On the 24th I had the opportunity to go to an event at the Brisbane Library where Julie Kagawa talked about her new book Soul of the Sword, her writing as well as answer various questions.
Kagawa worked as a professional dog trainer before becoming a full-time writer. She has been doing various martial arts, from Wing Chun, Taekwondo and weapons works, for over ten years and it really shows in the realistic aspects of her fight scenes. All of this just adds to why she is my favourite author!
When asked about how she did research for her series set in ancient Japan, Kagawa said she had never been to Japan but had watched lots of anime, including my two favourites Inuyasha and Naruto. It was awesome to find out you could write a book set in that location and period without going to Japan – something I’ve always wanted to do.
It was inspiring to hear that it took ten years for Shadow of the Fox to be published, even with the help of an agent. Even the best books can’t be picked up by published based solely on what they feel the market will buy.
One girl asked why Kagawa’s characters are always aged around sixteen years old. Kagawa explained that she likes to use that age because it is the time of many firsts – first love, first adventure, etc – and when you discover who you are and what you are capable off.
Many young adults feel like outsiders in their lives but in fantasy this can be a strength, eg Yumeko using her kitsune side or Meghan her fey side to defeat the villain. It is a great display that what makes you different can actually make you special and stronger in the long run.
Another asked what do you do when you have writer’s block? Kagawa said she takes a break and watches anime or merely skips the scene that she is stuck on to work on another or force herself to push through it and write anyway.
Plus, she hinted that her next series will be a return to the Iron Fey world and characters. The whole room cheered, it was adorable.
When she signed my book:
My mind was blown when Kagawa signed my books. She actually remembered my blog from Twitter. Plus she loved that I am a writer and have just published my first book and even asked what my book was called! I had to restrain myself from jumping up and down with glee!
Best day ever!
I’m still super excited! I’d never been to a book signing before and it was amazing. Now I just need my other favourite authors – Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – to come to Australia.