31 marca 2012

Wywiad z Caitlin Kittredge - autorką 'Żelaznego ciernia'


Kochani, mam dla Was miłą niespodziankę. Ostatnio mieliście okazję czytać na moim blogu przedpremierową recenzję 'Żelaznego ciernia' - książka pozytywnie mnie zaskoczyła i z ręką na sercu muszę wyznać, że jest to jedna z lepszych powieści, jakie czytałam w ciągu ostatnich lat. Jako, że książka mnie oczarowała, postanowiłam dowiedzieć się czegoś więcej o autorce. I tak własnie, grzebiąc w sieci, trafiłam na konto Caitlin na twitterze - portalu, którego namiętnie używam. Napisałam do niej, pochwaliłam powieść i jakoś tak wyszło, że umówiłyśmy się na mały wywiad. I oto jest. Przekazuję słowa Kittredge w Wasze ręce. Nie tłumaczę, bo tak jak to było w przypadku Kelly Creagh, obawiam się, że niektórych słów nie zdołałabym tak przetłumaczyć, by oddać całkowity sens wypowiedzi Caitlin. Kochani, zasiądźcie wygodnie i dowiedzcie się czegoś więcej o 'Żelaznym cierniu' i życiu prywatnym autorki!

How did you come up with the idea for "The Iron Thorn"? What was your inspiration?
I'd wanted to write a steampunk book for a while, and the idea of combining steampunk with the Lovecraft mythos came to me one day while I was noodling around with a draft of another book. Aoife as a character was my starting point--I decided that her mother was locked up for some reason, and she lived in a world where Lovecraftian monsters existed, and from there everything clicked. A lot of disparate half-ideas I'd had over the years came together, which I think goes to show no draft that you start or book you read goes to waste. It call comes back eventually, sometimes in really fun, unexpected ways.

Are Aoife, Cal or Dean purely fictional characters or maybe you were inspired by some members of your family or friends?
They're all fictional...I generally don't base characters directly on people I know, although Aoife's dad, Archie was heavily inspired by my own stepdad, who's also a super-smart guy who can fix anything. Archie is a lot less reliable than him, though!

How long did it take you to write "The Iron Thron"? Was the whole plot planned before you started writing or did it develop as you were creating the story?
I was starting completely from scratch, and when I finished the first draft it was full of holes. It took me almost a year of revising, alone and with my editor, to actually flesh out the book to the finished product. I had a really good spark of inspiration, but the worldbuilding took much longer to really solidify.

Which of the characters is your favourite? Why?
Dean, undoubtedly! I love him. He's loyal and brave and sarcastic and funny...everything you'd want in a guy. Plus, he gets all the best one-liners in the books.

You obviously like writing, so do you like reading as well? What's your favourite novel?
I LOVE to read. I read all the time. My favorite novel is THE BIG SLEEP by Raymond Chandler.


In my review I wrote that you use varied and easy-to-read language. Is it your inborn talent or did you learn it under the teacher's guidance on some creative writing course?
Thank you! That's a really nice compliment. I majored in English in college, but I think my clean style was probably influenced by my preferred reading material as a kid, which tended to be pulp novels, hard SF from the 1950s and 1960s, and comics like Sandman, which uses elegant language but never complicates things. Choosing just the right word is very important to me, and I think if you're serious about being a writer knowing the full scope of how to use language effectively is incredibly important.

Was it your dream to become a writer or rather a spontaneous decision?
It's been my dream since I was about 14, so definitely not spontaneous! It's something I've spent a long time working toward.

How do you picture yourself and your writing in 10 year's time?
I hope I'm still earning my living from writing books, and I hope I'm still getting to tell stories that people love to read. That's all any of us can ask for, really!


7 komentarze:

Bahari pisze...

Gratulacje, świetny wywiad! ;)

cyrysia pisze...

Nie nam tej autorki, ale wywiad przyjemnie się czytało.
Pozdrawiam.

Klaudia Karolina Klara pisze...

Wywiad świetny ;] Zaczęłam mieć jeszcze większą ochotę na tę książkę :)

Pozdrawiam i zapraszam do udziału w konkursie, Klaudia.

Dwojra pisze...

Bardzo udany wywiad. Aż zmusiłaś mnie do odświeżenia mojego angielskiego. Autorka wydaje się bardzo miłą i pogodną osobą, w dodatku miłość do tego, co robi bije z każdej wypowiedzi.
Teraz pozostaje tylko dorwać książkę :)

Julie Stranger pisze...

Mimo, że mój English za idealny nie jest, to udało mi się zrozumieć ten wywiad. Sądzę, że pani Kittredge jest naprawdę ciekawą osobą.;D

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