Author: Carrie Vaughn
Title: Low Midnight
Publisher: Tor – Forge (Imprint of Macmillan) Published On: Dec 30 2014
Cormac, the Kitty Norville series' most popular supporting character, stars in his first solo adventure.
Carrie Vaughn's Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary…a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.
Author’s Other Works
Kitty Norville Series
Low Midnight #13
Kitty Saves the World #14 Coming 2015
Kitty’s Greatest Hits (Short Story Collection)
Straying from the Path (Short Story Collection)
Dark and Stormy Nights (Kitty Norville Short)
Hex Appeal (Kitty Norville Short)
Running with the Pack (Kitty Norville Short)
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Kitty Norville Short)
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I had no other talents and there was nothing else I wanted to do. Also, I was in middle school when I found out that some people don’t like to write. I did like to write, and I didn’t do sports or much else for that matter, so I decided to go after the thing I liked that other people didn’t.
Who/what are your writing inspirations?
Anything and everything. A song might inspire me, or a piece of art. I get lots of ideas from traveling. Bad books and movies make me angry and make me want to tell good versions of those stories. Very good books and stories inspire me to want to do better. I look out at the world and pay attention to what catches my attention, and I try to put that interest, that curiosity into my work.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I love good space opera, like Banks, Bujold, and Corey. I love really good, gorgeously written stand-alone fantasy–McKillip, McKinley, Bradbury, Beagle. I’m reading more and more historical fiction, which I quite enjoy when it’s good.
Favorite writing food / snack?
Tea, definitely tea, and sometimes cookies or chocolate.
What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?
I hope they have a good time. I hope reading my work brightens their day and makes them think a little bit.
Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?
That’s a tough one, like asking to pick a favorite book of mine. Most of my characters have their own quirks and characteristics that make them fun, and most of them teach me something about writing. I’d probably have to say Kitty just because I’ve spent more time with her than any of my other stories.
What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?
I do a little of both. I try to outline, and I like to know how the story is going to end before I start, but I never seem able to predict the surprises I find along the way. My outlines are never detailed enough, and I usually have to change them mid-stream.
If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?
Write a lot, a little bit every day, and read a lot. Read a lot of different things. Analyze what you read–if you love a book, figure out why, and try to do that. If you hate a book, again figure out why so that you can avoid doing that.
Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?
Nope, but the DVD or CD collections are sometimes tempting.
If you could collaborate with any other author (living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?
I have to be totally honest, I’m not much of a collaborator — I’m a bit of a control freak! If it’s a writer I admire I’d much rather just enjoy reading their work!
If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?
I get asked this quite a lot and I’ve never come up with an answer. I’m a writer because I never found another profession that interested me. I have no idea what I would do if I weren’t write. Go mad, I expect.
Coke, Pepsi, or?
What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?
I have a deep and abiding fondness for all things G.I. Joe, and have a G.I. Joe story up on Kindle Worlds right this very minute.
Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?
Well, I imagine all my characters have a little bit of me — just different parts of me. Cormac from the Kitty books is probably most unlike me. Very different background, very different response to situations. He’s a challenge to write.
If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?
I have no idea and have no intention of finding out. It’s better if I don’t know about it.