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Interview & Giveaway: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

Today I have the lovely Caitlin Kittredge here to talk about her new book The Iron Thorn.

Fill out the form below and 2 winners will get a signed copy of the book.

1. You write adult and young adult books. Can you tell us some of the perks, and difficulties, of each category?

They're both incredibly fun to write. Speculative fiction is my home, and I really love being able to write in two genres with speculative elements. With the adult books, I can indulge my love for all things dark, gritty and noir--channel my inner Chandler, if you forgive the terrible joke. With YA, I get to go back and write about the time of life when everything is a big discovery, feelings and emotions are heightened, and the world seems just a bit more fantastic. As far as difficulties, they're the same--first drafts are hard, and finding the time to write all of the ideas that spring to my head is impossible!

2. How would you describe Aoife?

Aoife isn't a kick-ass chick, but she's a smart one. She's scared of change, but she's brave enough to make the jump when the people she loves need her. She's a girl who relies on her wits over anything else, and she's stubborn as all get out sometimes. But if Aoife is your friend, you have a loyal friend for life. She's one of my favorite heroines, and the fact that she's sometimes very human and makes human mistakes just endears her to me more the more time we spend together.

3. I've seen where people refer to The Iron Thorn as Steampunk and as having a dystopian-like society. Are these evaluations true, and how would you personally describe this series?

"Steampunk Lovecraftian fantasy with a bite". I think they're both accurate, although"dystopia" usually implies a futuristic, SF-based world, and the Iron Codex books are alternate history, set in the 1950s--but the feel of America in the books is far more than drive-ins and apple pie.

4. How many books do you plan for the Iron Codex series? Do you have any other young adult book ideas in the works?

I always planned for the Iron Codex novels, at least from Aoife's POV, to be a trilogy, but I can't say for sure. I am working on a YA proposal, which is a more contemporary fantasy set in New England and deals with old-style colonial witchcraft and New England folklore. Afraid I can't say anything more just yet!

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 22nd, 2011) Reading Level: Young Adult Hardcover: 312 pages Series: Iron Codex #1 In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.


  • 2 winners will receive a signed copy of The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge.

  • You must be at least 13 to enter.
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  • Contest is US Only and ends May 7th.
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Purchase The Iron Thorn
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List of the other stops on this tour
Random Acts of Reading—Monday, April 18th Sparkling Reviews—Tuesday, April 19th The Book Butterfly — Wednesday, April 20th Steph Su Reads—Thursday, April 21st Bitten by Books—Friday, April 22nd Page Turners Blog—Monday, April 25th Cleverly Inked—Tuesday, April 26th Adventures in Children’s Publishing — Wednesday, April 27th Kiss the Book—Thursday, April 28th The Children's Book Review—Friday, April 29th Library Lounge Wizard—Saturday, April 30th

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Interview & Giveaway: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge + tour