Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.
If you were an item on a Mexican restaurant menu, what would you be and why?
Um...a Jalapeno Popper. Small, hot and cheesy, lol!
What are the last five songs played on your I-pod?
Don't have an ipod, but the last five songs I listened to were "Bulletproof Heart" by My Chemical Romance, "The Only Hope For Me Is You" by MCR, "What is This Feeling" from Wicked, "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage, and "On The Nature of Daylight" by Max Richter. (I have eclectic music tastes.)
If you could have dinner with one person—dead or alive—who would it be and why?
Neil Gaiman, because he is my author hero. Also Ben Barnes, but there wouldn't be much eating, just a lot of swooning and fainting.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
"Wrestling Goats and Making Stuff Up."
Tell us two truths and a lie..** **I have the answer. You'll get a chance to guess in the giveaway tomorrow for an extra entry!
I owned a talking parrot that would wolf-whistle at girls.
My ball python would curl up inside my shirt because it was warm.
I would take my pet chameleon to the mall perched on my head.
What is the first book you remember reading yourself?
I don't think I can remember back that far. My parents tell me all I did even as a small child was read.
What do you in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy video games, painting, drawing, reading, and movies.
What is one thing you have learned through your time as a published author?
That you can have three novels under your belt, and still be terrified about the release date.
What is your writing process?
I usually try for 1,000-1500 words a day. Except when I'm doing NaNo, and the word count jumps to 1700-2000.
You participated in NaNoWriMo in previous years. Since a lot of people participated a couple months ago (including me) can you tell us about the post-writing process was like for you?
Lol, post-writing process? What's that? When you're writing a series, there's always another book to be written. I take short breaks between stories, but I never really stop. :)
I'd say a certain icy prince gave me a heck of a lot of trouble when I was writing his story. We would argue. I would be like: "say something already! Open up! Tell me what you're feeling, dang it!" And he would just stand there and be stubborn.
What can we expect in the next book--The Iron Knight? (Which is going to be glorious and smoldery with Ash-ness!!)
I can't say very much, except this: if you think you know Ash, you haven't seen anything yet! :D
Thanks Julie! That was fun. And thanks for writing lovely books that I get to read.
Come back tomorrow for a chance to win your choice of an Iron Fey book!