We talk to bestselling author PC Cast

Posted on: 15 March 2010 by Mark O'haire

We speak to award-winning American author PC Cast about her new release from the Goddess of Partholon Series as well offering you the chance to win 5 books from the series.

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P.C. Cast is the bestselling author of the award winning Goddess of Partholon series which includes Divine by Mistake, Divine by Choice, Divine by Blood as well as Elphame’s Choice (published in May) and Brighid’s Quest (published in June) all published by MIRA books. 

Written before her bestselling House of Night series (which so far has sold over 1 million in the UK) the Goddess of Partholon series contains Cast’s favourite character, the sexy centaur ClanFintan and is a chance for adult readers to enjoy her writing.  When the Goddess of Partholon series was first published in the US it was awarded the Prism, Holt Medallion and Laurel Wreath awards and was also shortlisted for the National Readers' Choice Award

We're also giving 5 readers the chance to win 5 sets of PC's titles - Divine by Mistake, Divine by Choice, Divine by Blood, Elphame’s Choice and Brighid’s Quest. For more information, please see the bottom of the page.

Interview

How and when did you first start writing? Was it always an intention to be an author?

I wrote my first book in first grade when I was about six-years-old.  I can’t remember ever not reading and/or writing.  Yes, I’ve always wanted to be an author!

What inspires you as a fantasy and paranormal romance author?

I love to travel and often find when I go to a place I’m considering setting a book I get lots of unexpected inspiration from the land and the people.  I also love to rework ancient myths giving them a matriarchal slant.

Who or what has been your biggest influence as a writer?

I have, of course, been influenced by a plethora of amazing authors like: Ray Bradbury, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley, Christopher Moore, Harper Lee…the list goes on and on.  In addition to many authors, my father has been the single biggest influence on my writing.  I credit him with sparking my creativity at a very early age and encouraging me to believe in myself.

Your work is very popular with readers and reviewers; how does it feel to have such positive recognition for your work?

It’s amazing!  Especially because I set out to simply write the book I would most want to read.  Actually, that’s what I still do every time I write.  I tell a story that makes me laugh and cry, frightens and amuses me – and just hope my audience goes along for the ride!

What do you consider to be the key elements of a great story?

A great story is peopled with characters readers care about.  Genre, age, and even setting are less important than having a hero/heroine the audience can cheer for.

Your books feature strong heroines that readers really connect to, would you describe your writing as female focused? What is their appeal for readers?

I’d describe my writing as female empowering.  I think the appeal of strong, confident, brave, successful women goes beyond the written page, and I don’t think it’s only women who want to read about those types of heroines.  In my life I’ve found that the more intelligent and confident the man, the more he’s drawn to the kind of woman who is warrior queen-like rather than milk toast-like.

You have been complimented on your masterful crafting of the fantasy worlds you have created. What challenges do you face in your world building?

I love world building!  It comes very naturally to me.  Often I find (especially in my young adult novels) that I have to back off on my world details and refocus on conflict and plot.  This might be because I enjoy playing god(dess)!  The biggest challenge to me in world building is to remember not to break any of my own rules, which is sometimes difficult when I’m several books into a series.

What can readers expect from the Goddess of Partholon Series?

Laughter, lots of good wine, a sexy hero, adventure, and a world just about anyone would like to visit!

The Partholon series also has two further titles Elphame’s Choice and Brighid’s Quest, are the plans for a sixth Partholon title?

Absolutely! Ciara's Destiny is tucked firmly away in my imagination.  Now all I need is the time to get it from there to the printed page!

The characters in your books all have very unusual names where do you get your idea from for choosing characters names and does it inform the way you characterize them?

I often look to history and mythology to name my characters, though sometimes I change spellings to make the characters unique to my world(s).

Which has been your favourite book to write so far in your career?

That’s a really hard question!  It’s a little like asking a parent to choose a favourite child.  I suppose I have to say that Divine By Mistake is probably the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book.  I laughed and cried during the creation of that manuscript, and it also features my all time favorite hero, the centaur ClanFintan.

You write your House of Night series with your daughter Kirstin, do you prefer writing as a team or writing solo?

Well, Kristin and I don’t actually do the writing together.  I write the entire manuscript, and then I send it to Kristin so she can go through it to check that my teen voice hasn’t slipped and I didn’t make Zoey (or any of the other teenagers) sound like “a forty-something-year-old disgruntled school teacher.” (Kristin’s quote!)  She serves mostly as a pop culture and teen voice editor.  I do enjoy working with my daughter very much, but either way, writing is my passion.  

Where can readers find out what's new and how can they contact you?

They can go to my website: www.pccast.net, and I post regularly on my blog at: www.pccast.blogspot.com.

Goddess of Partholon Series

Divine-by-Mistake-frontDivine by Mistake (Feb 2010)

Waking up in another world Shannon Parker discovers she has swapped places with Partholon’s high-priestess and is revered as a Goddess by all. While she can’t believe her luck – who doesn’t like to have wall to wall wardrobes of made-to-measure silk dresses and wine on tap, not to mention the personal Spa and handmaidens – being Partholon’s high-priestess is far from easy. On her first day in Partholon Shannon is expected to be married to High Shaman, ClanFintan, a centaur who has no idea of her real identity. Then there is the threat of Formorthian war on the horizon, and as the high-priestess of a warrior Goddess, Shannon must lead the people of Partholon into battle.  Nothing a feisty high-school teacher can’t handle-right?

Divine-by-Choice-frontDivine by Choice (March 2010)

Just when she’d got use to being treated as a Goddess, quaffing red wine with foot rubs on tap, Shannon is sucked back to earth where, frankly, she’d rather not be. Back in Partholon she was treated like a movie star, happily married to ClanFintan, her hunky centaur husband, and decidedly pregnant with their child. Trying to get back to Partholon through the divide, Shannon realises an evil force has followed her and is threatening to destroy all she holds dear in her old world. With the help of an ancient power hidden in the forests of the Oklahoma wilds, Shannon must do battle with her most dangerous nemesis yet-but not until she’s explained to her father exactly where she’s been for the last six months.

Divine-by-Blood-frontDivine by Blood (April 2010)

Morrigan Parker knew she wasn’t like the other girls in her class. First there were the voices she heard on the wind and then there was the way she could make her skin glow with light – which was pretty cool.  A trip with her friends to a local cave system unlocks an ancient power within Morrigan and she is sucked through a secret divide into the world of Partholon. Discovering that her mother was chosen of the Goddess Epona and hearing whispers that she wields the same power, Morrigan sets out to become the most powerful priestess that Partholon has ever seen. But is it her destiny to become High-Priestess or will she be seduced by the same dark powers that plagued her mother’s life?  With no friends except her pet Lynx Brina, Morrigan must face her destiny as the Goddess’s chosen.

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