Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Release: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
by Julie Kagawa
Just released: April 24, 2012

OH, Happy Day!
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by Julie Kagawa
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A Q&A with
New York Times Best Selling Author Julie Kagawa


After writing the Iron Fey series for so many years, how difficult was it to immerse yourself in a futuristic world filled with vampires, rabids and an enslaved human race?

It was...very different. I think the hardest thing for me was the fact that this story does take place in the real world -- a futuristic, vampire-infested world, but the real world nonetheless. Things had to make sense, for example: how far can a large group walk in a single day if there were no roads, they were going through thick woods, and there were children in the group? I had to have logical reasons for everything; I couldn't just make something work "because of faery magic," lol.

Just like Meghan Chase in the Iron Fey series, the main character in The Immortal Rules, Allison Sekemoto, is a “take charge and kick butt” kind of girl. Is this intentional? What woman – real or fictional, alive or deceased – do you look up to or admire?

Yes, Allison comes from a very different world than Meghan Chase. Meghan's upbringing was pretty normal; Allison grew up among vampires and monsters, where every day was a fight to live, so she couldn't afford to be weak. While Meghan had to learn to "take charge and kick butt," Allison's first impulse is stab first, talk later.

As for female role models, the first that comes to mind--when it comes to kicking vampire butt, anyway -- is Buffy Summers. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me love feisty, snarky, heroines who can dust all sorts of nasties but who also look good in a cheerleading outfit. ;)

You mention in your acknowledgements in The Immortal Rules that at the beginning of your writing career you promised yourself you wouldn’t write a vampire book. What changed your mind?

Well, there were already so many really good books about our favorite bloodsuckers, so many stories and ideas, I thought I didn't have anything new to add to the masses. I was actually toying with a post-apocalyptic YA novel when my agent mentioned I might want to try writing a vampire series. I wasn't intrigued with the idea at first, but then I thought about combining vampires with the post-apocalyptic novel and then rest sort of fell into place.

Allison claims she hates vampires and believes they are monsters yet when faced with a choice of die or become one, she becomes a vampire. Would you have made that same decision?

Me personally? No. I'm like Zeke in the belief that there is something better waiting for me beyond this life, and I just have to do my best until it’s time for me to go. Besides, I love pizza and Mountain Dew too much to give it up.

Who do you think the most complex character is in The Immortal Rules?

Probably Kanin, Allie's sire. He's a vampire who has made his peace about being a monster, yet chooses to live by his own set of moral rules. He warns Allison about getting too close to humans, yet he does not kill unless he absolutely has to. He is tormented about something in his past that he refuses to share with anyone. He is certainly the most mysterious of all the characters, if not the most complex.

How many books will be in the Blood of Eden series? When will the next book be coming out?

At the moment, there are three books planned, with the second coming out sometime next spring, after the release of the new Iron Fey series this fall.

Before you starting writing full time you were a professional dog trainer. Do the professions share any similarities?

LOL, well you have to think on your feet a lot. And some of the small dogs could be compared to tiny snapping goblins, but writing requires less dodging skills, though perhaps the same amount of creativity and problem solving.

When starting a new series, like Blood of Eden, do you have the entire series mapped out in detail or do you let the story develop book by book?

I have a high point that I write toward in each story; I know this and this has to happen, but getting from point A to point B usually develops as I go along.

And for the speed round:
What book have you read and re-read, and read yet again?

Any of the Harry Potter books.

Favorite song to play when writing a fight scene?

My "favorites" change daily. Right now its "Awake and Alive" by Skillet.

Worst job?

Working a kiosk in the mall during Christmas. It sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around the hundreds of very breakable merchandise was quite small. I was like a bull in a china shop.

Best vacation spot?

Walt Disney World

Sweets or salty?

Sweet.

One thing most people don’t know about you – and would never guess!

I used to play the flute when I was a kid. I was really good at it too, but my instructor stopped teaching to have a family, and I never went back to it.

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Guest post created by Julie Kagawa, author of The Immortal Rules
© 2012. All rights reserved.

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28 comments:

  1. I added The Immortal Rules to my Goodreads. Thank you for the interesting interview and for the awesome giveaway! (Skillet! *_* One of my favorite bands. ><)
    I can't wait to read The Immortal Rules. I look forward to reading your review, Velvet!

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  2. Added to my Goodreads: Username-amethyst1

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/StatesOfDecay/status/194765961591660544

    amethystfaerie[at]msn[dot]com

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. Added to my Goodreads wishlist (fredamans)

    Tweeted; https://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/194794944509116418

    Julie, curious if you still pick up the flute from time to time??

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  4. Added to Goodreads TBR:
    http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4113215?shelf=to-read

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  5. I've done all of them but I will just post adding The Immortal Rules to goodreads: Emily AKA Doodle

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I added to my GR shelf - Rachel at theJeepDiva. Also follow Julie's blog by GFC Rachel Vessar and follow Julie & Harlequin Teen on FB name Rachel Pate-Vessar.

    +4
    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

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  7. I added The Immortal Rules to my TBR shelf at Goodreads, liked Julie on FB and follow her via Twitter and her blog. I also follow Harlequin teen on FB and Twitter.

    puttputt1198eve at comcast dot net

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  8. I enjoyed the interview and this looks like a really good read.

    Actions: added to GR as Sophia Rose,
    liked Julie and Harlequin teen on FB as Sally Michele Shaw,
    joined her blog GFC: Sophia Rose,
    follow both Julie and Harlequin Teen on twitter as @sophiarose1816

    Whew!
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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  9. This book looooksss soo good and wished I could have made it to Lousville for one of her signings...boo hoo!

    I've done them all but the easiest to check is probably twitter: books4me2

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  10. Hi, Thanks for the interview and for hosting this giveaway. I think this book is going to have a huge impact.

    I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/carlrscott/status/194927659833233408

    My email is: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    Thanks again!

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  11. Immortal Rules looks and sounds so dang good! I want it. I want them ALL! [got carried away. my bad].

    Liked both Julie and Harlequin Teen on FB :D
    Can't remember if I've already added this to my Goodreads shelf or not ... [wanders off to go take a look-see].

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  12. I have been wanting to read this book. It is on my TBR list.
    I added the book to my goodreads.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  13. Thanks for this giveaway - I would love to win! I can't wait to read this book!

    -like Julie on Facebook as Suz Reads
    -follow Julie on Twitter as SuzReads
    -like Harlequin Teen on Facebook as Suz Reads
    -follow Harlequin on Twitter as SuzReads

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  14. I follow Julie on twitter! (@chknpotpie)

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  15. Book added to my Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2941225-whitewolfreads

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/whitewolfreads/status/195246767409872896

    Liked Julie on Facebook: Jessica Spettoli

    FOLLOW Julie on Twitter: @whitewolfreads

    FOLLOW Julie on her blog: GFC whitewolfreads

    FOLLOW Harlequin Teen on Facebook: Jessica Spettoli

    FOLLOW Harlequin on Twitter: @whitewolfreads

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

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  16. This book is on my goodreads to read list
    http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/993989?format=html&page=19&shelf=to-read

    Liked Julie on Facebook: Bridget Howard
    Follow Julie on Twitter: BridgetHoward3
    Liked Harlequin Teen on Facebook: Bridget Howard
    Follow Harlequin Teen on Twitter: BridgetHoward3

    Email: bridget.howard@hotmail.com

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  17. added to GR's and followed Julie's blog, thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  18. I added IR to my GR shelf.
    Follow Julie's blog-Jessy
    Follow Julie's Twitter-@emma015
    Like Julie's Facebook-Jessy Boz
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Emma015/status/195574484365885442
    Follow Harlequin's Twitter-@emma015
    Like Harlequin on Facebook-Jessy Boz

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  19. Added to my to reads http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4885159-laura-dogsmom?format=html&shelf=to-read

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  20. i added the book to my goodreads and followed julie on her blog
    laceyblossom@yahoo.com

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  21. I follow @Jkagawa on twitter, harvester5905
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  22. I added this book to your Goodreads
    I FOLLOW Julie on Twitter (@kaylabeck)
    I FOLLOW Julie on her blog (GFC Kayla Beck)
    I FOLLOW Harlequin on Twitter: (@kaylabeck)

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I added this book to my Goodreads list - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/168572-mare-s

      I follow Julie's blog as tommygirl
      I like her on facebook as mare sperry

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  23. +1 ADD this book to your Goodreads: Veronica
    +1 TWEET: https://twitter.com/#!/veronicawalker/status/196286080318832640
    +1 LIKE Julie on Facebook: Veronica Walker
    +1 FOLLOW Julie on Twitter: @veronicawalker
    +1 FOLLOW Julie on her blog: GFC - Veronica W.
    +1 FOLLOW Harlequin Teen on Facebook: Veronica Walker
    FOLLOW Harlequin on Twitter: @veronicawalker

    roniwalker7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Added to goodreads. u/n cathie veres
    Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/greatmasteryoda/status/196811348871614464
    like Julie on Facebook
    follow Julie on Twitter
    follow Julie on her blog
    follow Harlequin Teen on Facebook
    follow Harlequin on Twitter

    Cathie
    lovemybabysquid@yahoo.com

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  25. Added to goodreads
    like Julie on Facebook
    follow Julie on Twitter
    follow Julie on her blog
    follow Harlequin Teen on Facebook
    follow Harlequin on Twitter
    helldog3 at aol.com

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  26. I already have it on my Goodreads TBR (Tina Becker). Like Julie and Harlequin Teen on FB (Tina Becker), Twitter (@trb0917). Thank you for the great giveaway!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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