Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series about a 2,100 year-old Druid hiding among us, dodging the attentions of Irish gods who want to kill him. He used to teach high school English, but now he writes full time, reads comic books, and plays with his doggies. His latest book, SHATTERED, came out June 17 in hardcover, ebook, and audio.
Tell us about your latest book.
My last book was HUNTED, the sixth book of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Atticus and Granuaile are on the run from Artemis and Diana, goddesses of the hunt, and they have to run across Europe to get the help they need.
Henry: For those not familiar with the Iron Druid series, Atticus is the titular druid of the series. He frequently has both favorable and unfavorable interactions with gods, demons, and the like. Successfully evading Artemis and Diana sounds like a formidable challenge. Another fun fact: Atticus's pet Irish Wolfhound (the tallest dog breed) is inspired by Kevin's pet pug.
What aspect of writing do you find most challenging?
Turning off the Internet and just getting myself into a zone. Distractions abound these days.
What has been a memorable experience that you never would have had if you had not been a writer?
I've met some incredible people—other writers, all interesting folk who make me laugh, and many readers who are entertaining individuals as well. And I've traveled much more than I would have otherwise, seen more of the world. And best of all, I don't have to wear pants anymore when I go to work. Pants were invented by The Man to oppress us, you know. I'm sticking it to The Man.
Henry: Down with pants! As long as you're sticking it to the man in the privacy of your own home, my friend.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don't give up! I sold my third completed book, not my first, and I was writing for nineteen years before I first got published. Your first efforts may turn out to be unpublishable, but that does not mean they are a waste of time. I learned so much from my first two terrible novels; I wouldn't have been able to write HOUNDED without writing them first.
Henry: Nineteen years!? Well, we're glad you are indefatigable. It was worth the wait.
What is your favorite creature that exists only in literature?
The Manticore! Three rows of teeth, man. That's bold. Think of all the cavities! And the halitosis! Even Altoids would be all DUDES, THIS IS HOPELESS I CANNOT FIX THIS BREATH.
Henry: I did not see that coming. You took that and ran with it. I have a manticore in my upcoming picture book, MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES. And they shoot spikes out of their tales. Like frickin' sharks with laser beams. All books are better with manticores. And pirates.
Read the rest of this article on Henry's blog on Kidlit, Fantasy & Science Fiction.