I actually have some FAQs now, but the (in)FAQs are still listed below them. If you’d like to ask me a question, email me at kevin (@) kevinhearne dot com.
How many books will be in the Iron Druid Chronicles?
Why can’t I get the audio versions in any country but the US and Canada?
Because no other countries have bought the audio rights to the series. I’m very sorry.
What other books/series would you recommend while I’m waiting for your next book?
Well, there are many talented authors out there, but here are some urban fantasy & sci-fi titles that I personally have enjoyed in the past couple of years:
MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE by Diana Rowland (really sci-fi though it gets called UF a lot; no magic here)
THREE DAYS TO DEAD by Kelly Meding (best first chapter in UF I’ve read)
TEMPEST RISING by Nicole Peeler (Peeler is funny as hell, great voice to these books)
RED HEADED STEPCHILD by Jaye Wells (Many asses kicked)
THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi (OMG this was a trip)
LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. Corey (My favorite sci-fi series right now)
BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest (American Steampunk, and I am a total fanboy)
Is there a chronology to the series?
Yep! There are short stories and novellas that drop in between the books. Here we go:
Short Story: “The Chapel Perilous.” A frame story; though the frame is in between books 4 and 5, the meat of the story is set in 6th century Wales. Available in the anthology called Unfettered, later in 2013.
Novella: Grimoire of the Lamb, four years before book 1. Available later in 2013.
Short Story: “Clan Rathskeller,” eleven months before book 1.
Short Story: “Kaibab Unbound,” two weeks before book 1.
Book 1: Hounded
Book 2: Hexed
Book 3: Hammered
Short Story: “A Test of Mettle,” set during the events of Hammered from Granuaile’s point of view.
Book 4: Tricked
Novella: Two Ravens and One Crow
Short Story: “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street.” Available in the Carniepunk anthology, July 23.
Book 5: Trapped
Book 6: Hunted, available June 25.
Book 7: Shattered
Books 8 and 9 forthcoming
Are you Irish?
Guilty. But there are other bits mixed in, so I’m also guilty of being a mongrel.
Who are the models on your book covers?
I don’t know. If the models wished me to know their names and to share them with the world, I’m sure they would have contacted me by now. Until that happens (if it ever does), I think we should respect their privacy.
Will you sign a book for me and send it to Madagascar (or anyplace outside of the U.S.)?
Yep! Contact The Poisoned Pen, an indie bookstore near me. Full details on my Books page.
Do you have an Irish wolfhound?
Nope. Wish I did, but my wee house isn’t the right place for one. I have two wee dogs instead. One is a pug named Manley (after British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins) and the other is a Boston terrier named Sophie (after people named Sophie).
Why can’t you stand meatloaf?
First, let me clarify that we’re talking about the culinary atrocity known as meatloaf, not the performing artist known as Meat Loaf. (I loves me some “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”) But one time I ate some homemade meatloaf and it made me vomit like an unleashed fire hydrant. It wasn’t fun for anybody, but especially not for my cousin, who was in the way. He doesn’t like meatloaf either. Go figure.
Who was your favorite singer at Black Bart’s Steak House when you worked there?
That’s easy. Brandon Jovanovich. He’s now a professional opera singer, which shows you that I know quality when I hear it. He used to sing this version of “Old Man River” that was so rich I think the sound waves had calories. In fact, I think that’s how I got fat. That song was like vocal chocolate mousse. People have to fork over a Benjamin to hear him sing now, but I got to hear him for free five nights a week during college.
Favorite Tarantino movie?
Oh, that’s a diabolical question. It’s not fair to make me choose. But I’m going to surprise you all and say Death Proof.
What comics do you read regularly?
I read a book called Chew these days. I dabble in other stuff. Fables is quite lovely.
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
I carry a small bag of birdseed with me wherever I go. I’ve pretty much trained a flock of mourning doves to sing harmony with me whenever I decide it’s time to break out the Journey. They also keep away the white-winged doves.
What do you have against white-winged doves?
Well, they sing a song, sounds like they’re singing, “Who, baby, who, said who.”
What’s your rock and roll fantasy?
Back in 1990 David Lee Roth put together an amazing band that (in my mind) beat the shit out of Van Halen. Steve Vai on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Greg Bissonette on drums. My fantasy is to sing “Shyboy” live with that lineup. Then I want an autographed picture of the four of us on my wall. I’ll be the short n’ chubby one. Yeah, that would be awesome.
ERICK in the great northwest asks: Will there be a naked Morrigan action figure?
Right now there are no plans for any action figures, clothed or otherwise. However, a simulated Morrigan action figure should be easy to achieve in three easy steps! 1) Take off all the clothes on a doll with black hair. 2) Paint the skin white. 3) Paint lips, nips, and eyes red. Bam! Instant Morrigan! If you plan any action with said figure, however, please feel free NOT to tell me about it.