Today, we are extremely happy to have Karen Mahoney with us on the blog, author of The Iron Witch, which was released in January.
Describe your book in 5 words.
Empowering. Dark. Hopeful. Exciting. Different.
Were any of the characters or their traits inspired by people you know?Yes, very much so. I know that authors often say “no” to this – or maybe that their characters are a vague composite of a few people they’ve known… But for me, Navin Sharma in The Iron Witch is totally inspired by my own best friend. My friend loves this, and is quite vocal about what he’d like to see happen to Nav in Book 2. ;) They’re both Indian; they have similar humour and loyalty; and they both wear a fake leather motorcycle jacket. Heh.
What kind of research did you need to do for The Iron Witch?Lots of it! (Can I just get away with that as my answer?) Seriously, there’s too much to write about in depth here, but there IS an essay I wrote in the back of the completed book called “The Girl With Silver Hands,” which is the story behind The Iron Witch. You’ll learn all about the research I did on folklore (specifically The Armless Maiden tales) and alchemy.