• Where did you get the inspiration
for the Blood of Eden series?
I’ve told this story a few times, but it’s a fun one, so I’ll tell it
again. Way back in the beginning of my writing career, before I even
started The Iron King,
I told myself that I wasn’t going to write a vampire story. This was at
the height of the Twilight craze, and there were already so many books
about our favorite bloodsuckers, I felt I didn’t have anything new to add. But then, around the time I was finishing up The
Iron Knight, the last book in the Iron Fey series, I got a call from my
agent. She wanted to know what was next for me, if I had any ideas for a
new book or a new series. I did. I told her I’d been thinking about
a really dark, post-apocalyptic world where a disease had wiped out nearly
everyone and there weren’t many humans left. I didn’t exactly have, say,
a plot, or characters, or what the book was going to be about. But
I knew I wanted to write something a bit darker and bleaker than the Iron Fey,
so I asked her what she thought about that.
She said: “Yes, well, that sounds
interesting, but what are your thoughts about writing vampires?”
Out loud, I said: “I’ll think about
it.” Inwardly, I was going: Aaaaaagh, noooooooo! *Snarl-hiss makes
sign of the cross.*
But, after we got off the phone, I
did start to think. So, on the one hand, I had this cool, dark,
post-apocalyptic setting that I really loved. And on the other, I had
vampires. So, what if I just…
• When you set out to write this
series did you know how everything would end up, or did you wing it as you
I always have to know the ending of
a series before I begin. Then I at least
have something to write toward. I also
have certain points in the story that I know have to happen, but everything in
between I make up as I go along.
• The ending of The Eternity Cure
was a doozy! Do you enjoy torturing readers with cliffhangers?
I'll tell you a universal truth:
authors love to make readers cry. And
laugh, and scream, and rage. Not because we're mean or evil (okay, maybe a
little evil), but when people shed tears over our books, and specifically the
characters in those books, we know we've done our job well. It means the reader has connected with them
on a personal level, that the characters have become more than just words on
paper. They've become real.
• If your books were to be made into a
movie, who would be your top picks for the cast?
Oh man, I am soooo bad at this. Really, if James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) could play
Jackal, that'd be awesome, but I have no idea for anyone else. I'm open to suggestions.
• Since this is the last book in the
series, what's coming next for you?
My next series is called Talon, and
it's about modern day dragons and their war with the Order of St. George.
• What are some of your favorite books
in the paranormal genre?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini
Taylor, and anything by Neil Gaiman.
• If you could tell readers one thing
about yourself or your books, what would that be?
For aspiring authors, I started
exactly where you are right now, unpublished and unknown. Keep writing, keep practicing, and never give
• What is the craziest or at least
most interesting thing you have ever done?
Lol, I've done a lot of
crazy/interesting things; it's hard to pick just one. When I was sixteen I tried riding a wild
horse and was promptly bucked off and trampled.
(Not the smartest thing I've ever done.)
I met a wild sea turtle while swimming in the ocean one afternoon, and
hung out with it for awhile. I've been
chased out of the ocean by reef
sharks. I've trained horses, dogs, cats,
and a parrot. I take Kung Fu and
routinely spar people with sticks and knives.
Several years ago I was taking my dog for a walk in the park, and
happened to run into Orlando Bloom, who said my dog was cool looking. So I'm not certain which of these is the most
interesting; I'll let you guys decide. ;-)
• Finish this statement: "You'll
like the Blood of Eden series if...
...you like scary, old-school
vampires, bloody sword fights, romance, snark, and a kick-ass Asian vampire
girl with a katana.
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.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
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 hyperactive Papillon puppy.
In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence