I’m trying to be better at raising awareness of not only the great things to do in geek culture around here, but the creators and contributors to that culture as well.
(I should really start doing 8 questions with people – you know, with the whole octopus thing.)
Kevin writes modern fantasy that takes place right here in Arizona. In fact, he made a pretty cool Google Map detailing some of the locations in his stories. (I haven’t read them yet, so I don’t know if the map is spoilery or not.)
I ordered a copy of Hounded (the first book) on Amazon this morning, so hopefully I’ll have the first one read pretty soon.
For now, enjoy 7 Questions with Kevin Hearne:
So, tell us a little about the books you write.
My books are urban fantasies heavily laced with mythology. The main character is a 2,100-year-old Druid hiding out in Tempe from some Irish gods who want to kill him. Once the gods find him, he decides to fight instead of run as he’s always done before, and that’s where the series picks up.
What kind of personal connection do you have with the Irish Folklore you explore in your books?
A good portion of my background is Irish; there are Sullivans on my father’s side of the family.
Bragging time: Your books seem to get a lot of positive reviews. What aspect of The Iron Druid seems to connect the most with readers?
The answers to that depend on the reader. Local people enjoy recognizing Mill Avenue, Papago Park, and other east valley locations in the books.
Some people really enjoy the mythology and the magic system; others dig the single vampire in the series.
Most everyone seems to like Oberon the Irish wolfhound though.
What do you think is the most important part of telling a compelling story?
Characters are the most important. A good character can carry a recycled plot, but it’s hard to recognize or appreciate a brilliant plot when the characters are either boring or unlikeable.
What have you had to really work on when it comes to writing?
Description, more than anything else. I’ve written four books now, and every single time I turn in a book, my editors ask me to pay a little more attention to describing this character or that setting.
Where do you feel like you fit in best in Geek Culture?
Geeks have a culture?
I remember when being a geek was not cool at all, and I’ve kind of gotten used to not fitting in. But I’m a pretty easy going fella, so I’ll be happy to fit in wherever people let me.
A very hounded, hexed, and hammered thanks to Kevin for being spotlighted!
I’m looking forward to reading Houded this weekend.