So I have good news and bad news.
The bad news is Julie and I are not actually running away together, so you can quit wondering how many different types of Spam our wedding cake will be made out of.
The good news is Julie HAD A BOOK BABY TODAY AND IT’S CALLED RUNNING AWAY AND OH MY GOD DID YOU KNOW SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH SHINIGAMI BOOK BABY #2?! Because ~girlish figure~ and then there’s all that alcohol and stuff…
Anyway, to celebrate the book’s release TODAY, I have some shit for you—
JULIE’S AMAZING AND GLORIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL COVER IS HERE!
This excellent and R-rated tell-all by none other than the delicate flower herself, Julie Hutchings! I got to ask Julie 5 VERY TOUGH QUESTIONS about RUNNING AWAY (and other related things *cough*)
Candice: You mentioned we’d be meeting some new characters. Is there a specific newbie you especially enjoyed getting inside of? (Yes, I meant this in the most filthy way possible).
Julie: You’re the dirtiest and that makes me smile inside. Kieran. I love all the new characters, seriously, probably in this order: Kieran, Blue, Izanagi, Paolo, the Master. But Kieran has this pull I just wanted to be part of, and he wants to be understood. He just tries to be understood a little too often maybe, if you know what I mean.
C: What 2 words would you say best describe Eliza? Nicholas? Kieran?
J: Jesus this is hard. Eliza—sarcastic fatemonster? Nicholas—subtly Tony Starkish badass? (don’t even with me and the two words. A name is technically one word. I SAID SO, THAT’S WHO.) Kieran—red-hot rogue. (THERE IS A HYPHEN, MAKING IT ONE WORD, DO NOT EVEN.)
C: The Shinigami lore in RUNNING HOME is so rich. And I expect we’ll get an explosion (heh hEH heh) of that richness in RUNNING AWAY. Have you always been so enamored with Japanese culture?
J: Oh you get so much more in RUNNING AWAY. I had a lot of fun with Japanese mythology in this book. It’s set on a barely-real Japanese mountaintop for chrissakes. And YES, I’ve always loved Japanese culture, but it really kicked into gear when I started taking karate at 14. I think the day I started I was dying to go to Japan and train. I’ve never lost that dream.
C: The Shinigami series is not your average vampire series. They take vampyrism to a whole new level. Do you have a favorite vampire novel?
J: Jeez, thank you. Totes I do. I love, love, love DRACULA, but if I’m being honest I may have connected more with the movies than the book. QUEEN OF THE DAMNED however– I loved all the intermingling characters and their histories, the expanse of the personalities and how they didn’t fit together, coming from all different eras. So cool. And Lestat. Always.
C: On a scale of 1 to SO FUCKING MUCH, how much do you love me?
J: SO FUCKING MUCH and I will raise you to a I Couldn’t Live Without Your Tweets and Love level.
And now, a blurb, bitches
Eliza Morgan is desperate to escape the horrors of her mortal life and understand why death follows her, leaving only one man, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she loves, the one she resents, and the one fated to make her legendary among the Shinigami– an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill. He’s also decaying before her eyes, and it’s her fault.
On the ghostlike mountaintop in Japan that the vampires consider home, Eliza will be guided by the all-powerful Master for her transition to Shinigami death god. When Eliza discovers that sacrificing her destiny will save Nicholas, she’s not afraid to defy fate and make it so—even when Nicholas’s salvation kills her slowly with torturous, puzzle-piece visions that beg her to solve them. Both Nicholas and his beloved Master fight her on veering from the path to immortality, but Eliza won’t be talked out of her plan, even if it drives the wedge between Nicholas and her deeper.
Allying with the fiery rebel, Kieran, who does what he wants and encourages her to do the same, and a mysterious deity that only she can see, Eliza must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions and rivalries, shameful secrets and dark betrayals to take back the choices denied her and the Shinigami who see her as their savior. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.
Next—a bio, baby!
Julie Hutchings is a pizza hoarding, coffee swilling, beer guzzling, karate loving book geek with a love of all things creepy and obscure. She lives in America’s Hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts with her hilarious husband and two genius children.
Then—(this doesn’t have that “B” thing in common, so calm your tits)—LINKAGE!
If you haven’t yet, you should take the time to read book 1 in the series, RUNNING HOME, and then review it on Goodreads prior to starting book 2.
A huge THANK YOU to Julie for not only taking time out to answer my Qs, but also for writing RUNNING HOME and RUNNING AWAY, two very excellent novels of which I am a serious and devout fan. She’s also always around with a kind word or a dirty joke—but let’s not kid ourselves, with Julie, they’re usually one and the same.