Goblins and Phouka and Faery Princes…Oh, My!
I’ll be honest: writing guest posts for me is hard. I think I started and erased the beginning of this post a dozen times before something finally stuck to the page. I don’t know why it’s so difficult to talk about myself. It would be easier if I was a world traveler or big game hunter or once ran with the bulls in Spain. Then I could say something like: “I’ve wanted to hunt lions ever since I was two and rescued my doll from a rogue cougar in the backyard,” and everyone would ooh and ahh and hang on every word I said.
And I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent, haven’t I? Right, back to what I’m supposed to be talking about. My name is Julie Kagawa, and my first YA novel The Iron King will be debuting with Harlequin TEEN this February. It’s about a girl named Meghan Chase who, on her sixteenth birthday, discovers her little brother has been stolen by faeries, and she must venture into Faeryland to get him back. Along the way, she discovers her own faery heritage, falls in love with an enemy prince, and must face down an ancient evil to rescue her brother. It’s a fun story, with goblins and phouka and faery princes and danger and romance. And Grimalkin of course. Can’t forget Grimalkin.
A lot of people have asked me where the idea for The Iron King came from. It all started with a single character, Meghan, and the story sort of evolved around her. Meghan is a normal teen who is pulled into this dangerous, fantastic world, and how she reacts drives the story forward. The other important element of the book is the Iron fey—the faeries of progress, technology, and the modern world, and how they clash with the ancient, traditional fey like Oberon and Titania. It was a lot of fun to write, albeit a bit frantic, since I finished it as part of NaNoWrimo, where you must write 50,000 words in 30 days.
You know, I’d imagine NaNo is almost as frantic as running with the bulls in Spain. If you fall behind, you’ll get trampled, either by hooves or an accumulating word quota. And NaNo lasts for a month, whereas bull running only lasts a few minutes, depending on how soon you fall down. Okay, I’m reaching. Check out The Iron King in February, if you like. Meghan’s adventures are much more exciting. 😉