoriented by the choices we’ve made in the last two thousand years as a species. I enjoy his perspective on our modern world and his struggle to acclimate.
TLP: The final book in the Iron Druid Chronicles is due out in 2018. What can we expect?
KH: Ragnarok, but not the Disney/Marvel version. Sausage and other meats. Karma and comeuppance. Plus a sloth.
TLP: A Plague of Giants is vastly different from the Iron Druid Chronicles. What was it like writing the two?
KH: It was like discovering that there are other flavors of ice cream besides vanilla. Very cool and delicious.
TLP: Are any of your characters based on real people?
KH: The widow MacDonagh is based on my own grandmother, but that’s the only one.
TLP: Who is the most interesting person that you’ve had the chance to meet?
KH: Egad, I can’t pick just one. That would be a disservice to all the other glorious folks I’ve met. In general, I find folks who aren’t like me (that is, a white dude) to be most interesting
TLP: Do you have any secret projects that you can tell us about?
KH: No secrets, but I have a new project coming out next year with Delilah S. Dawson called KILL THE FARM BOY, the first in a new comedic fantasy series called the Tales of Pell
TLP: What are some tips that you can share with aspiring writers?
KH: Finish your work. You don’t know what it takes to write a novel until you finish one, and once you finish one, you’ll know you can do better next time. If you’re looking for specific writing advice, however, Chuck Wendig is much better at putting that in words than I am. I recommend his writing books, The Kick-Ass Writer and Damn Fine Story, without reservation.
I want to thank Kevin Hearne for taking the time out to do the interview. I love his works and he is an author that I highly recommend. If you have not had the chance to read any of his works, you can join me as I re-read The Iron Druid Chronicles and The Plague of Giants.