Posted By: Frank Miceli
I have the pleasure today to introduce to you New York Times Best Selling Author Jay Kristoff, the author of The Lotus War, co-author of The Illuminae Files and author of the Nevernight Chronicle. Jay has taken some time out of his very busy schedule to answer a few questions for us today.
Q: Nevernight introduces us to Mia Corvere, a would-be assassin hell bent on revenge who is also a Darkin. What can you tell us about Darkin in general and how Mia came to acquire these powers?
A:The origins and history of the darkin are chock full of spoilers so I can’t tell you much. Mia has the ability to control shadows, though the strength these shadows possess seems to vary, mainly due to the proximity of the Itreyan suns. Her powers are strongest in places that are darkest, and where sunlight has never touched.
So far, she’s exhibited the ability to turn invisible, to step from one shadow to another, and in moments of extreme duress, cause shadows to take on solid form that can interact with the real world.
The gift manifested when she was ten. She doesn’t know if she was born with it. She doesn’t know much about her talents at all, and tends to expand them through trial and error.
Q:In a book about those who are training to become assassins we all know death will take some of the characters before the story finishes. Did you always know what characters and the manner in which they would die? Did you have a change of heart and let a character live that you originally planned to kill?
A: Mercurio was originally slated to die in the climax of the book, but by the time I got around to writing it, the structure of the book had changed and the original ending I’d imagined didn’t fit anymore. I tend to be something of a pantser when I write, so the story can often take turns I didn’t expect – that’s one of the fun things about writing for me.
Q: The end of Nevernight sets up Godsgrave perfectly in my opinion. What can you tell us about Godsgrave before it launches in September?
A: Godsgrave is basically a book that challenges all of Mia’s beliefs. She’s put herself on a road to avenge her parents against the men who destroyed them, but by the end of GG, her faith in her mission, her allies, herself, her purpose, her identity, will all be shaken to the core.
Q: I am one of many anxiously awaiting the release of Obsidio in March 2018. That series is written in a unique style. Is it more difficult to write a series like The Illuminae Files or a series like Nevernight?
A: They each present different challenges, really. The Illuminae Files books are much more tightly plotted to begin with, because they’re a co-authored project, so Amie needs to know what the hell I’m up to – I can’t just make it up as I go like I usually do. But, with co-authoring comes two brains to solve problems, immediate feedback on anything you’re writing, a creative mind to bounce ideas off. Plus, it’s just more fun with someone else beside you.
Writing alone can be very solitary, and when you get stuck, you don’t have many people to get you out of it except yourself.
Q: I know Obsidio is still months away but can you give us a little tease about what we can expect?
A: Ice. Snow. Explosions. Carnage on a scale you’ve not yet seen. Amazing haircuts. And probably the funniest scene we’ve ever written. Ever.
Q: If you could choose one character in your books to become, which character would you choose and why?
A: Hmm. I’m not sure. Things usually end pretty badly for most of my characters. Let’s go with Mr Kindly. He’s not dead yet. And he has the appropriate levels of black humor and sarcasm.
Q: What character(s) would you want to spend a night out with?
A: Probably Nik Malikov from GEMINA, a character named “the Duke” from OBSIDIO, and guy named “Preacher”, who’s in my upcoming LIFEL1K3 series. There’d probably be a body count at the end of the night, though J
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