Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Interview with Caitlin Kittredge, author of NIGHT LIFE

It's debut author time again! Today we have Caitlin Kittredge, whose first novel, urban fantasy Night Life, just came out last Tuesday. Fresh Fiction called Night Life "fast-paced, witty, and sexy," and if the excerpt on Caitlin's website is any indication, it looks like the kind of book that glues itself to your hands until you hit the last page.

Caitlin has graciously agreed to give a signed copy of this exciting paranormal thriller to (you know the next words by now...) one lucky commenter.

Q. What's been your biggest surprise/thrill about your first release?

Caitlin: That people I don't know actually show up to my author events! I was fully prepared to be one of those sad horror stories of authors sitting alone at tables while people flock past them to buy magazines and celeb tell-alls, but so far the enthusiasm level for NIGHT LIFE has been fantastic.

NIGHT LIFE has been described as a paranormal police procedural thriller. Are you a big fan of the cop show genre? Do you have a favorite?

I am, and I do. Criminal Minds is my current favorite crime show. I also really like Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

The main character in NIGHT LIFE, Luna Wilder, is a detective with the Nocturne City Police Department. She's also, well, a werewolf. Does she have trouble balancing these two sides of her life?

In the book, Luna's pretty much constantly at war with her two sides--she has trouble controlling her emotions because of the werewolf instincts, and she has trouble hiding who she is, because she works with a bunch of detectives. It makes for some awkward moments.

According to your bio, you live with two pushy cats. Do they work together as a team to bug the crap out of you, or are they individual annoyance artists?

They have a sort of dual system going: One, Victor, will cuddle very close to me and bite my wrist as I work on the laptop. The other, Faust, will run into my office, meow, and run out again. One point man and one for close-in work. They're very effective.

If you could inhabit the life of any of your characters, enter their world and deal with it as that person, which one would you choose?

I'd probably chose Pete Caldecott, from my short story 'Newlydeads' (part of the anthology My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon), and my novel Street Magic, which my agent is shopping. Pete's very down-to-earth and able to think on her feet, and I'd need that in her world!

Conversely, which of your characters would you most like to bring to life in our world (maybe as a best friend or much, much more ;-) ?

That'd have to be Jack Winter, from the same short story and novel. Jack is an aging punk rocker/mage who can see ghosts, has a barbed-wire wit and is quite the hottie, in his own way. I'd just want to follow him around and watch him get into trouble.

Same two questions, but use examples from another author's work (including television/movies/theatre)?

Sarah Connor. I wanted to be her when I was about 12 years old and first saw the Terminator movies. She kicked so much ass, and she wasn't perfect, but she came out on top because she was strong and driven.

If you read my blog, you know I'd love to have Dean Winchester, the hero of Supernatural, land in my neck of the woods. We'd have a great time--we have the same taste in music.

Which author, living or dead, would you most love to collaborate with?

Neil Gaiman or H.P. Lovecraft.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the publishing industry, what would it be?

The speed of things! I'd make everything happen in a week, like it does on TV, instead of months or years.

What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?

The history and construction of the Glasgow Necropolis, which is a Masonic cemetery that used to be bound by water. You can't make up a locale that's better than that.

What's your earliest memory?

Watching my grandmother cook breakfast for my mom the day after I was born. I know they say you don't remember anything that early, but I distinctly remember her standing at the stove in a pink sweater making eggs.

Do you have any phobias?

I used to be terrified of mall Santas. Clowns still don't thrill me. Maybe it's something about people in funny makeup...although that would mean I should also fear KISS, and really...not happening.

My husband hates when people use the word 'barometer' to mean 'measure.' Which word usage faux pas drives you berserkest?

The accept/except mix-up. I don't know why, but when I see it I get majorly peeved!

Name a literary cliche that makes you throw a book across the room.

The one where the hero dies and the heroine finds out she's pregnant with his baby. That one is a wallbanger for me.

Let's say there's a TV show, movie, or recording artist that has a cult of you. Which is it? (i.e., what do you like that no one else you know likes)?

Life on Mars, which is a TV show that aired in the UK. (Actually, I showed it to one of my American friends, so now it's me +1 on this side of the Atlantic.) It's a great show--it's about a police inspector who gets thrown back in time to 1973 Manchester and has to figure out how to get home, while solving crimes and living in a very different world. Also, I'm sort of in love with Philip Glenister, who plays DCI Gene Hunt. He's very adorable.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

Eat some cheese fries, go to the movies (where they would naturally be showing a double feature of Batman Begins and Better Off Dead), go to the bookstore and the comic store and spend as long as I liked, then go home and cook a fabulous meal for my friends and I, probably also involving cheese fries.

If you could ask your favorite author one question and they had to answer honestly, what would it be?

"What would you be doing with your life if you weren't a writer?"

If you could write in a totally different genre than your current one, which would you choose?

Mystery/suspense. I'd love to do a really good thriller with a female protagonist and a great bad guy who really gave people the creeps.

What are you working on now, and what new releases can we expect to see from you down the road?

I just finished a draft of a young adult novel, which I've sent to my lovely agent for a look. It's about the Winter Court of the Fae, a coup that occurs and a young Fae's escape to 1881 England, at the height of the Victorian era. My other adult series is being shopped, as I mentioned above, and it's about what I call "punk-rock demonology", hungry ghosts, and a host of other good and scary things. Pure Blood, the second book in the Nocturne City series, releases August 26th.

If you could tell a stranger just one thing about NIGHT LIFE (other than what it's about--no cheating by quoting synopses or back cover blurbs), what would it be?

That I've tried my best to write a real story with relatable characters set in a fantastical world, and that they should read it, because I think it kicks ass!


Give Caitlin a comment or a question, or tell us which cop show character you suspect could be a werewolf (or the one you'd most like to see, uh, 'wered'), down there in the comments before 5 p.m. EST on Monday, March 17. I'll draw a name and announce the winner next Tuesday morning.

If you don't have a Blogger account, just sign in as anonymous and leave your name at the bottom of your comment so I can identify you. Then come back on Tuesday or stay subscribed to the comments to hear the results.

***Do not put your e-mail in the comments. That creates spam, and only Hormel is allowed to do that.***

(And don't forget, you still have three days left to enter the drawing for Chris Marie Green's vampire novel Twice Bitten.)

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Hi Caitlin and Jeri!

I love Criminal Minds! that's one of my favorite shows. So is Supernatural - mostly because of Dean. He's just such a hottie!

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 3/11/2008 10:12 AM

Fun interview!

I'd like to see Gary Dourdan (from C.S.I.)'wered'.

Posted by: Blogger ChristyJan at 3/11/2008 10:21 AM

Ever since i read rachel vincent's blog about this book, i've been dying to read it!

great interview. oh, and i don't think he's a werewolf, but i'd love to see what the guy from Psyche would act like if he were. that'd be pretty funny!

congrats again!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Bethany at 3/11/2008 10:57 AM

I'd really like to read this book---it sounds so cool!
As for who I'd like to see "were'd," I think it would have to be Elliot Stabler from Law & Order SVU. He has some anger issues anyway, so it would be cool to see him give his wild side free rein.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 3/11/2008 11:05 AM

I'm a big fan of Supernatural, I love Dean and I'm always looking forward to the music they feature in the shows, there from my era. Looking forward to your latest release, sounds great.

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 3/11/2008 11:11 AM

Great interview. I would choose Detective Mike Logan(Christopher Noth)from Law and Order:Criminal Intent as the character who would be a werewolf.

Posted by: Blogger CrystalGB at 3/11/2008 11:43 AM

Do you think if Dean got "wered" it would keep him from going to hell? Nah. Better leave him as is; he has enough issues.

Personally, I think Nick from "Cold Case" is just a big fluffy were-panda. I just love that guy!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 3/11/2008 12:05 PM

Caitlin, your book sounds like something I absolutely must read! I look forward to it.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2008 12:36 PM

Absolutely awesome interview. Caitlin, you've got great taste in music and television.

I'd love to see Gene Hunt as a werewolf. Or maybe Sam Tyler. Perhaps both of them - they've got a great "pack" dynamic going on already...

Posted by: Blogger Aubrey at 3/11/2008 12:59 PM

I just laughed out loud at the thought of a Caruso-wolf, delivering growls in a monotone and staring overdramatically into the distance.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2008 1:50 PM

I don't watch any cop shows really. But my soap opera Guiding Light has a character Gus Aitoro who is a cop. He's hot...he could so be a werewolf hehe

I've said it before, but the book sounds great Caitlin!

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 3/11/2008 3:59 PM

This sounds like a great story. Can't wait to read it.

Tom Gallier

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2008 7:13 PM

I bought it an read it. It's a great book.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/11/2008 7:21 PM

Katie, probably not. Unless he becomes immortal when he turns were? Plus if that were to happen, we wouldn't get to see him turn into a kickass Demon, I'm strangely looking forward to that.

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 3/11/2008 7:37 PM

Victor or Faust: which of them fancied one of Richelle's cats (possibly Morganna)?

Cop-turned-werewolf: I nominate Joe Swanson from Family Guy. He's my favourite cop, though he deserves a better film hero than Stephen Segal ;-)

Would love to win the book, especially because I can't find it in Australia, and don't have the mucho moolah required for importing.

Have a lovely day! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 3/11/2008 8:01 PM

grissom of csi

angel, fromt the series bones, lol goes from vamp to were

please enter me i reall wouldl love this book! the book sounds wonderufl and love new authors taht i just discovered from sites

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/12/2008 12:52 AM

Hi Caitlin! I agree with you about accept / except. What about affect / effect and regardless / irrespective? Not to mention presumptive / presumptuous?

Stay beautiful,
Rose Nanashima

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/12/2008 2:04 AM

Oooh! I have a question! How long was Caitlin writing for before she got published?

Astres from Livejournal

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/12/2008 12:55 PM

I love Life on Mars - if you're a fan you should try Spooks - I think it's called MI-5 in the States, it's made by the same people.

Harry from Spooks is definitely a werewolf. And I'd love to see Detective Goran fur up...

Erica (ezworld from LJ)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/12/2008 6:02 PM

I'd like to see William Peterson from CSI 'wered'

Posted by: Blogger Jeanette J at 3/13/2008 11:40 PM

Great interview! Definitely made it impossible for me to come up with a question of my own.

I would like to see Hodges from Bones 'wered.' He isn't really a cop but it works!

Posted by: Blogger Megan at 3/14/2008 11:36 AM

My choice would be Sara Sidel (CSI) to be wered :)

Posted by: Blogger Bunny B at 3/14/2008 11:47 AM

Hello, My teenage son doesn't like clowns either! It has to do with him seeing a terrible scene in the movie
"It" when he was very young! I love the show "Criminal Minds!" Actually, I would enjoy being a profiler. Good luck with your first novel. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

Posted by: Blogger windycindy at 3/14/2008 12:32 PM

Astres - I'd been writing seriously for about two years before I finished NIGHT LIFE and tried to get it agented. I'd written "novels" since I was 13, so I had about eight years of non-serious practice under my belt before I buckled down.

Tez - It was Faust that was enamoured of Morganna...he followed her around trying to play all the time, and she was having none of it.

Rose - Yep, those too!

Good luck to all the commentators, and THANKS to those that have already bought the book.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/14/2008 1:10 PM

Another criminal minds fan, also enjoyed Life on Mars. We've got the next series, Ashes to Ashes running now.

For wereing, how about Shemar Moore?

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/14/2008 8:48 PM

Which cop show character I'd suspect of being a werewolf is difficult to decide, becase I don't watch many cop shows. I'd have to go with someone from 21 Jump Street. That would've made a great episode.

Comment on the interview: I've always wanted to be Sarah Connor too.

(Sorry for posting this comment in the wrong place the first time.)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/14/2008 10:07 PM

Hi Caitlin and Jeri,

I am not particularly fond of clowns either...they creep me out.

I love Criminal Minds, too!

If I could choose one person to 'wered' out it would Grissom from CSI.

Your book sounds Great!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 3/14/2008 11:41 PM

Wow. The cover of the book alone is enough to draw me in. Just add in the excerpt I read on Caitlin's site, and count me officially intrigued. ^_^

Posted by: Blogger EternallyMaroon at 3/16/2008 2:25 AM

Great interview and I'd come to your book signing. Lovecraft's one of my favorite witers. The book sounds wonderful. Becareful with those cats, I have 4 and they rule my life.
Theresa N

Posted by: Blogger Theresa N. at 3/16/2008 11:54 AM

The book sounds great, and plan to buy it. As to who I would like to see wered... I would like to see Thomas Linley from the Elisabeth George Mysteries. ( It has been filmed for TV).

Posted by: Blogger Mikaela at 3/17/2008 5:58 AM

I gotta go vintage and say Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice, especially the last few seasons :)

Posted by: Blogger Lis at 3/17/2008 4:08 PM

Congrats to Tom Gallier, who just won a copy of NIGHT LIFE! Tom, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com, and I'll pass it on to Caitlin.

Thanks to Caitlin for being a great guest and interviewee, and thanks to everyone who commented.

If you haven't yet, stop by the blog and read an interview with another debut urban fantasy author, Adrian Phoenix, and enter to win a signed copy of her vampire novel A RUSH OF WINGS.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/19/2008 9:27 AM

Absolutely awesome interview Caitlis he's got great taste in music and television.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/20/2008 5:36 AM

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