Sep 6, 2012

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Author Interview with Jay Kristoff

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Hello everyone! Today as part of the STORMDANCER book tour, Jay Kristoff is stopping by the blog for an interview. I hope you love it1.    

1. If you had to describe STORMDANCER in three words, what would they be?

Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy.

(Is that three or four?)

2.     Who was your favorite character to write in STORMDANCER?

Probably Buruu (the griffin). I think there’s a lot of me in him. He’s gruff and sarcastic and kinda scary, but underneath he’s just a big kitten. I based a lot of his physicality on my dog, but his world view is similar to mine, so he’s this really cool combination of animal and human which has been just great fun to write.

I really liked the transformation he makes over the course of the novel – in the beginning he’s very animalistic, speaks in short sharp sentences, thinks very simplistically. But as the bond between him and Yukiko grows, her personality traits start to bleed into him, and he becomes more intelligent and thoughtful.

Plus, you know, he’s a frackin’ GRIFFIN.

3.     What would you say the most unique aspect of the story is?

Well, as far as I know, nobody’s really done Japanese-inspired steampunk before. But I dunno, the book is just odd. Nobody really seems to know if it’s YA or not. It can’t really be pigeon-holed in a genre – is it steampunk, is it epic fantasy?

But for me, it’s probably the bond between Yukiko and Buruu, and how it transforms them both over the course of the book. I haven’t really seen many animal/human bonds written like that before.

But I sound like I’m bouncing on my own pogo stick now, so I’m going to stop.

4.     Quick! The zombie apocalypse is coming and you have to choose one character from STORMDANCER to help you survive it. Who would it be and why?

Buruu. He can fly.

*waves to zombies from Buruu’s back*

“Bye, bitches!”

5.     What’s next for you?

I’m currently writing book three of the series, and waiting on editor’s notes for book two. And I know the word gets overused a lot, but daaaamn, book three is kinda epic.

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About the author:

Jay Kristoff is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based author. His first trilogy, THE LOTUS WAR, was purchased in the three-way auction by US publishing houses in 2011. He is as surprised about it as you are. The first installment, STORMDANCER, is set to be published in September 2012 in the US, UK and Australia.

Jay is 6’7, has approximately 13870 days to live and does not believe in happy endings.




 Author Interview with Jay KristoffAbout the book:

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.


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  1. Awesome interview!! I am going to be reading this very soon!!

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