Today I am pleased to share an interview with YA writer Kat Kruger, author of the exciting and unique book, The Night Has Teeth. Also, at the end of the interview you’ll have the chance to win an e-copy of the book. Happy reading and good luck!
Being a writer means different things to me at different times. I’m a freelance writer by trade and most of what I write is non-fiction so it means being factual and objective. As an author of fiction though, I find it’s more about being free to run wild with my imagination and share what I create with readers. Sometimes there’s overlap in the two areas though, particularly when it comes to putting my researcher hat on. A lot of research actually went into writing The Night Has Teeth which I always find kind of funny to say since it’s a book about werewolves.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
My goal is to entertain but also to do it in a way that makes the reader think. There are plenty of surprises in my first book, some of which even I didn’t see coming. Also, I hope to build worlds that are very much grounded in reality. Whether a villain or hero, none of my characters are perfect and some are more flawed than others. Regardless, they each have a backstory that makes them who they are. As for world-building, we live in an age where technology makes almost anything possible. So I wanted to play on that and ask some of the questions that come with scientific advancements. Is Boguet right or wrong in wanting to eliminate the threat of werewolves? That’s something I leave up to the readers.
Where did the idea for The Night Has Teeth originate?
The very first inkling of a story came while I was listening to a Cowboy Junkies song called “To Love Is To Bury.” I got an image in my head of a lone, black she-wolf by a fresh gravesite. I had no idea who she was, or who was buried, but that was the first scene that I wrote. After that there were elements of the story that were inspired by other random findings but that song is what started it all for me.
Can you tell us about how you constructed your werewolf mythology?
Wikipedia. Seriously, at first, I was like Connor at one point in the book where he does online research on werewolves and goes to Wikipedia to start off with. I already had a good sense of werewolf lore from books and movies but I wanted to dig deeper and bring something new to the genre. That’s around the time that my husband submitted his DNA to a genographic project that maps out the migration of humans over the course of history. It got me thinking about a potential genetic connection to werewolves. Additional research on ancient humans, mixed in with some TED Talks, a RadioLab podcast episode about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and I was all set.
Why did you choose to set the story in Paris?
Paris, je t’aime! I love Paris. There was pretty much no question in my mind from the start that the book would take place in Paris. There’s just a really cool, almost Gothic yet modern vibe about the city. The fact that it has so much history too made it even more appealing because there was a lot I could play with as an author. There’s so much more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre and, to my mind, many of those places were perfect backdrops for a werewolf book.
What can you tell us about the sequel?
Not to give too much away but the second book moves to another city in Europe. The series is called The Magdeburg Trilogy and that region of Germany is explored in the sequel. More is revealed about The Hounds too. Honestly, I haven’t finished a draft yet but there are definitely more surprises coming up!
What are three to five things your readers don’t know about you?
I do, in fact, speak French. Not fluently but I can get by.
I’m like the Soledad O’Brien of the YA writing world: German-Polish-Jewish-Filipino-Chinese-Canadian.
I have an unhealthy addiction to The Sims franchise.
Sometimes my idea of a date involves ordering in “fancy” pizza and gaming into the wee hours of the morning.