Interview: Carrie Vaughn on Her Novel Kitty and the Midnight Hour

January 10, 2014 Author Feature, Interview 10

by Carrie Vaughn

Are werewolves your thing? Then if you haven’t heard about Kitty the radio talk show and advice guru then you need to pick up Kitty and the Midnight Hour. What about super heroes? – then Carrie Vaughn also has you covered there! Today I’m happy to feature Carrie in one of my madcap interrogations interviews!

Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Read my review of Kitty and the Midnight Hour

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Carrie, Carrie – Just how tormented were you as a youth by that Stephen King book/movie Carrie?

Mostly, it gave me a way to tell people how to spell my name correctly.  “Carrie.  Like the movie.” *pause*

Kind of like that.

Can you pitch us the Kitty books in 140 characters or less? Make these lackeys want to read it! Go!

Kitty is a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged.

Really though, thanks for agreeing to be interrogated, err interviewed! As a new reader to your Kitty series I can say I adore your heroine thus far. When you are writing to you ever find yourself reading out loud in a radio personality voice?

Not really, unless the scenes are of the actual show. Kitty has a voice that’s all her own, and I hope that comes through all the prose, not just the radio show.

Admittedly I listened to Kitty and the Midnight Hour on audio instead of reading it because I thought it would be a perfect one to listen to.

I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback about the audiobooks, I’m so glad they’re available.

Have you yourself ever done any appearances on the radio? I personally think I sound like mini mouse on crack when recorded though my sister sounds great, she had a radio show for awhile when she was deployed to Afghanistan.

I have, a few!  A couple by telephone or remote recordings, but I have appeared on local indie station KGNU a couple of times, including one of their late-night shows a few years ago.

I do believe I’ve come across movie reviews you’ve done on your blog. What are a few movies that you are super excited to watch this year? Oh yes and ones that you think EVERY sci-fi fantasy enthusiast should watch? If you say Star Wars, which is the easy answer, well then I don’t know if we can be friends.

Counting movies that came out this year, I loved Iron Man 3 and Pacific Rim.  I’m looking forward to Riddick and The World’s End.  As far as recent classics everyone should watch:  Gattaca, Children of Men, Chronicle.  I love really meaty, though-provoking science fiction rather than spectacle masquerading as science fiction, which we’ve had a lot of lately.  Classics:  2001, Metropolis, Blade Runner, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Brazil, and so on.  These movies kind of created the language of modern SF movies.

I’m sure many fans are wondering – because Kitty has been a long running series thus far…do you have the end game in sight?

I do.  We’re getting closer.  I’m not going to say much more about that until I get the details worked out.

What are some of the challenges you face in keeping the content fresh and readers coming back for more?

It’s really important to me not to tell the same story over and over, but to still have the characters be consistent.  They need to grow and change in a natural, believable way.  I try not to pull things out of left field, but still have surprises.  I try to look outward for story ideas to pull in — different situations, different kinds of folklore, and so on.

Now, do you have any reading pet peeves? A cracked spine to me is sacrilege! I will never loan a book to someone again once they have damaged a book of mine in any way!

“Not reading at all” is probably my biggest pet peeve.  An amazing number of people just never pick up books at all, and I think they’re missing out.

This is something every person must have a plan for…the apocalypse but better yet – the zombie apocalypse. Tell me, so I can of course steal your plan and leave you for dead. Nah, I wouldn’t do that, I’ll share my SPAM with you. Just as good as sterno and delicious to boot.

My plan is to hook up with my survivalist friends and bring them cookies so they’ll take care of me.

Lastly, because we are the place for confessions – do you have any for us? It doesn’t necessarily have to be book related.

I’m a big fan of GI Joe in most of its incarnations.  Actually, that isn’t very secret if you’ve read my blog.  I also make costumes.  Going to try to get into more of that in the near future.

Thanks for the interview, Tabitha!


Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?

Kitty and The Midnight Hour

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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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10 Responses to “Interview: Carrie Vaughn on Her Novel Kitty and the Midnight Hour”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think there are quite a few out right about now right? I’m glad to hear you like them I always find that encouraging. Especially when I’m at the beginning of a long series haha.

      You definitely need to make it to one of her signings!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Me too! I’ve only read the first one so far. Sometimes I feel like I get so intimidated if I come into a series when there are already so many books out.

  1. Suze R.

    Thanks, Tabitha for a great interview. You will have fun on this adventure. And I would definitely highly recommend the audio versions of Carrie’s books. The narrator is top notch and she nails Kitty’s personality, and Cormac’s, and Ben’s, and Rick’s. You get the idea.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m glad you enjoyed the interview! I have heard a ton of great things. And I agree the narrator was awesome. I’m glad to hear that it sounds like the same narrator is used for the next books in the series! Plus hey audio books are totally in line with the radio personality!