Thursday, August 20, 2015

Interview Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn

Title: Kitty Saves the World
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville Series (#14)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Tor – Forge (Imprint of Macmillan)
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Edition/Formats It Will Be Available In: eBook & Print (Mass Market)

It's all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn't know where he will strike.
Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum's cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.

Where did you come up with the idea for your book?
The seeds for KITTY SAVES THE WORLD were planted way back when I was writing the third and fourth books in the Kitty series.  This is the fourteenth, so I've really been building up to this big confrontation!  Once I knew the series was going to run for a while, I really wanted to build up to a big finish -- and you'll finally get to see what I came up with.

How did you come up with your characters?
Kitty was born because I had the idea for a talk radio advice show for supernatural creatures first, and I needed a host for that show.  I made her a werewolf because I was tired of vampires.  All the other characters have come onto the scene over the course of telling Kitty's stories, because I wanted her to interact with vampires, ghosts, and all kinds of monsters.  I tried to make them all -- even the monsters -- interesting as well as grounded in reality.

Who did you show your first draft to and why?
KITTY SAVES THE WORLD is the fourteenth book in the series.  I had two friends read the first draft for me -- one who gave me feedback on a lot of the previous books so he knew what I was trying to do with the book, and another who's a big fan of the series, and he helped make sure the book packed the punch I wanted it to.

Do you have plans to a follow up already in the works?
KITTY SAVES THE WORLD actually wraps up the whole series.  I do have some spin-off stories in mind, involving other characters like Rick and Cormac.  I'd love to start something of a supernatural mystery/horror series starring Cormac, the bad boy bounty hunter from the Kitty series.

Open your book to a random page and tell us the first paragraph…
"Hardin announced the litany:  "Five stitches on the forehead, cracked nose, dislocated shoulder and a couple of cracked ribs.  No concussion, thank goodness.  I keep telling her the appropriate response to questions is 'You should see the other guy.'""

What do you like to read? Do you only read the genre you write in?
I read everything.  I try to read as much and as broadly as I can.  I like good writing.  I actually don't read very much in the genre I write in -- I spend so much time in that kind of world anyway, I like to take a break from it when I read for fun.  I also end up reading a lot of nonfiction for research.

Where do you go to escape?
There's a wildlife refuge near where I live and I love to go there with my binoculars to walk and birdwatch.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write a bunch.  Finish what you write, then start something new immediately.  Read as much as you can, and analyze what you read -- what do you like about it?  What do you not like?  Then apply that to your own writing.

Would you recommend self-publishing or main stream publishing for first time novelists?
I recommend mainstream to start.  It has a lot of benefits and can really give you a good foundation if you decide to move into different kinds of publishing later on.

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In addition to being the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, CARRIE VAUGHN is also the author of the standalone novels After the Golden Age, Dreams of the Golden Age, and Discord’s Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Visit her online at

Places to find Carrie
Facebook Page ~ Kitty Norville
Website Carrie Vaughn’s Virtual Playground

Places to find Kitty Saves the World
 Amazon Kindle
Amazon Print
Amazon Audio/CD 
Barnes and Noble Audio/CD

Author’s Other Works
Kitty Norville Series

Kitty Saves the World #14 Coming 2015
Kitty’s Greatest Hits (Short Story Collection)
Stand Alones
Straying from the Path (Short Story Collection)
Golden Age
Dark and Stormy Nights  (Kitty Norville Short)
Hex Appeal (Kitty Norville Short)
Running with the Pack (Kitty Norville Short)
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Kitty Norville Short)

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