Interview: Kevin Hearne + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Kevin Hearne , The HEA Lover Posted on April 18, 2011 @ 6:00 am 43 comments

Today BLI is thrilled to welcome Kevin Hearne, the Author of the critically acclaimed and highly anticipated Iron Druid Chronicles. HOUNDED, the first book in Kevin’s series of stories about the adventures of Druid Atticus O’Sullivan is to be released on May 3rd. Book 2 ~ HEXED will be published on June 7th. Fans of Kevin’s series won’t have to wait long because HAMMERED, Book 3 of the series is scheduled for publication on July 5th!

Kevin! Thank you so much for joining us today, it’s such a pleasure to be able to chat with you. 🙂

Kevin can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I teach high school English and raise my daughter in the finest traditions of modern geekery. She loves her Star Wars, Monty Python, and Doctor Who, which means she uses the Force to help a five-ounce bird carry a one-pound coconut through all of space and time. I’m very proud.

Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

I write at the kitchen table where I have a full view of my bird feeder. The feeder is only six feet from where I sit, just a window separating us. The birds do their thing, and the cats watch them intently, and it’s this great little tableau where all seems very peaceful, but you know that serious shit could go down if the cats decide they can’t take the temptation anymore. It’s peace with a predatory edge to it. Perfection.

HOUNDED was written without an outline, but I did write chapter outlines for the second two books. The outlines helped quite a bit—I wrote much more quickly. But I didn’t follow them slavishly, either. If you looked at my outline for HEXED and compared it to the finished book, you’d see I completely rearranged the order of events, left out some plot points but added others and even a couple of major characters. So I like a scaffolding to my stories to speed things along, but I exercise a lot of freedom in building the story from there.

What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Given all our entertainment options these days, a real book lover is the one who consistently picks up a book for fun—I really think it’s that simple. Casual readers pick up books when they have time to kill on a cross country flight.

You’re a member of the League of Reluctant Adults and we have to admit that we are huge fans. Why did you join their ranks? What makes you a reluctant adult?

Nicole Peeler invited me to the League; she was one of the very first people to read HOUNDED—she blurbed it for me, in fact—and she must have realized while reading it that I have some maturity issues. Saying yes was a no-brainer, because I was already a fan of some of the writers in there, and I’ve been slowly getting familiar with the rest. As far as what makes me a reluctant adult, well, I hang out with teenagers all day and make rude noises; I recently put fried bull balls into my next book because Kelly Meding triple-dog dared me; and whenever I’m in a restaurant, I catapult sugar packets off the end of my spoon (real sugar works best; sugar substitute packets don’t have the proper heft).

If you were given a chance to visit any urban fantasy world (they can be from books/tv or movies) which one would it be and what characters would you like to meet and have a nice beer with?

I’d like to visit Merlotte’s from the Sookie Stackhouse novels. It would be amusing to hang out with Lafayette and Hoyt and watch Lafayette just mess with Hoyt’s head. Because you know he would.

Your Iron Druid Chronicles are set in a vivid urban fantasy word- what is the ultimate UF appeal for you? Do you plan to also write in other genres—for example fantasy?

I love the basic premise of fantasy and mythological critters living among us in the modern world. To me, the genre is still a vast, unexplored frontier; there is so much room to try new things, and focusing on a Druid was my attempt to do that. I do have an epic fantasy on the back burner and I toy with it every so often. Hopefully I’ll be able to wrestle that into shape soonish.

Why did you put a druid against the powerful fae? What makes this legend interesting to you?

A lot of the original Fae—and by that I mean the Tuatha Dé Danann—don’t get much love in fiction aside from the Morrigan. What you mostly see are stories that come from later English or Germanic traditions and they have very little to do with Irish mythology. So I wanted to explore that pantheon a bit and take people back to these somewhat scary beings who went underground centuries ago to become the Fae. My manic need to do so was inspired by my daughter, who was obsessed at the time with Walt Disney’s fairies. Like any good Irish dad, I explained to her that those weren’t true Fae; they were shallow American corporate creations designed to titillate her and empty my wallet. I told her instead that the real Fae would have taken her to Tír na nÓg when she was a baby if I hadn’t guarded her crib with a squad of dwarven ninjas. Most kids only get dangling mobiles, see. She was suitably thankful.

You’re using a wide range of mythologies – i/e Norse and Hindu – are you planning on using other myths and legends from other countries in future novels? And did you decide to not make your novels western culture centered on purpose?

Yeah, since I’m fascinated by what all these old gods would do in the modern world—fighting for relevance and all that—you can look forward to seeing quite a few of them. You’ll see Finnish, Russian, Chinese, Roman, and Native American deities for starters. Down the road—provided people like the series and I get more road to play with—you’ll see gods from the Nigerian, Japanese, and Greek pantheons.

Why do you think the appeal of the “Iron” title books is rising at the moment even though they mostly don’t even belong to the same genre? Is Iron the new Blood?

I was surprised as anyone by the sudden appearance of all these “Iron” titles. It’s kind of fascinating, really, how the zeitgeist manifests itself sometimes. All of these titles were conceived in isolation months apart by people who don’t know each other (or don’t even write the same kinds of books, as you said), but now they’re being released in quick succession. I’m powerless to explain.

What are the 4 characteristics a good hero should have? Does Atticus fit that bill?

Sorry, but the Reluctant Adult is going to come out here. A good hero should have:
1. A nice smile.
2. Improbably tight buttocks.
3. An awesome sidekick.
4. Good credit. Atticus has all of these. And this list, by the way, is why Batman is better than Superman. Superman never had a decent sidekick.

Are you listening to music while writing and if yes can you give us a glimpse into your Iron Druid Chronicles playlist?

I do listen to music quite a bit while I write. It’s classical guitar instrumentals, mostly, because lyrics can derail me from using the words that want to bubble up out of my subconscious. I really enjoy Rodrigo y Gabriela. But when I have to write violent scenes, I change it up. I listen to DragonForce, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, stuff like that. After a minute or so of their music, I’m ready to kill off some characters and let the limbs fall where they may.

Will there be more books in this series?

I sure hope so! Like any other series, it depends on sales. If people buy it, then the publisher will happily let me continue. I’ve plotted through book six and I’m planning on ending it at seven or nine. Eight is simply impossible.

Anything else we should keep our eyes open for?

If things go well, a secret project I’m working on will be announced sometime over the summer. And you should keep your eyes open for me at San Diego Comic Con, if you’re going.

Now to the mean questions.

Can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?

Hmm. Well, I’m not a fan of the hard sell, but if you’ve ever wanted to talk to your dog (and have him answer back), if you’ve ever been curious about the old Irish pantheon, and if you’d like a truly different urban fantasy hero—a Druid in the desert—then you’d probably enjoy my series.

Can you summarize Hounded for us twitterstyle (140 characters or less)?

Gods! Demons! Polish witches! A vampire with a grudge against Thor! Whiskey! Redheads! A magic sword! Smoosh together, that’s HOUNDED. 🙂

Kevin, thank you so much for joining us today, it’s been great fun!

Where to find Kevin:



Kevin has generously offered a signed Bookplate to one lucky commenter & BLI will be pre-ordering the winner a copy of their choice of HOUNDED or HEXED from the Book Depository!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the interview.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, April 30, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • LadyVampire2u April 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    That was a great interview. I've been curious about this book but after reading this post, I definitely need a copy. And I have to add that I so loved the Twitter description of the book. 🙂 Congrats on the series and I really hope you might decide to make an appearence at the Chicago Comic Con some time.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  • Birgit April 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I love Ireland and mythology, so it's great to find out about books using these and mix it up with fantasy!

    Also, love how Kevin raises his daughter 🙂 ! Geeks rule!!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Reading mind April 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    You got me laughing at this "Improbably tight buttocks". Truly funny! I think I'd like to read it, sounds really my kind of book (the twitter description would totally make me buy it! Also…the cover!!!!)

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  • Karen H in NC April 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for an interesting interview. Doubl newbie are a new-to-me author and the genre is one I've never read. I would so love to start with one of your books.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

  • Bookish Brunette April 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I think a tight butt is DEFINATELY a must for a good hero! 😉

    I totally get what you mean about a casual reader and a real book lover! I feel naked if I don't have a book close at hand! While my mother will read only when she's bored or trying to kill time…

    Great interview! I've wanted to start this series for awhile now!

  • Sullivan McPig April 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Your twitter style summary of HOUNDED convinced me I should give this book a try. Will put it on my wishlist.

  • Tynga April 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I <3 Kevin & Atticus very much! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the book and I pre-ordered a finished copy because it's a keeper ^^ So If I won, i'd pick Hexed, and it releases the eve of my Bday. I mean C'mon!

    I also noticed the Iron popularity in titles, it's quite surprising considering all those titles were chosen long ago.

    Thanks for the Interview & Giveaway =)

  • Lil April 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. I don't think I have ever come across quite that range of mythologies that you list for your series. Sounds like great fun and, of course, who could possibly resist the enthusiasm of your summary for HOUNDED?

  • Victoria April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Nice interview. I think I'll enjoy these books. How nice it is that they will come out so close together. Did you have any say in this?

  • Kimberly S April 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I can not wait to get my hands on this book after reading the first 50 pages when it was posted online!


  • Sharon S. April 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I think male UF writers give a different perspective in UF. Females tend to do the romance/feelings part well and men tend to have a more effiecent prose (if that makes sense) and lots of action.

  • Blodeuedd April 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    So wanna win 😀 I have had my eye on this one for some time now
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

    Lol, perhaps I could even get bf to read it. I would just say that the author listened to Megadeath while writing, he do like that band. Even I can like..some songs..if I am in the mood for it

  • debbie April 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I am glad to see that you use a wide variety of the myths. They are all interesting, and are very telling of what was going on in a society. I would love to read your books.

  • Estella April 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I enjoyed the interview. You are a new to me author, but I'm putting your books on my Wish List.

    I think heroes should have decent sidekicks, also. Tight butts, too!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Teril April 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Butts have made me want to buy books before 😉
    I love the concept of this series and cannot wait to read it! Kevin the cover art is awesome. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  • Kaya H April 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Amazing covers, I want to see those spines lined up too. This will be one of the amazing series released this year and I cannot wait to begin the journey. Thank you for the great interview, loved your answers.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  • Welzen April 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    That was a great interview.

    You are a new to me author but I think I´ll enjoy these books because the Twitter description of the book sounds fantastic.

    welzen at hotmail dot com

  • Robin K April 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I am absolutely interested! Sounds great. Thank you for the interview.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Kevin Hearne April 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Want to thank you all, and thank the HEA Lover for interviewing me! Keep the comments/questions coming! Wanted to answer Victoria's question: the answer is yes, I had a choice on the release schedule, and I opted to go with this for several reasons. There's a great discussion on the topic of release schedules over at Ranting Dragon, and I explain the reasoning behind the decision beginning at post #15. Here's the link if you're so inclined to visit:

  • Garrett April 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I've had the great honor and privilege to have recieved—err, received!—an ARC of HOUNDED. The story is simply fascinating and is in my top 3 books I've read this year, and that's ALL of the fantasy books I've read this year. I suspect that it will remain in the top three, even with a couple high anticipations coming out this summer, for me.

    Also, I will be putting out a review of HOUNDED, though where it will be is questionable at this point.


  • Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    What an interesting interview! And it had its desired effect, because I want to buy and read the books now. In fact, if I win,I'd want Hexed, because I'll need to get my hands on Hounded right away.

    And I totally agree with Hearne's definition of a real book lover.

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com

  • Barbara E. April 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I'm a fan of the league of reluctant adults too and I was delighted to see Kevin become one of the members. I read just about all of the authors (some I haven't gotten around to yet), and they're all fabulous. I'm really looking forward to reading the Iron Druid Chronicles. Everything I hear makes me more excited to read this series.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • Lisa R/alterlisa April 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    The LoRA are an awesome bunch of writers. Can't wait to read the book by the newest addition to this motley crew.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • JenM April 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    We definitely need more geeky women around so I'm glad to hear that Kevin is raising his daughter to appreciate all things geekdom. Can't wait to read Hounded, especially if it's got a talking dog.

    jen at delux dot com

  • Jen B. April 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I'll get meaningful in a sec. Great interview. Geeks rule. Rodrigo y Gabriela is amazing. Ok, that's done. I have read a number of the "Iron" books that have come out recently. I've always loved the Fae stories so all of the current variations really intrigue me. One of my favorite is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Thanks for the fun post.
    GFC follower

  • Linda April 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Most amusing interview 🙂
    The twitterstyle summary has me all intrigued now. Keeping my fingers crossed to be The Lucky One.

    My twitter name: LindaThum

  • marybelle April 19, 2011 at 1:33 am

    My High School English teacher was as old as Methuselah & barely literate. I love the fact that you use words to teach & write.


  • Tore April 19, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Great interview. I definitely want to read both books. Please enter me in contest.

  • Victoria April 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for the link. Bringing it up now.

  • BooksforCompany April 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I so agree!
    There is so many other things to do and a real reader will pick a book over all of that. I much prefer to read than watch TV etc!
    please enter me
    booksforcompany @

  • van_pham April 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    This book sounds great! Can't wait to read it, the more i read reviews and your interviews on different blog..i just get more excited for the book. 🙂


  • lingeorge April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    What about the Kick-Ass boots?? Oh, yeah, that is for the heroine. I read your short story, so now I am hooked. Am planning on reading your series.
    linda at gordonvalley dot com

  • Melissa (Books and Things) April 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Honestly? Any author that can use the word smoosh is one I need to read!

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com

  • -petit April 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    1. A nice smile.
    2. Improbably tight buttocks.
    3. An awesome sidekick.
    4. Good credit. Atticus has all of these. And this list, by the way, is why Batman is better than Superman. Superman never had a decent sidekick.

    hahahahahah I laughed hard here! XD And if you look well… Yeah, every adult hero has tight buttocks, that if he was real, would have made him look a little weird. XD AND YEAH! BATMAN ROCKS! \o/


  • emmad April 20, 2011 at 3:22 am

    As a follower of Kevin's blog I'm hanging out for this series to be available. Do have to wait a little bit longer being in NZ but really looking forward to it.

    Love the description of the relaxation with the hint of violence to come lol

  • Lesley D April 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Great interview! I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Hounded and I'm reading it right now. I really like it! Atticus has some hilarious one-liners that have had me cracking up! It's a really fun read so far and I'm looking forward to helping get the word out about this series. I'd love to win a copy of Hexed!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • Karla Vollkopf April 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

    "Improbably tight buttocks", that was a huge LOL!!! 🙂
    I'd really like to read about Irish mythology and REAL fae, not just about those 'corporate creations designed to titillate her and empty my wallet'! LOL
    I love urban fantasy, and to read some by a male author would be very different.

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  • Mel April 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    You know I've never thought about it before, but heros should definitely have incredibly tight buttocks! This series sounds great – I love it when books go back to the originaly legends of gods and creatures. 🙂

    Mel S

  • Riva April 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Hounded was already on my wish list – this interview just moved it up to auto-buy! I love a snarky attitude in my urban fantasy, and it sounds like this one has it in spades.

    I also love that the first entries in the series will come out so close together. My summer reading is set!

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

  • Donna April 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Are you aware you have a twin? You do and he lives in my house!

    We read our daughter the Classic French Fairy Tales while other young ones were getting the sanitized Disney version. It made the kindergarten teacher's eyes bug out when our girl child corrected the teacher's telling of fairy tales…and that was just the beginning of the fun! She was watching Joseph Campbell at six, read Jurassic Park at seven and has never looked back.

    I am absolutely looking forward to reading your books!

    donnafisk at bellsouth dot net

  • Beverly April 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Just added these to my amazon wish list – hope to win! Thanks for hosting!

  • Pam S (pams00) April 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Great Interview I had ablast reading it :)! I'm very excited about this series and so hope to get to read until book 7 or 9. loled the 4 characteristics and may agree with you on Batman except for the original Batman series with Adam West – sorry to say to say he didn't have the tight buttocks going for him. I am fascinated with mythology in general and looking forward to see all of your mixes come into play.

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  • Kevin Hearne April 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks again to all the commenters! Hope you dig the book when you get your hands on it! Donna—glad to hear someone else has left Disney behind! The original myths and fairy tales are best left in their original form. Watching Disney mutilate them for profit has always horrified me.

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