Today we are lucky to have a new and fresh voice in the Urban Fantasy world: Kevin Hearne. Kevin is the author of the new Iron Druid Chronicles featuring Atticus, the 2000 year old Druid with his trusty sidekick, Oberon the wolfhound.
The first three books in the Iron Druid series have all released in quick succession: Hounded (review here) on May 3rd, Hexed on June 7th, and Hammered on July 5th. Kevin recently announced that Del Rey has purchased the next three books in the series as well, so we can expect to see more of Atticus and Oberon in 2012!
Welcome to The Book Pushers Kevin!
Kevin: Happy to be here! I like your blog title. It’s kind of edgy, like you’re going to become violent if people don’t read.
Book Pushers: LOL, we can get a little crazy when it comes to books!! Congratulations on your success so far with the Iron Druid Chronicles. Tell us a little about yourself!
Kevin: I’m a mild-mannered English teacher by day and a milder writer by night. I love trees and doggies and baseball, and I have this odd sense of humor that’s found an outlet in these books.
Kevin: Most often I’m writing at the kitchen table, but sometimes I adjourn to a coffee joint in an attempt to feel cool. I write chapter outlines and then feel free to ignore them. Sometimes weird stuff happens and I just let it. Like those Hammers of God that show up in HEXED? They weren’t in my outline. They just walked into my manuscript and wouldn’t leave. Something similar has already happened in book 4. My editor is going to freak out when I turn this in because she has no idea it’s coming. But I couldn’t warn her, since I didn’t know it was coming either.
Book Pushers: What do you have in store for Atticus and Oberon in Hammered?
Kevin: Atticus has to follow through on promises he made in HEXED: he has to steal a golden apple from Asgard and help Leif Helgarson kill Thor. Kind of a major to-do list. Meanwhile, Oberon thinks the mermaid on the Starbucks cup is smiling because she knows where the bacon lattes are.
Book Pushers: Fans are comparing your series to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Did you ever expect/hope/dream to be compared to such a prominent series and author?
Kevin: I kind of expected a comparison because we’re both males writing about male protagonists, but I didn’t expect the comparisons to be quite so favorable. It’s been very flattering, because Jim is frickin’ awesome.
Book Pushers: What is it about the Irish mythology that you enjoy so much that it drives so many of your story lines?
Kevin: I love that the Irish gods are edgier than most of their counterparts in other pantheons. Look at the Greek Artemis, a goddess of the hunt who’s rather militant about her virginity and kills dudes for thinking of her sexually. Compare that with Flidais, Irish goddess of the hunt with an insatiable libido. I’ll take the Irish version, thank you.
Book Pushers: How many books do you have planned for the Iron Druid Chronicles?
Kevin: Seven or nine. Eight is simply impossible.
Book Pushers: Is there any genre you would love to write in other than Urban Fantasy?
Kevin: Epic fantasy! I have a project that’s been on my back burner for a while and hopefully I’ll get some time to finish it up.
Book Pushers: Do you find that you get a lot of ideas, inspiration, or great pop culture references from your students?
Kevin: I definitely get some of the mutating slang from them. When I was in high school, we went around calling cool things “rad.” These days cool things are either “sick” or “legit.” It’s fascinating to watch the language change from year to y ear.
Book Pushers: If you were going to set up a tour of Arizona hosted by its resident Druid, where would he take the tourists?
Kevin: If it’s in season, we’re going to a D-backs game at Chase Field. Fish and chips at Rúla Búla. A hike in the Superstitions, then hikes on the Mogollon Rim and in the forest near Flagstaff. Monument Valley, Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon—the biggies.
Book Pushers: If Oberon could be the trusty doggie sidekick for any historical figure, who would he choose?
Kevin: Well, I could make the argument that figures don’t get much more historical than Atticus. And with any other figure he’d just be a dog, not a sidekick; Atticus was the one who taught him language and made him unique.
Book Pushers: If Atticus could team up with other heroes, past or present, real or fictional who would they be?
Kevin: He’d team up with the Green Arrow, because that beard and mustache combo is legit. Atticus would let the Green Arrow wear all the tights though.
Book Pushers: Atticus seems to be pretty popular with the ladies. *RAWR* Who would his ideal date be, and where would he take her?
Kevin: You’ll have to read HAMMERED to find that out; he was married for two centuries once and was still in love at the end of that time, so I’d say that particular woman was his ideal date and he’d never take her anywhere except where he found her.
Thanks so much to Kevin for being here today! He has been gracious enough to offer a giveaway of an Australian copy of Hounded, as well as a signed bookmark. Open to US residents only. Please just leave a comment or question for Kevin to be entered! Giveaway will end on July 15th. Good Luck!