I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kat Kruger, author of the exhilarating debut THE NIGHT HAS TEETH, which releases September 23rd from Fierce Ink Press! I would like to thank the author as well as the lovely folks over at Fierce Ink Press for making this interview and my review of The Night Has Teeth (which will be posted tomorrow) possible! Enjoy!
1. What inspired you to write THE NIGHT HAS TEETH?
Science. I know that’s kind of a geeky answer, but it’s the truth. While I’ve always been a fan of SFF (Science Fiction/Fantasy), world-building is kind of crucial to me as a reader and a writer. Some famous author at some point said that all fiction requires a “willful suspension of disbelief” but let’s just say I can be a skeptic if things don’t line up right. When I set out to write an urban paranormal novel, I knew I needed to ground my world in science. That’s when my husband submitted his DNA to a genographic project (where genetic samples are used to map out human origins on earth). In any case, it got me thinking about how werewolves could exist from a scientific standpoint and that started a whole research process into genetics, etc. Even though I’ve always been interested in Discovery Channel and National Geographic programs, I was never strong in sciences so that presented challenges of its own!
2. If you were to describe the book in one or two sentences, what would they be?
A nerdy seventeen-year-old New Yorker gets a scholarship to study in Paris where his teen angst is magnified a million times due to falling in with an underground society of werewolves. Oh, and he’s on the wanted list of a four-hundred-year-old “bitten” mad scientist.
3. Do you have any writing quirks or habits? (Some authors have music in the background, have to write away from home or have a cup of coffee, write predominately at night or in the morning..etc.)
I pretty much always have a playlist going at all times. And the playlist changes as each draft progresses. I’m kind of fanatic about it, actually. Sometimes I swear I spend as much time building playlists as I do thinking about plot. At the same time, it usually happens when I’m stuck and need to find inspiration so it’s not like it’s taking away from my writing per se…
4. If optioned, could you see THE NIGHT HAS TEETH as more of a TV Show (live action or animated) or a Film?
I love this question. Only because I’ve already thought of the answer. Film for sure. I’m a big fan of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, especially his films Delicatessen and Amélie. Because the book takes place in Paris it would be awesome to have a French director. Who am I kidding though? It would be awesome if the book was optioned period. But Jeunet would be my dream director.
5. Is there anything else you would like readers to know?
This ain’t Twilight. There are a lot of books in this genre right now that are epic love stories between paranormal boys and mortal girls. I eat up those books along with the rest of the fangirls. That said, this is completely, totally, absolutely not that kind of book. I definitely wrote it with both genders in mind.
Kat Kruger is the winner of the 34th Atlantic Writing Competition. She is a freelance writer and social media consultant and holds a degree in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband. The Night Has Teeth is her first novel.
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