Please welcome Kevin Hearne to The
Ink & Sigil, a novel From the World of the Iron Druid Chronciles, was published by Del Rey
on August 25, 2020.
Welcome back to The Qwillery! We last chatted in 2011. Since then you have
completed The Iron Druid Chronicles, started new series, and now have
returned the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles. How has your writing
process changed since Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) was
Kevin: Hounded was completely pantsed, as they say, with no outline
whatsoever. I stopped to research as needed as I figured things out. Now I
write outlines and then skip around the book nonlinearly to make sure I'm
productive every day and don't get stuck on an early chapter when a really
fun chapter is waiting to be written. It allows me to draft much quicker
than writing from beginning to end with no idea of how it will turn
TQ: Why have you returned to the World of the Iron Druid Chronicles with
Ink & Sigil?
Kevin: I love the world, basically, where all religions, all
pantheons are real, the gods and monsters just out of our sight, and we have
our modern accoutrements to distract us from what's really going on.
TQ: How does this new series fit in with The Iron Druid Chronicles?
Kevin: Al MacBharrais is a sigil agent, and they write and enforce
magical contracts that have to do with the rights of gods and monsters to
visit our world. The Iron Druid would occasionally do this work—kick demons
back to hell or what have you—but there was a lot more work to be done than
what a single Druid could handle, so Brighid made sigil agents to pick up
TQ: Describe Ink & Sigil using only 5 words.
Kevin: Whisky, magic, and wizard vans!
TQ: Tell us something about Ink & Sigil that is not found in the
Kevin: Its very serious subject regards human trafficking, though it
is primarily viewed through the lens of Fae trafficking.
TQ: Does Ink & Sigil touch on any social issues?
Kevin: It does. It tackles the widespread issue of human trafficking,
and research for that was pretty harrowing.
TQ: Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from
Ink & Sigil.
"A toast! Tae inks and sigils and straight razors, tae good bosses and
wizards on lizards, tae outsmarting evil when ye can and kicking its arse
when ye cannae do that, and tae distillers of fine spirits everywhere.
TQ: Thank you for joining us again at The Qwillery!
Ink & Sigil
From the World of the Iron Druid Chronicles
Del Rey, August 25, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns to the
world of his beloved Iron Druid Chronicles in a spin-off series about an
eccentric master of rare magic solving an uncanny mystery in
“Ink & Sigil is escape reading, and I loved every
word.”—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of
A Longer Fall
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an
extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails—and a
most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted
ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of
various pantheons, especially the Fae.
But he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an
inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the
written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar
freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes
his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his
But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow
flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of
crime. Now Al is forced to play detective—while avoiding actual
detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al.
Investigating his apprentice’s death will take him through Scotland’s
magical underworld, and he’ll need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin
if he’s to survive.
hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos
are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of The Seven Kennings series and the
New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles, and
co-author of The Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson.