Okay, same deal as before: comment here and you’ll be entered to win a signed, finished copy of The Eternal Ones. I have two of these bad boys, so on Sunday, after 8:00pm Eastern, I’ll draw two names—one from the comments here, and one from Wednesday’s post—and announce the winners next week. Just a reminder, if you don’t have a livejournal account, be sure to include a name and your email address in your comment.
Now, allow me to introduce my personal favorite part of Eternal Ones Week: a real live actual interview with Kirsten. I love hearing about other people—what they like, what they think about, how they work. This is because I am nosy, but Kirsten didn’t mind. She gave some great answers, which I will now share with you:
1) In The Eternal Ones, Haven and her friend Beau operate a lucrative business custom-making dresses for their classmates. Let us in on the facts—are you a closet-seamstress, or do you prefer to write about vocations you haven’t personally pursued?
One of the best things about writing books is being able to give my characters the skills, strengths, or vocations that I’ve always coveted but never possessed. I often daydream about being able to whip up a fabulous dress in a single evening. If I tried to accomplish such a feat in real life, I would surely stitch my fingers together. I’m quite handy with power tools, and I can fix an impressive number of small appliances, but somehow sewing machines have never made sense to me. It’s too bad, really, because I’m a HUGE fan of Project Runway. I would be soooo good as the bitchy one. (Can I say that on your blog?)(Yes, Kirsten, yes you absolutely may.)
2) Now, people might expect authors to feel equally benevolent toward all their characters, but . . . I almost always have favorites. Without giving too much away, is there a character in The Eternal Ones that you’re particularly pleased with?
Everyone seems to love Beau Decker, but I’m going to go with Leah Frizzell. She’s an odd, otherworldly girl who lives deep in the Tennessee mountains and attends a snake handling church. She’s not at all what one might expect her to be. She’s deeply religious yet extremely open minded (many deeply religious people are, but they’re rarely portrayed as such). She speaks in tongues, but she’s headed to Duke on a physics scholarship. She can see the future, but she’s no crystal ball gazing psychic.
There’s a side of my family that’s lived in the Appalachian Mountains for well over 200 years. Though I’m pretty sure none of them handled snakes (unless they’d been into the moonshine) Leah reminds me a great deal of some of the aunts, uncles, and cousins who were around back in my grandfather’s day. They were eccentric, brilliant, religious, tough, and nothing like the two-dimensional hillbillies you see in the movies.
3) Music plays a big role in my book The Replacement, and it also proved to be a big influence while I was writing it. Is there a particular song or artist that you associate with The Eternal Ones?
Oh yeah. The Rolling Stones. To this day, no one has done sinister and sexy quite like the young Mick Jagger. They have quite a few songs I’d put on my soundtrack:
The Gimme Shelter
Miss You (the ultimate New York love song, in my opinion)
Sympathy for the Devil
Paint It Black
4) Quick—without over-thinking! What’s your favorite verb?
5) Is there an author who’s had a strong influence over your own writing, or who just holds a special place in your heart?
I adore EH Gombrich’s A Little History of the World. If it were a required text in every grade school, there would be no need to cram history down kids’ throats. They’d gobble it up willingly instead. The book is funny, beautifully written, and unbelievably useful. It’s the perfect book to give to any smart ten-year-old. (Or thirty-year-old.)
6) On a related note, have you read anything recently that really knocked your socks off—that’s just begging to be shared with everyone you know, plus people you pass on the street, plus that friendly checker at the store?
I really enjoyed your latest book, The Replacement.* I read it a while back, long before I knew we’d be in touch. I insisted the publisher send me a copy because I thought the cover was awesome, I adore scary books, and I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of changelings.
I thought it was completely original, which is a real rarity these days. And quite a few of the characters (you know which ones) have stayed with me for months. You are, I’d imagine, a very interesting lady with a dark and disturbed mind. (A complement in my world.)
7) And last, because I have a deep affinity for hot beverages and naturally assume other people do too: coffee, tea, cocoa? Something more . . . unusual?
I’ve always been a coffee person. I’m kind of a reverse snob about it. I like the coffee you can buy at little metal stands in New York. I think it’s sad that a great tough-girl drink has been turned into something so frou-frou.
(Interview concluded, now Brenna is talking again)
Kirsten, thanks so much for letting me interview you. These are some great answers! Also, yay for black coffee, the Rolling Stones, and Leah Frizzell—who I absolutely love!
This concludes Eternal Ones Week. However, next week, Kirsten will be guest-posting and answering questions on Andrea Cremer’s blog, so I highly encourage you to visit her there, and remember, you can also swing by Kirsten’s website, and stay tuned early next week, when I’ll be announcing the winners of two signed, finished copies of The Eternal Ones.
*Brenna here—totally blushing at this point. Isn’t she sweet, guys?