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Carrie Vaughn is visiting Deadly Destinations today. She is here to discuss why London was her choice destination for Kitty to visit for Kitty Steals the Show, the tenth book in Carrie’s Kitty Norville series is available now. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Kitty Steals the Show thanks to Tor/Macmillan!
For Kitty Steals the Show, I wanted to send Kitty overseas for her big international conference, so I could explore the supernatural in another country. I really had no question about where she’d go. I could have picked any major city in the world, maybe even given myself an excuse to travel any place I wanted to for research. I had the plans and budget for a research trip, and I’ve never been to Istanbul, Rome, Berlin, Oslo, or even Tokyo or Cairo. So many cities to visit, so little time! But like I said, I didn’t actually spend any time at all thinking about where to send Kitty. For me, there was only ever one choice: London.
I had so many reasons for setting the book in London: It’s a true international hub, a political, economic, and social crossroads for the whole world, so it made sense to set the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies there. Next, I’ve been there before and knew exactly where I wanted to set various scenes: Hyde Park, Mayfair, Trafalgar Square, and so on. London is one of my favorite cities, and I really couldn’t resist the chance to write about it. It’s so full of history, it’s been the setting for so many favorite stories, and I wanted to make use of all that heritage.
Mostly, though, London has an amazing supernatural and fantastical pedigree. It’s like a supernatural magnet. Dracula sets up shop in London. Jekyll and Hyde, residents of London. Peter Pan has his own statue in Kensington Gardens. You can actually follow the path David took through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus during the last few scenes of An American Werewolf in London. Jack the Ripper, while not a supernatural creature, certainly inspired supernatural dread, and the ghosts of his victims are said to haunt Whitechapel to this day. Let’s not even get started on the ghosts haunting the Tower of London, the site of so many bloody executions and so much hardship. And I dare you to ride the Tube without looking for a door to Gaiman’s Neverwhere. And then there’s the moment you realize you’ve ended up at Canary Wharf, site of the Battle of Canary Wharf from Doctor Who. London has been a city for some two thousand years, and the historical and literary footprints of all those years are everywhere. And the stories keep coming: I took a ghost tour where I learned about the BBC World News headquarters being haunted by the ghost of a reporter who died overseas. Every time I visit London, I discover more great stories.
Now I’ve put my own fictional mark on the city, and I am immensely pleased.
Carrie Vaughn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, including Kitty’s Big Trouble and Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She is also the author of the stand-alone novels After the Golden Age and Discord’s Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops across the country from California to Florida. She earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a master’s in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and an administrative assistant. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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This giveaway is provided by Tor/Macmillan
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
Available July 31, 2012 from Tor/Macmillan
About this Book:
Kitty has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, taking place in London. The conference brings together scientists, activists, protestors, and supernatural beings from all over the world—and Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are right in the middle of it.
Master vampires from dozens of cities have also gathered in London for a conference of their own. With the help of the Master of London, Kitty gets more of a glimpse into the Long Game—a power struggle among vampires that has been going on for centuries—than she ever has before. In her search for answers, Kitty has the help of some old allies, and meets some new ones, such as Caleb, the alpha werewolf of the British Isles. The conference has also attracted some old enemies, who’ve set their sights on her and her friends.
All the world’s a stage, and Kitty’s just stepped into the spotlight.
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