If you haven’t heard yet, I’ve been fangirling over the ever charming Atticus O’Sullivan and his adventures with his faithful companion, Oberon, in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. I’ve been recommending book one, Hounded, to everyone I know, even the poor pizza delivery guy who had the most unfortunate lucky when he showed up at my door right after I heard back from Kevin Hearne about my interview request and happened to catch me in the middle of my squeeing happy dance. Not pretty!
Without further ado, please welcome author Kevin Hearne and check out the giveaway at the end of the post!
Describe your life in six words?
Words, whiskey, wings, wife, kid, & music. Not really in that order. I just wanted alliteration points.
I read on your website that The Iron Druid Chronicles was born out of an idea you had for a web comic. What was the biggest challenge you faced in developing the story?
I got stuck for a month and didn’t know where I was going—thought I’d written myself into a corner. But then I figured a way out. Still, after that experience, I started to use outlines.
The Iron Druid Chronicles stars Atticus, an ancient Druid, and his loyal sidekick/best friend, Oberon, an Irish Wolfhound. As far as duos go, these two are pretty dynamic. What makes them works so well together?
I’m kind of leery about examining it too hard—I might jinx it. But in general I think it’s the sort of relationship everyone wishes they could have with their pets.
The Iron Druid Chronicles mashes together all types of supernatural beings and mythological creatures. If you were to write a spin off series, which character’s story would you tell next and why?
I suppose I’d write from the point of view of one of the witches—either the Polish ones or the single Indian one. They have such different worldviews from Atticus, and it might be amusing to explore them.
Boy, how times have changed. I mean, Oberon has his own twitter account (@IrishOberon)! Is there anything in particular you miss about life before technology exploded?
Homemade ice cream. I know it’s still possible to make, but nobody does. They’ve even motorized those hand-cranked machines, you know that? It’s a shame. Otherwise I like the tech stuff. Ebooks, in particular, give me an opportunity to tell stories I wouldn’t be able to tell otherwise.
Out of all your characters, which do you relate to the most? Which the least?
I relate to the widow MacDonagh. There’s nothing so fine as sitting on the porch and chatting with friends. Least? Laksha Kulasekharan. Her sense of morality is just plain scary.
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old — when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power — plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish — to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
I’m giveaway an audiobook of Hounded* by Kevin Hearne, narrated by Luke Daniels. This prize will be sent as a ‘gift’ to the winner from Audible.com and may require that you have an Audible.com account.
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- Ends 09/29 at 11:59pm CST.
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- Prize substituted for another book in the series of equal or lesser value.