31 Wicked Days of Xmas With Kevin Hearne

  • What is next for you book wise in 2013?

In terms of what I’ll be working on, it’s the Star Wars novel featuring Luke Skywalker and book seven of the Iron Druid Chronicles. As far as publishing goes, I’ll be in two anthologies with Iron Druid stories (UNFETTERED and CARNIEPUNK) and book six, HUNTED, comes out in June.

  • Do you have a favorite book of 2012?

I do, but it hasn’t been published yet. It’ll be out in summer of 2013. It’s called THE DARWIN ELEVATOR by Jason Hough. I loved it so much, wrote a blurb for it and all that. He’s going to be the next big thing.

  • What is your favorite holiday food?

I love these soft orange cookies with white frosting that my mom makes. Om nom nom.

  • Least favorite holiday song?


  • Do you have any holiday family traditions?

Traditionally we eat way too much. We always get the dogs new stuff to chase and take them to the dog park to run around till they drop. And we pillage our stockings on Christmas Eve, where it has somehow become a tradition to give me a bunch of shaving razors. I am allowed my modest Van Dyke, see, but the underlying subtext is that I am never, ever allowed to grow an epic fantasy author beard.

  • Worst gift you ever received?

Cologne! Old Spice, too. For five years in a row from the same aunt. I never used a drop of it but never threw it away because I felt guilty. So I just collected Old Spice cologne in my medicine cabinet until she passed away and I felt it was safe to let it go.

  • Worst gift you ever gave?

I think I gave somebody coupons once while I was in college. I was broke and in debt up to my gills and hoped the thought would count. “Look! I saved you so much time and money! It’s not as lame as it sounds!” It was.

  • Favorite holiday memory?

Another one of my aunts—one who never gave me cologne, thank the gods—used to come over when we were kids and make all these homemade breads. We piled ‘em up with preserves and marmalade she’d also made from scratch. Beer bread, monkey bread, something different every day she stayed with us, and it smelled so good in the house.

  • If you could share one lesser-known fact about yourself to our readers, what will it be?

I was once a singing waiter. There was this steak house that hired mostly vocal majors and somehow I passed the audition and scored a job there. I worked with some amazingly talented people. One of them, Brandon Jovanovich, is now one of the world’s greatest opera tenors. Another one, James Ward Byrkit, went on to do the story for the animated feature RANGO.

  • Weirdest thing you collect?

Probably my HORDES miniatures. I collect the Circle Orboros figures. To people who aren’t into it, I’m sure miniature tabletop games seem bizarre and turbo-nerdy. I actually like painting the figures more than playing the game. The painting is a relaxing hobby.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Kevin is giving away a signed copy of Trapped. To enter, just tell Kevin what holiday song you hate! All giveaways end a week after the 13 Wicked Days of Xmas end. US/Canada ONLY.

  • Joy F December 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Any song that dogs try to bark out.

  • Rain Maiden Jen December 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Santa Baby is hard on my ears.

  • Joann December 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    any Christmas song done By Mariah Carey

  • Texas Book Lover December 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Momma got run over by a reindeer drives me a little crazy by the time I hear it a the third or dozenth time.

  • Rebe December 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I hate that George Michael “Last Christmas” song. And now Taylor Swift has released a remake of it. So painful.

  • Little Lamb Lost December 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I detest Santa Baby.

  • Viki S. December 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I can’t stand Feliz Navidad.

  • erinf1 December 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Feliz Navidad… thanks for the awesome interview! I’m a big, big fan of Kevin’s and I was thrilled to hear we have a lot more books to look forward to! Congrats Kevin!!

  • Anita Yancey December 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I hate Momma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. That one really gets on my nerves. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  • Bethany C. December 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Like all of them? I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. It’s too jolly for me or something.

  • Readsalot81 December 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    There might be an influx of rotten veggies coming my way for saying this, but I don’t like “White Christmas”. Especially the Bing Crosby version. Just NO. I’m very aware I am in the minority in this.. but it’s a christmas song I despise.

  • Brenda H. December 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I hate Grandma was Run Over by a Reindeer….just do. Always have. LOL

    Old Spice– I can’t believe it’s still around. LOL It’s better than Axe though. My teens wore it all through highschool, and I thought I would vomit every time they sprayed half the can on themselves.

  • Janie McGaugh December 15, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

  • JenM December 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of Jingle Bells – talk about an ear worm – and it’s boring to boot.

  • rissatoo December 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’m another “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” hater. Hate is actually a pale word for how I feel. Maybe ‘abhor’? :-/

  • Karen December 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

    “Fleas on my DOG” Hate it……

  • Pat V December 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Any song on the radio before Thanksgiving!

  • GusL December 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    “Ring Christmas Bells” is a cacophonic escalation of discord to remind us the world is ending, cleverly disguised as a Christmas song.

  • becky greyeyes December 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Deck the Halls

  • Greg P December 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

    “Grown-Up Christmas List” While I agree with the sentiment, there is just something about this song that grates my nerves and makes me want to rip the radio out of my dash whenever it comes on while I’m driving.

  • SharonS December 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

    That freaking Red Shoes song! WTH?

  • Patrick Donovan December 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Family. To hell with that song.

  • Karen December 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Gah, I hate the Drummer Boy song, too. AND jingle Bells = super annoying.

  • Heather Bond December 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I hope you aren’t an Elvis fan… but I hate his rendition of “Blue Christmas.”

  • booksbonesbuffy December 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I really don’t care for that Adam Sandler song about Hannukah. I know it technically isn’t a Christmas song, but I just don’t like that guy.

  • Mary Ellen T December 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I can’t bear to listen to any Christmas song sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks. I also agree with those citing “Grandma got run over by a reindeer”

  • Liza Frakes December 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

    not being Christian, I hate all of them, they’re cheesy attempts at sentimentality. The only one that’s even remotely worth listening to is Wreck the Malls which is apt description of what actually goes on this time of year.

  • carol cahoon December 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “I want a hippopotomus for Christmas” old song, but I cringe everytime I hear it…someone always drags it out a few dozen times.

  • kkulish December 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

    How does a song about date rape become a holiday fave? (Hey, what’s in this drink . . .)
    “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

  • C. W. Gibson December 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    ANY version of Little Drummer Boy, including the TV special.

    Bah, Humbug.

  • rhonda eggleston December 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    All of them. I work in retail and all day long over and over and over the songs play. They just won’t stop. Once my ears stop bleeding from the christmas music pain the day finally gets better!

  • Carla Briggs December 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    As far as i am concerned ” I Caught Mamma Kissing Santa Claus” hurts my ears.

  • Elise Dix December 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Last Christmas by WHAM!… ugh… makes me want to put a bullet in the radio…

  • Maryann Cook December 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    No grandma got run over lover here either, but the one that always seems to be a little creepy to me is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. — just what does that mean?

  • Kat Hedges December 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” is one that just scritches down my spine like nails on a blackboard!

  • Kate Lyn December 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I work in a thrift store where it’s all on consecutively. But that “Christmas Shoes” song is driving me bat sh*t crazy. I cried the first time I heard it and then figured out it was just a ploy song. It’s meant to make you cry and make millions off being a Christmas hit song. Stop playing with my emotions, song.

  • Judy Smith December 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    You know, my least favorite Christmas song is “none of them”. I am a Christmas goober and love every nano-second of it. Antique movies and song remakes included. Actually my least favorite song is featured in one of Kevin Hearne’s IDC books, “It’s a Small World.”

  • Catherine December 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Another vote for “Christmas Shoes.”

  • Kim O December 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Do they know it’s Christmas Time at All. UGH!!

  • Casey December 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Have to go with Santa Baby. I work as a overnight stocker and it comes on at least once a night. The pain it inflicts on my psyche is extreme and I am force to listen. A signed book may provide a great deal of comfort though.

  • bn100 December 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    don’t like grandma got run over by a reindeer

  • JFitz December 22, 2012 at 12:45 am

    “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is a very sad song to me and seems like I cry every time I hear it…they need to destroy that song. Christmas is supposed to be happy.

  • Kirsten W December 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I hate the vast majority of pop-y Christmas songs. Most are annoying and get stuck in my head. Santa Baby is particularly bad :/

  • Denise Z December 28, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I could not really think of one, but now that you have brought the little drummer dude to my brain, I cannot stop mentally humming it – so to the front of the line it goes. Thank you for sharing with us today and making me smile.

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