My guest today is author Karen Mahoney. The first book in her debut urban fantasy The Iron Witch series, The Iron Witch, recently hit bookshelves on January 25, 2011. Please join me in welcoming Karen here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the first two chapters of the book here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of The Iron Witch. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
Karen Mahoney is the author of The Iron Witch, the first book in a trilogy that continues in 2012 withThe Wood Queen. She has also published stories about a kick-ass teen vampire called Moth in The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly. Karen is British and currently lives near London with way too many books, though she dreams of one day living in Boston. She doesn’t mind if you call her Kaz.
Girls Can Be Awesome, Too!
by Karen Mahoney
There are many, many awesome boy characters in YA urban fantasy; it’s absolutely true. Who am I to deny having my very own inappropriate crushes on some of them, especially considering my Advanced Years and how most of those boys could actually be my children. (If it was even possible for me to be the mother of a fictional character. Um… I know that’s weird, but I hope you see what I mean re. the age thing. *g*)
I feel old now.
When I set out to write The Iron Witch, I knew there would be two awesome guys in it – and not in a Love Triangle of Doom way, either. (Not that there’s anything wrong with love triangles; done well, they can be very cool.) But… and here’s the point of my post: I really wanted to make sure that my main character was a totally awesome girl. Because as much fun as it is to pick ‘Teams’ with regard to the hot guys of YA fantasy, sometimes I feel like the girls get a bit left out.
Buffy – still my favorite kick-ass girl
Donna Underwood, the protagonist of The Iron Witch, has a lot to deal with in the space of 300 pages. Not only does she belong to a secret society of alchemists who are keeping secrets from her about her own life, she also has to hide the iron tattoos that cover her hands and arms and give her super-strength – strength that she often finds difficult to control. She’s strong; physically strong, yes, but also mentally and emotionally stronger than even she realizes. However, she’s also vulnerable and filled with uncertainty because her whole life has been about hiding and secrets.
When her ordinary best friend, Navin Sharma, gets abducted by the dark elves, it’s up to Donna to save him. (And Nav being ‘ordinary’ is one of the things Donna loves most about him, because her life is so crazy and confusing at times.) That’s the part I most enjoyed writing. Sure, I also loved writing the scenes where Donna meets Xan (the hot half-fey Older Guy), and their relationship starts to develop; and I really enjoyed writing the stuff that involves running and fighting and figuring things out.
But really, the thing I loved the most was writing a kick-ass girl character who gets to rescue the boy.
About the Book:
Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
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