Harlequin Books
A Note from Ash, hero of The Iron Knight

c/o Julie Kagawa


This is my favorite time of the year in the mortal world.  Or, it will be, anyway.  Soon.

Oh, let me introduce myself.  My name is Ash, former prince of the Winter Court.  A lot has changed since I met Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, but even though I’m no longer welcome in Queen Mab’s domain, I still love winter.  Winter is peaceful, serene; when everything lies quiet and still under cloak of snow and ice.  You can hear yourself think, without the jabber of a certain Summer prankster bouncing off your ear canals.  He’s not terribly fond of the cold; another reason I love it.

So, if you glance out your window one day soon and find everything buried under white, the air so sharp it cuts your lungs, don’t immediately shut your curtains against the cold and forget about it.  I just might be nearby.

-Ash

Q&A with Julie Kagawa!
Q: What makes a character jump off the page?
A: We’ve all seen them, read about them.  Characters who are so real, so lifelike, they literally seem to leap right off the page into your bedroom.  And we all love it when we meet someone like that; they become more then a two-dimensional figure in a story.  We feel like we could bump into them on the street.  So what makes a character come alive?  I think, first off, they have to be relatable.  They have goals, dreams, fears, and flaws, like everyone else.  They can’t be perfect, or completely irredeemable.  They’re never passive, refusing to stand around and let things happen to them.  They take action.  They know what they want, and they fight for it.  They’re complex.  They have baggage, backgrounds, and their pasts have shaped them into what they are today.  And they have relationships, with family, friends, lovers, and enemies.  They aren’t a vacuum.  They’re human (even if they aren’t), with human fears, hopes, and emotions.  We can see a tiny piece of us inside them all.   And that is what makes them so real.

Q&A with Julie Kagawa!

Q: What makes a character jump off the page?

A: We’ve all seen them, read about them.  Characters who are so real, so lifelike, they literally seem to leap right off the page into your bedroom.  And we all love it when we meet someone like that; they become more then a two-dimensional figure in a story.  We feel like we could bump into them on the street.  So what makes a character come alive?  I think, first off, they have to be relatable.  They have goals, dreams, fears, and flaws, like everyone else.  They can’t be perfect, or completely irredeemable.  They’re never passive, refusing to stand around and let things happen to them.  They take action.  They know what they want, and they fight for it.  They’re complex.  They have baggage, backgrounds, and their pasts have shaped them into what they are today.  And they have relationships, with family, friends, lovers, and enemies.  They aren’t a vacuum.  They’re human (even if they aren’t), with human fears, hopes, and emotions.  We can see a tiny piece of us inside them all.   And that is what makes them so real.