Hey everyone! This week is the continuation of the Dangerous Remedy blog tour – and today I’ve got something extra special for you readers! I’ve been incredibly lucky to interview the author of Dangerous Remedy, the excellent Kat Dunn, and I’m so thrilled to be able to feature the author of such a wonderful book here on my little blog! Before we get started, read below for the synopsis of the book.
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Morts they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In a fast and furious story full of the glamour and excesses, intrigue and deception of these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.
What do you love most about being an author?
Getting to inflict pain on my readers muahaha! I’m joking – but also I’m not. My favourite thing about fiction – whether books, tv, film – is when it plays your feelings like a fiddle. When you become so invested, so completely attached to the characters that any twist, any dire moment rips your heart out and makes you throw the book across the room. That’s what I’ve always aspired to when writing, and becoming an author means I get a chance to really reach readers!
Could you tell us a bit about an average writing day?
I work full time, so an average day is mostly working on something else and fitting writing in around the edges. I’ll often work on things in Google Docs so I can have access on any computer, finding time either before work or during lunch to get some work done, then if I have a free evening, working then too – and weekends. I’m not very glamorous, mostly I sit on my sofa with my laptop and bully myself into concentrating. In the before times, I would usually go out to cafes to work as I found it a lot easier to work in company, without home distractions and with someone else bringing me coffee.
What was your favourite scene to write in Dangerous Remedy?
Ooooh it’s hard to pick one! There are some scenes at the end of the book that I’d been planning from the start – and of course cannot mention without spoilers – so finally getting to write those was so much fun. One of my non-spoilery favourites is between Ada and Al towards the end of the book, when Al is drowning his sorrows and Ada has gone to fetch him home. It’s stayed pretty much exactly the same from the first draft I did, it’s a quiet scene but a very emotional one, where we learn a lot about what makes each of them tick, and there’s a lot of pain brought to the surface. It wasn’t my favourite to write because it was fun, but it was very meaningful to me.
Who is your favourite character in Dangerous Remedy and why?
I love all my children equally, of course, but I do have a soft spot for Al. I love writing sarcastic arsehole characters, and Al is an absolute monster at times – but he’s also a collection of all my worst instincts and angry, negative thoughts about myself, so I have a lot of protective feelings for him.
Can you give us any hints about book 2?
There’s not much I can say without giving big spoilers, but I can tell you that this time the Battalion are split between London and Paris, and to protect Olympe they’ll have to face an enemy they never saw coming…
Huge thanks to Kat Dunn for taking the time to answer these questions! If you haven’t read Dangerous Remedy yet – and you really should – you can order yourself a hardback edition here!